THEME: Achieving food security and combating climate change are closely linked and interdependent. Climate-smart approaches can increase agricultural productivity and farmers’ income; strengthen the resilience (adaptation) of ecosystems and livelihoods; and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This event will feature programmes and best practices, including integrated approaches such as landscape and ecosystem approaches within agriculture, forestry and fisheries. It will specifically look at program, policy and financial mechanisms for transition to climate change resilient systems, e.g. through resource efficiency and reduction of losses in the whole value chain from production to consumption.
FOCAL POINT: Reuben Sessa, FAO,
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ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 200
AGENCIES INVOLVED: FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNEP and WB
SLOT: Public awareness and education
THEME: The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development reaffirmed that we need to put our world on a more sustainable development path. To achieve development that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable, we need more than technical fixes to the problems. We need to change the way people think and act, and education has a vital role to play in this area. The critical role of education in achieving sustainable development is underscored by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014). We need to foster action to develop and implement educational and training programmes on climate change. We need the youth to engage in these programs in order to secure green jobs and a green economy.
FOCAL POINTS: Fanina Kodre-Alexander, UNEP,
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Seraphine Haeussling, UNEP,
ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 200+
AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNESCO, UNEP, UNITAR and UNU
HOSTED BY: UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development, and UNEP/PROVIA
VENUE: Venue: Room 1, Qatar National Convention Centre
THEME: The UNEP-led Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) seeks to address the lack of international direction in research on climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA). PROVIA provides a coordinated and cohesive approach to VIA research as well as a forum for evaluating and pursuing research priorities and communicating the results. During this side event, PROVIA's work to date and the organisers' future vision will be presented. The PROVIA work that will be highlighted includes the PROVIA guidance for VIA assessments and an important VIA research gap analysis, along with advice to the UNFCCC. A vision for future activities will also be presented. Most importantly, PROVIA needs continued engagement with the research community and seeks views from CoP delegates on PROVIA's current work and future plans.
SLOT: Sustainable Tourism
THEME: The tourism sector represents over 5% of the global GDP and one in every 12 jobs worldwide. Tourism will continue to grow in the next decades, and needs to adopt measures to reduce its contribution to climate change. Participants will present ongoing initiatives and future strategies to mitigate tourism emissions and adapt to climate change impacts
FOCAL POINT: UNWTO - Luigi Cabrini, Director, Sustainable Developement of Tourism,
ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 80 - 100
AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNEP, WMO, ICAO, WEF and WTTC
MODERATOR: Bert Metz (ECF)
Presentations by: Joseph Alcamo (UNEP), Niklas Höhne (Ecofys), Joeri Rogelj (ETH Zürich), Laura Segafredo (ClimateWorks Foundation)
Panelists from the European Commission, Germany, South Africa, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands
VENUE: Qatar National Convention Centre. Doha, Qatar
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- Mr. Luigi Cabrini; Director Sustainable Development of Tourism; UNWTO
- Mr. Peter Dogsé; Manager Intersectoral Platform on Climate Change; UNESCO
- Ms. Jane Hupe; Chief of Environment Branch; ICAO
- Dr. Edmund Hughes; Technical Officer; IMO
- Dr. Murray C. Simpson; Oxford University Centre for the Environment
WHAT TO EXPECT:
This event will provide an authoritative and up-to-date synopsis of the science and policy issues surrounding Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) mitigation. Potential relationships between SLCP mitigation, carbon dioxide mitigation, and global temperature goals will be central to the briefing and discussion.
This session provides a valuable opportunity for delegates and observers to familiarise themselves with the science and policy issues surrounding SLCP mitigation prior to the Ministerial-level side event introducing the new SLCP-focused Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) on Thursday December 6th. Opportunities and challenges facing the relationship between the CCAC and UNFCCC will be included in the discussions.
WHERE: Al-Areen Ballroom (1, 2 & 3),
AT: Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, Doha, Qatar
The IUFRO-led Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative will launch its report "Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives" and the related policy brief.
John A. Parrotta
US Forest Service, Chair, Global Forest Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+
Director, CGIAR Consortium Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance, Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR)
Tropical Forest Ecologist, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Head of Division, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Forest and Climate Change Consultant/Former Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service
Come and pick up your copy of the full assessment report and policy brief!
THEME: At this side event the UNFCCC secretariat together with senior representatives of the other founding members will launch the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. High-level representatives from Parties and the Global Environment Facility will highlight examples of successful cooperation with founding members on climate change education and public awareness activities. The Alliance's objectives will be presented and its founding members will showcase how they will provide support to and benefit of this new interagency cooperation. Participants will be invited to share their views on the Alliance's draft framework for action and contribute to its further development.
AGENCIES INVOLVED: FAO, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNICEF, UNITAR and WMO
THEME: Join us to hear firsthand about the advances of partner countries in their implementation of national REDD+ readiness activities and in the development of national REDD+ strategies. Learn how partner countries together with the support of the UN-REDD Programme have taken great strides over the years to advance their work on REDD+.
FOCAL POINT: Reem Ismail, UN-REDD
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ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 250
AGENCIES INVOLVED: FAO, UNDP and UNEP
THEME: Technology development and transfer is at the heart of the UNFCCC process. The development, transfer and diffusion of climate friendly technologies continue to be some of the cornerstones of the international effort to address the climate change challenge. The side event will showcase experiences with building national capacity and strengthening skills development for TNAs, TAPS and NAMAs in developing countries through south-south learning and international cooperation.
FOCAL POINT: Seraphine Haeussling, UNEP,
ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 150
AGENCIES INVOLVED: UNEP, UNDP, UNITAR and IAEA
Mr. Thorgeirsson, Director for Implementation Strategy at the UNFCCC
Mr. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-
General of the United Nations
Prof. Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist UNEP
Panel of Ministers from the EU, Denmark, the Gambia,
Australia (tbc), Germany,
South Africa (tbc),
Singapore, Brazil (tbc).
AGENCIES INVOLVED: League of Arab States (LAS), UN-ESCWA, UNDP, UNEP and WHO
THEME: Three initiatives will be presented: Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources & Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region; Arab Climate Resilience Initiative; and Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation to Protect Health from Climate Change.
AGENCIES INVOLVED: League of Arab States (LAS), UN-ESCWA, UNDP, UNEP and WHO
VENUE: Side Event Room 2
THEME: Presentation of the activities carried out in 2010-2012 and future Iraqi-Italian cooperation initiatives within the New Eden Project.
- Dr. Majed H. Radhi - on behalf of the Iraqi Ministry of Environment.
- H.E Dr Corrado Clini
- Augusto Pretner from the Italian Ministry of the environment.
FOCAL POINT: Ms. SUSAN JAMEEL - firstname.lastname@example.org - +964 770 9299927
VENUE: Intercontinental Hotel, West Bay Lagoon, Doha.
THEME: With global attention set to be firmly focused on Qatar during COP18, the Sustainable Innovation Forum will concentrate on actions, solutions and leadership as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist for increased sustainable development. The forum will once again feature high-level government and private sector panellists via three C-level plenary sessions to discuss how to greater mobilise public-private-partnerships (PPPs), the challenges of sustainable urbanisation with an ever-increasing population, and the latest advances in technology and innovation.
MEETING AGENDA: Please visit http://www.cop18qatar.com/agenda/ to view more details, including the latest agenda.
ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: 500+
EXPECTED DELEGATIONS: Qatar Airways, BMW Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qatar Petroleum, plus the Governments of Denmark, Qatar, Algeria, Mexico, Ecuador and Japan.