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Webinar 1: Thinking ahead for a sustainable, just and resilient recovery

Join thought leaders and practitioners for the first of three UNDESA-UNFCCC-hosted webinars, to focus on what it means to plan for synergies in a time of intersecting crises. All are encouraged to participate, share their experiences, and exchange views.

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 9:00 - 11:30 am (NY time)
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Introduction: The World in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis for humanity. Travel restrictions and social distancing, adopted to stem the spread of the novel corona virus, have shuttered much economic activity. Even as rates of transmission fall in certain countries and cities, others report rising trends, total numbers of deaths continue to increase, unemployment is soaring, billions of livelihoods are in jeopardy and a global economic recession is imminent. Continuing anxiety and uncertainty cloud prospects for the future.

At the same time, many governments are rolling out stimulus packages on a monumental scale and planning for recovery. There is a new appreciation of the urgent need to prepare for global crises. Millions are adapting to working and learning remotely. Against this backdrop of uncertainty and rapid change, the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement can serve as a compass to help policy makers meet urgent needs while aligning short-term solutions to medium and long-term climate and sustainable development objectives.

Objectives of the 2020 Synergies Consultations

  • Take stock of advances in knowledge and practice in implementing synergies at all levels;
  • Explore how to maximize SDG & climate co-benefits in Covid-19 recovery measures;
  • Identify concrete examples that illustrate the potential of synergistic approaches to recover better & stronger from Covid-19 and achieve 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement objectives;
  • Ascertain ways in which updated National Determined Contributions in 2021 can contribute to Covid-19 recovery & integrate SDG co-benefits;
  • Contribute substantive inputs to benchmark global platforms such as the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), the SDG Decade of Action and UNFCCC/COPs.

Outcomes

  • An action-focused final Report to serve as input for the 2020 High-Level Political Forum, the SDG Decade of Action, UNFCCC/COP26 and other global fora;
  • A Compilation of Synergies in Action drawn from case studies & initiatives;
  • Continued virtual exchange and engagement among the synergies community, including to support multi-disciplinary approaches to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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  • Thursday, 28 May 2020

    9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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    Webinar 1 will focus on the challenges of forward-planning in a time of intersecting crises. Diverse practitioners and thought leaders will reflect on the role of climate & SDG synergies in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. Using examples, panelists will suggest practical measures that stakeholders can use to better account for trade-offs and harness synergies in their recovery planning process.


    • What does the Covid-19 pandemic mean for countries’ National Determined Contributions?

    • What links Covid-19 responses, thus far, to climate & sustainable development objectives?

    • How can stakeholders avoid entrenching trade-offs in their recovery strategies?

    • What examples illustrate the potential of climate & SDG synergies in recovery contexts?

    • How can synergies be monitored for transparency & accountability?

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    Thursday, 25 June


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    Resources

    UN Climate and SDGs Synergies Knowledge Platform - Synergies questionnaire and webinar resources
    Logo of the Sustainable Development Goals
    UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2019, The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development
    Paris Agreement Background Information
    UN Report, Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the Socio-Economic Impacts of Covid-19
    HLPF on Sustainable Development Background Information
    Report of the UN Secretary General on the 2019 Climate Action Summit and the Way Forward in 2020
    Climate Action Summit 2019
    United Nations