Facing the increasing urgency to limit global temperature rise to 1.5° Celsius, global experts and leaders on climate change and sustainable development came together at UN City in Copenhagen to consider how to accelerate climate action in a fair way that benefits all people. From April 1-3, 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), strengthened 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. A Peace Boat delegation took part at this event.
The meeting was 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 was attended by government representatives from developed and developing countries, youth, and members of the private sector, academia, civil society, and the UN system
Peace Boat Director and Founder Yoshioka Tatsuya, introduced Peace Boat's Ecoship as a symbol of multi-stakeholder partnerships for climate action and the UN SDGs on a panel at the Climate and SDG Synergies Conference at the UN City, Copenhagen. The panel on 'Synergies in action (II): Promoting cross-sectoral integrated response for a just transition (Partnerships and stakeholder action)' was part of The Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Co-organised by UN DESA and UNFCCC, it is bringing experts and leaders together to raise ambition for climate action and sustainable development.
The Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference is a critical part of the UN’s comprehensive review of climate action in 2019. The conference served 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.