Climate Change – weitzenegger.de http://www.weitzenegger.de/content Sustainable Development Solutions Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:40:34 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i0.wp.com/www.weitzenegger.de/content/wp-content/uploads/kwlogoSDG100.gif?fit=32%2C32 Climate Change – weitzenegger.de http://www.weitzenegger.de/content 32 32 36945952 #CrossroadsBonn Conference explores connections between climate change and a just world http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=30073 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:55:20 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=30073 A ten-point memorandum entitled “The Climate – Justice – Cooperation Nexus: 10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability” was presented as the outcome of the conference. This memorandum defines key global challenges for the coming years and calls upon state and non-governmental actors to accelerate their efforts to tackle]]>

A ten-point memorandum entitled “The Climate – Justice – Cooperation Nexus: 10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability” was presented as the outcome of the conference. This memorandum defines key global challenges for the coming years and calls upon state and non-governmental actors to accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change.

Human wellbeing, peace, security, and the stability of the Earth system are at a crossroads

At this year’s climate conference in Bonn the world finds itself at a crossroads. The talks will no longer be about a mere reduction of greenhouse gases, but will have to discuss a socially responsible decarbonisation of the world economy and a new dynamic of global cooperation in the face of nationalism and xenophobia.

On Monday, 6 November, the highly anticipated 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) starts in Bonn. Just before the summit opens its doors for delegates and guests from around the world, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) are hosting a two-day dialogue conference (http://www.crossroadsbonn.org) back-to-back with COP23 bringing together politics, economy, civil society, academia, artists and the media.

The #CrossroadsBonn Conference was held on 4-5 November 2017 in Bonn, back to back with COP23. We need a new culture of global cooperation, substantiated by mutual respect and support, to make the transformation towards sustainability a reality. This is the main message we want to develop and feed into the climate negotiations.

Karsten Weitzenegger takes part for SID to cover the topics from a practitioner’s viewpoint in search for applicable sustainable development solutions.

Humanity has a clear choice: Will we let this unique opportunity for a global transformation towards sustainability slip through our hands, or will we take action towards ensuring a future in which we live within our planetary boundaries?

Some Weblinks on the Climate Conference in Bonn

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Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=30038 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:24:32 +0000 http://weitzenegger.wordpress.com/?p=28925 Read More Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF]]> At last month´s UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, over 2,500 representatives from civil society joined governments to review implementation efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals. The global forum resulted in a Ministerial Declaration, which Action for Sustainable Development produced a response. 5 key points from our statement:

  • The Leave No One Behind commitment received little emphasis from the 44 countries presenting voluntary reports on goal progress at the national level;
  • Civil society rights are being violated in a majority of UN member states, limiting the capacity of citizens and community organisations to help implement the goals;
  • The relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement needs to be further incorporated into the reporting framework of the High Level Political Forum;
  • The United Nations needs to do more to compare national progress reports between member states and the independent assessments from civil society;
  • Civil society still often lacks a formal role in goal implementation and monitoring

On the sidelines of the High Level Political Forum, Action for Sustainable Development convened a two day workshop with over 150 civil society representatives to assess the state of goal progress and cross-sector partnerships at the national level. National civil society reports were presented from Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, The Philippines and Zimbabwe (see reports, presentations and meeting notes). These national reports provided an opportunity to identify trends in the implementation of the goals as well as determine discrepancies between government and civil society assessments of goal progress.

The meeting was also used do some programmatic planning for the network´s four working groups: Monitoring & Accountability, Policy & Advocacy, Public Mobilisation, Innovative Solutions. Each Working Group adopted work plans to ensure the full potential of the volunteer hours that have been pledged towards the achievement of 8 core deliverables.

Please support these activities by volunteering your time and expertise. We will be reviewing progress and planning more joint actions at the following global meetings over the coming months:

DATE EVENT/MILESTONE WHERE ACTION4SD ENGAGEMENT
12-21 August UNLEASH SDGs Innovation Lab Copenhagen, Denmark A group of Action4SD members are being sponsored to attend this global meeting to design implementation programs for the SDGs
22-24 September Second anniversary of adoption of the SDGs Worldwide Action4SD will be organising public mobilisation activities in communities around the world
6-17 November Climate Change Negotiations (COP23) Bonn, Germany Action4SD will be at the negotiations to focus on strengthening policy coherence and program implementation between the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement
4-8 December International Civil Society Week Suva, Fiji Action4SD will be doing programmatic planning for 2018 with civil society from the pacific and around the world

 

Can´t join us in person? Please take a couple minutes to complete one of our online consultations and tell us about which civil society SDG initiatives are happening in your country.

In solidarity and shared aspirations, 

Action for Sustainable Development

More info at www.action4sd.org | Twitter @Action4SD | Email info@action4sd.org

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‘Paris: our values, our future’ | CdM statement on Trump and climate change http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29139 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:51:03 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29139 Karsten Weitzenegger has signed the follwoing Statement ‘Paris: our values, our future’ by  Club de Madrid leaders. We regret Trump’s decision of pulling out from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Former Presidents and Primer Ministers, plus experts and CdM advisors, call upon every signatory to show urgency and commitment in]]>

Karsten Weitzenegger has signed the follwoing Statement ‘Paris: our values, our future’ by  Club de Madrid leaders. We regret Trump’s decision of pulling out from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Former Presidents and Primer Ministers, plus experts and CdM advisors, call upon every signatory to show urgency and commitment in the fight against global warming.

 

PARIS, OUR VALUES, OUR FUTURE

 

Climate Change is an undeniable reality affecting the planet and humankind. It is an existential threat. For over a decade, the Club de Madrid and its more than 100 Members have been vigorously advocating for an ambitious, effective and fair global climate regime. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Agreement has left us and many around the world baffled and concerned, not only about the future of global climate and environmental policy, but also about the impact that this decision may have on international relations moving forward.
The 2015 Paris Agreement was a historical, forward looking milestone, in process and responsibility. Intense negotiations brought 195 nations to agree to voluntarily tackle climate change. Relinquishing the U.S. responsibility and role in the new, global climate regime, as well as in the revolutionary clean energy transition resulting from it, is not only likely to affect the attainment of the Paris Agreement goals, it will open up a geopolitical vacuum with unpredictable and possibly regrettable consequence.
We deeply regret the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. In spite of the U.S. withdrawal, we shall forcefully and enthusiastically persist with the line of action launched 10 years ago with our Global Leadership for Climate Action Initiative. We shall strengthen and endeavor to mobilize political will in countries, cities, business and among citizens for far-reaching and effective action to meet the Paris commitments to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Climate change is not just an environmental issue. Climate actions are certainly not preventing the US ‘from conducting its internal economic affairs’ or imposing draconian financial and economic burdens’’ or massive future legal liability’ on the US ‘while imposing no meaningful obligations on the world’s leading polluters’. The Paris Agreement, in fact, opens up an opportunity to expand market options for all. Already in 2007, the McKinsey Global Institute highlighted opportunities for efficiency gains, shifts to lower-carbon energy sources, and expanded carbon sinks with initial capital costs completely offset by savings in future energy costs. They noted that “concerted efforts to reduce GHG emissions would…stimulate economic forces and create business opportunities that we cannot foresee today and that may accelerate the rate of abatement…, thereby reducing the overall cost.” Ten years later, there is even greater consensus on this.
As former democratic Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the globe, we call upon each and every other signatory of the Paris Agreement to show greater urgency and commitment in the fight against global warming and bolster their support of the Paris Accord.  We welcome the bold and firm determination of many states, cities, counties and companies in the U.S. to pursue ambitious policies to address climate change and support the transition to a cleaner energy system. We encourage other subnational entities to follow suit stand ready to engage with stakeholders in the US to bring light to the real issue at hand. It is time to speak truth to power and to advance on a positive, constructive and saner path in every family, community and nation. Climate change must remain paramount on the global agenda and truth must prevail in the end, for the sake of our planet and the future of mankind.
Likewise, we urge all stakeholders to further and strengthen trust between the North and the South and establish an equitable basis and new modalities for genuine international cooperation in addressing the challenges of energy and climate security.

Climate Change is much more than just facts, figures and degrees. This is about our values and our future. The Paris Agreement must be a commitment that becomes reality for the sake of our planet and that of future generations.

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Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development – UNSSC video http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29132 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:55:53 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29132 Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development from UNSSC on Vimeo. The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) has launched its first explainer video that introduces the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).]]>

Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development from UNSSC on Vimeo.

The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) has launched its first explainer video that introduces the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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World leaders look for ways to spark a new green revolution #PAGEBerlin http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29085 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:57:18 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=29085 Leading economists, CEOs, ministers, heads of UN agencies and high-level representatives from nongovernmental organizations meet in Berlin to boost the green economy and set a path to the 2030 Agenda. Countries have donated close to €15 million so far while Uruguay and Guyana have joined the Partnership for Action on]]>

Leading economists, CEOs, ministers, heads of UN agencies and high-level representatives from nongovernmental organizations meet in Berlin to boost the green economy and set a path to the 2030 Agenda. Countries have donated close to €15 million so far while Uruguay and Guyana have joined the Partnership for Action on Green Economy.
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BERLIN (ILO News) – Around 40 ministers, CEOs, high-level representatives of UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations and trade unions as well as more than 300 sustainable development experts meet for the second global forum on green economy on 27-28 March here. They are joined by renowned economists, including Jeffrey Sachs and Pavan Sukhdev, to explore ways of fighting inequalities and environmental degradation, based on the transformational goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .

During the two-day event, they will discuss the root economic causes of the growing exploitation of natural resources, climate change and pollution. They will also look at the increasing inequalities which are giving rise to radical populism in many parts of the world.

The second conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy  – an alliance of five UN agencies and 11 countries – is being hosted by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

“We don’t have to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy: we can have both,” said UN Environment head, Erik Solheim. “Regardless of current politics, the irreversible global trend is to make our economies cleaner, fairer and more stable. What we need now is a great acceleration – a new green revolution – to make sure we achieve inclusive green economy while there is still enough green to go around.”

“The Sustainable Development Goals will not become a reality until they are powered by decisive action of both governments and private companies, said Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany.

“Our current economic practices are destroying our planet and hence the resources on which our lives depend. We have already exceeded several planetary boundaries. Climate change is the most obvious sign that things are getting out of hand.

“The time has come to reconsider our economic practices and our lifestyles. We need a different kind of growth – one which does not create social divides and which respects the planetary boundaries. Only real change can make the national economy of every country more sustainable and resilient.”

“The concept of sustainability is a powerful tool, which takes into consideration the economic, social and environmental dimensions,” said Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa. “Economies or economic growth will have to be socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

“South Africa is currently implementing programmes to promote energy efficiency, green transport, sustainable housing and climate resilient agriculture. Significant investments have already been made in different sectors – notably in the energy sector.”

New funds, new members

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy, hosted by UN Environment, is set to step up its support for developing countries, thanks to new donations announced at the conference. Contributions from the European Commission, Germany, Finland, Republic of Korea, Norway and Sweden will add close to €15 million to the Partnership’s budget.

The Partnership has been further enriched by welcoming two new member countries in its ranks: Uruguay and Guyana. Both states have shown unparalleled leadership on inclusive green economy by including green goals and targets into their national and local development and climate action plans.

Inclusive Wealth Index

UN Environment will release later this year its bi-annual Inclusive Wealth Report, which measures the wealth of nations in terms of progress, well-being and long-term sustainability. Going beyond conventional measures of economic performance such as Gross Domestic Product, the Inclusive Wealth Index takes into account all the assets that contribute to human well-being, including manufactured, human and natural capital.

A preview of the report, unveiled in Berlin, finds that between 1990 and 2014, more than 75 per cent of the 202 countries analyzed are depleting or barely maintaining their natural capital. It means that less than one quarter of the world’s countries have managed to increase the value of their agriculture, land, forest resources, fossil fuels, minerals and fisheries. The preview concludes that countries are drawing down their natural wealth to create short term gains in GDP.

Virtual Solutions Centre for Green Growth

Also in Berlin, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform is launching the Virtual Policy Solutions Centre which builds on two new tools: the Best Practices Database and the Green Growth Expert Connect. It is generously supported by the Governments of Germany and Switzerland, as well as the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, and will provide policy makers with direct access to the world’s leading green economy experts and over 150 case studies and best practices on how to ensure a stable, equitable and green growth.

About the Partnership for Action on Green Economy

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)  was launched in 2013 at the Rio+20 Conference in response to the call to support those countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories. PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies.

PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment , International Labour Organization , UN Development Programme , UN Industrial Development Organization , and UN Institute for Training and Research  – whose mandates, expertise and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication. PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action on green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the emerging Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8 : “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

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The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=28925 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:08:09 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=28925 Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by]]>

Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm AXA, CDP, the European innovation initiative Climate-KIC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Divestment – the diversion of capital from fossil fuel industries to green innovation and sustainable businesses – is a new approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which could turn out to be a global “game changer”.

The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy

Already today, investments of billions of Euros are being redirected. Pioneered by students of wealthy US universities, divestment has reached financial big shots like Allianz by now: the financial services company announced its intention to divest from its assets in coal mining. The foundation of the legendary US oil dynasty Rockefeller plans to divest their funds from the fossil fuel industry as well.

“The risks of climate change affect everyone and everything. When the finance sector now divests billions from the fossil business, this does not only reflect a moral responsibility but also makes good business sense,” says PIK director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, co-initiator of the conference. “While weather extremes increase already, many of the biggest climate impacts, like the consequences of sea-level rise, will become perceptible only after it would be too late to act. Therefore it is important for the finance sector to recognize the warnings of science and to ramp up sustainable investments as soon as possible. The Paris Agreement substantiates that the nations of the world aim at reaching zero emissions by 2050. This means we are now in year one of the Great Transformation. Whoever still invests in coal and oil will not only damage the environment, but eventually also lose a lot of money.”

“Recognize the possible economic and social impacts of climate change”

„As a global bank it is of major importance to recognize the possible economic and social impacts of climate change, in order to better prepare us and our clients,” says Axel Weber, Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG. “The financial sector is working hard to lay the foundations for filling gaps in financing climate action and to support nations in delivering on their corresponding commitments. We aim for a sensible long-term allocation of capital that is congruent with a low-carbon economy.”

Christian Thimann, Global Head of Strategy, Sustainability, and Public Affairs at AXA Group and Vice-Chair of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, says: “Finance has an important role in addressing climate change, because it steers long-term investment. Investors need to understand how companies address climate change in their strategies, which goes well beyond the current carbon footprint. Under the mandate of the G20 and the Financial Stability Board, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure seeks to develop consistent voluntary disclosures by companies and enhance investor understanding of climate-related business risks and opportunities. Such disclosures and better investor understanding will foster implementation of the COP21 agreement.”

„Divestment is one of the most potent signals of investor discontent”

Susan Dreyer, CDP Country Director Germany, Austria, Switzerland adds: „Divestment is one of the most potent signals of investor discontent and can be a valuable method to manage portfolio risk, given climate risks are becoming more urgent every day. Having built a platform for transparent and comparable climate strategies, into which 5600 companies worldwide are voluntary reporting today, CDP knows of the impact investor engagement can unfold. Shareholder resolutions or setting joint reduction targets are good examples. And yet, the clear signal from both civil society and investors that fossil based business models do not have a future in the decarbonized world of 2050, is helpful and needed.”

Among the distinguished speakers are also Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for international climate negotiations at COP 21, Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and high-ranking finance representatives, from the major bank HSBC to Union Investment, from the central bank of the Netherlands to the French Ministry of Finance.

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How to Finance a Sustainable World Economy http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=28926 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:18:09 +0000 http://www.weitzenegger.de/content/?p=28926 Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm AXA, CDP, the European innovation initiative Climate-KIC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Divestment – the diversion of capital from fossil fuel industries to green innovation and sustainable businesses – is a new approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which could turn out to be a global “game changer”.

The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy

Already today, investments of billions of Euros are being redirected. Pioneered by students of wealthy US universities, divestment has reached financial big shots like Allianz by now: the financial services company announced its intention to divest from its assets in coal mining. The foundation of the legendary US oil dynasty Rockefeller plans to divest their funds from the fossil fuel industry as well.

“The risks of climate change affect everyone and everything. When the finance sector now divests billions from the fossil business, this does not only reflect a moral responsibility but also makes good business sense,” says PIK director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, co-initiator of the conference. “While weather extremes increase already, many of the biggest climate impacts, like the consequences of sea-level rise, will become perceptible only after it would be too late to act. Therefore it is important for the finance sector to recognize the warnings of science and to ramp up sustainable investments as soon as possible. The Paris Agreement substantiates that the nations of the world aim at reaching zero emissions by 2050. This means we are now in year one of the Great Transformation. Whoever still invests in coal and oil will not only damage the environment, but eventually also lose a lot of money.”

“Recognize the possible economic and social impacts of climate change”

„As a global bank it is of major importance to recognize the possible economic and social impacts of climate change, in order to better prepare us and our clients,” says Axel Weber, Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG. “The financial sector is working hard to lay the foundations for filling gaps in financing climate action and to support nations in delivering on their corresponding commitments. We aim for a sensible long-term allocation of capital that is congruent with a low-carbon economy.”

Christian Thimann, Global Head of Strategy, Sustainability, and Public Affairs at AXA Group and Vice-Chair of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, says: “Finance has an important role in addressing climate change, because it steers long-term investment. Investors need to understand how companies address climate change in their strategies, which goes well beyond the current carbon footprint. Under the mandate of the G20 and the Financial Stability Board, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure seeks to develop consistent voluntary disclosures by companies and enhance investor understanding of climate-related business risks and opportunities. Such disclosures and better investor understanding will foster implementation of the COP21 agreement.”

„Divestment is one of the most potent signals of investor discontent”

Susan Dreyer, CDP Country Director Germany, Austria, Switzerland adds: „Divestment is one of the most potent signals of investor discontent and can be a valuable method to manage portfolio risk, given climate risks are becoming more urgent every day. Having built a platform for transparent and comparable climate strategies, into which 5600 companies worldwide are voluntary reporting today, CDP knows of the impact investor engagement can unfold. Shareholder resolutions or setting joint reduction targets are good examples. And yet, the clear signal from both civil society and investors that fossil based business models do not have a future in the decarbonized world of 2050, is helpful and needed.”

Among the distinguished speakers are also Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for international climate negotiations at COP 21, Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and high-ranking finance representatives, from the major bank HSBC to Union Investment, from the central bank of the Netherlands to the French Ministry of Finance.

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