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  • 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COPP22 Side Event of UN Regional Commissions “Economics of Climate Change: Regional perspectives”
    10:51
    2016.11.15

    22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COPP22 Side Event of UN Regional Commissions

    “Economics of Climate Change: Regional perspectives”

    15 November 2016, Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco

    Global climate change has observable effects on the environment and the society. There are more frequent wildfires, longer periods of droughts in some regions, an increase in the number, duration and intensity of tropical storms, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves. Global weather systems are being severely adversely impacted by anthropogenic climate change. Published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and will increase over time. There is a need in concerted efforts to assess economic impacts of climate change to different economic sectors as well as damages from extreme weather events and costs related to climate related displacement. Based on such assessments, it is essential to devise appropriate economic instruments and policies to support climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

    The high-level side event on “Economics of Climate Change: Regional perspectives” was organized by the five UN Regional Commissions to promote better understanding of the economic impacts of climate change in the regions and of investments needed at regional and national levels for climate change adaptation and mitigation. High-level representatives from the regions and Executive Secretaries of the regional commissions presented and discussed examples of national and regional efforts supporting the advancement of innovative response measures, economic instruments and policies for climate adaptation and mitigation. The discussion focused on issues of assessing economic impacts of climate change to different economic sectors, devising appropriate economic instruments, policies and regulatory reform to achieve cost efficient solutions to mitigation and adaptation, and ensuring equitable outcomes; and building statistical capacity of national governments and efforts to develop and deploy effective approaches and methodologies for measuring the economic impacts of climate change and the investment needs. High-level representatives from the regions expressed their appreciation to the efforts of the UN Regional Commissions to provide analysis, policy advice on economic impacts of climate change, on appropriate response measures, as well as on innovative sources of financing for the Paris Agreement implementation. The event provided an opportunity to exchange experiences on economic instruments and policies successfully applied in the regions.

  • 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
    13:00-14:00
    2016.11.15

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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.

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