Feeling the Heat: Expectations for UN 26th Climate Conference (COP26)



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Feeling the Heat: Expectations for UN 26th Climate Conference (COP26) CLIMATE FORUM


Friday, October 1, 2021

1:30pm - 5:00pm PDT

The United Nations Associations in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii have joined together to present a groundbreaking forum in anticipation of the United Nations 26th Climate Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow in early November, 2021. Renowned climate experts from federal as well as state governments, NGOs and the academic community, joined by youth advocates, will provide in-depth information about the context, content, and potential results of COP26. 

The Forum will explore needs for all nations to demonstrate their political will with greater commitments and robust action plans -- imperative due to current impacts of climate change and the existential threat of potentially irreversible global warming that the UN's IPCC scientists recently reported. The unique leadership role of the United States, including its western states and territories to mitigate the climate crisis over the decades and plans for future action, will be highlighted. Join a community of people concerned about the future of our planet, including youth climate advocates, as we come together for this thought provoking event and leave mobilized to take action to make a real and lasting difference. 


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2020 Presidential candidate and 23rd Governor of Washington state - one of the best clean-energy economies in America. Led adoption of nation-leading state climate policies for 100% clean electricity, clean fuels, and capping and reducing emissions. Co author, "Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy."

Founder, Earth Uprising International. Led demonstrations outside UN's NY headquarters from 2018. Co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike and founder of Earth Uprising, leader in Fridays for Future movement.

University of California Berkeley Professor of Energy, Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, co-Director of Berkeley Institute of Environment, Goldman School of Public Policy; Nobel Laureate and a principal or contributing author of UN IPCC reports; formerly US Department of State Science Envoy and World Bank energy expert.

Co-Executive Director of Greenpeace USA since 2014, with leading responsibilities and international project organization since joining Greenpeace in 1988.

Junior U.S. Senator representing California. Member, Senate Committees on Budget, Environment and Public Works, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Judiciary, and Rules. California’s first Latino Secretary of State. As a State Senator, passed more than 70 bills, including landmark legislation to combat climate change.

Associate Professor & endowed Presidential Chair, Management of Complex Systems Department & Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology Program, UC Merced. Researcher, social & political economic dimensions of climate change mitigation in tropical forests & the role of Indigenous Peoples, the politics of climate finance (with emphasis on carbon markets), global environmental governance, climate equity & justice. Lead, the new UC System-Wide Center for Climate Justice.  

Director, Office of Global Change Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs U.S. Department of State. Manager, climate change policy, programs and negotiations. Lead U.S. negotiator for UN climate negotiations.

California State Senator - legislative leader on climate change, energy, social justice, including co-author of law to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045; chair - Senate Budget-Fiscal Review Committee, vice-chair - Women’s Caucus.

Third term, Maui County Council. Chair, the Council’s Climate Action, Resilience, and Environment Committee. Vice President, Hawai`i State Association of Counties Executive Committee. Board member & representative at COP26, ICLEI-USA - Local Governments for Sustainability. Appointee, Local Government Advisory Committee to the EPA. Vice President and co-founder, Pacific Biodiesel (nation’s longest operating biodiesel producer).

Stanford University Professor of Earth System Science and Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Director Woods Institute for the Environment, co-chair of UN IPCC report on risks and adaptation (2008-2015).

Former Senior Instructor and Program Director, Oregon State University. Sustainable Natural Resources, Forests and Climate Change Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Working Group.

Climate advocate, formerly corporate executive. Just launched Galvanize Climate Solutions investing in decarbonization. President NextGenAmerica 2013-2019 until U.S. presidential candidacy. Signer - the Giving Pledge.

Associate Research Professor at George Mason University. Served as Co-Principal Investigator (with Edward Maibach & Anthony Leiserowitz) of the Yale/George Mason University Climate Change in the American Mindaudience research program, tracking public opinion about climate change. At the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason since 2007.

Executive Director, UN Association of the USA (UNA-USA) since 2019 after serving as Senior Director of Membership and Programs.  Previously leadership in several non-governmental organizations.

UNA-USA Global Goal co-Ambassador SDG13 - Climate Action; recent BA graduate, led university delegation to COP23, COP24, and COP25 conferences, founded UNA-USA campus chapter organizing Earth Day and other programs.

Associate Professor of Medicine University of California San Francisco, Public Health leadership including Director of the Do No Harm Coalition and commission member of Healthy California for All.  Recently published “INFLAMED: Deep Medicine & the Anatomy of Injustice” co-authored with Raj Patel.

UNA-USA Global Goal co-Ambassador SDG 13 - Climate Action. Works for Sustainable Westchester. Co-founded environmental justice forum for NY Department of Environmental Conservation. Represented U.S. at UN General Assembly Youth Plenary & ECOSOC Youth Forum. Young Professionals Chairman UNA Westchester County.

UNA-USA’s 2021-2022 Youth Observer to the United Nations, Senior George Washington University, 7 years volunteer leader at UNICEF-USA.

General Counsel to the International Indian Treaty Council for 18 years (1994–2012), Alberto has been with IEN since 2013. He has also represented many organizations before human rights fora at the UN and Organization of American States. Longtime participant at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Actively engaged in negotiations for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of indigenous Peoples.

Subject matter expert, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Extensive experience in Renewables, Biotechnology, Defense & Space, Government & Management Consulting, UN agencies. President & Chair, UNA San Diego. Representative to UN Economic & Social Council. Regional Officer, UNA National Council. Board Member, PopCulture Hero Coalition. 

Former Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations focusing on intergovernmental processes and strategy, policy, and planning in agriculture and fisheries development. Mr. Haight is the President of UNA Monterey Bay chapter.



President of United Nations Association Portland, National Council Regional Representative, Chair UNA Women Portland, Professor Emerita. Human-AI-Climate Innovation Strategist, Civilizational Studies, Education, DEI Expertise. Entrepreneur & Futurist, Author of upcoming series "My Beautiful World."


UNA-USA, President Northern California Division; Director and past President - East Bay Chapter, National Council Regional Representative; United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 1972-2003. 


Co-Founder, Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice. Executive leadership, 50+ NGOs/electoral campaigns/media outlets. NGO delegate 12 UNFCCC COPs including COP3-Kyoto & COP21-Paris. Coordinator, international exhibition  Conversations with the Earth – Indigenous Voices on Climate Change: Smithsonian/National Museum of the American Indian.  


President of the UNA-USA Southern California Division. Regional Representative to UNA-USA National Council, formerly UNA-USA Southern California Division VP for Resource Development. Host and producer of "Conversations for Peace" with 13 episodes online. Independent Investment Consultant.


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