United Nations Climate Action: Race to Zero and Resilience Forum
supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
The Plaza Hotel, New York, NY
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Race to Zero: The Pivot Point
Climate change is the most pressing global crisis that the world faces, and efforts to deliver transformative action that keep global temperature within 1.5C need to be accelerated. The Paris Agreement and subsequent COP decisions, such as COP26’s Glasgow Climate Pact, set the level of ambition. Momentum has been building over recent years to deliver these promises, though progress towards our global goals remains inadequate. Both state and non-state actors must now pivot to new ways of collaborating and shaping net zero governance; and must do so with the urgency and innovation the world desperately needs.
A key aspect will be using all policy, regulatory and legislative tools available to create the standards and ground rules for the global economy that enable the transformation to a just, resilient net-zero world. This breakout session will address how to accelerate the transformation from voluntary action into the fit-for-purpose domestic and foreign policies needed in a world of interconnected geopolitical crises.
- Nigel Topping, UN Climate Action High-level Champion, COP26
Governance That’s Fit For Purpose
Building Climate Resilient Communities
How can we build the resilience of cities and states, regions and devolved governments in the context of worsening climate disasters? To address this, we need solutions that impact at a system level by a variety of different actors. This session will explore the transformation and solutions needed to build resilience for people living in cities/human settlements. We will hear from local authorities, organizations and think tanks about the efforts they are making to work together with communities to increase resilience to the different impacts of climate change, from energy challenges to extreme heat, from urbanization to the role of nature-based solutions.
The Role of Mayors
How to Increase Resilience in the Face of Climate Disasters
- Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40