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[Lecture] The Role of International Cooperation to Address the Triple Planetary Crisis

NOV . 15 2021

Speaker:  Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of UN Environment


Zhang Haibin, National Climate Change special Advisor & Professor of PKU

Lawal Marafa, Environment Specialist and Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong

Time: 15:00-17:00, November 15, 2021 (GMT+8)

Venue: Zoom Meeting ID 879 3113 0800; Code: 369850

Language: English


Center for African studies, Peking University

Office of International Relations, Peking University


Humankind is in the grip of a planetary crisis. Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are intensifying across the world at alarming rates, eroding human health and well-being. In this lecture, Joyce Msuya, the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, will examine how the very nature of the planetary crisis demands a globally coordinated response. With the threat of great power competition and xenophobic nationalism on the rise, Ms. Msuya will explain why multilateral institutions are needed now more than ever and how these institutions can be tuned to the gravest challenges of the 21st century.


Joyce Msuya is the Deputy Executive Director of UN Environment. She was appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in August 2018. Between November 2018 and June 2019, Ms. Msuya served as Acting Executive Director, overseeing UN Environment’s portfolio in 33 countries and administering nine Multilateral Environmental Agreements on critical environment issues.

With more than 20 years of experience in international development, strategy, knowledge management and partnerships, Ms. Msuya has served as Adviser to the World Bank Vice President, East Asia and Pacific Region in Washington, D.C. and as the inaugural World Bank Special Representative and Head of the World Bank Group Office in the Republic of Korea (2014–2017).

She has worked across the World Bank Group in Africa, Asia and Latin America in both the public and private sectors.A microbiologist from Tanzania, Ms. Msuya began her career at the World Bank as a public health specialist in 1998.

Ms. Msuya was named University of Strathclyde’s Alumna of the Year for 2019.

Source: PKU_world