204. Pathway to achieving deforestation-free commitments: A private and public sector perspective: 10:15am – 11:15am
Event time: 10:15am — 11:15am
Location: Park Hub East, Convene, 101 Park Avenue
Event organizer: WWF Forest Practice, WWF Food Practice, Climate Focus
As the clock ticks down to 2020, this is a critical moment to take stock of deforestation-free commitments that have been made, and formulate needs to happen – both in the public and private sector sphere – to bring about real changes by 2020 and beyond.
Close to 800 companies and numerous governments have committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. Yet deforestation and habitat conversion driven by commodities including beef, palm oil, soy and cocoa continues unabated.
Taking advantage of the high-level presence of political decision makers and business representatives, this event will give political and corporate champions a platform to showcase their progress but also identify critical actions needed by government leaders and private sector, both on the demand and supply side, to drastically accelerate the pace of halting deforestation and eliminating deforestation.
The aim is to come out of this event with strong calls for actions by businesses and policy decision makers and potentially new commitments and announcements.
Moderation: Will Baldwin-Cantello, Leader Forest Practice, WWF International
•Charlotte Streck, Co-Founder and Director, Climate Focus
•Yann Wehrling, French Ambassador to the Environment, Government of France
•Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, Counsellor, European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York
•Ghana Forestry Commission, invited
•Christiaan Prins, Head of External Affairs,Barry Callebaut
•Kevin Rabinovitch, Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer
Partners/Sponsors: Climate Focus (Charlotte Streck); Companies, retailers, government representatives, NGOs