In mid-September (12th until 14th September 2018) the Global Climate Action Summit will take place in San Francisco in order to push action against climate change and to ‘take ambition to the next level’. The overarching goal of the event is to promote the decarbonization globally as well as to raise further awareness regarding climate change and its factors, threats and so on.
The Global Climate Action Summit will bring together leaders from state and local governments, business, investors, and citizens from around the world, to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspire deeper commitments from each other and national governments.
The summit plays an important role in relation to support the Paris Agreement and to reach its targets. Furthermore, several well-known institutions are partner organizations (e. g. CDP, United Nations, etc.).
What is the summit about?
“The Global Climate Action Summit will showcase the actions states and regions, cities, companies, investors and civil society have taken already to reduce their emissions; secure bold commitments to do even more, show that decarbonization, job generation and resilient economic growth go hand-in-hand and galvanize a global movement for climate action that leaves no one behind. Persons of each level are advised to attend the event and to contribute their input. State and local leaders to businesses, investors, scientists, students and non-profits are critical agents who can not only help unleash the opportunities from climate action but catalyze the world’s Presidents and Prime Ministers to go further and faster too” (see Global Climate Action Summit-Website).
Global Climate Action Summit: 5 key topics to structure the conference
In order to realize the vision and intention of the summit five key topics or key issue areas have been defined: healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship and transformative climate investments. Those topics are the key challenges in order to achieve a low-carbon economy. Those key points are also the ‘guiding principles’ for the programme and speeches (see programme of the summit here).
In the following are named a few aspects which are important in the context of those topics as well as in the context of the Global Climate Action Summit:
- Healthy energy systems: focuses on the global clean energy revolution (e. g. renewable energy sources, carbon-free electricity, alternative engines)
- Inclusive economic growth: focuses on business climate leadership (e. g. disclose carbon data for improvements, rural development, creating good jobs in newly emerging markets and sectors like, for example, at sustainable credit institutes)
- Sustainable communities: focuses on sustainable buildings, cities, communities and infrastructure that are clean, healthy and liveable (e. g. intelligent solutions for cities regarding traffic, infrastructure and logistics, green areas, urban gardening)
- Land and ocean stewardship: focuses on the role of land and ocean ecosystems that play an important role in mitigate climate change and making the planet more resilient (e g. measures like support biodiversity, palm oil free products)
- Transformative climate investments: focuses on mobilizing investment (e. g. green investments)
You will find further information about this event on the website of the Global Climate Action Summit (click here).
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