This webinar, co-hosted by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, brings together world-leading experts to discuss how natural capital accounting can help in the fight against climate change, biodiversity loss, and air pollution (responsible for over seven million deaths a year).
Panelists will discuss the economic rationale for placing nature at the heart of the recovery from COVID-19, highlighting a global UN-led effort to develop new statistics that reveal, rather than conceal, the impacts and dependencies of economies on nature. The resulting System of Environmental Economic Accounts - Ecosystem Accounting is expected to be adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2021, providing high-quality, rigorous data on biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment-economy nexus.
Confirmed speakers include:
Monica Contestabile, Editor in Chief, Nature Sustainability, as moderator of the event.
Professor Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge
Elliott Harris, United Nations Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs
Bert Kroese, Deputy Director General, Statistics Netherlands and Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting
The event will be opened by Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division.
Attendees will gain a ‘first look’ into a series of landmark reports being launched for the webinar, and in the weeks to follow. These include:
1. How Natural Capital Accounting Contributes to Integrated Policies for Sustainability and associated reports (United Nations, 2020); and
2. Building Forward: Investments in a Resilient Recovery (Agarwala, et al 2020).
3. The Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity (HM Treasury, 2020).
CET: 15:30 - 16:30
AET: 01:30 - 02:30
NY - EST: 09:30 - 10:30
Johannesburg - SAST: 16:30 - 17:30