Geneva Geeks: Innovation and Impact
Summary: Podcast by US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva
Guests: Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations for GEO Denis McClean, Head of Communications, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Our episode featuring GEO and UNISDR focuses on Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction, putting global earth observation data to work, and the successes in this field over the past year. Such as, GEOGLAM, a new initiative that is strengthening global agricultural monitoring to improve the use of remote sensing tools for crop production projections and weather forecasting. The Geneva Geeks team couldn’t stop thinking about the unleashed potential of connecting the imagery and earth observation data collected around the world to the communities that need it in order to plan for disasters and pursue more prosperous lives.
Guests: Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division, UNECE Ivonne Higuero, Director, Forests, Land and Housing Division, UNECE Torstein Indrebø, Secretary General, International Gas Union Geneva was hosting the Group of Experts on Gas, which examines the critical role of gas in achieving sustainable and clean production, distribution and consumption of natural gas in Europe and North America. Their Task Forces focus on: · Best practice guidance on reducing methane emissions along the gas value chain; · Best practice guidance on the role of natural gas in increasing the uptake of renewable energy; · Best practice guidance for liquefied natural gas; and, · Recommendations on removing barriers to the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. The week we recorded the podcast our guests were gathered at the 4th session addressing challenges gas poses by methane emissions. The findings of the workshop will be used as the building blocks for the best practice guidance on methane emissions.
Our special guests for this episode were Andre Tinoco Mendes, Steven Goldfard, Achintya Rao from CERN. We talked about why the work at the world’s leading collaborative council for nuclear research makes a difference in the world, paid our respects to the recently passed Vera Rubin, noted some of the successes of 2016, and they gave a nod to the work that others are doing around the world they found inspiring.
Intro to our new podcast series on Geneva as a hub for innovation. Each week experts from around the world gather here, along with industry leaders based here, to negotiate the best practices for the future. Each episode will be unique and feature our favorite geeks whose passion for their work has inspired us. The discussions will explore different rabbit holes in areas of trade, health, humanitarian responses, human rights, science and technology.