OPENING EVENT | 22 June, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM EDT
The opening session gave an overview of the prospects for transatlantic cooperation in climate policy. There were welcoming remarks by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, by Marc Garneau, Foreign Minister of Canada and by a high-level US representative.
The welcoming remarks were followed by a moderated discussion. Topics reached from a foreign policy focus to a broader perspective including the business sector, sub-national cooperation and civil society.
BUSINESS DIALOGUE | 22 June, 12:30-2:00 PM EDT
“Towards a Transatlantic Green Deal?” on 22 June 2021, co-convened with the Stiftung 2 Grad ,the We Mean Business Coalition and Ceres aimed at launching a discussion about what industry on both sides of the Atlantic now needs for the transition to climate neutrality: How will the EU Green Deal and the US Green Deal become a success story for innovation, competitiveness and jobs, for a just and sustainable tomorrow?
CITY LAB | 23 June, 12:30-2:00 PM EDT
The “Transatlantic City Lab” on 23 June 2021 worked to launch a discussion on local climate efforts that can contribute to a green economic recovery. The U.S., Germany, and Canada have all recently announced heightened climate ambitions, all with the goal of ensuring a green economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic will be key to ensuring investments made create jobs, meet ambitious climate goals, and accelerate the recovery from COVID-19.
The "Transatlantic City Lab" session focused on specific strategies in the transportation and buildings sector that have the potential to capture the enormous social, economic, and health benefits of a green recovery. Specific environmental justice policies or programs in each of these sectors that can contribute to ensuring a just and green recovery were highlighted.
NEXT GENERATION FUTURISTS | 24 June, 10:30 AM-12:15 PM EDT
The “Next Generation Futurists Forum” on 24 June 2021, co-convened with the Heinrich Böll Foundation's North America Office, aimed at launching a discussion about new approaches to transatlantic youth and exchange networks, which enable young future agents to jointly develop visions for a just transition and sustainable tomorrow.
Ideas generated during the debate will form the basis for future transatlantic activities to be supported by the German government in its ambition to foster transatlantic climate cooperation.
Representatives from cultural organisations, foundations, scholarship programmes, social movements and youth networks presented their ideas for a stronger transatlantic youth cooperation.
CLOSING EVENT | 24 June, 12:30-2:00 PM EDT
The closing session gave an overview of the highlights from the three thematic panels and looked into practicable possibilities to realise ideas for transatlantic cooperation in climate policy. It aimed at discussing implementation potentials on a transatlantic level for all three sectors: industrial, sub-national and civil society.