An equitable path to net zero: economic transformations and just transitions

March 18, 2025
Global
Sustainability

Webinar looking ahead to Global Government Leaders’ Forum (January 2025)

In many parts of the world, people are already experiencing the effects of climate change – stoking popular support for action to cut CO2 emissions. But the task of decarbonising economies is a massive one, creating losers as well as winners.

Without radical changes, humans face a grim future – but securing popular support for radical change is no easy task. As part of the Global Government Leaders Forum, in this webinar a panel of civil servants will explore how governments can build and maintain public support for the green transition.

This session will look at how government can provide clear public benefits from greater sustainability, while also decarbonizing their own operations.

This session will discuss:

  • How governments can enable a green transition while tackling poverty.
  • The role of governments in helping workforces and businesses in carbon-intensive industries adapt to net zero policies.
  • How government can build and maintain public support for green infrastructure investments and environmental improvements.

Public servants can register here for free to attend this webinar

Time

USA/Canada Eastern Time (EST): 09:30 – 10:45
British Summer Time (BST): 14:30 – 15:45
Central European Summer Time (CEST): 15:30 – 16:45
Eastern European Summer Time (EEST): 16:30 – 17:45
Singapore Time (SGT): 21:30 – 22:45
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): 23:30 – 00:45

Panel

Henry David Bayoh, Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Senior Climate Change Consultant, Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Sierra Leone

Henry David Bayoh has over twelve years of experience in environmental roles across non-governmental and public sectors, with a focus on environmental sustainability and climate change advocacy. As the National Coordinator and Focal Point for the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Sierra Leone Chapter, Henry has led numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing environmental and climate change education, awareness, and advocacy across Sierra Leone.

In his role as Senior Climate Change Consultant at the Environment Protection Agency Sierra Leone (EPA-SL), Henry’s strategic vision and leadership have been pivotal. Previously, he excelled as the Climate Change Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for Trocaire Sierra Leone, where he managed the climate change portfolio and delivered essential technical assistance to elevate program quality. Henry also served as the Country Focal Point for the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance, driving the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in Sierra Leone. As Planning and Development Officer and later as the Senior Planning and Development Officer/ Head of Climate Change at the National Tourist Board (NTB), Henry provided critical support in M&E as well as integrating climate considerations into the tourism sector nationwide.

As Environmental/Natural Resource Management Field Coordinator and later as the Land Use Planning/GIS Data Processing Officer, Henry conducted mapping exercises of natural resources in Sierra Leone, promoting sustainable income based on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) for the Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA-SL).

Henry’s extensive consultancy roles include: National Consultant for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funded Sierra Leone Compact Development Process, focusing on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) and Political Economy Analysis (PEA) of the Energy Sector; Co-Consultant for the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) of Priority Transboundary Basins of the Mano River Ecosystems Conservation and International Water Resources Management Project; Associate Environmental Risks Researcher at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL), and the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC). His research focused on the interconnections between energy access, livelihoods, and environmental risks in Freetown’s informal settlements.

Henry holds a Masters in Sustainable Development (Environmental Sustainability) and a BSc in Environmental Sciences (Environment and Development), and he actively contributes to the field as a Full & Chartered Member of the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), where he also serves as the Founding Chair of the IEMA Sub-Saharan Africa Network.

Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, Facilitator, Global Government Forum

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.

Global Government Leaders’ Forum will take place in Singapore in January 2025. It is free to attend for all public servants. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE.