- Viacheslav Fetisov – UN Goodwill Ambassador, Chair of All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation
- Vladimir Mau – Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
The new initiative of the Ecumene is a series of meetings within the platform of the Ecumene Discussion Club, which is launched in order to create an expert community interested in receiving and exchanging relevant information about significant events in Russia and abroad. More than 10 such events are planned for the first half of 2023. Participation is by invitation only.
At the moment we are actively shaping the concept of the Ecumene Club and invite you to participate in its development and subscribe to newsletters about our future events:
October 21, 2022, 3 pm MSK
Energy of the Future
November 14, 2022, 10 am MSK
Discussion Sessions at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)
Ecumene 2022: Global Financial Forum was held in Moscow on September 28-30, 2022.
As a follow-up to the Forum, on November 14, 2022, UN Goodwill Ambassador Viacheslav Fetisov and Gazprombank JSC, with the support of BloomGroup Company and the International and Comparative Law Research Center, organized discussion sessions at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27).
In 2022 COP27 took place under the chairmanship of Egypt in the coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh from November 7 to 18. The goal of the COP27 was to implement actions in line with previous agreements in all areas related to climate change, with a focus on protecting people from the immediate effects of climate change, ensuring that no one was left behind.
The Egyptian Presidency of COP27 pointed to the need first and foremost to meet current financial commitments with a total financial target of $100 billion and a doubling of global adaptation funding, and to adopt overall global financing ambitions to ensure long-term, sustainable, and effective action on climate change.
The agenda emphasized comprehensive actions to combat climate change by further reducing emissions and addressing climate change adaptation to save lives and livelihoods.
COP27 focused on how the world planned to pay for the cost of combating climate change, which is estimated to be $125 trillion by 2050.
The results of all discussion sessions will be sent to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and to the President of the Russian Federation.
NOVEMBER 29, 2022, 10 AM MSK
2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27): Main Results
The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) was held from November 6 to 18, 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh under the chairmanship of Egypt. The aim of COP27 is to implement actions in line with previous agreements in all areas related to climate change, with a focus on protecting people from the immediate effects of climate change, ensuring that no one is forgotten.
The results of the Conference of the Parties were presented and discussed at the round table of the Ecumene Discussion Club which was held on November 29th, 2022 at the UN House in Moscow.
December 23, 2022, 10 AM MSK
Carbon Exchanges and Carbon Markets
Climate agenda is an important factor of the global development. In today's reality of transition to a green economy, the issue of effective business is related to its climate profile: carbon footprint, the company's climate strategy, reduction and compensation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from production activities.
Trading in quotas and carbon units is an effective mechanism for limiting GHG emissions and compensating for carbon footprint.
At present there are already 26 systems of trading in GHG emissions in the world, and a segment of the voluntary carbon market is actively developing. In addition, market mechanisms under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement are expected to be launched soon.
In this regard, it is extremely important to form a reliable, transparent, sustainable national infrastructure of carbon trading. This is primarily the creation of an ‘ideal’ national market through the development of a system of quotas for GHG emissions in a pilot mode, the implementation of climate projects at a methodological level in line with the world's leading practices.
JANUARY 26, 2023, 10 AM MSK
Round Table on Science and Education Dedicated to the Day of Russian Science
As part of the development and discussion of the ideas raised at the Ecumene Global Financial Forum, and in order to create and develop an expert community interested in receiving and exchanging relevant information about iconic trends in the country and abroad, it is necessary to pay particular attention to the key role of the science and education playing in this agenda as the most important sources of information and knowledge.
Science and education connect and unite society, generations and countries, promote communication between people and create opportunities for building an unprecedented, constructive, systemic dialogue.
In continuation of the Students Day in Russia and approaching the Day of Russian Science an open and constructive dialogue was held at the Discussion Club meeting, which became a significant contribution to the most important component of the long-term national security strategy of our country in the context of the development of the global agenda of sustainable development.
FEBRUARY 13, 2023, 10 AM MSK
Crypto- and Digital Currencies
In terms of the development and improvement of human well-being, it should be noted that national banking systems in various countries play a key role in this process, which is increasingly influenced by technological innovations that can return reliance on the financial sector of the economy.
In the last few years, a completely new class of financial assets has appeared: cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Etherium, as well as digital currencies, which have the potential to change the entire financial sector of the global economy.
It is necessary to be very clear about the real possibilities of cryptocurrencies and digital currencies, including the economic consequences of their emergence and use.
Technologies based on digital currencies and distribution registries allow the development of a new system of international settlements, actively contributing to the development and preservation of the stability of financial markets, creating space for building an unprecedented, constructive, systemic, international dialogue.
We looked at cryptocurrencies versus traditional finance and got an idea of how startups, financial institutions, large technology companies, central banks and governments adapt to its emergence.
‘Based on digital currency technologies and distributed registries, it is possible to create a new system of international payments, and much more convenient, But at the same time completely safe for participants and completely independent of banks and third-party interference,’ the President of the Russian Federation.
FEBRUARY 20, 2023 , 10 AM MSK
Biodiversity and Nature-Based Solutions: Main
Results of the UN Biodiversity Conference
Nature is decaying at an unprecedented rate in the history of mankind. About one million species of flora and fauna are already on the brink of extinction. Many animals and plants, as well as entire ecosystems, could be lost without a trace in the coming decades.
Biodiversity allows nature to be productive, sustainable and adaptable. Diversity in a portfolio of financial assets reduces risk and uncertainty, increasing potential returns, just as diversity in a portfolio of natural assets increases nature's resilience to shocks, reducing risks of natural disasters. When biodiversity declines, nature and humanity suffer first and foremost.
What is needed is a financial and legal system that directs investment (public and private) into economic activities that increase our stock of natural assets and encourage sustainable consumption and production.
Massive investments in nature-based solutions will help us address biodiversity loss and contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and adaptation, not to mention broader economic benefits, including job creation.
In December 2022, Canada hosted the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, where the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was adopted. The historic agreement has a double name, because the negotiations for its development took place in two stages, beginning in Kunming, China, and ending in Montreal.
The Global Biodiversity Framework is a roadmap for living in harmony with nature.
March 8, 2023
The Role of Environmental Track in HR Enrolment for the Medium and High Level Civil Servants in the Russian Federation
The UN Strategy for the Sustainable Development of countries is a call to action. It seeks to improve the well-being and protection of our planet. Countries admit that measures to eradicate poverty must go hand in hand with efforts to increase economic growth and address a range of issues in education, health, social protection and employment, and to combat climate change and protect the environment. The time has come to consider what the future of the global economy will look like.
Today, environmental and ecological issues are increasingly affecting daily life, economics, politics, and culture. It is necessary to pay special attention to the development of new educational programs for both students and adult students to prepare the highest managerial and human resources for the Russian regions, it is necessary to develop proposals for the development of research, scientific, technological and innovation activities.
The produced solutions will help overcome the challenges of developing a sustainable economy, responsible finance, energy transition and transformation.
It is critical not only to find and develop talents, but also to help everyone find their place in life and apply their own unique skills and abilities, increasing the well-being of all.
Crucial is the initiation and implementation of educational programs to create a mechanism for HR training in developing of sustainable economy, responsible finance and environmental protection, the formation of environmental awareness of the youth, the development of training systems for regional and major companies in our country, and the education of professionals capable of promoting the further development and strengthening the environmental and technological sovereignty of the Russian Federation.
MARCH 13, 2023, 11 AM MSK
Sport and Sustainable Development
Through a strong aspiration to bring people closer together, the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inspire people to take global action for the development of all humanity, including in the sphere of sport.
Sport is essential for sustainable development. The growing role of sport in achieving inclusive development and peace, in promoting respect and tolerance, and the contribution it makes to the empowerment of women and youth, individuals and communities, to health, education and social inclusion must be highlighted.
Sport has a long history of bringing people together and supporting ‘Sport for Peace’ initiatives at major global sporting and recurring mass events. These initiatives help sport maximize its potential in achieving the UN SDGs.
Regular participation in sport and physical activities provide various social benefits and improve health. Not only does it have a direct impact on physique, but it also teaches children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, helping them to stay active and fight non-communicable diseases.
In addition, sport can be used as a meaningful tool to prevent conflict and build lasting peace, using sport and its universal ability to transcend individual cultures and unite the entire world.
The tremendous positive power and passion of sport will continue to bring people together, contributing to a more inclusive and peaceful world through its universal values and principles. Historically, sport has played an important role in all societies and has served as a powerful platform for building bridges of communication that must be used to promote a culture of peace.
Sport is and will continue to be one of the most cost-effective and universal tools for advancing the purposes and values of the United Nations.
MARCH 17, 2023, 10 AM MSK
The COVID-19 pandemic and recent geopolitical turbulence have not changed the world's global tracks existing over the past 20 years.
The Millennium Development Goals, which covered the period up to 2015, included a limited set of specific disease targets; the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which succeeded them, are significantly broader in scope. In particular, they include the large scale goal ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ and call for full health coverage of the population.
To meet the SDG targets before 2030, the current pace of progress is unsatisfactory, and the additional risks set by the COVID-19 pandemic are impeding countries' adherence to the SDG timetable.
Speaking about the development and improvement of human well-being, it should be noted that the key role in this process is the preservation of everyone’s health, which has recently been increasingly affected by the changing environment, technological innovation, and the increasing role of science and education.
Approaching the World Health Day, the Discussion Club, with the support of the Russian Academy of Sciences, held a round table ‘Human Ecology’.
MARCH 22, 2023, 10 AM MSK
Round Table on Water and Blue Economy Dedicated to the World Water Day
Blue Transformation investments can dramatically alter a country's plans for transitioning to a sustainable economy that can provide long-term economic opportunity, improved health and food, safety, reduced emissions, improved biodiversity and ecosystem services, and increased resilience to climate impacts and other future convulsions.
Innovative financing will be playing a crucial role in making these changes a reality in budget-constrained countries.
Achieving a sustainable and equitable ‘blue recovery’ will require closer collaboration between the public and private sectors. Such a transition can achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals.
It is necessary to make nature the cornerstone of economic and social recovery plans. Investing in protecting the natural areas, plants, and animals that thrive there will bring us one step closer to the healthy, stable, and prosperous world envisioned by our shared 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Integrated management of a sustainable, blue economy should be the basis for any long-term political, social, or economic decisions.
APRIL 17, 2023, 10 AM MSK
Environment of Artificial Intelligence
Projects and proposals developed using Artificial Intelligence can positively and negatively impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It is necessary to promote the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and to explore the potential for its negative impact.
Artificial Intelligence is a rapidly evolving field that is changing the way businesses operate. As it has already begun to impact various industries, business professionals are interested in learning how to implement it in their organizations.
But first, what is Artificial Intelligence? Simply defined, it is the process of programming a computer to make decisions on its own. This makes Artificial Intelligence a vast and complex field with many different applications and methods.
Its use provides a powerful competitive advantage in business and is increasingly becoming a priority for managers and executives, helping to unlock business potential when developing strategies and implementing them effectively.
It is necessary to focus on the managerial implications of Artificial Intelligence and some technical aspects in order to develop the most effective strategies to integrate it into daily business operations and use the findings in long-term sustainability planning.
APRIL 20, 2023
Human Role in the Digital Era
APRIL 24, 2023, 10 AM MSK
#MotoSpring in the Country
APRIL 25, 2023
Sustainable Development of Small Towns
APRIL 27, 2023
MAY 11, 2023
MAY 15, 2023
MAY 18, 2023
Science, Nature, Human
MAY 25, 2023
Round Table on Net Zero Transition on the Sidelines of the X Nevsky International Ecological Congress
Culture and Sustainable Development
Round Table on Sustainable Development Dedicated to the Ecologist Day
Sustainable Development in the Arctic
*The programme may be subject to change