Breakout session | Stage 1

Host: UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation will host “Game On for Climate Action!” during the Zone.  Using data to both challenge and inform, the conversation will thread the moment we are in now – young people challenging international climate action, 2020 on track to be the hottest year on record, and large swaths of the world on fire with no respite in sight – with the need for people everywhere to take climate action into their own hands – both in their daily lives, as well as how they advocate to global leaders to protect humanity’s only home, and the beloved places where we live and breathe. 

 Around the world surveys show that climate change remains one of the top issues of global concern for citizens everywhere. We all need to be more committed than ever to protect the places we love – to make changes in our own lives – and to demand that our leaders work together better to listen to the science, pay attention to the data, and to implement the goals of the Paris Agreement, at the very least. Each and every one of us is on the frontlines of climate change – a global threat even greater than the pandemic.

 

Speakers

Rajesh Mirchandani - Moderator
Chief Communications Officer, United Nations Foundation

Rajesh Mirchandani is Chief Communications Officer at the UN Foundation, where he leads a team of skilled communicators working to advance progress on important global issues. Rajesh has over 20 years of global journalism experience with the British Broadcasting Corporation, including five years based in the U.S. He has covered a wide variety of stories and issues, from two U.S. presidential elections to the Haiti earthquake, global health security in the Horn of Africa to green energy investments in California. More recently, Mirchandani has helped the Center for Global Development navigate a redrawn political map, bringing the substance and relevance of the Center’s pioneering economics research to wider audiences.

Lucy Biggers
Climate Host at Now This News
Lucy Biggers, is the Climate and Sustainability Correspondent at Now This Media. As a correspondent and producer focused on sustainability, climate change and our impact on the environment, Lucy spearheaded NowThis’ on-the-ground reporting to cover the protests at Standing Rock garnered 100 million views. Her latest series, "One Small Step", highlights the simple actions regular people can take to learn how to live more sustainably. Lucy engages with thousands of followers on Instagram where she discusses sustainability, climate change & growing your own food. Her work is frequently amplified by elected officials including Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Pita Taufatofua
Tongan Olympian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to the Pacific

An Olympian of the highest calibre, he has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games despite the odds. He is the first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to the Pacific where, using his notoriety for good, he helps address children’s access to health and education services while advocating for their rights world-wide. His work in homeless shelters for over fifteen years has a proven track record for assisting young people to succeed where they had lost hope. He has spoken on Motivation at the U.N. at the request of Mr Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia, former President of the General Assembly, and alongside Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for Solve at MIT, the prestigious annual summit addressing solutions for global challenges. He's broken the internet twice as the Tongan Flag Bearer and strives to be a superhero for the people and our planet. He is currently in training for both the Sprint Kayak and Taekwondo events of the 2021 Toyko Summer Olympics.

Neeshad Shafi
+SocialGood Connector and Co-Founder Youth Climate & Environment

Neeshad Shafi is an Environmentalist, Speaker and Social Change Advocate. He was distinguished as one of the ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019.' Neeshad holds a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering and based in Doha, Qatar. He has over five years of experience in analyzing Global Environmental Politics and Climate Policies with a special focus on the Middle East. An active member of several global environmental youth groups and contributed actively in international summits notably United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations at COP21, COP22, COP24, COP25, World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos 2019, World Economic Forum Middle East 2019, Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019 and UN Youth Climate Summit 2019.

Dustin Liu
UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations

Dustin Liu is the UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations. The son of two Taiwanese immigrants who have long fostered in him the belief that individuals can inspire social change, Justin is interested in dialogue as a tool for social change and the potential to build educational pathways and experiences that allow humans to flourish. Dustin holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where he served as the Student Trustee on Cornell’s Board of Trustees and was named a Fulbright Grantee. He is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Education Graduate School of Education.

Eva Jones
Girl Up Leader

Eva Jones, Founding President of Hood River Valley High School Girl Up, 2018-19 Girl Up Teen Advisor, and Zero Hour Ambassador grew up in the beautiful Columbia Gorge within a diverse community and environment. Watching wildfires ravage the forests and grasslands, salmon populations dwindle, and Mt Hood glaciers recede in Oregon grabbed her attention to the frontline impacts not only she but other more vulnerable communities face because of climate change. Her club has raised over $55,000 for Girl Up, donated over 4,500 menstrual products to local women, and expanded their advocacy to local, state, and federal levels. In 2019, Eva attended the United Nations Youth Climate Summit and then the World Economic Forum as a youth tent coordinator for Arctic Basecamp where she marched with Greta Thunberg.

September 23, 13:45
13:45 — 14:30 EST (GMT-5) (45′)

Activism, Climate, Data, Education, Environment, Gender Equality, Leave No One Behind, Multilateralism, Planet, Youth

| Host: UN Foundation |, Dustin Liu (UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations), Eva Jones (Girl Up Leader), Lucy Biggers (Now This News), Neeshad Shafi (+SocialGood Connector and Co-Founder Youth Climate & Environment Association of Qatar), Pita Taufatofua (Tongan Olympian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to the Pacific), Rajesh Mirchandani (United Nations Foundation)

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