Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Making Peace with Nature: A Global Endeavor We Can Achieve

Date and Time
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Making Peace with Nature: A Global Endeavor We Can Achieve


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Marking its 75th anniversary, in January 2020, the United Nations (UN) launched a global consultation of 1.5 million survey respondents from over 195 countries and territories with the aim of gathering information about perceptions and aspirations concerning the world we want. In the framework of the Rethinking Diplomacy Program, the Duke Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) has launched a UN75 webinar series to address key issues of global concern highlighted by the global consultation.

As the second event of the Rethinking Diplomacy - UN75 series, DUCIGS in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (NIEPS) and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), will welcome Ms. Joyce Msuya, Deputy Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Assistant Secretary-General, for a dialog with the Duke community on the highest long-term priorities identified by the UN75 Report Climate Change and Environmental Issues and UNEP’s recently published blueprint report Making Peace with Nature External link. This science-based report explores the devastation created by the three interconnected planetary crises facing humanity – climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution – as well as, according to UN Secretary General, “a bedrock for hope.”  From transforming nature to transforming humankind’s relationship with nature, this report presents a plan to sustainably restore Earth‘s capacity to sustain human well-being.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. William Pan and Dr. Elizabeth Losos from Duke University. During this conversation we will touch upon environmental diplomacy and discuss on the means available for the implementation of this ambitious plan, what is the role of academic and research institutions, and how this blueprint plan will affect UNEP’s global leadership role as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022 and its contribution toward achieving the aspirations stressed by the UN75 global consultation, and the UN Sustainable Develop Goals by 2030.