From Promise to Impact? How Collaboration Between State, Non-State, Private Sector and Local (Transnational) Actors Can Drive Transformation Towards a Green, Healthy, and Climate-Resilient Future, with Sander Chan
Global governance of sustainability challenges—including climate change, biodiversity protection, and planetary health—seem to converge on growing the engagement of transnational actors, including businesses, investors, civil society organizations, and networks that include such actors.
In this seminar, Dr. Sander Chan will discuss the enormous potential of transnational engagement in global governance, risks, and opportunities to strengthen transnational action. Particular attention will be given to the upcoming 27th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP27) in Egypt, which will feature large-scale transnational mobilization campaigns, including the “Race to Zero” and the “Race to Resilience”, respectively promising significant non-state and transnational contributions towards climate neutrality, climate change adaptation, and resilience among vulnerable peoples. Are such campaigns likely to make good on their promises, or do they risk widescale greenwashing, and the relinquishing of public responsibilities? Preliminary evidence will be presented from the Climate- and the Nature-Cooperative Initiatives Databases (C-CID/N-CID), which have been developed since 2014 to track progress of transnational initiatives.
Sander Chan is a global environmental governance scholar. Sander’s research includes the investigation of transboundary state and non-state cooperation in sustainable development and climate change politics. He also investigates local contexts for sustainability governance approaches, particularly in developing and emerging economies. At the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, Sander is the co-principal investigator of the Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative.