At this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos on 16–20 January, the TESS Director was in demand on an array of issues at the interface of trade and sustainability. The Davos 2023 slogan was Cooperation in a fragmented world. Sustainability and climate issues were high on the agenda and present in many debates.
Beyond her engagement in the launch of the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate, Carolyn Deere Birkbeck was invited to moderate three sessions.
At Geneva Day @ House of Switzerland on 17 January, Carolyn moderated the opening high-level panel on Beat plastic pollution: Delivering systems change at speed and scale, where the presidents of Switzerland and Ecuador delivered keynotes, and the head of the WHO, the Rwandan Environment Minister, and leaders from civil society and the private sector spoke.
Carolyn then moderated a WEF session on Delivering a global plastics treaty: Catalysing action towards 2024. At the session, leaders from government, including ministers from Indonesia, Colombia, and Rwanda, civil society, and the business sector unpacked the challenges and opportunities of a global treaty.
Earlier that day, Carolyn moderated a WEF session on Enabling circularity of critical materials, with speakers including the Minister of Trade of Zambia and business executives from a range of relevant sectors.