Pitt Global Town Hall

Climate, Gender, and Sustainability: Local to Global

The European Studies Center, the Global Studies Center, and the University Center for International Studies, with the support of the Office of the Provost and the Year of Pitt Global Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with Global Voice and the Workable World Trust, hosted the Second Annual Global Town Hall Meeting on UN and Global Governance Reform on Thursday 19 September to Friday 20 September 2019.
The theme for the discussion was “Climate, Gender, and Sustainable Development: Local to Global”.

The Global Town hall began on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm in The Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning with the Opening Lecture by Paulo Magalhaes, "Common Home of Humanity: Creating the Legal Environment to Meet Climate and Nature Emergencies."   

The Global Town Hall continued throughout Friday, September 20, 2019 in the Connelly Ballroom, Alumni Hall. Highlights includeded:

  • Overview: The Road to 2020 by Earl James, Global Voice
  • Expert Panel Plenary: Gender, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development.
  • A Break Sessions on Economics of Sustainability, Security, Gender and Development, and Climate Action and Social Justice.

Amongst PITT faculty moderators, the following guest speakers attended panels and discussed global sustainability:

  • Paulo Magalhães, Common Home of Humanity
  • Anupama Jain, City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission
  • Katharina Schulze, Green Party Member, State Parliament, Bavaria, Germany
  • Raquel Lagunas, Gender Mainstreaming Advisor in the Gender Team, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Program
  • Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • Nora Löhle, Program Director, Energy and Environment, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Covering Climate Now has extensively reported about the past Global Town Hall and the sustainability efforts brought forward by the City of Pittsburgh.