January 18th, 2017 – Last year has seen an unprecedented momentum in international climate action with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. But this first step must not become an end in itself. The G20 leading industrialized countries and emerging market economies are determined and particularly responsible to drive forward all measures for a swift and bold implementation of the Paris Convention and for embracing the associated economic opportunities with adjusting to long-term greenhouse gas development pathways. To discuss the implementation of NDCs and elucidate different perspectives the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and China Carbon Forum (CCF) jointly organised this event as part of the China Low Carbon Leadership Network (LCLN) event series.
The panel included perspectives of the German government, the Chinese government, as well as an academic perspective and a think tank perspective.
- Welcome by Dr. Karsten Sach, Director General, Climate Policy, European and InternationalPolicy, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
- Ms. Zhou Qian, Director of Climate Change Office, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Prof. Lan Hong, Deputy Director, Center for Eco-Financial Studies, Renmin University
- Dr. Li Lailai, China Director, World Resources Institute
- Moderated by Ms. Ursula Becker, Head of Cluster Environment, Climate and Natural Resources, GIZ
Climate and energy policy will become an evermore prominent driver for economic growth and will also prove to be important for the modernization of our economy. The event discussed needed action on national and global level for implementing the agreement and addressed the following key questions:
• What is the way forward to achieve the goal of a global transformation towards decarbonized and climate-resilient economies according to the Paris Agreement?
• Which role does the G20 play in the process of transformation?
• How do we achieve an alignment of global investment and financial flows – both public and private – with that global goal?
• What strategies and partnerships are available to strengthen and support implementation at the national level?
• How do we create long-term planning security and investment incentives to ensure a redirection of financial resources to transform the economy, energy sector and infrastructure?
A comprehensive summary of the event will follow soon.