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Frank Biermann to speak at UN General Assembly

Find the text of the “Governance in the Anthropocene: Towards Planetary Stewardship” presentation here.

Frank Biermann, chair of the Earth System Governance research alliance, will give a plenary presentation in the United Nations General Assembly on 22 April in New York. He will address the member states in an Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature of the General Assembly.

In December 2013, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/68/216 requesting the President of the General Assembly to convene, at its sixty-eighth session, this interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day, with the participation of Member States, United Nations organizations and independent stakeholders to advance discussions on Harmony with Nature in order to promote a balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The same resolution also encouraged giving appropriate consideration to the issue of Harmony with Nature in the elaboration of the post-20l5 development agenda.

The special thematic debate will start with an opening and a high-level segment in the morning with H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the General Assembly, a Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E Mr. Sacha Llorentty Solίz, Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations, and Ms. Tonya Gonnella Frichner, American Indian Law Alliance of New York and New Jersey. This will be followed by an interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussion moderated by Ms. Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center, at which Prof. Frank Biermann will present on “Governance in the Anthropocene: Towards Planetary Stewardship”. The event will end with a brief closing segment in the afternoon, during which a chair’s summary of the debate will be presented.

Concept Note (pdf)

Provisional Programme (pdf)

UN Harmony with Nature website

UN web TV video of the Interactive Session (presentation starts around 2′ 20′‘)

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