Ardern’s NY commitments today

The second edition of the One Planet Summit is to be held between 2 pm to 4:30 pm on September 26, 2018 and will review the commitments made at the first One Planet Summit in 2017

The official website tells us the summit, will further accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement by putting finance in service of climate action. It will contribute to strengthening multilateral collaboration, building trust between public and private actors, to ensure a collective response to the climate change.

All this in just 2.5 hours.  Fantastic! Quote.

Speakers include many heads of State and Government, business leaders, economists and representatives of civil society.

In light of the emergency caused by the ecological, social and economic impacts of climate change, the climate challenge is a shared responsibility that requires the mobilization of and cooperation between everyone: governments, the public and private sectors, and civil society. […]

The second One Planet Summit will be co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim, and United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael R. Bloomberg. The Summit will be held on the afternoon of September 26th from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, following the second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum and alongside the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“Climate action requires a collective response. Discipline and ambition are essential. We are going through challenging times, but solutions are everywhere, all over the world. We must act together to foster innovation, boost transformative projects, gather public and private investments, and deliver on our promises for the next generations. The time has come. It is our priority, both economically and politically. We are ready now for this shared action”. Emmanuel Macron, President of France. […]

Launched on December 12, 2017 in Paris, the inaugural One Planet Summit gathered more than 4,000 participants to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to engage public and private actors in the fight against climate change. Twelve international commitments were made, bringing together some thirty coalitions and initiatives, based on three key fields of action: increasing finance for climate change adaptation and resilience; accelerating the transition towards a low-carbon economy; and firmly positioning climate challenges at the heart of finance. The 2018 Summit will provide an opportunity to review progress made in implementing these commitments and to strengthen trust and collaboration among actors in order to foster ambitious new initiatives.

“Climate change is the most pressing challenge facing humankind. Strong leadership is needed urgently. We must use every opportunity — including the One Planet Summit and the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly — to mobilize world leaders for ambitious and immediate climate action. The facts are clear and alarming: climate change continues to move faster than our efforts to address it. We must all do far more in order to win this race for our future.” António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“The goals of the Paris Agreement are critical to sustaining the global fight against poverty. Commitment to climate action is strong, investment is growing, and the Paris goals are within our reach. But we need to accelerate progress. […]” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

The program of the 2018 Summit is structured to develop a One Planet Roadmap for climate action and green finance that can help align forces along the most strategic pathways to success, including: collaborating and sharing solutions to deliver local, national, and global action; investing in the transition to low-emissions and inclusive economies; and protecting vulnerable populations through innovative technologies and nature-based solutions and the restoration of ecosystems.

Heads of State and Government, business leaders, as well as other civil society actors who have already confirmed their participation at the One Planet Summit 2018 include:

  • Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern;
  • Leontino Balbo Junior, Executive Vice-President of Native;
  • Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England;
  • Aliko Dangote, Founder and Chair of the Dangote Group;
  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission;
  • Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé;
  • President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Dr. Hilda C. Heine;
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director and Chair of the International Monetary Fund;
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank;
  • H.E. Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, Chief Executive, Secretary-General, and Managing Director, Public Investment Fund;
  • Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever;
  • Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg; Tri Rismaharini,
  • Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia; and
  • Professor Johan Rockström, Director Designate of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. […] End of quote.

France is there since they are the ones that invented this talkfest, Norway, NZ, Togo and the Marshall Islands are the remaining movers and shakers who are going to save the world. A bit more ‘big fish, small pond’ activity.

Why doesn’t Bill Gates just buy NZ and put us all out of our misery if he is so concerned about this, his petty cash wouldn’t even notice.

And what are the commitments that this group has signed up to and which Macron is going to hold us to?

12 commitments made, 12 commitments to be kept. Emmanuel Macron warned the One Planet Summit participants: “Think long and hard, if you make a commitment, we will hold you to it.” They thought long and hard… and decided to commit. These are more than commitments, they are actions. Here they are: Quote.

  1. Responding to extreme events in island states
  2. Protecting land and water against climate change
  3. Mobilizing researchers and young people to work for the climate
  4. Public procurement and access to green financing for local governments
  5. Zero emissions target
  6. Sectoral shifts towards a decarbonized economy
  7. Zero pollution transport
  8. Toward a carbon price compatible with the Paris Agreement
  9. Actions of central banks and businesses
  10. International mobilization of development banks
  11. Commitment by sovereign funds
  12. Mobilizing institutional investors. End of quote.

Yup, 2.5 hours of talk fest should sort that lot.


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