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The Rationale: UN SDG

SDG Pavilion - COP24: SDG 7 Poland

December 6, 2018

The Katowice Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday, shifting from the high-level statements delivered on Monday into detailed negotiations.

 

 

Heads of UN DESA, Liu Zhenmin, and of UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa, at the SDG Pavilion in Katowice

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the announcement was made of the first Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. “We expect that this global conference planned to be held in March 2019 will deliver (…) a set of concrete recommendations for strengthening the interlinkages between climate action and the SDGs,” said Mr. Liu, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General.  “This conference will be aimed at promoting action,” he added.

 

“Climate change and the SDGs are really one integral agenda,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “In working together, UN DESA and we at UN Climate Change are setting an example of the way the different entities can join forces.” 

 

 

The SDG Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland, aims to provide a platform for interactive dialogues to share experiences and ideas on how best to leverage policies, programmes, multi-stakeholder action and partnerships to advance both the SDGs and climate action in ways to maximize benefits and leave no one behind. The pavilion is jointly organised by UN DESA and GEIDCO. Read more

 

 

 

Monday, 3 December

 

17:00 – 18:00 

The role of ethics and human awareness in climate change solutions 

Organized by Brahma Kumaris with support from DESA

Venue SDG Pavilion E-34

 

A shift in awareness is needed to promote changes in behavior and lifestyles to foster low emissions and climate resilient development. Faith-based communities and others, are building momentum to address the strengthening of personal and political will to fulfill the responsibilities of our time. The session included remarks by Golo J. Pilz, Energy Adviser to the Brahma Kumaris and Head of India-One solar thermal power plant, Viktor Josa, Project Co-Director at CliMates, Sonja Ohlsson, Brahma Kumaris, Focal Point for UNFCCC, and Malte Hentschke from Klima Allianz.

 

Tuesday, 4 December 

 

12:00 – 13:00

Promoting synergies between the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030, the Paris Agreement and the SDGs 

Organized by UN DESA 

Venue SDG Pavilion E-34

 

UN DESA’s UN Forum on Forests Secretariat is promoting the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030, a global effort towards halting deforestation, forest degradation and expanding the world’s forests, which serve as an important carbon sequestration mechanism. Poland, which holds the presidency of COP24, considers forests a priority issue and an integral part of implementing the Paris Agreement and achieving climate neutrality. A Ministerial Declaration on Forests for Climate is expected to be one of three such declarations to be adopted in Katowice. Moderated by Alexander Buck of IUFRO, the event included remarks by UN DESA chief Liu Zhenmin, Poland Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk, Brazil’s chief climate change negotiator Jose Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, and UN Environment expert Niklas Hagelberg. 

 

14:30 – 15:00

Energy in VNRs in 2018:  Launch of the “Analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews relating to SDG 7”

Organized by UN DESA 

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) conducted an analysis of the 46 voluntary national reviews (VNRs) submitted in 2018 in order to gain a better understanding of the incorporation of SDG7 in countries’ sustainable development action plans, challenges and opportunities in implementation and critical interlinkages with other Sustainable Development Goals. On Tuesday, the Analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews relating to SDG7 was officially launched by Mr Liu Zhenmin, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General, at the SDG Pavilion. The launch event also included a brief introduction to the report by Minoru Takada, team leader for sustainable energy in DESA’s Division for SDGs. Full Report

 

 

17:40 – 19:10

Launching Ceremony of the Global Network “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions” 

Organized by UN DESA and ITIAPU 

Venue: Space Brazil 

 

On Tuesday, 4 December 2018, USG Liu Zhenmin launched the Global Network “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions”, together with Mr. Mario Antonio Cecato, Executive Financial Director, ITAIPU, Brazil and Ms. Monica Perez dos Santos, Financial Director, ITAIPU, Paraguay. The global sustainability network on SDG 6 and SDG 7 interlinkages, will consist of a large number of multi-stakeholders who really care about the subject and promote an integrated approach to SDG 6 and SDG 7 in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main objectives of the network will be to share best practices, experiences and quality data; strengthen capacity building; mobilise and scale up multi-stakeholder action; and enhance advocacy, communications and outreach. Read more

 

 

Wednesday, 5 December

 

 

9:30 – 11:00

Side event on “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions” 

Organized by UN DESA and ITIAPU 

Venue: MCK theater - Climate Action Rooms 1 

 

On 5 December, UN DESA co-organized with Itaipu Binational at COP 24 a side event entitled “Sustainable water and energy solutions as integrated response to climate change”. The event included high-level remarks by Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA, Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, the Financial Directors of Itaipu Paraguay, Ms. Monica Perez dos Santos, and Brazil, Mr. Mario Antonio Cecato, as well as Ms. Teresa Solana Méndez de Vigo, Ministry of Ecological Transition, Spain. The event highlighted the interlinkages between water (SDG 6), energy (SDG 7) and climate change (SDG 13). Speakers shared policies, business models and programs with an integrated approach to water and energy as adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change. Furthermore, necessary technologies and good practices to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement at different levels were presented. Read more

 

11:00 – 11:15

Announcement of the Global Conference on Synergies between 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement 

Organized by UN DESA and UNFCCC Secretariat

Venue: MCK theater - Climate Action Rooms 1

 

On Wednesday, the SDG Pavilion saw the announcement of the first global conference on synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. Organized jointly by UN DESA and UNFCCC secretariat, the Conference, planned for March in 2019, will focus on implementation at the global, regional and country levels and bring together experts from both developing and developed countries, as well as international resource persons from academia and think tanks, the private sector, NGOs and representatives of relevant UN organizations. 

 

Upcoming Sessions during Week 1 at SDG Pavilion

 

Thursday, 6 December

 

9:30 – 10:30

DESA ITAIPU Partnership side event 

Organized by UN DESA

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

11:00 – 11:45

Innovation and Sustainable energy for LDCs 

Organized by Intellectual Ventures with support from DESA

Venue : SDG Pavilion E-34

 

12:00 – 12:45

Investing in Education for the future of sustainable energy 

Organized by Intellectual Ventures with support from DESA

Venue : SDG Pavilion E-34

 

13:30 – 14:30

High-Level Dialogue on Climate, Energy & Health nexus

Organized by WHO

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

17:00 – 18:00

Multi-Stakeholder Involvement in NDC Implementation

Organized by SNV Netherlands with support from DESA

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

Friday, 7 Decembe

 

9:00 – 10:00

Achieving universal energy access in the context of the wider sustainable development agenda 

Organized by IEA 

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

10:30 – 11:30

Strong Voices from the South: How Media Can Enhance Sustainable Development while Combating Climate Change

Organized by HIVOS/ENERGIA 

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34 

 

13:30 – 14:30

Improving Multi-Level Governance through Better Reporting: Accelerating renewable energy uptake 

Organized by REN21 

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34 

 

16:00 – 17:00

How are the Communities of Ocean Action Addressing Climate Change

Organized by UN DESA 

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

Saturday, 8 December

 

12:00 – 13:00

Accelerating SDG7 achievement:

In depth presentation and discussions of the “Analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews relating to SDG 7 in 2018 and the work of the SDG7 Technical Advidory Group to support 2019 HLPG and other processes

Organized by UN DESA and the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

13:30 – 14:30

Researching and Advocating for Climate Action, Equity, and Global Justice: Food for Our Future 

Organized by Colorado State University 

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

15:00 – 16:30

Launch Event for Report on Gender, Climate Change, and Human Mobility

Organized by Gender Equality and Environment 

Venue: SDG Pavilion E-34

 

 

 

#SDGPavilion at #COP24 in Poland

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Info: bit.ly/COP24DESA

 

More SDG7 updates can be found at:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/energy

 

For further information, please contact fub@un.org, DESA/DSDG.

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