Three parallel breakout sessions will provide the opportunity to explore in greater depth three broad topics that are critical to the EU’s future: climate, biodiversity and a non-toxic circular economy. They will follow a similar structure with speakers from different sectors addressing the following points:
• What is the nature and scale of the challenge?
• What actions are being taken?
• What still needs to be done, by when and by whom?
The breakout sessions will be designed to allow plenty of opportunity for interactive participatory discussions. Each breakout session is expected to result in a set of recommendations or ideas for further actions which will be reported back to the plenary.
In December 2015, the EU committed to pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. But in the more than two years since then, it has failed to adopt policies that reflect this commitment. What should be the priorities for the EU in the coming years to address this and how can they be achieved?