“Climate action is unstoppable because it makes business sense”
, said the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during the opening session of the SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action
which took place on 3 May 2017. It was the first in a series of 7 webinars on climate action. The webinars in this series aim to advance knowledge and further dialogue around Climate Action, in the lead up to and beyond COP 23, that will take place in November in Germany.
Titled Paris Agreement and the SDGs: One Agenda for a Sustainable Future
, this first webinar featured Amina Mohammed
, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Nick Nuttall
, Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
. The discussion was moderated by Simona Costanzo-Sow
of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development
. The webinar which received over 500 registrations from more than 100 countries within a matter of hours, discussed the importance of approaching efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals and the targets of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in an integrated manner. It emphasized that although the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement were negotiated separately, they are all implemented together at country level. “Climate action and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin. At the country level, these things happen together”
, said Ms. Mohammed. Read the full article here.
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Upcoming Webinars under the SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action:
Webinar#2 | National Climate Plans (NDCs): Blueprints for a Global Transformation7 June 2017, 3:15-4:15 pm CEST | Register now: http://bit.ly/SDCA-2
The Paris Climate Change Agreement set the goals, and now countries must translate them into action. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) set out what each country plans to do as part of the Paris Agreement to contribute to the international effort to secure a sustainable future for all. This webinar will explain how NDCs open up a new universe of economic and cooperation opportunities to realize the mitigation and adaptation plans and increase climate resilience.Webinar#3 | Climate Finance: Can Countries Really Bank on It?
August 2017 [date and time tbc] | Register now: http://bit.ly/SDCA-3
Boosting financial flows and greening investments into a low-emission, resilient transition will be key to meeting the aims and ambitions of both the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Agenda. A transformational change is needed in our financial systems, banks and investments to enable sustainable business to become the necessary new norm if we want to realize the promise of a clean and sustainable future for all. This webinar will explain the current climate finance scenario and will outline the major opportunities for financial institutions and public and private investors. The exact date and time of this webinar will be communicated in due course.Webinar#4 | COP23 in Bonn: Setting the Rules of the Climate Game; Making Cooperation Stick
September 2017 [date and time tbc] | Register now: http://bit.ly/SDCA-4
Between 6-17 November, thousands of government delegates and leaders from all sectors of society will gather in Bonn (Germany) for the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference. Under the Presidency of Fiji, the UNFCCC secretariat with the support of Germany will host this annual meeting with one clear objective: making progress for a successful, inclusive and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. This includes negotiations on the rule book—or operating manual—for transparent climate action under the Paris Agreement, as well as showcasing cooperative climate action, including on vulnerability and resilience, from around the globe. This webinar will explain the milestones and key challenges that lie ahead of COP 23. The exact date and time of this webinar will be communicated in due course.Webinar#5 | From Companies to Cities: Crucial Climate Role of CEOs and Mayors
October 2017 [date and time tbc] | Register now: http://bit.ly/SDCA-5
Non-Party Stakeholders are essential in the global effort to realize the goals of the Paris Agreement. The UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal showcases thousands of leading examples of game-changing climate actions from the private sector, cities and sub-national governments. More commitments and urgent actions are needed. Wide-ranging cross-sectoral partnerships will be fundamental for nations to fulfil their objectives. This webinar will explain the great momentum for more ambition and cooperation from all parts of society. The exact date and time of this webinar will be communicated in due course.Webinar#6 | Innovation in Climate Action: Meet the 2017 Momentum for Change Award Winners
November 2017 [date and time tbc] | Register now: http://bit.ly/SDCA-6
During COP 23, the people behind some of the 2017 Lighthouse Activities of the initiative Momentum for Change will demonstrate how they are creating positive impact in the lives of people, communities and on the planet´s health, through innovative approaches. The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on some of the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change. The exact date and time of this webinar will be communicated in due course.Webinar#7 | COP 23: From Bonn to the World – Outcomes and Next Steps for a Sustainable 21st Century
December 2017 [date and time tbc] | Register now: http://bit.ly/SDCA-7
This webinar will feature Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, who will discuss the key outcomes of COP 23, including with respect to the negotiations and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. This webinar will also highlight the measures undertaken by non-party stakeholders and will underline the next steps following COP 23. The exact date and time of this webinar will be communicated in due course.
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