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COP26 Arctic events

25 October 2021

Governance Arctic Climate Change Pan-Arctic Outside the Arctic

4 November | Inuit resilience and solutions to climate change in Arctic ecosystems

Thursday 4 November @ 9:30-10:30 GMT. Watch live on Panda.org

For thousands of years, Inuit have been part of the Arctic ecosystem. Journey through stories shared from this esteemed panel of climate leaders that take you from the local to the global, discussing examples of Inuit resilience and adaptation to climate change from across the circumpolar Arctic. This panel will explore how Inuit culture and values can shape successful climate adaptation in a region warming at three times the global average.

Moderator: Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough, International Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council

  • Brian Pottle, President, Canadian National Inuit Youth Council
  • Jimmy Oleekatalik, Manager, A’viqtuuq Inuit Protected and Conserved Area project with the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association
  • Adelaine (Addy) Ahmasuk, Emerging Leader, Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska
  • Dr. Victoria Qutuuq Buschman, Conservation Research Fellow, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
  • Brandon Laforest, WWF-Canada


5 November | Reducing ships’ black carbon emissions to protect the Arctic

Friday 5 November @ 14:30 GMT. Register here.

Speakers will address the Arctic cryosphere crisis, the implications for the people of the Arctic and the planet as a whole, implications for health and the role of shipping in reducing impacts through black carbon reductions.

  • Prof. Dirk Notz, University of Hamburg/Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Virtual): The end of the ice-age?
  • Lisa Koperqualuk, Vice President, International Affairs, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canada: Black Carbon, Snow, and Ice – Impacts in the Arctic and the need for Global Partnerships
  • Her Excellency, Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano, High Commissioner for the Tonga High Commission in London: Coral and Ice: Same World; Same Future!
  • Dr Richard Hixson, FRCA FFICM, Consultant in Critical Care and Co-founder NHS Ocean on: Human healthcare and the oceans
  • Dr Bryan Comer, Marine Program Lead, International Council on Clean Transportation (Virtual): Black carbon and shipping: Trends and policy options to protect the Arctic and the planet


6 November | The future of the ocean and cryosphere in our hands

Saturday 6 November from 9:30-10:30 GMT. Watch live on The Met Office's YouTube channel.

The oceans are warming and acidifying, sea level is rising and ice is melting. The choices we make now will affect the ocean and the cryosphere beyond the end of this century. Many changes may be irreversible for centuries to come and commit us to longer-term sea level rise. How will this affect marine ecosystems, ocean resources, services and society, and how can we build resilience?


  • Helene Hewitt (IPCC WGI CLA, Met Office Hadley Centre)
  • Michael Meredith (IPCC SROCC CLA, British Antarctic Survey)
  • Valerie Masson-Delmotte (IPCC WGI Co-Chair; Université Paris Saclay/IPSL/LSCE, France)
  • Rondrotiana Barimalala (IPCC WG1 LA, University of Cape Town)
  • Tamsin Edwards (IPCC WG1 LA, King’s College London)
  • Fiammetta Straneo (Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD)
  • Roshanka Ranasinghe (IPCC WGI CLA, IHE Delft/Deltares)
  • Martin Sommerkorn (IPCC SROCC CLA, WWF Arctic Programme)
  • Sonia Español-Jiménez (MERI Foundation)
  • A.K.M. Saiful Islam (IPCC WGI LA, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology)


8 November | Ecumene 2021: Sustainable Finance for Climate Change Roundtables

Monday 8 November @ 10:00-17:00 GMT Live broadcast in English and Russian interpretations will be available here.

Further to the Ecumene 2021 Congress on sustainable finance, which was held this year at the end of September in Moscow, Viacheslav Fetisov, UN Goodwill Ambassador and Gazprombank JSC with support of International and Comparative Research Center and BE2B organizes roundtables at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

From 15:00-17:00 GMT, Arctic Programme Sustainable Development and Governance Lead Jan Dusík will participate in the Sustainable Development in the Arctic roundtable.


10 November | Canada’s Major Carbon Stores key to Holding Global Warming to 1.5ºC

Saturday 10 November @ 16:00-17:00 GMT. Watch live on Panda.org

Join WWF-Canada and partners for the official release of Canada’s first-ever national carbon analysis and map. Learn about the enormous amounts of above- and below-ground carbon stored in terrestrial ecosystems throughout the country and how they were calculated. The panel will include a discussion on recommended actions, including improving monitoring and reporting on areas of high-carbon storage and developing financial mechanisms to support stewardship and carbon guardians. The panel will also discuss the essential role Indigenous Peoples in the Hudson and James Bay Lowlands are playing in protecting globally significant natural carbon stores.

Moderator: Mary MacDonald, SVP & Chief Conservation Officer, WWF-Canada


  • James Snider, VP Science, Knowledge & Innovation, WWF-Canada
  • Alemu Gonsamo, Associate Professor, McMaster University
  • Vern Cheechoo, Director of Lands & Resources Mushkegowuk Council


Past events:

Nature-Climate-People: tales from across the ocean

Monday 1 November from 15:30-16:30 GMT. Watch the recording.

This event will showcase the Nature-Climate-People nexus and how tales from international and cross-sector ocean partners underline the importance of the ocean and its biodiversity to societies across the world and the urgency and ambition required to limit warming to 1.5 °C, enhance NDCs to help achieve Net Zero with no overshoot and make ocean ecosystems part of the solution. Panellist will summarise the findings of IPCC and IPBES assessments and new societal and scientific initiatives for sustaining this unique habitat and Earth’s essential life support system.

Moderator: Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory


  • Sir Robert Watson, former chair of the IPBES and lead author of UN report 'Making Peace with Nature'
  • Hans Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair IPCC WGII & AWI
  • Cameron Diver, Deputy Director General, The Pacific Community
  • Dalee Sambo Dorough, International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Martin Sommerkorn, WWF Arctic Programme & IPCC
  • more TBC