11:00—12:30 PM EDT | 4 - 5.30 PM BST

CGD & Malala Fund Present: Climate Change, Education, and Gender Perspectives on Protecting Future Generations


Ziauddin Yousafzai
Co-founder, Malala Fund 

Adil Najam
President, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Avinash Persaud
Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley

Laura Frigenti
Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Tamilore Omojola
Girl Programme Fellow, Malala Fund


Susannah Hares
Education Policy Co-Director and Senior Policy Fellow, CGD

This event, co-hosted by Malala Fund and the Center for Global Development, will highlight the links between education and climate change. Each year, millions of learners lose access to school due to climate- and environment-related events like extreme weather events and air pollution. Higher climate risks mean greater risks to education, through increased likelihood of internal displacement, food insecurity, damage to education infrastructure, and negative impacts on children’s health and wellbeing. This is especially true for girls, who are often the most affected by household measures to adapt.  

But despite their severity, these issues have not been at the heart of either education or climate debates, and their critical intersection is often overlooked. This leads to missed opportunities for evidence-based action and comprehensive solutions. How can education, especially for girls, be resilient to climate change? 

We will explore these issues with a panel of experts spanning research, governance, and policy. We aim for the event to surface critical insights to inform key policymakers, starting with the Ministerial 'Forging Futures' event which follows on 6th October.

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