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LAUNCH OF THE FUTURES FORWARD ACADEMY

The official launch of the Futures Forward Academy, an initiative Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations, will take place on Thursday 11th of March at 4pm.  It will be a virtual event and will be preceded with talk by Juan Verde on “The Biden Administration: Climate and Leadership Agenda”.  The event is co-hosted by The Gibraltar American Chamber of Commerce and will include messages of support for the Academy from the UNECE Chief of Environment and Sustainability and the UN Youth Envoy. The event has attracted registrations for over 15 different countries including Germany, Belgium, Morocco, Israel, Lebanon, Spain, UK and the US. 

The Futures Forward Academy is a leadership programme relevant to young people aged between 20 to 30 who wish to play a role in creating a sustainable future for Gibraltar. Developed against a backdrop of the health crisis arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, economic challenges that arise from Brexit, as well as the climate emergency, the Academy will support future leaders as they learn to adapt to such unforeseen challenges and prepare for complex future scenarios.

The Academy presents a means of unlocking the potential of young leaders and fostering their active role in key sustainability issues. As an individual they will develop the know-how to inform and influence change and the ability to see the ‘bigger picture’. As a cohort they gain a collaborative support network of equally driven change-makers. Participants will represent a new generation of leaders who understands the need for strategic engagement and planning for the future.

The event will begin with a talk by Alamo Solution’s founder and president Juan Verde, who will discuss the transition to the Biden administration in the U.S. and the effect it will have on sustainability and climate change in the coming years. Verde has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, having previously served in the Obama administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the United States Department of Commerce. He is also an internationally renowned corporate strategist, specializing in innovative solutions to sustainability problems.

 

To attend the talk and the launch of the Futures Forward Academy, please register in advance here.

 

 

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