Cop26 provided an opportunity for businesses to present their plans and discuss with their peers, value chains, policy makers and civil society what it takes and what is needed. They all recognize that this cannot be done alone. Their message is loud and clear: Collaboration, collaboration and collaboration, says Maria Mendiluce, CEO of We Mean Business Coalition.
Destination 2030: Making 1.5C a reality
COP26 President Alok Sharma, former Vice President Al Gore, and the UN High-Level Climate Champions Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Munoz will be joined by real economy and civil society leaders tomorrow to unpack how COP26 may have already started to close the ambition gap and explore what more is needed to reach a zero carbon world in time.
The IPCC’s Report provided a clear and sober reflection of our current pace of action and 2030 commitments from countries are still falling short. With the potential to advance collective action and push for bolder progress from governments, Destination 2030 will discuss the pivotal role of non state actors in this fundamental transformation.
Hosted by the UN High-Level Climate Champions in partnership with the UK COP26 Presidency, the event will explore the significance of actions underway – as well as what’s possible, and needed — if we are to keep the promise of the Paris Agreement and 1.5C alive.
The first panel will welcome Lord Adair Turner and UN High-Level Climate Champion Nigel Topping who will share the latest analysis on the progress of climate action in conversation with WRI Vice President and Regional Director for Africa Wanjira Mathai.
The second panel, moderated by UN High-Level Climate Champion Gonzalo Munoz, will host LafargeHolcim Chief Sustainability Officer Magali Anderson, lCAN International Director Tasneem Essop, and eminent climate scientist Johan Rockstrom to reflect on what is already underway within the real economy and what more is needed to keep 1.5 alive.
The agenda will include:
The current state of progress: The event will open with a high-level key note from Vice President Al Gore, which will reflect on the positive impact of the latest announcements on our progress to a zero-carbon world.
The art of the possible: Wanjira Mathai, Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, WRI will open a panel discussion with Nigel Topping, UN High Level Climate Champion and CEO of the ETC Lord Turner, to explore the art of the possible and the latest analysis that suggests 1.5 may be within reach.
The path forwards: The final panel will welcome real economy and civil society leaders to discuss the progress that is already accelerating within the real economy, the existing gulf between ambition and necessary action, and the next steps required to deliver 1.5.
At COP26, leading members of the Marrakech Partnership submitted to the UNFCCC a commitment to act now to drive further momentum in the number of credible, transparent, science-aligned, high ambition climate targets.
“To ensure commitments are followed through, our work ahead focuses on turning pledges into near term plans and enhancing accountability for delivering on commitments through better tracking of progress and impact.” A message from High Level Champions for Climate Action, Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Munoz.
COP26 is drawing to a close and the conditions for political leadership are set: society wants it, business is counting on it, the money is there, and cities will benefit.