UN Climate Change
At the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (16 – 26 May), a high-level event on moving forward with national climate action plans will take place on Tuesday, 17 May.
This is part of the efforts of governments and organizations to move forward with the rapid implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement concluded at the end of last year, designed to put the world on a firm path toward low carbon and resilience.
The Paris Agreement sets a goal to keep the global temperature rise since pre-industrial times well below two degrees Celsius, with a preference to limit it to 1.5 degrees. To that end, each country is to submit its national climate action plan, known as nationally determined contribution (NDC).
NDCs are a major step forward in international climate action, showcasing what countries are doing to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change.
The big question is: “Are we ready for implementation, including of NDCs?” To address this question, the UNFCCC is setting up an informal space where different stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their vision for international cooperation and support in preparing, implementing and monitoring NDCs.
The high-level event on moving forward with NDCs will take place on from 13.15 to 18.00 on 17 May, followed by a lunch event on Wednesday, 18 May to enable one-on-one discussions on means of support.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and high-level representatives from the current COP Presidency (Ms. Laurence Tubiana) and the upcoming Moroccan Presidency (H.E. Ambassador Aziz Mekouar) will attend the event, together with frontrunners from organizations and institutions that provide finance and implementation support.
Presentations by the high-level panel will be followed by a session on linking finance to reaching the objectives of NDCs, and a further session on readiness and support, concluding with a question and answer session. The event will be webcast, and you are also invited to join in by sending in questions. Further information is available here.
See also the UNFCCC Secretariat's NAMA News site with further detailed items on mitigation action and issues.