Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroad
5 November 2017, Bonn
A strengthened and upgraded multilateralism in which states and all non-state actors multiply their efforts to develop a culture of global cooperation is a central prerequisite for a transformation moving us closer to sustainability. However, the global order is under stress: nationalism and “our country first” strategies are growing within many societies and governments.
Back to back with COP23, the conference “Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?” issued a strong call for decisive steps to accelerate the implementation of climate and sustainability commitments. The conference was organised by the German Development Institute (DIE) in cooperation with International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Stiftung Mercator; the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research.
In this spirit, the conference brought together influential high-level participants from academia, civil society, business, international organisations, national and subnational governments, as well as media and the arts from around the globe.
Jasdeep Randhawa was invited as a speaker for the parallel session during the conference on "Pluralism of World Order Concepts – Reservoir of Cooperation or Amplifier of Conflict?" on Sunday 5 November. She elaborated on innovative approaches to global governance. In this regard, Jasdeep along with the Panel discussed the following narrative and guiding questions.
All over the world, there are varying concepts for the future world order, and how future global governance should be configured. In the past it seemed clear that intensifying global interaction would lead to converging concepts of world order and global governance, yet in more recent years it has become evident that this is not the case. The future world order is open, contingent, and likely to be characterised by many diverging concepts.
If you are interested in the programme of the conference, you can find it here.
Jasdeep is an international lawyer and policy specialist with more than ten years of work experience in five continents. She currently works for the United Nations Climate Change agency on adaptation and the project on Resilience Frontiers.
She has worked for UN-Habitat as Project Manager for Local Authorities on SDG Goal 11, the Urban Legislation Advisor and the New Urban Agenda Partnership Advisor in Kenya and Thailand.
Jasdeep has consulted on transboundary waters and interlinks with fragility, migration and climate change (for the World Bank, Oxfam, the Government of India, the German Development Institute and the German Federal Environment Ministry); on water security (OECD, Harvard); on global governance reforms and cities (Bosch); sanitation contracts (Gates); justice and federal reforms (the Government of India) and constitutional design (Nepal). She has clerked at the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Hong Kong, and taught courses in law and public policy in India, New Zealand, Kenya and the United States.
Jasdeep has been selected for various leadership fellowships and made policy recommendations in global forums on governance trends (migration, the Syrian conflict, transitional justice, digital technology, social entrepreneurship, climate change and human rights), including the G20 Forum; at COP23; as a BMW Foundation World Responsible Leader; a Robert Bosch Fellow; a Global Diplomacy Lab member; Federal Foreign Office Training for International Diplomats; UNLEASH; the Global Media Forum and the Brandt Conference.
She has a strong publishing record and interdisciplinary skillset including negotiation and mediation, policy analysis, public international law, human rights, leadership theory, SDGs, foresight analysis and systems design.
A recipient of several international scholarships, she has a Master’s in Law from Yale, a Bachelor’s in Civil Law from Oxford, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy, and a JD from GLC Mumbai.