Climate change is rapidly unfolding, the world is already experiencing changes in average temperature, shifts in the seasons and an increasing frequency of extreme weather events and other climate change impacts, affecting lives and livelihoods in all regions.
With the adoption of the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, world leaders agreed on a vison and blueprint for action for promoting human well-being and lives in dignity for all on a healthy and prosperous planet. With the adoption of the Katowice Climate Package at COP24, the world has entered a new era in our collective efforts to address climate change. Without the achievement of SDG 13, the achievement of all other SDGs will be undermined. Implementation of climate action and the SDGs is intrinsically linked across all spheres of life on Earth and human society. Increasing ambition and supporting countries to urgently take climate action, including making the most of opportunities to synergistically implement the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda together and carefully considering and managing trade-offs will be strategically decisive for achieving both agendas. Focusing on concrete measures for synergistic implementation will help inform and align the two agendas, thus stimulating corresponding action from multiple stakeholders. Such synergies can be further realized through joined-up consideration of other global frameworks and agreements such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The session will review progress towards SDG 13 and address the inter-linkages of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. In particular, participants in the meeting will share experiences and identify concrete measures for the coherent and synergistic implementation of those agreements in order to maximize sustainable development and climate co-benefits and scale up levels of ambition towards securing the livelihoods for current and future generations.
This session will have an interactive discussion format.
Background note is available here
Information for Expert Group Meeting on SDG13 is available here
Proposed guiding questions:
How can we urgently lift the level of ambition for exponential climate action across all sectors, levels and regions?
What are the key focus areas for synergistic implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement together and taking advantage of the related opportunities?
What are concrete initiatives and successful actions at global, regional and local levels to accelerate climate action and achieve the SDGs in tandem?
How can these actions by scaled up? What further action need to be taken to deliver concrete results, making the most of innovative, people-centered and cross-sectoral collaboration and partnerships to protect the planet for current and future generations?
Where are the gaps in our focus? What are “low hanging fruits” at the global, regional and local levels that enable the exponential increase in ambition for climate action in order to make a real difference in the lives and livelihoods of people?
H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Vice President of ECOSOC
Mr. Luis Alfonso de Alba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit
Mr. Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNFCCC
H.E. Ms. Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment of Chile, and President of COP-25 of UNFCCC
Mr. Javier Manzanares, Deputy Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund
Ms. Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs
Ms. Leena Srivastava, Co-Chair of the Secretary-General’s Science Advisory Group for Climate Summit
Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of ESCWA
Mr. Zhao Dong, Chairman of Xiamen Airlines, China
Ms. Dimakatso (Nono) Sekhoto, young farmer, WFO, Farmers’ Major Group
Followed by interactive discussion