A Collapsing Planet:
The Impact of Climate Change on Children’s Health

Global Child Forum Digital ActionLab 3


What are the health effects on children from corporate mitigation and adaptation to climate change?

With every degree of warming, a child born today faces a future where their health and well-being will be increasingly impacted by the realities and dangers of a warmer world. Infectious diseases, worsening air pollution, rising temperatures and malnutrition strike children the hardest partly due to their physiological make up and partly due to children generally spending more time outdoors than adults. Furthermore, as corporations are struggling to get to grips with climate change, pursuing mitigating and adaptation strategies, their choices and actions will have direct and indirect effects on children.

Featuring inspiring speakers, plenary panels, interactive sessions and participation of members of the Swedish Royal Family,  this Action Lab explored the question of how companies’ mitigation and adaptation of climate change effects children’s health. Participating companies listened to expert knowledge, corporate examples and visionary outlooks and was offered an opportunity to join hands with Global Child Forum and its partners in mobilizing a commitment for action.


Mr Ruben Brunsveld

Senior Advisor
at Enact Sustainable Strategies

Ruben has a background in human rights, EU diplomacy, and responsible business. He is a sought-after leader of stakeholder dialogues, round tables and international conferences. During his career he has advised ministers; coached ambassadors and interviewed captains of industry in countries such as India, China, Zambia, Estonia and Sweden. He describes himself as a “Colombian born – Indonesian bred – Dutchman with a Swedish passport” and uses his international background to build bridges and facilitate discussions between people with different backgrounds.

Dr David Boyd

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

David is currently serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and is an Associate Professor of Law, Policy, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He holds a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from UBC, a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a business degree from the University of Alberta. David is the author of ten books and over 100 reports and articles on environmental law and policy, human rights, and constitutional law. He has advised many governments–from Canada to Sweden—on environmental, constitutional, and human rights policy and co-chaired Vancouver’s effort to become the world’s greenest city by 2020.

Mr Richard Buckley

Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca

Richard leads the internal, external, scientific and product communications, global government affairs and policy, patient advocacy and philanthropy at AstraZeneca. He is also the President of the AstraZeneca US Healthcare Foundation, a $25MM non-profit supporting, among other things, the reduction of cardiovascular disease in underserved communities. Rich brings to this role extensive government, public affairs and corporate communications experience within the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining AstraZeneca, Rich was Director of Federal Government Affairs at Eli Lilly, and prior to that he was Legislative Counsel at PhRMA. He has also served as an Assistant Parliamentarian in the United States Senate. He graduated from Boston College and American University Law School.

Mr James Gomme

Director of Sustainable Development Goals at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

James leads WBCSD’s work on engaging members around the SDG agenda, supporting companies’ efforts to integrate the SDGs into their strategic considerations, and working with individual industry sectors to develop roadmaps exploring how they can maximize contributions to the SDGs on the road to 2030. Previously, James worked for a WBCSD member company, Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest trading and investment company. For over 10 years, James led teams across a variety of corporate sustainability, public affairs and investor relations roles. He holds an undergraduate degree from Durham University, an MBA from Madrid’s IE Business School, and a Certificate in Investor Relations.

Ms Lauren Wright

Plaintiff on La Rose v. HMTQ case and Climate Activist


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This ActionLab series is by invitation only.

About Global Child Forum

Founded in 2009 by the Swedish Royal Family, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking. We believe in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children. In addition to our forums, Global Child Forum delivers research perspectives, best practices and risk assessment tools designed to unlock opportunities for business to integrate children’s rights into their operations and communities. For more information, please visit: www.globalchildforum.org.

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