Potocnik Event: Video Highlights

UNEP POTOCNIK from United Nations on Vimeo.

Video highlights and reactions to the event with Commissioner Potočnik (full video and report below)


Commissioner Janez Potočnik: What will today’s interns be doing in 2030?

Commissioner Potočnik participated in a fascinating event on Thursday with interns from all different institutions across Brussels. The topic of the event was ‘What will you be doing in 2030?’ The skills and expertise young professionals will need to tackle future environmental challenges. The Commissioner answered questions from the moderator, Carmen Păun, from European Youth Press, and then took two video questions from young professionals in Denmark and the Philippines, before fielding questions from some of the 100 interns present.

The Commissioner shared his experiences of how he got to where he is today and what he recommended to young interns starting out: ‘keep your feet on the ground, fight those above you, and don’t be afraid of having people smarter that you below you’.  He said that in the future, whilst there would certainly be more jobs in fields directly related to environmental challenges such as air and water quality, the growth of resource efficiency in Europe will mean that ‘all jobs will be “green jobs”’.

The Commissioner said that today the environment was a feature in every facet of policy making, ‘energy policy is environment policy, fishing policy is environment policy, trade policy is environment policy, development policy is environment policy. You cannot avoid it.’

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Registration for Commissioner Potocnik Event closed, Debate Open


Registration for the event on Thursday 2 May with Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik is now closed. If you have not received a confirmation email you have not been registered for the event.

The online debate has begun! To participate please go to: http://www.debatingeurope.eu/2013/04/26/what-skills-will-young-professionals-need-for-green-jobs/

Please check back here at 2:30pm CET on 2 May for a link to the live streaming of the event.

For more information, contact unep-eu-assistant4@unep.org

What Will You be Doing in 2030?

Special intern-only event with
Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment

This is the second in the Round Tables with Round Cakes series, which bring together people-who-have-made-it with people-who-are-starting-out to discuss pressing issues that will frame the career opportunities for young professionals. It gives a chance to “young professionals” to showcase their ideas to high-level people and network over a cup of tea… & homemade cupcakes. This event, with Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, is on:

What Will You be Doing in 2030?
The skills and expertise young professionals will need to tackle future environmental challenges

When? 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on 2 May 2013

Where? UN House, Rue Montoyer 14, Brussels

To register, complete the form before 25th April. Places strictly limited

We will be gathering questions online before, during and after the event, using the hashtag #RTRC

Our partner Debating Europe will also be holding an online debate, starting a week before the debate, with the title: ‘“What skills will young professionals need for green jobs?”

Details for live web streaming for the event coming soon