UNESCO Forum on Biodiversity: On the road to Kunming

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Our Planet, Our Future: 50 Years of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme
"On the road to Kunming"

24 March 2021, from 1:00 to 5:30 pm

The year 2021 is a crucial year for biodiversity, during which new objectives and new commitments will be made for the coming decade. UNESCO, as a laboratory of ideas and a guardian organization of knowledge and know-how respectful of biodiversity, has an important role to play in helping to shape and fuel a dialogue on environmental challenges and their implications, both ethical and for peace in the world. This is the goal of its Biodiversity Forum, which was held online on Wednesday 24 March 2021 from 1:00 p.m. The Biodiversity Forum welcomed prestigious guests from all over the world and various actors committed to the benefit of biodiversity.

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Photo: Mustard and flower fields in Dong Chuan, Kunming, China. © Shutterstock.com

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UNESCO Forum on Biodiversity
Our Planet, Our Future: 50 Years of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme
"On the road to Kunming"

The online event is accessible in French and English and broadcast on UNESCO's various online communication media and through partner media sites.

  • 01:00 pm - Inaugural session
    Launch of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme: A Different Way of Living Together on Earth
  • 02:00 pm - Session 1
    Facing the Challenges: Climate, Biodiversity and Ocean
  • 02:45 pm- Session 2
    The Ocean: transforming knowledge for policy, economic and citizen action
  • 04:00 pm - Session 3
    Passing on our capacities for action and transformation: on the road to Kunming

Inaugural session

Launch of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme: A Different Way of Living Together on Earth

1:00-2:00 pm (Time in Paris, France, GMT+1)

This inaugural session marks the official launch of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. The MAB programme, an intergovernmental scientific programme, was launched in 1971 with the aim of establishing a benchmark for improving the relationship between people and their environment. Its pioneering vision, which involves combining the natural and social sciences to improve human livelihoods and safeguard biodiversity and natural resources, makes it an important contributor to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

2021 is also a “super year” for biodiversity, during which new objectives and commitments will be made for the coming decade. UNESCO and all its partners have joined forces in this regard.


  • Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
  • Dr Jane Goodall, DBE. Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace; UNESCO-MAB 50th Anniversary Patron
  • Joint interview: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Antoine Arnault, Image and Environment, LVMH
  • Message from Pope Francis read by Mrg Francesco Follo, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO


Session 1: Facing the Challenges: Climate, Biodiversity and Ocean


02:00-02:40 pm (Time in Paris, France, GMT+1)




Photo: young volonteers participate in a mangrove restoration project, Thailand. © Sura Nualpradid / Shutterstock.com

Session 2: The Ocean: transforming knowledge for policy, economic and citizen action


02:45-03:45 pm (Time in Paris, France, GMT+1)

Human health and well-being, including sustainable and equitable economic development, depend on the health and safety of the ocean. The ocean provides food and sustenance for more than 3 billion people. It is an essential ally in the fight against climate change and the erosion of biodiversity, and is a source of important cultural, aesthetic and recreational values. This session aims to highlight the central role of the ocean in the post-COVID world. It underlines that, in addition to ensuring an equitable and sustainable recovery, we must act now if we are to achieve real climate action, preserve biodiversity and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Ocean health is central to achieving these goals. The purpose of the Ocean Science Decade is “to catalyse transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean”. Building on the experience of different actors (scientists, the media, sportspeople and civil society), it will highlight innovative actions rooted in science, emphasizing the appropriation of knowledge by society as a whole and its use for a more resilient, equitable and sustainable future.


  • Jesse H. Ausubel, Director of the Human Environment Program, Rockefeller University (New York, USA)
  • Damian Carrington, Environment Editor, The Guardian
  • Maya Gabeira, Big Wave Surfer, 2x World Record Holder, Oceana Ambassador
  • Boris Hermann, Vendée Globe Race 2020-2021 Skipper, Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco
  • Romain Troublé, Director-General, Tara Foundations


  • David Eades, Chief Presenter, BBC TV News
  • Taylor Goelz, Program Manager, Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, Aspen Institute | Member, Ocean Decade Early Career Ocean Professional Informal Working Group
Photo: Turtle hatchlings © seasoning 17

Session 3: Passing on our capacities for action and transformation: on the road to Kunming


04:00-05:15 pm (Time in Paris, France, GMT+1)

This session aims to discuss a roadmap for action towards an ecological and solidarity-based transition. The roadmap will illustrate the eight transitions that the CBD (GEOBON Report 5) has identified as necessary for a more sustainable coexistence between societies and nature, and build on the practices and solutions shared by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The goal is to develop a vision of how we can coexist on Earth differently and co-construct a common world that is inhabitable by all in 2030.

To achieve this reconciliation and respectful cohabitation, we must put biodiversity and climate action at the centre of our decisions and actions, given its essential role in the health, economy and well-being.  This session contributes to the development of a concept note for the 2021 G20 in Italy, and seek to ensure that we no longer destroy the habitability of our common home and pass on this right to all present and future generations, building on the Global Network and the MAB Network’s youth-led movement in Kunming and for Stockholm +50 in 2022.




05:15-05:30 pm




Photo: Porto Santo Biosphere Reserve is located in the archipelago of Madeira, Portugal. ©  Porto Santo Biosphere Reserve


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Context and objectives


Climate change and the erosion of biodiversity are interdependent challenges. They both contribute to the devastation of lives, ecosystems, habitats and our natural and cultural heritage. Their multifaceted impact takes the form of forest fires, destruction of mangroves, and increased ocean temperatures leading to coral bleaching. These two phenomena are also responsible for droughts, food shortages and forced migration, causing serious health consequences as with the COVID-19 crisis, and exacerbating poverty and inequalities, which are obstacles to peace worldwide.

The IPCC and IPBES reports are clear. Global warming must be limited to 1.5°C if we are to avoid even more dramatic consequences of climate change. Above this threshold, the human, economic and planetary costs could be catastrophic: extinction of species, islands submerged by oceans, water extremes, proliferation of toxic algae, and the emergence of new viruses and bacteria due to the melting of the cryosphere. Based on our current trajectory, however, global warming is likely to be around 4°C. Similarly, according to a damning IPBES report on the biodiversity crisis and the causes of pandemics, nothing will ever be the same again. Human activities have already profoundly altered nature over most of the planet: this concerns 75% of the terrestrial environment, 40% of the marine environment, 50% of rivers, and 1 million species, which are threatened with extinction.

It is largely due to the impressive technologies developed from the industrial revolution to the present day, and their limitless use, that we have entered the Anthropocene. This anthropogenic environmental emergency raises the question of the stakes and challenges of science in the 21st century, but also our ethical principles, particularly with respect to responsibility for environmental crises: that of political decision makers, economic leaders, the scientific community, opinion leaders, economists, citizens activists, philosophers, moralists, theologians, indigenous peoples, and above all, each and every one of us as citizens of the world. Reconciling with the living world requires an understanding of scientific issues and also individual and collective responsibility.

UNESCO is inviting everyone to play their part in building the foundations of this shared world through a series of events and meetings in 2021 to share practices, solutions and activities that are respectful of all ecosystems. Indeed, the UNESCO Biodiversity Forum on 24 March, the World Conservation Congress in Marseille in September, the COP 15 in Kunming, China, and finally the COP 26 on climate change in Glasgow in November will be opportunities to show our ambition and obtain concrete commitments for the planet. These meetings will allow us to facilitate progress towards an ecological and solidarity-based transition within territories and Member States.

It is in this general context that the UNESCO Biodiversity Forum will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man and the Biosphere programme. The anniversary will reflect achievements made over the past half century and pay tribute to those who have made a significant contribution to the programme, paving the way for the future by focusing on young people in biosphere reserves.

Within this framework, UNESCO invites debate on the following challenges:

  • Finding different ways of living together on Earth, through climate action, biodiversity preservation and ocean health;
  • Exploring the interdependence of issues affecting the planet and humanity;
  • Respectfully managing the Earth for present and future generations and in interaction with other living species, building on the principles of solidarity, equity and justice;
  • Blurring the boundaries that separate us from the rest of the living world;
  • Maintaining the independence of science and the integrity of the scientific process, which is necessary for environmental decision-making;
  • Breaking down barriers to accessing scientific information, given that environmental decisions should be based on and guided by the best available scientific knowledge;
  • Recognising different forms of knowledge, including that of indigenous peoples, for the harmonious management of biodiversity;
  • Developing a conception of contemporary social and economic life that integrates concern for the sustainability of the system over the very long term;
  • Reducing inequalities and eradicating poverty, which is exacerbated by environmental and health crises;
  • Preventing harm and supporting citizen action in relation to the management and use of the planet's resources.
Photo: © Mwali Biosphere Reserve (Comoros)

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UNESCO, as a laboratory of ideas and a guardian for knowledge and know-how that respects biodiversity and the environment, has an important role to play in helping to nurture and shape dialogue on environmental challenges and their implications for ethics and world peace. Given UNESCO's mandate as a multidisciplinary entity within the UN system, it can play a leading role in addressing these issues within a framework that promotes the importance of human values.

We do this through our programmes supporting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, the co-production of scientific, local and indigenous knowledge as well as environmental education and the safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage, but also through platforms for dialogue such as this Forum of Ideas. Indeed, UNESCO’s mandate covers Biosphere Reserves, World Heritage sites, Geoparks, conservation, and the protection of the oceans. It is precisely at the crossroads of these fields that dialogue on environmental issues needs to take place. It is therefore up to UNESCO to propose, building on this sustained momentum, a profound “reformulation” of the bedrock principles of the relationship between humans and the living world, at the crossroads of the three converging issues of climate, biodiversity and the ocean.

As early as 2017, in the Declaration of Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change, UNESCO’s Member States affirmed that "the interaction between humans and ecosystems is particularly important because of their strong interdependence" (Article 4.2) and drew the ethical consequences of this, mainly concerning equity and justice between humans. The time has come to broaden these ethical principles beyond climate change and beyond the human realm.

UNESCO's Ambition for 2030: 100% responsible for our Earth

The post-2020 agreement on biodiversity, currently under negotiation, suggests preserving 30% of the planet in protected areas. UNESCO is already contributing to these efforts through the creation of areas that reconcile conservation with the sustainable use of biodiversity. These areas include UNESCO’s 252 Natural World Heritage sites, 714 Biosphere Reserves, and 161 World Geoparks. Within these sites, UNESCO currently protects 6% of the Earth’s land mass, an area equivalent to the surface of China.

UNESCO's ambition is for all humans to take responsibility for and become protectors of the living world. In 2021, as UNESCO celebrates its 75th anniversary, it wishes to share its expertise and launch dialogue on the diversity of solutions that allow us to meet these challenges by drawing on the knowledge and practices of the millions of people inhabiting the planet’s ecosystems. UNESCO also wishes to be open to ideas, good practices and solutions developed by the personalities and partner organizations invited to this Forum.

Photo: Beach clean-up initiative in Maio Biosphere Reserve (Cabo Verde) © Jeff Wilson FFI

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Main speakers

The Biodiversity Forum will welcome prestigious guests from all over the world and various actors committed to the benefit of biodiversity.
The speakers are presented below in the order of their participation in the event.
More information about the speakers will be made available soon.



Audrey Azoulay

Inaugural session 
Director-General of UNESCO

The 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference elected Audrey Azoulay as Director-General of UNESCO, succeeding Irina Bokova. She took office on 15 November 2017 for a four-year term.

A graduate of France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration and of the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques, she holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (UK).

Having worked in the sector of culture since the start of her professional career, Audrey Azoulay has notably focused on the funding of French public broadcasting and on the reform and modernization of France’s film support system. She has also served the European Commission providing her expertise on issues concerning culture and communication.



Dr Jane Goodall, DBE

Inaugural session 
Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace; UNESCO-MAB 50th Anniversary Patron

Jane Goodall is an ethologist renowned for her groundbreaking research into the wild chimpanzees of Gombe, now in its 60th year and part of the Gombe Masito Ugalla Biosphere Reserve approved in 2018.

The Jane Goodall Institute was founded in 1977 and Dr Goodall travels more than 300 days a year sharing stories about the programmes of the Jane Goodall Institute including the welfare of captive chimpanzees, community centred conservation and the global humanitarian and environment programme empowering young people, Roots & Shoots.

She stresses that every day every action we take makes a difference and it is up to each one of us to decide what kind of difference we wish to make.



Antoine Arnault

Inaugural session 

LVMH Image & Environment

Antoine Arnault is a French businessman. He graduated from HEC Montreal and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He has been CEO of Berluti, the Paris-based company specializing in upscale shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear for men, since 2012.

Antoine Arnault is also Chairman of Loro Piana, the Italian label renowned for its materials of the finest quality. Previously, he was Head of Communications at Louis Vuitton. Both Berluti and Loro Piana are part of the LVMH Group, of which Antoine Arnault has been a member of the Board since 2006.

In 2011, he launched the “Journées Particulières”, the concept being to give the public free, “behind-the-scenes” access to Maisons of the LVMH Group. In his current roles Antoine Arnault supervises all image and environment issues related to the LVMH Group.


Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan

Session 1 
UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace

Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan is a leading advocate for science in the Arab World.

In her capacity as a UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace, HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is invited to bring her support to centers and organizations, which are established by UNESCO within the field of science diplomacy and fostering cooperation between scientists. Princess Sumaya has long been an active supporter of the UNESCO initiative SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle). This laboratory, the first major international research centre of the region, is expected to boost research and scientific cooperation in the Middle East across inter-regional divides.

HRH Princess Sumaya’s passion for science led her to act as chair of many scientific organizations. She has been the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan since 2006. She is also the Deputy-Chair of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, a government body that advises Jordan on public policy issues relating to science and technology.


Ana Maria Hernández Salgar

Session 1 
Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Ana Maria Hernandez Salgar (Colombia) is an expert in the field of biodiversity, with a focus on environmental law, international negotiations and the science-policy interface.

In her more than 22 years of experience she has worked at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, the Ministry of Environment, the Fundación NaturaCert and was a professor at the Universidad del Rosario and the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. 

She has participated extensively in work under the Convention on Biological Diversity, served on the Bureaux of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD), the Protocol on Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife to the Cartagena Convention and IPBES. In May 2019 she was elected as Chair of IPBES.


Hoesung Lee

Session 1 
Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Dr. Hoesung Lee is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), elected since October 2015 and professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. His research encompasses the economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences, council member of the Global Green Growth Institute, steering committee member of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum Japan and a member of the Asian Development Bank President’s Advisory Board on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Lee was the founding president of the Korea Energy Economics Institute -- a government agency for national energy policy development. He was Distinguished Research Fellow at the Korea Environment Institute, senior adviser to the Minister of Energy and Resources and the Minister of Environment, senior fellow at the Korea Development Institute and economist at Exxon Company USA. He served as the president of the International Association for Energy Economics, president of the Korea Resources Economics, member of the International Advisory Board of the Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Lab, USA, the Board of Directors of Hyundai Corporation and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan. He was Co-chair of the IPCC Working Group III (the socio-economic dimensions of climate change) for the Second Assessment which provided a scientific basis for the UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol. He served as Vice-Chair of IPCC 2008-2015, lead author and review editor for the various IPCC assessments. He has served on many national and international committees addressing climate change and energy. He received B.A. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from Rutgers University, USA.

Peter Thomson

Session 1 
The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean



Jesse H. Ausubel

Session 2 
Director of the Human Environment Program, Rockefeller University (New York, USA)

Jesse Ausubel has aimed for four decades to elaborate the vision of a large, prosperous society that emits little or nothing harmful and spares large amounts of land and sea for nature. 

He has helped design and conduct major international research programs including the World Climate Program, Census of Marine Life, and Barcode of Life initiative. 


Damian Carrington

Session 2 
Environment Editor, The Guardian











Maya Gabeira

Session 2 
Big Wave Surfer, 2x World Record Holder, Oceana Ambassador











Boris Hermann

Session 2 
Vendée Globe Race 2020-2021 Skipper, Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco











Romain Troublé

Session 2 
Director-General, Tara Foundation











Wasfia Nazreen

Session 3 
Mountaineer and environmental activist

Wasfia Nazreen is a National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer and the only woman to hold these simultaneous titles.

Although she is most known for being the only Bangladeshi and first Bengali in the world to climb the Seven Summits, aka the highest mountains of every continent, her passion has always been driven by causes close to her heart. She has won numerous national and global awards for her activism and commitment to empowering women through the field of adventure. She was named by Outside magazine as one of 40 women in the last 40 years who have advanced and challenged the outdoor world through their leadership, innovation, and athletic feats, and by Men's Journal as one of the 25 most adventurous women of the past 25 years.

As an Expedition Expert, she takes leaders on journeys into nature to connect with self, humanity, and the earth so that together we can commit to solutions that will create positive change for our planet. She is the subject of the award-winning short film Wasfia, produced by Apple Inc. Nazreen is currently working on her memoir, a children's book and a television project based out of Los Angeles, while prepping for her next big climbs.


Basile Van Havre

Session 3
Co-Chair, Convention on Biological Diversity, Post-2020 Open-Ended Working Group

Basile van Havre is Co-Chair of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Open-Ended Working Group to develop the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

At the CBD 14th Conference of the Parties in November 2018, Mr. van Havre and his Co-Chair, Francis Ogwal (Uganda), were elected by CBD Parties to Co-Chair and oversee a Party-driven process to develop the new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. They will co-chair a series of three all-Party meetings of the CBD post-2020 open-ended working group in Kenya, China, and Colombia between 2019 and 2020. These global discussions will explore options for a new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with a 2050 Vision, 2030 Mission, and associated Goals and Targets for CBD Parties to implement domestically. CBD Parties will then deliver a draft post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for agreement at the CBD’s 15th Conference of the Parties in China in October 2021



Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Session 3
Representative of the Indigenous Peoples of Lake Chad, SDG Advocate of the UNSG

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist, member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo community, Founder and president of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) to introduce income revenue activities for women and 3D participatory mapping to build sustainable ecosystems management and reduction of nature-based resource conflicts.

She is also a UN Sustainable Development Goal Advocate, a member of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and served as co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change during the historic UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. She also serves as a Conservation International Senior Fellow, Vice Chair, of the Global Forest Coalition and member of the Earthshot Prize Council, Her many awards include, the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award; the 2020 Refugee International’s Holbrooke Award; and the Danielle Mitterrand Prize. Hindou’s TED talk has surpassed more than 1 million views. 


Nicolas Hulot

Session 3
Honorary President of La Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la nature et l'homme (The Foundation for Nature and Mankind

Nicolas Hulot is first known to the public for his television programme Ushuaïa: an experience that will last 25 years.

In 1990, Nicolas Hulot created the Ushuaïa Foundation, which later became the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Man. In December 2012, on a voluntary basis, he was appointed "Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for the protection of the planet". He actively participated in the COP 21 in Paris in December 2015.

In May 2017, he was appointed Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition in the Édouard Philippe government.

On 30 January 2019, he became Honorary President of his Foundation



Arnaud Lallement

Session 3
Three Stars Chef, Chiefs4thePlanet

Trained by Roger Vergé, Michel Guerard and Alain Chapel, Arnaud Lallement claims an apprenticeship that goes beyond technique. Arnaud Lallement's is built in resonance with the Champagne region, its territory, its landscapes and its wine.

“Every morning the first thing I do is look at nature, the buds, the flowers, hear it, let it permeate. It seems to me that I see certain things without seeing them, but certain images will resurface unexpectedly and take precedence over the technique in the creation of the dishes. My hand is at the service of this nature. It is nature who will generate the emotion."




Alice Roth

Session 3
MAB Youth

Alice Roth is vice-chair of Co'MAB, an association which promotes the engagement of young adults in French biosphere reserves.

She is also project manager for the French MAB committee.









Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Shamila Nair-Bedouelle took up her duties as Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO on 1 April 2019.

She comes to UNESCO from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she had served as Director of the OzonAction programme since 2012. Responsible for implementing the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol, she had coordinated a unique network of 147 national Ozone Action offices, providing developing countries with scientific and technical advice as to which alternative technologies to choose to the chemical substances depleting the Ozone Layer. A strong advocate for enhancing womens’ role in science and engineering, she launched UNEP’s first training programme for women technicians.

Dr Nair-Bedouelle has pursued her research interests in parallel to her career at the United Nations. She has been Director of Research at the University of Paris V in France since 2000 and was nominated First Class Director of Research at INSERM in 2017.



Photos: © Shutterstock.com - © UNESCO/ C. Alix - © Vincent Calmel - © Mazen Saggar -  © Courtesy of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan - © Courtesy of Hoesung Lee - © IPBES - © Courtesy of Damian Carrington - © Courtesy of  Wasfia Nazreeen - © Courtesy of Maya Gabeira - © Courtesy of Boris Hermann -  © Marin Le Roux/ polaRYSE/ Fondation Tara Ocean - © Courtesy of Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim - © Courtesy of  Basile van Havre - © Courtesy of  Shamila Nair-Bedouelle -

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Hala Gorani

Inaugural sessione & session 1
Anchor for CNN International

Hala Gorani is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International and is based in London.

She anchors Hala Gorani Tonight, a show that brings viewers into the heart of CNN's International newsgathering operation and immerses them in the latest stories of the day, weeknights at 7:00pm BST.







David Eades

Session 2
Chief Presenter, BBC TV News











Taylor Goelz

Session 2
Program Manager, Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, Aspen Institute | Member, Ocean Decade Early Career Ocean Professional Informal Working Group

Taylor Goelz is an early career ocean professional (ECOP) and works on shipping decarbonization at the Aspen Institute.

She’s been heavily involved in U.S. and international planning for the Ocean Decade and hosts The Ocean Decade Show, a podcast focused on telling the human stories of the next 10 years.







Dominique Laresche

Session 3
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, TV5 Monde

After presenting international news as well as African news (Journal Afrique) for several years, I am now the editor-in-chief and presenter of Objectif Monde and Objectif Monde L’hebdo. Two formats for a magazine that deals with major societal or geopolitical themes that run through our societies through reports from TV5MONDE partner channels (RTBF RTS FRANCETV and RADIO-CANADA) and by crossing the perspectives of the journalists who produced these reports with those of main actors (political experts etc ...).

Building, preparing, presenting, hosting a monthly programme in a 1h30 format is a new and enriching experience after having spent 20 years covering sports, and African and international news.

In the era of tweeted information, summed up in a few words, and sometimes anxiety-provoking, Objectif Monde is a magazine that is off the mark and wants to take the time to explain, popularize and show different approaches by proposing solutions.



Photos: © Courtesy of Hala Gorani -  © Courtesy of David Eades - © Courtesy of Taylor Goelz - © Courtesy of Dominique Laresche


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