Given the gravity of the climate crisis, stronger global climate and environmental governance is urgently needed. The Climate Governance Commission’s new Interim Report, Governing our Climate Future, explores global governance proposals to address the climate crisis.

The United Nations (UN) Secretary General has urged all nations to declare a state of climate emergency, and has also called the recent Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ⎯ which reports the worsening unprecedented, unequivocal and irreversible (for centuries to millennia) effects caused by human-induced global heating ⎯ a “Code Red for Humanity.”

Even with this sharpening scientific understanding, the vast majority of the world’s emitters are not yet on track to meet their pledges of emission cuts, and current global governance approaches remain weak, lacking in accountability mechanisms, fragmented and siloed. In order to support the Paris Agreement commitments, what new approaches and governance innovations might the international community wish to consider, as a matter of priority? And what strategies can be considered to ensure that these innovations are implemented?

Invitations are personal and non-transferable.


  • 08:00 Welcome

    Greetings from Magnus Jiborn, Head of Research, Global Challenges Foundation and Member of the Climate Governance Commission.

  • 08:05 The Gravity of Current Scientific and Governance Challenges

    • Johan Rockström, Professor Earth System Science, University of Potsdam, Director Potsdam Institute Climate Impact Research (PIK)
    • Rebekah Shirley, Director of Research, Data and Innovation, World Resources Institute Africa
    • Amanda Ellis, Former UN Ambassador of New Zealand; Senior Director Global Partnerships at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory; Executive Director, Asia-Pacific, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation; Advisory Board, Global Governance Forum

  • 08:20 Setting the Stage: Results to Date of the Climate Governance Commission, Global Challenges Foundation: Interim Report, Governing Our Climate Future

    • Maja Groff, Convenor, Climate Governance Commission
    • Johan Falk, Founder and Head of the Exponential Roadmap Initiative

  • 08:30 Open Discussion among participants on the theme, including future strategies and opportunities for collaboration


  • 09:25 Conclusions and Wrap Up: Looking Forward

    Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Global Governance, Justice and Security Program at the Stimson Center, and Member of the Climate Governance Commission.

  • 09:30 End of breakfast session



Johan Rockström speaking at the COP26 Networking Breakfast

Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), addressing the audience at the COP26 Networking Breakfast