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Joint Roundtable of Regional Commissions at COP22 (Official UNS side event) Advancing the 2030 Agenda through climate action: Integrated solutions for regional implementation

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Joint Roundtable of Regional Commissions at COP22 (Official UNS side event)

Advancing the 2030 Agenda through climate action:

Integrated solutions for regional implementation

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco

In 2015, the international community adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious action plan for people, planet and prosperity, and one that offers a transformational vision to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient growth path. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including on climate action, form this new universal agenda. In the same year, at the Paris climate conference, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, the Paris Agreement. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

The side event on “Advancing the 2030 Agenda through climate action: Integrated solutions for regional implementation” was organized on 15 November 2016 as part of the COP22 jointly by the UN Regional Commissions as a UN system side event. It was aimed to explore how implementation of the 2030 Agenda can be advanced in the region through integrated climate actions.

This high-level event included presentations of Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions and high level experts on climate change: Mr. David Nabarro, UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Ms. Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC. According to the presenters, implementation of the Paris Agreement poses a major challenge for countries in implementing their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as stated in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Achieving the goals that each country expressed in its NDC requires significant changes in public policy, in economic, fiscal, environmental, regulatory, technological, investment, and even institutional matters, in some cases. United Nations Regional Commissions have a central role to play in promoting the regional implementation of the internationally agreed SDGs and the outcomes of the Paris conference to support regional sustainable development, including through multilateral dialogue, sharing of best practices and lessons learned and capacity-building at the regional level.