#SustyTalk: UN Live’s CEO Molly Fannon on creating a mass culture for net-zero at COP27

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion ahead of COP27, with UN Live’s chief executive Molly Fannon discussing whether the summit has an inclusivity problem and how businesses can create equitable sustainable transitions for all parts of the world.


edie’s #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion ahead of COP27, with UN Live’s chief executive Molly Fannon discussing whether the summit has an inclusivity problem and how businesses can create equitable sustainable transitions for all parts of the world.

With edie readers working remotely or on furlough, this series of video interviews has been running since spring 2020, keeping you connected to the inspirational business leaders who are continuing to drive sustainability and champion climate action from their own homes.

#SustyTalk is all about keeping edie’s loyal readers connected to sustainable business leaders across the world, whilst reminding us all that sustainability and climate action must go on through the current Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Even as delegates arrive in Egypt for the COP27 climate conference, many will be tuning in to the discussions remotely. Accessibility to these negotiations has never been more important, yet the opportunity for activists and youth movements to get around the table with key decision makers is dwindling.

There is a danger that these important voices are being overlooked due to not being able to get to COP27, however, their voices will be key to generating the discussion that will make a difference in countries it matters most.

In response to this, UN Live in partnership with the IKEA Foundation has produced network of ‘portals’ in Sharm El-Sheikh connected to 10 other locations worldwide – from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to Nakivale in Uganda – to bring a platform to voices in hard-to-reach places around the world. It is supported by collaborators at MIT’s Centre for Constructive Communication, and will enable real-time conversations between activists and decision makers, bringing forward crucial perspectives on the climate crisis to the heart of COP27.

As such, this Net-Zero November SustyTalk special sees edie speak with UN Live’s chief executive Molly Fannon to address whether COP27 has an inclusivity problem.

During the discussion, Fannon outlines what steps UN Live is taking to make COP27 more accessible, while also discussing how businesses and activists can work to create a “mass culture” around climate solutions and net-zero trajectories.

To find out more about how IKEA Foundation’s partnership with UN Live is helping create the world’s largest conversation on climate, visit museumfortheunitednations.org

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