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On Thursday, 27 May, from 08.50am – 12.15pm, the IIEA and Embassy of France in Ireland will host a climate and sustainability conference, entitled Climate and Community │ Le climat, Tous ensemble! By showcasing a wide range of perspectives and visions, this conference will sharpen the focus on the important task of addressing the triple planetary crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

Over three sessions, political leaders, distinguished business executives, and esteemed climate advocates will examine the essential role that collective community engagement plays in the pursuit of a more sustainable, decarbonised, and equitable future. This conference will take place on Thursday, 27 May from 08.50a.m. – 12.15p.m.  via the Zoom platform.

Please note that you will be asked to register for each session of the conference. Registration is free and this conference is open to the public.


Session I – The Climate Policy Landscape Before COP26

08.50am – 09.50am

Session I of the conference – The Climate Policy Landscape Before COP26 – will take place from 08.50am-09.50am. In this session, Laurence Tubiana, President of the European Climate Foundation and key architect of the historic Paris Agreement at COP21, will reflect on the progress that has been made and will highlight what still needs to be done to increase levels of climate ambition at COP26. Minister Eamon Ryan TD will outline Ireland’s pathway to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and will indicate the State’s priorities at COP26. H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, France’s Climate Ambassador and Special Representative at COP26 will moderate this session and will briefly reflect on France’s roadmap to carbon-neutrality.

To register for Session I, please follow this Zoom link and enter your details:


Session II – Businesses and Sustainability

10.00am – 11.00am

Session II – Businesses and Sustainability – will take place from 10.00a.m. – 11.00a.m. This session will focus on the important work that two leading organisations are pursuing to adapt their business models to ensure they are carbon-neutral and aligned to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Mr Bastien Grandgeorge, CEO of Decathlon Ireland, will outline Decathlon’s plan to fully decarbonise its operations by 2050 and Mr David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, will outline the Irish postal service’s strategy to reach net-zero.

To register for Session II, please follow this Zoom link and enter your details:


Session III – Climate Advocates

11.15am – 12.15pm

Session III – Climate Advocates – will take place from 11.15a.m. – 12.15p.m. Mrs Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, will lead this session with a keynote address on the need to ensure that the international transition to a carbon-neutral and climate resilient future is both equitable and just. Ms Inna Modja, Land Ambassador, UN Convention to Combat Desertification, will discuss ‘The Great Green Wall’, a project to combat desertification by planting a wall of trees stretching horizontally across the entire Sahel region of Africa. Ms Orla Murphy, representative of the winning team of the inter-varsity Climathon Competition 2021, will deliver a presentation on the climate impact of ‘fast fashion’.

To register for Session II, please follow this Zoom link and enter your details:


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