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EVENT: Climate change and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals


CDKN Workshop: Expert discussion followed by lunch

19 March 8:30 – 13:00 

Jakarta Mandarin Oriental

CDKN will host a workshop to explore the linkages between climate change and the post 2015 Sustainable Development GoalsSince Rio+20, there is commitment for the of post-2015 development goals to take over after the Millennium Development Goals and the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. (SDGsSince Rio+20, there is commitment for the of post-2015 development goals to take over after the Millennium Development Goals and the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.). The event will bring together experts and practitioners in climate change and sustainable developmentThe concept of sustainable development was introduced in the World Conservation Strategy (IUCN 1980) and had its roots in the concept of a sustainable society and in the management of renewable resources. Adopted by the WCED in 1987 and by the Rio Conference in 1992 as a process of change in ... from across the South East Asia region. The workshop will complement similar discussions in developing countries around the world and its outcomes will be shared with the Office of the UN Secretary General in advance of the Leaders’ Summit on climate change in New York in September 2014.

Background

The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 initiated a government process to create the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build on the Millennium Development GoalsA set of time-bound and measurable goals for combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, discrimination against women and environmental degradation, agreed at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000. (IPCC) to eradicate poverty, protect the environment and assure health and wellbeing to the world’s population.

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges the world faces today, affecting all aspects of global development, from poverty eradication to healthcare, to economic growthIdeally, economic growth is decoupled from energy consumption. This can be achieved through different measures, one of them being energy efficiency or a shift towards less energy intensive sectors, such as services. and disaster risk reductionDenotes both a policy goal or objective, and the strategic and instrumental measures employed for anticipating future disaster risk; reducing existing exposure, hazard, or vulnerability; and improving resilience (IPCC-SREX, 2014).. Without concerted global efforts to address climate change, climate impacts over the lifetime of the new SDGs, from 2015-2030, are likely to undermine the attainment of thesegoals. However, presently it is unclear how limiting climate-related emissionsEmissions of greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas precursors, and aerosols associated with human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, land-use changes, livestock, fertilisation, etc. (IPCC) and building climate resilience will feature in the SDGs.

The SDGs are scheduled to be agreed in September 2015, a few months ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ChangeThe United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an international environmental treaty that resulted from the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Their aim is to limit GHG emissions to levels that will not threaten the environment and livleyhoods. (UNFCCC COP21) in Paris, France. This UNFCCC meeting is planned as the next opportunity to secure an inclusive global deal on climate change with commitments from all Parties. Handled well, linkages between the SDGs and governments’ official climate change commitments will result in mutually beneficial outcomes for both negotiations. Handled badly, there is a risk that both sets of negotiations achieve weak agreements to address climate change and development.

The event

CDKN will host a dialogue in Jakarta on 19th March 2014 to bring together experts from across government, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss how climate change should be included in the SDGs. This is one of a series of expert events on this theme that CDKN will convene in developing countries in the coming months.The event participants will be asked to explore the following questions:

  • How do developing countries expect climate change to be handled in the SDGs?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages for developing countries of a stand-alone goal and of mainstreaming climate change impactsConsequences of climate and climate change on natural and human systems. (IIED)A specific change in a system caused by its exposure to climate change. Impacts may be harmful (threat) or beneficial (opportunity). (UKCIP) in the SDGs?
  • What are the challenges to ensuring an outcome which is mutually beneficial for climate change and development? And how can such challenges be overcome?
  • How can developing countries influence the two processes?

A number of leading practitioners and academics have been invited to present their ideas on this topic in order to facilitate more in-depth discussions among participants.  The confirmed speaker and expert panel includes Doddy Sukadri of Indonesia’s National Council on Climate Change, Nonette Royo of The Samdhana Institute, and Budi Wardhana of WWF Indonesia. Watch this space for details of the additional speakers.

Key messages from this discussion and others in Africa, Latin America and London will be captured in a briefing paper which will be disseminated widely. The paper will serve to make SDGSince Rio+20, there is commitment for the of post-2015 development goals to take over after the Millennium Development Goals and the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. and climate change linkages better understood, and help developing country voices to be heard. We will also make film footage of the event available afterwards.

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Register

To register to attend this workshop in person, please contact Jessica Darmawan: jessica.darmawan@id.pwc.com  Please note that limited seats are available.

 

Image: Indonesian forest, courtesy of CIFOR.

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