September 22, 2021

Announcement of first set of Guest Speakers at Virtual Youth Parliament on Climate Justice

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UN Assistant Secretary General for Climate Action to Speak at Youth Parliament on Climate Justice

Selwin Hart

Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary- General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary- General for the Climate Action Team, Selwin Hart, will be one of the feature speakers during the official opening of the inaugural Virtual Youth Parliament on Climate Justice, which will take place on Thursday 23 September 2021.

In his role as Special Adviser, Selwin Hart ensures delivery of the Secretary-General’s priorities on climate change, from enhanced nationally determined contributions, fossil fuel and coal phase- out, ensuring public and private finance shifts and the

transitions necessary to shift the world’s energy, transportation, land and natural systems in alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Before his appointment, Selwin Hart served as the Executive Director for the Caribbean region at the Inter- American Development Bank (IADB). He was previously the Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States for Barbados and Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, leading the team’s delivery of the 2014 Climate Summit and the Secretary-General’s engagement in the process leading to the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Throughout his career, Selwin Hart has served in several climate action leadership positions, including as a Climate Adviser for the Caribbean Development Bank, Chief Climate Change Negotiator for Barbados, as well as the Coordinator and Lead Negotiator on Finance for the Alliance of Small Island Developing States, a coalition of 43 islands and low-lying coastal States in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa, Indian Ocean and South China Sea. He was a member of the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund Board from 2009 to 2010 and was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve as Vice-Chair of the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (Economic and Financial) during its sixtieth Session.

Further information on Selwin Hart can be found on our website at www.caribbeanclimatejustice.org/selwin. For more information on the work of the Caribbean Climate Justice Project, please visit www.caribbeanclimatejustice.org.

World-Famous Oceanographic Explorer to Speak at Youth Parliament on Climate Justice

Fabian Cousteau

Aquanaut, Oceanographic Explorer, Environmental Advocate and Founder of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, Fabian Cousteau, will be one of the feature speakers during the official opening of the inaugural Virtual Youth Parliament on Climate Justice, which will take place on Thursday 23 September 2021.

Fabien is the first grandson of the legendary Jacque-Yves Cousteau. He spent his early years aboard his famous grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone.

Fabien is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for Proteus Ocean Group (POG), an Explorers Club Member and a WWF Ocean Witness. He is also a Board Member of River Keepers and the Sea Keepers Science Council and has been recently named Honorary Advisor to the NGO Committee Sustainable Development-NY. He has received several awards including the United Nations NEXUS Global Goals Award for Excellence and Leadership, David Attenborough Excellence in Filmmaking Award, Golden Eagle Award, Beneath The Sea Diver of The Year, World Team “Pioneer For The Planet” Award, Peter Benchley Lifetime Award and is the ISS (International Super Yacht Society) Awards Judge and creator of the ISS Fabien Cousteau BLUE Award.

Fabien is well known for his study of sharks. From 2000-2002, Fabien was an Explorer- at-Large for National Geographic and collaborated on a TV special aimed at changing public conceptions about sharks called, “Attack of the Mystery Shark”. In 2003-2006, he produced the documentary, “Mind of a Demon”, that aired on CBS.

In June 2014, Fabien and his team of aquanauts embarked on Mission 31, the longest science expedition to take place at Aquarius, the world’s only underwater marine laboratory located in Florida. Fabien’s Mission 31 broke new ground in ocean exploration and honored the 50th anniversary of his grandfather’s original underwater living experiment (Conshelf Two) by going deeper, longer and further, while broadcasting the Mission live on multiple channels educating and exposing the world to the adventure and mystique of our blue planet.

Further information on Fabien Cousteau can be found on our website at www.caribbeanclimatejustice.org/fabien and on www.fabiencousteauolc.org. For more information on the work of the Caribbean Climate Justice Project, please visit www.caribbeanclimatejustice.org.

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