The Heat: UN Biodiversity Summit

The Heat

A man paddles his kayak as Mount Seulawah is seen in the background in Banda Aceh on September 28, 2020. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

The UN General Assembly meetings, held virtually this year because of coronavirus, focused this week on the issue of Biodiversity. Leaders from around the world, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressed a UN Summit. They focused on the health of the planet and the unique challenges it faces to protect the environment.  We also turn our attention to the United Nations Development Programme and issues including poverty and inequality.

Joining the discussion:

  • Changhua Wu is the Executive Director at the Professional Association for China’s Environment.
  • Sweta Chakraborty is a Risk and Behavorial Scientist and expert on climate science.
  • Paul Bledsoe is president of Bledsoe and Associates and served as a climate advisor for US President Bill Clinton.
  • Achim Steiner  is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

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