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As part of a Climate Action Fair, the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Momentum for Change initiative and the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action are convening a series of lunch-time dialogues around Climate Action and the Sustainable Development Goals. The events coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (to 18 May).

These special dialogues will showcase climate solutions by leading non-Party stakeholders, including businesses, cities and international organizations. The events will take place on 11-17 May 2017 at 1.15pm-2.00pm in the Climate Change Studio on the mezzanine floor above the lobby of the World Conference Center Bonn (map here). Keep monitoring this page for an updated programme!

For participants following on social media: Follow the video stream on UNFCCC Facebook - we'll be taking your questions via Facebook Live!

Programme

1. Thursday, 11 May, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
ACCELERATING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT

We must continue to actively involve non-state actors in ratcheting-up near-term solutions, in order to honor the promise of Paris. This dialogue will highlight how non-state actors are already accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement through innovation, technology and, most importantly, collaboration. Guest speakers:

  • Dr. Martin Frick, Director Climate and Environment Division (FAO)  
  • Maryke van Staden, Director of the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (ICLEI)
  • Stephen Minas, Senior Research Fellow (King's College London)
  • Bernhard Stormyr, Sustainability Director (Yara)
  • Dr. Patrick Oliva, co-fondateur (PPMC Paris Process on Mobility and Climate)

2. Friday, 12 May, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
MOMENTUM FOR CHANGE – SHINING A LIGHT ON CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

Momentum for Change shines a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe that are moving the world toward a low-carbon, highly resilient future. The event’s overall goal is to promote climate action and foster dialogue with 4 winners of the Momentum for Change Awards. Guest speakers:

  • Joshua Romisher, Vice President of Corporate Finance (Off-Grid Electric)
  • Amarys Preuss, Development Manager (Earth Roofs in the Sahel)
  • Xiaomei Duan, Technical Director, Far East BRT Planning Co. (Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit System)
  • Luca Bucken, Director for Expansion and Partnerships (Liter of Light)

3. Saturday, 13 May, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
ACKNOWLEDGING CO-BENEFITS OF CLIMATE ACTION

It is well known that climate action will bring many added benefits in health, clean air, energy, food security, national security and employment creation, which will form the base for shared prosperity and financial stability. Now more than ever, it is critical to meet people’s common desire for good jobs safe homes and sustainable growth. Guest speakers:

  • Elisabeth Press, Director, Planning and Programme Support (IRENA)
  • Wei-Shiuen Ng, Transport Analyst at the International Transport Forum (OECD)
  • Emily Joy Rushto, Climate Nurse and Director of the International Climate Ambassador Programme
  • Dr. Gustavo Barbarosa Mozzer, Senior Researcher, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

4. Monday, 15 May, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
AMPLIFYING RAISED AMBITION FOR 2018 & 2020

The Paris Agreement has been ratified in record-breaking time. Nonetheless, we still need to raise the ambition of the national commitments in order to keep us within the two degrees threshold necessary for a safe and stable climate. This dialogue will explore how we can mobilize all voices to ensure that countries take stock of their NDC by 2018 with a view to enhancing them by 2020. Guest speakers:

  • Paula Caballero (Global Climate Director, WRI)
  • Andrew Higham, CEO (Mission 2020)
  • Wael Hmaiden, Executive Director, (CAN)
  • Nicolette Bartlett, Director, Carbon Pricing (CDP)

5. Tuesday, 16 May, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
SDG TALK 1: ALIGNING CLIMATE ACTION & SDGs

Urgent climate action will safeguard the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, since many of the goals, such as ending poverty and achieving food and water security, can only be met under a stable climate. This dialogue will look at the interconnectivity between these two agendas and how they are mutually-beneficial. Guest speakers:

  • Sarah Marchildon, Head of Momentum for Change (UNFCCC)
  • Dr. Maarten van Aalst, Director (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)
  • Hilary Ogbonna, Programme Specialist & Africa and Arab States Focal Point (UNDP)
  • Cornie Huizenga, Secretary-General (SLoCaT)

6. Wednesday, 17 May, 1.15pm – 2.00pm
SDG TALK 2: ALIGNING CLIMATE ACTION & SDGs (Part 2)

This dialogue will look at the interconnectivity between the climate action and SDG agendas, and how they are mutually-beneficial. Guest speakers:

  • Bridget Burns, WEDO Co-Director and co-focal point of the Women and Gender Constituency
  • Indigenous peoples leader Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator AFPAT and works with IIPFCC, IPACC, PACJA & RCD
  • Ramiro Fernandez, Director (Fundación Avina)
  • Shirin Reuvers, Policy & Public Affairs (CDP)

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