Pittsburgh Global Town Hall

Updated Sept. 26: If you missed the Pittsburgh Global Town Hall or would like a chance to refresh yourself on some of the main message and events, recordings of the live streams are now available:

The Pittsburgh Global Town Hall synthesizes discussions on climate change, gender equity, and sustainable development in order to reimagine an agenda for global governance reform. Participants will be encouraged to scale local issues and solutions to global ones and reconfigure citizen activism for social justice.

The European Studies Center and the Global Studies Center, with the support of the Office of the Provost and in partnership with Global Voice, the Workable World Trust, and Citizens for Global Solutions, will host the Second Annual Global Town Hall Meeting on UN and Global Governance Reform on Thursday, September 19 and Friday September 20, 2019. The theme for the discussion will be “Climate, Gender, and Sustainable Development: From Local Activism to Global Reform.”

The two-day event will feature panels, breakout sessions, and lectures. It will also be livestreamed globally, just days before the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on September 23; there is no need to register to participate remotely.

Seating is limited. Register today.

Thursday, September 19

5:30 p.m. – Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Paulo Magalhães, “Common Home of Humanity: Creating the Legal Environment to Meet Climate and Nature Emergencies” 
View the video.


Support provided in part by a Getting to Know Europe Grant from the EU Delegation to the US.


Friday, September 20

Events on Friday, September 20 will be held in Connelly Ballroom at Alumni Hall except the Breakout Sessions

8:30 a.m. – Global Town Hall Check-in. Light breakfast provided.

9:00am – Welcome

9:30am – Overview: The Road to 2020 with Earl James, Global Voice

10:00am – Expert Panel Plenary: Gender, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development

Panelists include:

  • 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 in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Program

Moderated by Ariel Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Pitt

Livestream (beginning at 9 a.m.): http://pi.tt/globaltownhall-plenary

12:00pm – Lunch (free to the first 100 people to register)

1:00 pm - Keynote Address: Power and the Green Belt Movement

Wanjira Mathai, Wangari Maathai Foundation

Livestream: http://pi.tt/globaltownhall-keynote

2:00pm – Breakout Sessions (William Pitt Union)

  • Economics of Sustainability with Paulo Magalhães and Aurora Sharrard (Director of Sustainability, University of Pittsburgh)

Moderator: Michaël Aklin

Moderator: Burcu Savun

  • Gender and Development with Raquel Lagunas and anupama jain

Moderator: Muge Finkel

  • Climate Action and Social Justice with Nora Löhle (Program Director, Energy and Environment, Heinrich Böll Foundation), Eva Resnick-Day (Community Organizer, Sierra Club), and Katharina Schulze

Moderator: Michael Goodhart

3:30pm – Break. Light food and refreshments provided.

4:00pm – Global Town Hall and Public Discussion of Next Steps

Livestream: http://pi.tt/globaltownhall-publicdiscussion

Co-sponsors of the Global Town Hall include:

  • Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
  • Department of Political Science
  • Center for International Legal Education
  • African Studies Program
  • Department of Geology
  • Office of the Provost
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Program

For detailed information about venue locations, see this custom view on Google Maps.

This event has been certified as a zero waste event by the Pitt Student Office for Sustainability. The organizers have also endeavored to make the event carbon neutral. Carbon offsets have been purchased through goldstandard.org to support a biomass power project in Chhattisgarh, India that promotes gender equality, as well as sustainability. For more, see: www.goldstandard.org/projects/20-mw-biomass-power-project-chhattisgarh-i....

See the accompanying youth-focused event.