Paulo Magalhães, CHH’s founder and presidente, and Emeritus Professor Will Steffen, CHH’s scientific committee co-chair, were invited to be the keynote speakers on the last day of the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity.
The Jeju Research Institute, Coalition for Our Common Future and the Common Home of Humanity have joined forces to organize a session on The Earth System and Climate Crisis: Seeking Stronger Global Governance.
The changes of the global system caused by climate crisis have been occurring as rapidly as the nation's economic growth over the past half century, and the great acceleration of the climate crisis has warned that there will be a situation that we humans have never experienced before.
The rapid changes in CO2 levels observed in Mauna Loa in Hawaii since 1958 began to warn people all over the world a great disaster that is called climate crisis.
The current climate crisis (heat waves, sea level rise, and floods) become an upcoming threat, which was ignored in the past.
As the seriousness of climate crisis spread, the general public began to recognize the seriousness of this crisis, such as the frequent occurrence of natural disasters (floods, droughts, and the spread of infectious diseases) over the past two decades. However, it is also true that scepticism about climate crisis has grown recently due to the economic recession and refugee problems faced by many countries around the world.
In response, Paris Agreement was adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015, however, it is not sufficient to establish effective climate crisis governance. Therefore, this year’s Jeju Forum have recognized the seriousness of climate crisis and looked for strategic approaches and action plans to reinforce climate crisis governance.
Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, opened the session and Maria Fernanda Espinosa, president of the 73rd session at the UN General Assembly and CHH’s first Ambassador, presented an important speech on Global Governance.
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