september, 2021

03sep14:3016:00Event OverFeaturedVirtual EventOpen Forum: EARTH - Youth Involvement in Achieving Net Zero through Advocacy and Direct ActionTasneem Essop, Christian Schwarzer, Amy Wickham, and Giulia Jacovella14:30 - 16:00

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Tasneem Essop: Tasneem Essop is an expert on climate, energy, poverty and social justice issues and is the Founding Director of the Energy Democracy Initiative in South Africa.
South African born and based, Ms Essop has significant experience in the climate movement. She has held various senior government positions in South Africa. She was a global climate policy and strategy leader for environmental NGO WWF International and served as the Head of Delegation for the organisation at the UNFCCC including at the Paris COP. During this period she also served on the Board of the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) and was an active participant in the work of CAN International.

Tasneem is also serving her second term as Commissioner in the National Planning Commission of South Africa. She was also recently appointed to the Board of Sanparks, the leading conservation authority in South Africa.
Before joining WWF in 2008, she held the positions of Provincial Minister for the Environment, Planning and Economic Development and Provincial Minister of Transport, Public Works and Property Management in the Western Cape.
Before becoming a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature in 1994, she was a trade unionist in COSATU Western Cape. She is a qualified teacher.

Her vast management and leadership experience include convening and building consensus around common goals amongst stakeholders from government, labour, business and communities, building collaborative partnerships, working in virtual teams across cultures, and building strong organisational governance, with an emphasis on finance.

Amy Wickham: Amy Wickham is a Programme Specialist on Climate, Energy and Environment at UNICEF. Since joining UNICEF in 2013 she has been conducting significant research and analysis on the environmental pollution and climate change consequences for women, children and young people, identifying technical innovations for more environmentally sustainable programmes, as well as documentation, reporting and awareness raising through various advocacy methods at each of country, regional and global levels. She has worked at UNICEF Zimbabwe, UNICEF Mongolia and is now based at UNICEF HQ in New York. Previously, she has worked with international organizations in Kenya, India, Ireland and Rwanda. She has bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and an MSc in Development Practice.

Giulia Jacovella: Giulia is a multi-faceted, efficient and reliable policy and communication expert with over 6 years of professional experience in Senegal, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the UK. Since 2013, she has been working for organisations promoting resource governance, rural development, food and energy security, human rights and gender equality and equity. She is currently based in New York, where she works as a Youth and Climate Analyst at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Her diversified skill set covers research, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder relations, writing, editing, graphic design and project management. She has excellent inter-personal, communication and analytical skills. She is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French. Giulia holds a master degree in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from SOAS University (UK) and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from LUISS University (Italy).

Christian Schwarzer: Christian is one of the founders of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and has dedicated most of his life to working on biodiversity and environmental issues. In recognition of his accomplishments in biodiversity policy and advocacy, he has been appointed as Youth Ambassador for the UN Decade on Biodiversity. He is a member of NAJU and Co-Chair of Germany’s NGO working group on biodiversity policy. He has participated in over 25 rounds of UN negotiations under the UNFCCC, IPBES and the CBD, has published numerous articles and studies on environmental policy issues, and is one of the lead authors of CBD in a Nutshell.

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