From 12 to 13 May the German Development Institute welcomed over 130 practitioners, policy makers, officials and academic/non-academic experts from developed and developing countries from more than 40 nations to discuss the interconnections between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. The conference took place, close by and in parallel with governmental negotiations at the forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46).
The two day conference kicked off with the opening session “all hands on deck”, wherein experts from governments, research, and action networks set discussed the necessary engagement and policy integration towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National Determined Contributions (NDCs). This plenary also set the tone for further parallel sessions that elaborated on aligning and linking of SDGs and NDCs, tradeoffs and synergies between the agendas and market mechanisms that could help their implementation.
The second plenary panel featured experts from research, development banks, city networks, and governments in a discussion on necessary capacities and financing to turn agreements into action. According parallel sessions discussed this overall theme in greater detail, focusing on financing of low-carbon, sustainable and resilient development, energy transition and capacities for climate compatible local development.
The final plenary featured representatives from non-state and subnational actor networks and the UNFCCC Secretariat, to discuss inter alia the Global Climate Action Agenda, and possible non-state and subnational contributions to NDCs. Corresponding parallel sessions discussed the building of local and non-state capacities, the realization of inclusive transformation, governance for adaption and resilience, and non-state and sub-national engagement in developing countries.
Finally, in the “Vision Factory” participants were invited to make three-minute pitches of their best ideas and visions for realizing a sustainable and climate resilient future. Among many ideas and visions were the introduction of a new virtual currency based on the value of CO2 reductions; placing the African continent central in both the sustainability and climate agendas; subsidy reforms to help governments transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources; future (research) networks for the joint implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement; and empowerment through collective bottom up action.
The organizers of the conference would like to thank all partners and co-hosts for making this conference a success and providing the means to enable the participation of 22 participants from 14 emergent economies: African Centre for Technology Studies, Fundación Avina, Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, the World Resources Institute, Friederich-Ebert-Stiftung, Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) and GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and in cooperation with the NDC Partnership.
The exploration and realization of Interconnections between the climate action and sustainable development agendas is anything but over. DIE is committed to continuing the dialogue between civil society, researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders – from both developing and developed countries.
In this spirit, DIE announces the Interconnections Zone as a transdisciplinary action space during the 23rd COP of the UNFCCC (Bonn, 6-17 November 2017) and invites proposals for side events. At only 5 minutes walking distance from the main negotiations venue, the Interconnections Zone aims to convene leading scholars, experts, and policy makers to exchange ideas and build bridges between sustainable development and climate change. For more information we invite you to visit our website.
Summaries of Parallel Sessions