Past Event

Climate Hub | Rio Launch

March 14, 2023
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Museum of Tomorrow (Praça Mauá, 1 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-240)

On March 14th, we will launch Climate Hub | Rio, an initiative that will serve as a platform for researchers from Columbia University and experts in Brazil to offer actionable and innovative solutions to climate change.

Brazilian and Columbia University experts will meet at the Museum of Tomorrow, in Rio, to discuss the climate crisis, its impacts, and how academia, governments, companies, and civil society can promote concrete mitigation and adaptation actions.

Brazil is one of the most important countries in combating the global climate emergency, being the seventh-largest emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet. The effects of the climate crisis are present in global societies and the economy, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable populations. The Climate Hub | Rio will be an important tool in Brazil's response to the climate crisis.

Simultaneous translation (Portuguese - English) will be available on the day.
The event is subject to full capacity.

See you on March 14th!


2:30 PM - 2:50 PM | Official Launch of Climate Hub Rio - Opening Remarks from Columbia University

• Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, Executive Vice President for Columbia Global

• Alex Halliday, Dean of Columbia Climate School

• Thomas Trebat, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro


2:50 PM - 3:10 PM | Keynote Addresses from Brazilian Government Authorities

• Marina Silva, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

• Celso Amorim, Ambassador and Special Advisor to the Presidency


3:10 PM - 4:20 PM | Panel I: International Cooperation on Climate

THEME: International Cooperation on Climate: Perspectives from Public Health, Forests, and Indigenous Rights


• Walter Baethgen, Senior Research Scientist at Columbia Climate School

• Samela Sateré Mawé, Indigenous Communicator and Climate and Indigenous Issues Activist

• Rudi Rocha, Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation; Director, IEPS

• Murugi Ndirangu, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi


4:20 PM - 4:40 PM | Coffee Break


4:40 PM - 5:50 PM | Panel II: Dilemmas of Urban Sustainability: Cities in an Era of Climate Crisis

THEME: Dilemmas of Urban Sustainability: Cities in an Era of Climate Crisis


• Tainá de Paula, Municipal Secretary for Environment and Climate, Rio de Janeiro

• Daniel Zarilli, Special Advisor for Climate and Sustainability, Columbia University

• Natalie Unterstell, President of Talanoa Institute

• Thiago Nascimento, Founder of LabJaca


5:50 PM - 6:00 PM | Closing Remarks

• Mayor Eduardo Paes, City of Rio de Janeiro

• Thomas Trebat, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Outdoor reception at the Museum of Tomorrow for all attendees