Ecoship joins Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference in Copenhagen

From April 1-3, a Peace Boat and Ecoship delegation are at the UN City, Copenhagen, as experts and leaders gather to make plans to ensure inclusive action on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Facing the increasing urgency to limit global temperature rise to 1.5° Celsius, global experts and leaders on climate change and sustainable development will come together at UN City in Copenhagen to consider how to accelerate climate action in a fair way that benefits all people. Participants at the Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (informally the Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference), will strengthen the link between the climate agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, identifying key areas to mobilize action, resources and investment to better serve the implementation of both frameworks.

The meeting is being organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. With more than 400 participants registered, the meeting will be attended by government representatives from developed and developing countries, youth, and members of the private sector, academia, civil society, and the UN system

On April 1, Peace Boat, Director, and Founder, Yoshioka Tatsuya will speak at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM in the session Synergies in action (II): Promoting cross-sectoral integrated response for a just transition (Partnerships and stakeholder action) with other expert panelists.

In Copenhagen, experts from all stakeholder groups are expected to analyse ways to align climate action with SDG implementation to maximise benefits to both and scale up efforts towards climate adaptation and mitigation at the global, regional and country levels. They will make a set of concrete recommendations for advancing implementation action and stimulating partnerships and investments all with the goal of strengthening the global response of climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. The Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference is a critical part of the UN’s comprehensive review of climate action in 2019. The conference will serve also as a preparatory Expert Group Meeting for SDG 13, which is one of the goals to be examined in-depth at this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), happening at UN Headquarters in New York in July. The HLPF outcome itself will inform the debate at two other major UN events, the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit and the SDG Summit, to be held on consecutive days during the General Assembly high-level week in September.

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