Governments, private sector leaders begin talks to accelerate climate action
Government and private sector leaders meeting on the margins of this year’s UN General Assembly session are set to drive forward critical climate action ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November.
This year’s session coincides with the publication by UN Climate Change of its updated version of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Synthesis report on September 17.
NDCs are national climate action plans in which countries that are parties to the Paris agreement communicate actions they plan to take to address climate change.
The publication of the full report follows the publication of NDC synthesis report in February 2021, which showed that the world is not on track to reach the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.
The governments, Nigeria, and private sector leaders are meeting under the Climate Week New York City (CWNYC 2021) for one week to provide a platform for showcasing leading climate action and explore how to accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis.
CWNYC will focus on fulfilling and increasing commitments made by businesses, governments and organisations to deliver the promise of the Paris Agreement.
Events taking place during the week will be organised into 10 themes: built environment, energy, industry, food, environmental justice, transport, finance, sustainable living, nature and policy.
The event is hosted by the Climate Group in conjunction with the UN, the COP26 Presidency and the City of New York and will include both virtual and physical events. UN Climate Chief, Patricia Espinosa, will speak at the opening.
The COP26 Presidency and COP26 high-level climate champions and global leaders will call for a gearshift from ambition to implementation in the race to a cleaner, healthier and more climate-resilient world.
The COP25 and COP26 climate champions are set to outline to what extent “breakthrough ambition” has been achieved in all 15 sectors of the global economy for the 2030 breakthroughs campaign.
Among the key events, which will be attended by a Nigerian delegation led by President Muhammadu Buhari, is the UN Food Systems Summit, which sets the stage for the transformation of global food systems.
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, called for the historic, first-ever, Food Systems Summit, this year, to carve a path where good food is affordable and accessible and is produced in a way that protects the planet.
Food production is hugely impacted by climate change and agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
There will also be a high-level dialogue on energy, which is the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the General Assembly since the 1981 UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy. It is the culmination of a year of accelerated action to achieve affordable, clean energy for all by 2030. Clean renewable energy is front and centre to tackling climate change.
This high-level meeting will also launch the next phase of the Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform with the establishment of the Ocean Stewardship Coalition as part of the UN Global Compact 2021-2023 renewed strategic ambition, also for climate action.