Sustainability Week Switzerland Opening Ceremony
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Climate Crisis - Out of Balance: Confronting Equity and Sustainability

Opening remarks by Marie-Laure Salles (Director, The Graduate Institute)
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Sustainability is an issue of equity and justice. While the effects of the climate crisis are felt globally, developed countries are significantly more responsible for the greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere.

Yet developing countries and low-income communities in the developed world are more likely to suffer the negative impacts of climate change.

This year’s Sustainability Week Switzerland National Opening Ceremony is titled "Climate Crisis - Out of Balance: Confronting Equity and Sustainability".

Bringing together sustainability equity experts from around the globe, this panel will equip attendees with the intellectual tools necessary to work towards local and global sustainable policies and practices.

Each year, Sustainability Week Switzerland (SWS) plans sustainability-oriented events at higher education institutions in 15 cities across Switzerland. The SWS National Opening Ceremony will kick off a month-long series of events and engagement nationwide.

The National Opening Ceremony will feature:

  • Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren (Director of External Affairs, Green Climate Fund)
  • Adenike Oladosu (Initiator, Fridays For Future Nigeria)
  • Marie-Claire Graf (President, VSN-FDD-FSS)
  • Opening remarks by Dr. Marie-Laure Salles (Director, The Graduate Institute)

This year’s SWS National Opening Ceremony will be hosted online via Webex on 4 March 2021, 14.00 – 15.30 CET. The event will be hosted in English. Questions from the audience will be solicited - international attendees are encouraged to register and tune in.

At the Opening Event, the winner of the Lens on Sustainability Photo Contest will also be announced, and the impact of Sustainability Week Switzerland over the last three years will be highlighted.