A Prosperous Future For All – Gender, Climate Change and Biodiversity in a Globalized World

Event Date: 
February 28, 2013 - 3:30pm
Embassy of Sweden | Washington, D.C.

Women and men are impacted differently by climate change and can contribute in different ways to solving the challenges at hand. With this notion the Nordic countries and the Nordic Council of Ministers have played a key role in raising and maintaining gender equality as a fundamental issue regarding climate change. Set on this topic, the Council and Worldwatch Institute together with the Swedish Embassy have invited key role thinkers for a seminar discussion focusing both on the developing world, the US and northern Europe. Register for the free event here.

The side event will go behind the scenes of the Nordic Cool festival and focus on how the New Nordic Food initiative has managed to be a driver for sustainable change, taking into consideration the challenges of gender equality, climate change impacts and maintaining biodiversity. 

Among the speakers: Sweden’s Minister for Rural Affairs  Eskil Erlandsson, Robert Engelman, President of Worldwatch Institute, and June Russel of GreenMarket, Grow NYC.

At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be offered a tasting of biodiversity arranged by the Danish chef/food writer Trine Hahnemann and the Swedish chef Frida Johansson, private Chef to the Ambassador of Sweden. Register for the free event here.


3:30 pmWelcome, Ambassador Jonas Hafström, Embassy of Sweden 
3:35 pm

The Nordic countries meet the US - How does the global discourse on gender equality, climate change and biodiversity meet policy?

Eskil Erlandson, Sweden’s Minister for Rural Affairs

 3:55 pm

Perspectives from the US - How one American state is grappling with climate change, biodiversity, and localizing the economy.

John Griffin, Secretary of Natural Resources, State of Maryland (invited)

4:15 pm

From a global perspective on gender, climate and biodiversity to a North American and North European perspective -  How has the northern regions addressed the issue of gender equality, climate change and biodiversity?

Robert Engelman, President, Worldwatch Institute
Mads Randbøll Wolff, Senior Adviser, Nordic Council of Ministers

4:35 pm

Panel Discussion - How can we move from the global perspective to concrete actions on the regional, national and local level?

Seth Shames, Senior Project Manager, Ecoagriculture partners, Washington
June Russel, GreenMarket, Grow NYC
Trine Hahnemann, Chef/food writer

 5:30 pm

Reception with Nordic Food - A Taste of Biodiversity

 Moderator:   Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute

Register for the free event here.