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Greening Governance Seminar Series: Driving Equitable Climate Transitions: Governance Frameworks for the Climate Change, SDG and Green Growth Agendas

This seminar will explore challenges, opportunities, and country examples that governments can consider using to ensure they deliver on the 2030 Agenda and the Paris goals.

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About the Event

Countries must undergo economy-wide transformations to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. With emissions continuing to rise and climate events intensifying, the time to act and build strong green economies is now. In many countries, these transformative agendas, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Nationally Determined Contributions and green growth strategies, are often pursued through governance frameworks with various institutional leadership.

Driving overall transitions towards inclusive, carbon-neutral sustainable development involves moving away from siloed approaches and separate governmental bodies working independently from each other. Integrated governance frameworks are vital to address potential trade-offs and synergies between the goals of social inclusion, economic transformations, climate change mitigation, adaptation and ecosystem preservation.

Speakers

  • Mathilde Bouyé, Associate, NDC-SDG Linkages Team, World Resources Institute
  • Jeniffer Hanna Collado, Head of Planning and International Cooperation, National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism, Dominican Republic
  • Jennifer Baumwoll, Global Climate Change Advisor, United Nations Development Programme
  • Vahakn Kabakian, Climate Change Advisor and Portfolio Manager, United Nations Development Programme, Lebanon
  • Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria

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About the Series

WRI's Greening Governance Seminar Series bridges the divide between the governance and environmental communities to identify solutions that benefit people and the planet.

  • Why do some environmental policies succeed in one country but fail in another?
  • What will it take to transform the Paris Agreement’s ambitious commitments into actionable policies?
  • How can decision-makers engage a range of stakeholders, from average citizens to Fortune 500 companies, to build support for policies that protect natural resources and the communities that depend on them?
  • How can governments sustain this environmental action across election cycles?

Many of the answers to these questions are, at heart, issues of governance.

Increasing public participation in environmental decision-making can deepen civil society’s commitment to climate change mitigation and yield more equitable, effective policies. Enhancing government transparency equips communities with the information that they need to engage in these policy-making processes. Strengthening accountability frameworks helps ensure that governments make progress on their Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets. In short, good governance can improve climate and environmental outcomes.

Yet the governance and climate communities continue to work in silos, conducting research and implementing programs that remain largely divorced from one another.

WRI’s Greening Governance Seminar Series seeks to bridge this divide by bringing together leading experts from both fields to discuss the intersection of their work, the most pressing environmental governance issues at hand, and solutions that benefit people and the planet.

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