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The Habitable Air Project: Networking Reception at the HLPF

17 July 2024 @ 00:00 - 02:00 CEST



Habitable Air Project
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Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN
1 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza #35 (885 2nd Avenue, between 47th and 48th Street)
New York, 10017 United States
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This networking reception aims to build connections between sectors that do not often speak to one another: policymakers, academics, tech start-ups, and communities. Building upon our expert panel at our official HLPF side event earlier in the day, we aim to catalyse action across leading figures working to tackle inequality and climate change by bringing them into informal conversations in a convivial atmosphere. Sectors do not often speak to one another because they are siloed within their activities on these pressing global issues. At times, the activities of one sector can be perceived as harmful to another sector. For example, extractive materials used in new start-up technologies are protested by marginalised communities who are displaced by these processes. Or these technologies are regulated by policymakers seeking a delicate balance of demands and academia is left out where their technical expertise might be useful. The project contents that to tackle inequality and climate change, a cross-sector response is urgent and necessary. Without it, we will continue to be siloed and alone. With it, we create actionable knowledge and partnerships toward more equitable and sustainable future cities.

Habitable Air is a project that addresses the under-analyzed relationship between three urgent issues: (1) the rapid growth of urban inequality, (2) the amplification of political divisions in major democracies, and (3) the increasing impact of pollution and global warming. The project uses qualitative methods – including ethnographic participant observation, the analysis of historical archival documents and air quality monitoring data – at a scale that only quantitative studies of climate change have yet achieved by working within a clear network of scientists, policymakers, workers, and residents in transnational sites. Through major publications, teaching and training, a documentary film, policy briefs, media outreach, public workshops, and an international symposium, the project will produce actionable knowledge to build cooperation between the public, governments, marginalised communities, and the private sector. Our reception aims to accomplish this cooperation in real-time by literally bringing cross-sector conversation into the room in the spirit of advancing SDGs #1 and #13 together. Our motto for this event is: we are stronger together.

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