Webinar: Long-Term Climate Strategies and the U.N. Climate Action Summit
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDTOnline
Countries should come to the UN Climate Action Summit with net-zero emissions plans says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Join our webinar to learn how long-term strategies are critical for climate action and get a snapshot of countries’ progress ahead of the Summit.
About This Webinar
On September 23, world leaders will convene in New York for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. In line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the IPCC special report on the impacts of a global warming of 1.5 °C, one of the key objectives of the summit is to secure political will leading to ambitious 2020 commitments, as well as long-term strategies with concrete steps and interim targets towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
This webinar, co-organized by the 2050 Pathways Platform, UN Development Programme and World Resources Institute, highlights the purpose and benefits of long-term strategies and provide a snapshot of countries’ progress.
Pankaj Bhatia from WRI opened the webinar and noted the timeliness of the topic ahead of the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Richard Baron with the 2050 Pathways Platform gave an overview of the global state of play of long-term strategies as well as the process for developing a robust long-term pathway. In addition to the 12 countries that have already submitted their LTS to the UNFCCC, he highlighted a number of countries, including China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, in which LTS work is underway. Jenny Liesbeth Mager Santos with Chile’s Ministry of Environment and Tony Ripley with the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provided insights into their countries’ long-term planning processes. Chile has committed to enhancing its NDC and developing its LTS in line with the goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. The UK has amended its Climate Change Act to include an emissions reduction target of 100% from 1990 levels by 2050 following an independent review by its Committee on Climate Change, a model which has been emulated by other countries. The speakers additionally discussed the role of societal and behavioral changes, as well as gaps in the UNFCCC process regarding LTSs. James Vener with the UN Development Programme closed the webinar remarking that the large number of participants in the webinar clearly reflects that long-term strategies are a critical issue that is being prioritized globally.
- Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform
- Pankaj Bhatia, Deputy Climate Director, World Resources Institute
- Tony Ripley, Head of Ambition, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
- Jenny Liesbeth Mager Santos, Head of Mitigation and Inventories Department, Division of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Chile
- James Vener, NDC Support Programme, United Nations Development Programme