What does COP26 need to deliver

Ambition, adaptation and altered mindsets: what COP26 needs to deliver

The highly anticipated COP26 Climate Summit starts this weekend. Some have labelled it the world’s last great hope to unite the world in addressing climate change, but will it live up to its promise?
As world leaders gather in Glasgow, the decisions they make will have major implications for decades to come. With momentum building, Forum’s Associate Director for Climate, Dhaval Negandhi, and Director - UK/Europe, Hannah Pathak, call out five key things the Summit must address if we are to achieve deep transformation in the way the world works: raising ambition; decisive action on adaptation; ensuring just transitions; promoting systems thinking; and going beyond net zero to embrace a just and regenerative mindset.
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Guiding star

Net Zero as a milestone, not destination

Talk around the 'race to zero’ is only getting louder as COP26 comes closer – but are Net Zero approaches really enough given the environmental and social challenges we face?

On 16 November, Forum will launch a new report exploring the next wave of sustainability: ‘just and regenerative’. We’re set to define what this means for business, why it matters and how to get there.

In advance of the launch, Forum’s Associate Director – Transformational Strategies, James Payne, and Global Programmes Director, Caroline Ashley, outline three reasons reasons why we should now all be setting our sights on a truly 'just and regenerative' future, and why this will unlock the transformation we need.

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Protein Challenge Southeast Asia

Protein Challenge Southeast Asia: Call to Action out now 

People, planet, and protein. The production and consumption of protein sits at the nexus of multiple sustainability issues in the Southeast Asia region, with critical implications for human health and livelihoods, biodiversity protection and how we solve for climate change. What are the requirements for evolving the protein system towards one that is just and regenerative?

At a recent webinar, our team shared a Case for Action report, setting out requirements for evolving the protein system in Southeast Asia towards one that is just and regenerative in its outcomes and crucially, fit for the future. This report raises important questions about the effectiveness of current interventions in sustainable protein, and the critical role of financial actors in driving a truly future-fit protein system.

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The Futures Centre

Mobile phone apps
Signal of change
Google and YouTube cracking down on misinformation

Google and YouTube are removing vaccine disinformation and demonetising content denying climate change. This move brings to light several questions surrounding the impact tech giants like Alphabet can have on society, democracy and public discourse. 
Woman in train station
Reimagining post-COVID cities: a gendered approach
Post COVID-19 visions have prioritised resilient infrastructure, local governance, even green futures but are largely devoid of ways to make cities better places for women. How can urban planners implement a gender-sensitive recovery to ensure women have equal access to cities? 

Ashali Bhandari  from Transitions Research joins us on the Futures Centre to explore how Indian cities can reimagine equitable urban systems.

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School of System Change

Applying regenerative practice to systems beyond place 
Putting living systems back in the equation isn’t easy work, but it is possible, and deeply rewarding. Where might we start? Laura Winn, Forum's Head of School of System Change, offers three sets of practices that can support a regenerative outlook, even when working with systems that seem disconnected with place.
Basecamp 2022
Basecamp 2022
Are you serious about innovation for transformational change in a 1.5ºC world and keen to learn new ways of thinking to get to grips with complex sustainability challenges?

If so, start your systems change learning journey with one of Forum’s 2022 Basecamp programmes.

Register your interest today

Nature and climate: our single existential crisis

October’s first phase of the UN Biodiversity Conference put a spotlight on the urgent need to conserve, restore and sustainably manage the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems – but its goals continue to be largely overshadowed by the COP26 Climate Summit. 

It's clear that we are not yet recognising the deep, intricate connections between nature and climate, which in turns undermines our ability to solve for either of these challenges in the long term. 

Forum’s Dhaval Negandhi, and Chief Development Officer, Jane Lawton, explore the critical shifts needed if we’re to look at nature and climate as the single existential crisis it truly is. 

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Climate civil society in India

Civil society and climate action in India: collaborating to build resilience

Supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Forum has been facilitating a participatory process for climate action civil society organisations (CSOs) working on climate action in India. This aims to use futures and systems change approaches to build the resilience of the sector and amplify its collective impact. 

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Jobs at Forum

We're hiring!

We have a number of exciting roles to fill in our London office: 
•   Global Financial Controller. Application closing 1 November.
•    Principal Strategist. Application closing 15 November.

We use Applied as part of our recruitment process as Forum wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment. We promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion both in our own workplace and through our work with our partners and the wider public. You can also subscribe to Forum job alerts. 


Cotton 2040 roundtables
11 November, 30 November, 14 December 
Creating a climate-resilient cotton sector 
Building on the first-ever global analysis of the impacts of climate change on cotton production, the Cotton 2040 initiative is hosting three virtual roundtable events for organisations from across the cotton sector. 
Apply to participate
Just and regenerative business
10 November
‘Just and Regenerative’ Business: the What, Why and How

Forum’s Chief Executive, Dr Sally Uren, will join Social Venture Circle and the American Sustainable Business Council on 10 November at 1pm ET for a discussion on the opportunity for businesses to put ‘just and regenerative’ approaches at the heart of how they operate.
Register here


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