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Fri, Dec 11


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Global Citizen Award Discussion on Climate Finance &COVID-19 Recovery

The UNA-Canada's High-Level Armchair Discussion on Climate Finance & COVID-19 Recovery was an online event focused on addressing the implications of COVID-19 on the economy and exploring pathways to recovery with an emphasis on climate finance.

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Global Citizen Award Discussion on Climate Finance &COVID-19 Recovery
Global Citizen Award Discussion on Climate Finance &COVID-19 Recovery

Time & Location

Dec 11, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Online Event

About the Event

This virtual event was a prestigious online event aimed at dissecting the multifaceted impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global and Canadian economies, with a keen focus on identifying sustainable pathways towards economic recovery. This insightful forum gathered a panel of distinguished experts and leaders in the fields of finance, banking, and economic policy, to share their perspectives and strategies on navigating the challenges posed by the pandemic, while emphasizing the critical role of climate finance in fostering a resilient and sustainable economic future.

The event featured a remarkable lineup of speakers, including Kate White, the former president of the United Nations Association in Canada; Walied Soliman, the Global Chair of Canadian chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP; Louis Vachon, CEO of National Bank Canada; Doug Guzman, Group Head of RBC Wealth Management and Insurance; and the event's honoree, Mark Carney, a globally recognized authority on financial stability and climate change mitigation.

The purpose of this high-level dialogue was not only to explore the immediate economic repercussions of COVID-19 but also to delve into the broader implications for climate finance and sustainable development. The conversation spanned a variety of critical topics, including the importance of quick and effective governmental and business responses to crises, the accelerating shift towards digitalization across sectors, the vital role of adaptability and resilience in overcoming current and future challenges, and the unique position of Canada in leveraging its inclusive policies and innovative spirit to attract global talent and drive forward a green recovery.

This event underscored the collective optimism among leaders regarding the future of Canada and western economies at large, despite the prevailing uncertainties. It also aimed to inspire young professionals and future leaders, emphasizing the importance of passion, adaptability, and a global mindset in building a career that not only withstands but thrives amidst global challenges.

The event highlighted a pivotal moment where thought leaders converge to shape the discourse on economic recovery, climate finance, and the role of innovation in building a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future. This event stands as a beacon of hope and a call to action for policymakers, business leaders, and the youth, marking a step forward in the journey towards a better world post-COVID-19.

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