GF23 takes place Sept. 19-21 in New York City. Each day will include presentations and forums that grow knowledge and engage participants in lively discussions on ‘must-have’ outcomes and ‘must-do’ actions for thriving global futures.

Each day’s programming will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude no later than 5:30 p.m. with the exception of Tuesday’s evening reception. All sessions will take place in the main plenary hall (working sessions will move to breakout rooms adjacent to the main hall) in the Nest Climate Campus on the 4th floor of the North Javits Center (445 11th Avenue).

The sequence of this schedule is subject to change.

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Land Blessing

  • Tecumseh Ceaser
    Indigenous Artist, Matinecock Turkey clan
Welcome and Goals of the Conference

Accelerating Transformations for a Just, Sustainable Future: 10 ‘Must Haves’ Initiative

What are the ten transformational changes necessary to reach the unprecedented speed and scale requisite to keep earth’s system in a safe operating zone?

  • Peter Schlosser
    GF23 Conference Co-Chair
    Vice President and Vice Provost of Global Futures, Arizona State University
  • Johan Rockström
    GF23 Conference Co-Chair
    Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Speaker information

9:15 a.m.

Setting the Stage

Exploring the role of global activism for change in mobilizing youth as changemakers.

  • Sir David Attenborough (via video presentation)
  • Xiye Bastida
    Co-founder, Re-Earth Initiative
  • Sylvia Earle
    President and Chairman, Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance
  • [moderator] John Vermilye
    Co-founder, Gallifrey Foundation
Speaker information

9:45 a.m.

Indigenous Knowledges (Panel)

Discussing the intersections of knowledge systems to enhance our ways of knowing in protecting the future of people and the planet.

  • Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i
    Managing Director, Flying Geese Pro
  • Uyunkar Domingo Peas Nampichka
    Territory Coordinator, Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance
  • Atossa Soltani
    Director of Global Strategy, Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance
  • [Moderator] Melissa Nelson
    Professor, Arizona State University
Speaker information

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Youth Perspectives (Panel)

Understanding the unique perspectives & actions of our younger generations.

  • Rigoberto Amaya
    Global Ambassador, Blue Planet Alliance
  • Marlén Garcia
    Executive Director, Earth Uprising International
  • Kneyone Murray
    Global Ambassador, Blue Planet Alliance
  • [Moderator] Chido Mpemba
    Envoy for Youth, African Union Commission
Speaker information

10:50 a.m.

Catalyzing Change: Value Systems (Panel)

Advancing transformational change will take more than regulations and harm reduction, but will necessitate alignment of individual and collective values to catalyze change.

  • The Hon. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
    Former President, The Republic of Mauritius
  • Jojo Mehta
    Co-Founder, Stop Ecocide International
  • [Moderator] Maya Soetoro
    Co-Founder, Institute for Climate and Peace
Speaker information

11:20 a.m.

Spotlight: Mobilizing Climate Action – The Power of Shared Values

A session on the meaningful alignment of values for accelerated action.

  • Katharine Hayhoe
    Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and Horn Distinguished Professor, Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law, Dept. of Political Science at Texas Tech University
Speaker information

11:30 a.m.

Spotlight: International Systems for a Better Future

Exploring how global governance through multilateral institutions represents both promise and challenges for the greatest challenges facing local and global communities.

  • Her Excellency María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés
    President of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (2018-2019)
  • Martin Chungong
    Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Stephen Twigg
    Secretary-General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Speaker information

11:55 a.m.


12:55 p.m.

Spotlight: Energy Solutions

A conversation about the future of energy with a Hawaiian perspective.

  • Henk Rogers
    Founder, Blue Planet Alliance
  • Amanda Ellis
    Senior Director of Global Partnerships and Networks, Arizona State University
Speaker information

1:10 p.m.

Must Do panel discussion

A limit of global warming as close to 1.5°C as possible by 2050 [A session]
  • The Hon. Bogolo Kenewendo
    Africa Director & Special Advisor, UN High-Level Climate Champions Team
  • Lisa J. Graumlich
    President, American Geophysical Union and Dean Emeritus, College of the Environment, University of Washington
  • Carmen Vicelich
    Founder, Generate Zero
  • [Moderator] Nigel Topping
    UN High-Level Climate Champions Team
Speaker information

1:55 p.m.

Must Do panel discussion

An Immediate Halt and Reversal of the Loss of Nature’s Functions and Diversity [B session]
  • Lucas Joppa
    Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Managing Director, Haveli Investments
  • Rodrigo Medellín
    Senior Professor, Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
  • Patricia Wright
    Distinguished Service Professor and Herrnstein Professor of Conservation Biology, Stony Brook University
  • [Moderator] Alex Dehgan
    CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs
Speaker information

2:40 p.m.

Working Sessions: Must Dos A and B (Breakout rooms)

3:55 p.m.


4:10 p.m.

Spotlight: Restoring Nature

Protecting and restoring nature is a fundamental necessity for humans to thrive on a healthy planet. These sessions will focus on how we can, and must, understand and safeguard biodiversity and our natural ecosystems.

  • Cristián Samper
    Managing Director and Leader for Nature Solutions, Bezos Earth Fund
  • Carlos Nobre
    Climate Scientist, Institute for Advanced Studies at University of Sao Paulo
  • Kate Logan
    Head of Business Development in Hawaiʻi, Terraformation
  • Lilian Pintea
    Vice President, Conservation Science, Jane Goodall Institute
  • Dame Jane Goodall DBE (via video presentation)
    Founder, Jane Goodall Institute
  • [lead] Alex Dehgan
    CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs
Speaker information

4:50 p.m.

Report Out

5:30 p.m.

GF23 Conference Reception

A sunset cruise along the Hudson River, aboard the Hornblower Atlantica.
Board at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 – 111C 11th Ave.

8 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Spotlight: Earth4All

Welcome to Day 2 featuring a spotlight session on the intersection of economics, climate, and policy in identifying holisitc solutions to our most complex global issues.

  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève
    Co-President, The Club of Rome
Speaker information

8:40 a.m.

Catalyzing Change: Innovation

From nature-based solutions to engineered inventions, innovation remains at the core of all transformational, global change. This session will explore the ingredients and environmental test beds that accelerate the research and development of novel interventions that change the world for good.

  • Leah Lizarondo
    Founder, Food Rescue Hero
  • Gavin McCormick
    Co-Founder, Climate TRACE coalition and Executive Director, WattTime
  • Robbie Schingler
    Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Planet Labs PBC
  • [Co-lead] Alex Dehgan
    CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs
  • [Co-lead] Andrew Zolli
    Chief Impact Officer, Planet
Speaker information

9:25 a.m.

Spotlight: Governing Our Planetary Emergency – Insights from the Climate Governance Commission

This spotlight session on the role and responsibility of leaders in governing the battle for global climate justice features a conversation with the 7th president of Ireland and the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • The Right Honorable Mary Robinson
    Chair, The Elders
  • Maja Groff
    Convenor, Climate Governance Commission
Speaker information

9:40 a.m.

Must Do panel discussion

Governance Transformations to Stay Within Planetary Boundaries [C session]
  • Adriana Erthal Abdenur
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, Plataforma CIPÓ
  • Arunabha Ghosh
    CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Her Excellency Keisha A. McGuire
    President and CEO, Present and Future Institute
  • Sharan Burrow
    Former General Secretary at International Trade Union Confederation (2010-2022)
  • [Moderator] Maja Groff
    Convenor, Climate Governance Commission
Speaker information

10:15 a.m.

Must Do panel discussion

Equitable Access to Resources Needed For Human Well-Being [D session]
  • Gautam Narasimhan
    Global Lead for Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment, UNICEF
  • Cassie Roach
    Vice President, Global Market Development and Sustainability, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Tea Trumbic
    Manager, Women, Business and the Law, Global Indicators Group, Development Economics, The World Bank
  • [Moderator] Danielle J. Harris
    Managing Director of Engagement and Innovation, Elemental Excelerator
Speaker information

10:50 a.m.


11 a.m.

Working Sessions: Must Dos C and D (Breakout rooms)

12:15 p.m.

Lunch Spotlight: Global Governance Innovation

Global governance and multi-lateral institutions are notoriously slow-moving and struggle to evolve with the pace of novel and dynamic global challenges. Join this lunch spotlight session on the role of innovation in governance and how our largest institutions may transform to become nimble and adaptive agents of change.

A Second Charter: Imagining a Renewed United Nations
  • Augusto López-Claros
    Chair, Global Governance Forum
Global Governance Innovation Report 2023: Redefining Peace, Security & Humanitarian Action
  • Richard Ponzio
    Director of the Global Governance, Justice and Security Program, Senior Fellow, Stimson Center
  • Nudhara Yusuf
    Executive Coordinator, Global Governance Innovation Network (GGIN), Research Assistant, Global Governance, Justice & Security Program, Stimson Center
Speaker information

1:15 p.m.

Catalyzing Change: Incentives

Discussing the role of incentives in effectively mobilizing governments, societies, and individuals to enact meaningful environmental and social change.

  • Daniel Esty
    Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale School of the Environment & Yale Law School
  • Nicole Rycroft
    Founder and Executive Director, Canopy
  • Antoinette Vermilye
    co-founder Gallifrey Foundation and She Changes Climate
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin
    UN High-Level Climate Champion Team, UNFCCC
  • [Lead] Amanda Ellis
    Senior Director of Global Partnerships and Networks, Arizona State University
Speaker information

2 p.m.

Must Do panel discussion

Just Economies That Operate Within Planetary Boundaries [E session]
  • Susan Reichle
    President and CEO, International Youth Foundation
  • Rob Schuwerk
    Executive Director of North America, Carbon Tracker
  • [Moderator] Ketan Patel
    Chairman and Advisory Council Chair, Force For Good
Speaker information

2:35 p.m.

Must Do panel discussion

An Ethical Digital World Providing For Human Security, Equity and Education [F session]
  • Márcia Balisciano
    Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX
  • Meagan Fallone
    Entrepreneur in Residence, Executive Adviser on Climate Justice, CARE USA
  • Juan M. Lavista Ferres
    Vice President and Chief Data Scientist of the AI for Good Lab, Microsoft
  • Gabriela Ramos
    Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  • [Moderator] Andrew Zolli
    Chief Impact Officer, Planet
Speaker information

3:10 p.m.


3:25 p.m.

Working Sessions: Must Dos E and F (Breakout rooms)

4:40 p.m.


4:55 p.m.

Report Out

8 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:50 a.m.

Must Do Panel Discussion

Reconnection of Human Well-Being to Planetary Health [G session]
  • Lisa Hensley
    Research Lead – Zoonotic and Emerging Disease Research Unit, USDA/ARS
  • Jemilah Mahmood
    Professor and Executive Director, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health
  • [Moderator] Helga Flores Trejo
    Vice President, Head International and Multilateral Affairs, Bayer AG
Speaker information

9:25 a.m.

Must Do Panel Discussion

Stability and Security in a Global Society [H session]
  • Pedro Conceição
    Director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Program
  • Ron Dembo
    Founder and CEO, Riskthinking.AI
  • Hardin Lang
    Vice President for Programs and Policy, Refugees International
  • [Moderator] Christina Lamb OBE
    Chief Foreign Correspondent, The Sunday Times
Speaker information

10 a.m.


10:15 a.m.


This session focuses on the roles of economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in safeguarding our future with the person who served as the 7th Executive Director of UNICEF and 13th Administrator of USAID.

  • The Hon. Henrietta Fore
    Chairman and CEO, Holsman International
Speaker information

10:25 a.m.

Must Do panel discussion

Healthy, Safe and Secure Food for the Global Population [I session]
  • Saharah Moon Chapotin
    Executive Director, Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research
  • Wallace Shuaihua Cheng
    Head, Impact, Innovation and Development Unit, Globethics
  • Lona Stoll
    Independent Consultant
  • [Moderator] Anneliese (Lisa) Palmer
    Research Professor of Science Communication, George Washington University
Speaker information

11 a.m.

Spotlight: Human Security 4 All

Join this spotlight session on the role of global security in stable and prosperous global futures.

  • Chantal Line Carpentier
    Chief, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development New York Office
  • Garry Jacobs
    President, World Academy of Art & Science
  • Walt Stinson
    Director, Human Security for All
Speaker information

11:15 a.m.

Must Do panel discussion

A Resilient Global Society Ready to Respond to Planetary Crises [J session]
  • Marie-Claire Graf
    Co-Founder, Youth Negotiators Academy
  • Aarathi Krishnan
    Senior Advisor for Strategic Foresight, UNDP
  • Derek Walker
    Commissioner, Office of Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
  • [Moderator] Saber Chowdhury
    Member for Dhaka-9, Bangladesh Parliament
Speaker information

11:50 a.m.

Catalyzing Change: Communication for Action

Discussing the critical role of storytelling and dialogues that create both impact and the meaningful change necessary for both individual and community transformation.

  • Colin Butfield
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, Studio Silverback
  • Anthony Leiserowitz
    Founder and Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
  • Brian MacCraith
    Senior Advisor and Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
  • Frank Niepold
    Senior Climate Education Coordinator, NOAA Climate Program Office
  • [Lead] Justin Worland
    Senior Correspondent, TIME
Speaker information

12:30 p.m.


1:20 p.m.

Working Sessions: Must Dos G, H, I and J (Breakout rooms)

2:35 p.m.


2:50 p.m.

Report Out

3 p.m.

Spotlight: BMO and WE Empower – Driving real progress towards sustainable economies

The WE Empower UN SDG challenge is a first-of-its-kind global competition for women social entrepreneurs who are advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Meet the five 2023 awardees and learn about their businesses that are both for profit and for good followed by a panel discussion on the necessity of investing in sustainable business.

Pitches by the WE Empower 2023 Awardees:
  • Diana Mbogo
    Founder and Managing Director, Millennium Engineers (Tanzania)
  • Susan Blanchet
    CEO and Founder, Origen Air (Canada)
  • Andrea ‘Andy’ Blair
    Co-Founder and Director, Business and Innovation, Upflow (New Zealand)
  • Karin Sempf
    CEO and Founder, Innova Nation (Panama)
  • Menna Farouk
    Co-Founder, Dosy (Egypt)
  • [lead] Amanda Ellis
    Senior Director of Global Partnerships for Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Panel Discussion:
  • Amanda Ellis
  • Melissa Fifield
    Head, BMO Climate Institute
  • Diana Mbogo
  • Susan Blanchet
  • [moderator] Moriah Linton
    Director, BMO for Women
Speaker information

4 p.m.

Integration Session: Must-do Actions for a Just, Sustainable Future for All

Defining the necessary transformative levers of change so life can thrive on a healthy planet.

  • Peter Schlosser
  • Johan Rockström
Speaker information

4:40 p.m.

Next Steps

Establishing the series of forthcoming milestones and next steps based on the 10 Must Haves and Must Dos integration from the Global Futures Conference.

5 p.m.

Conference adjournment

Review speakers and program from GF22.

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