Christophe NUTTALL has an Ecological Engineering degree and a PHD in Development Geography and 20 years of experience with the United Nations. In 2005 he joined UNDP as the Director of the Hub for Innovative Partnerships. He lead the development of partnerships with local / regional authorities for the UN system. He has developed a number of initiatives among which the Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC), which aims to chart a new low-carbon route to development at the subnational level with official recognition from the UNFCCC’s COP 16 in Cancun. In January 2012, following exchanges between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and with approval from R20’s members and partners, Christophe Nuttall was appointed as the first Executive Director of the R20 Regions of Climate Action.
At the young age of 15 Alaa Murabit completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Zawia, Libya. It was there that she enrolled in medical school and driven by her desire to create inclusive processes and institutions founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) in 2011 at the age of 21. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilizing traditional and historical role models Murabit champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” are replicated internationally.
Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded by Oprah for her innovative approach to security, Murabit acts as advisor to numerous international security boards, think tanks and organizations. Most recently she was nominated to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) Global Advisory Board, UN Women Global Advisory Board and Harvard University’s “Everywoman, Everywhere” initiative. The first Ashoka Fellow elected from Libya, Murabit is the youngest recipient of the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award by the Italian Government, was named the “International Trust Women Hero 2014” by The New York Times and “One of 25 women under 25 to watch” by Newsweek. Most recently she was selected as a “100 Top Woman” by the BBC and the SAFE Global Hero
Detrimental effects of climate change can be felt in the short-term through natural hazards, such as landslides, floods and hurricanes; and in the long-term, through more gradual degradation of the environment.
The adverse effects of these events are already felt in many areas, including in relation to, inter alia, agriculture and food security; biodiversity and ecosystems; water resources; human health; human settlements and migration patterns; and energy, transport and industry.
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