High level session

Al-Areen Ballroom (1, 2 & 3)

Global human population is expected to increase to more than 9 billion by 2050. And each year, more than 13 million hectares of forests are lost to cope with rising demand for food and fuel. Yet, almost a billion of the world's poorest people remain under-nourished today. Can our planet shift towards a sustainable system that reduces pressure on our forests and ecosystems while ensuring the creation of livelihoods that sufficiently feeds and nourishes all people?

This session looks at the intersection of environment and development to uncover the ways in which society can maintain, if not improve upon, this delicate balance of providing more and more while using less and less.

Peter Holmgren, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


  • Isildha Nhantumbo, Senior Researcher, Natural Resources Group, International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Mary Barton-Dock, Director, Climate Policy and Finance, World Bank
  • Justin Lee, Ambassador for Climate Change, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australia
  • Matthew Wyatt, Head, Climate and Environment Department, Department for International Development, UK