UN-REDD TEDxNairobi Talks Available Online
The event, which was hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre on 30 October 2013 in Nairobi, focused on how we can change the operating systems that govern our lives in the city.
By 2030, most of us will be living in cities, alongside five billion other people, mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The way we live in these “mega-cities” will put a strain on the world’s resources, promote conflict in our communities and threaten the well-being of our planet. However, our cities also generate jobs and income.
With good governance, they can deliver education, health care and opportunities for social mobilization and the empowerment of women. The challenge for us in the next few decades; is learning how to exploit the possibilities that urbanization offers, without damaging the lives of millions in rural communities.
The UN-REDD Programme’s sponsored speakers provided perspectives on the issues at hand:
- Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary General of the UN: The Future we Want
- Prof Virgilio Viana, CEO Fundação Amazonas Sustentável: Revaluing Ecosystems
- Martha Isabel (Pati) Ruiz Corzo, Champion of the Earth 2013 and director of the Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda in Central Mexico: A Champion in the Hills
Peter Lee, Executive Director of Global Forest Watch Canada: Global Forest Watch