Global Economy: New Challenges and Shifting Horizons
Panel Session
Pavilion 8, Conference Hall 8.3

The largest global contributors of greenhouse gases impacting climate change have recently indicated that they are now prepared to introduce more concrete measure to curtail emissions, while taking steps to ensure a more efficient use of resources. With climate change taking an increasingly important role in bilateral relations amongst the largest economies, can we expect this to translate into new global agreements to manage climate-related risks? Will economic decision-making give more weight to green and sustainable growth factors? Will we see the emergence of low-carbon and resource-efficient systems on national and regional levels? What can be done at the national level to finance an orderly transition to an economic growth model resilient to climate change?

Elena Lazko , Partner, Head of Green Agenda Programme, Deloitte

Alexander Bedritsky , Adviser to the President, Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues of the Russian Federation
Patrick Verkooijen , Special Representative for Climate Change, The World Bank Group
Gonzague de Pirey , General Delegate for Russia, Ukraine and the C.I.S., Saint-Gobain; Chairman, Association of French enterprises in Russia for ecology and energy efficiency
Sergey Donskoy , Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Yong Li , Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Oleg Mukhamedshin , Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Director for Strategy, Business Development and Financial Markets, RUSAL
Jean-Maurice Ripert , Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Russian Federation
Cihan Sultanoglu , Assistant Secretary-General, The United Nations Organizations; Regional Director, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the United Nations Development Programme


Key moments

Carbon tax has to be the point of origin. It drives energy efficiency.
Chintan Shah
We need to move from words to action. Science is clear, the economics is compelling and now it is up to political leaders to make changes happen.
Patrick Verkooijen
All countries have a collective responsibility to define an international framework of action that can reconcile everyone’s aspiration to prosperity with the natural limits of our planet.
Jean-Maurice Ripert
There will be no better time than now to initiate transformative investments into new green technologies and into efficiency in traditional sectors.
Cihan Sultanoglu