NOTE: This episode was recorded on Monday 12/11, with the introduction added on Wednesday 12/13 given late-breaking developments from the conference.
On this week’s edition of What’s at Stake, D.C.-based Penta Partner, Christina Pearson, is joined by London-based Managing Director, Andy Williams, and New York City-based Director, Liza McIntosh. The group unpacks the high-stakes discussions and heated debates that took place at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).
The group brings the latest insights on the final agreement reached in COP28—which leaders only came to late Tuesday night—and delves into the historic solutions and conversations presented at this years’ conference in the United Arab Emirates. Christina, Liza, and Andy chat about the latest advancements stakeholders shared at COP28, including new technologies to track methane emissions, develop drought-resistant seeds, and tackle climate-related issues in food and agriculture. The group also discusses the creation of a “loss and damage fund” and the potential of public-private partnerships in the climate conversation.
Christina, Liza, and Andy bring their communications expertise to this episode, discussing the importance of collaboration, creativity, and financial commitments as crucial bedrocks for stakeholders attending conferences like COP28. This conversation also delves into the power of language and the necessary communication strategies stakeholders should engage in to reach a climate consensus.
COP isn’t just a conference; it’s an opportunity, and this group hones in on their clients’ strategic engagements at this year’s event. From a macro discussion of how businesses and organizations can leverage the platform for maximum impact, to the need for company representatives to make meaningful connections at COP, Christina, Liza, and Andy showcase just how important thorough research, preparation, and strategic networking is at global events like COP.