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Taking Climate Action to the Next Level:
Realizing the Vision of the Paris Agreement
High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement
22 April 2016, 15:15 – 18:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 1
The universal adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the landmark
Paris Climate Change Agreement herald a new era of global resolve to address climate change,
poverty and sustainable development. Through the Paris Agreement, countries have sent a strong signal to markets and the public that governments are now firmly committed to decarbonizing their economies and to building more resilient societies. Many in both the private and public sectors have already grasped the opportunities presented by this transition ahead of the Paris outcomes. The Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit and the Lima- Paris Action Agenda, for instance, played a catalytic role in bringing national and sub-national governments, businesses and civil society together to create low-carbon and resilient initiatives.
Now, with the Paris Agreement providing policy certainty and a clear direction of travel provided by the Paris Agreement, the opportunities – and benefits – for taking climate action are even greater for an ever-greater number of actors. Significantly scaled-up multi-stakeholder climate action initiatives in all countries, along with increased financial support, knowledge sharing and capacity building to developing countries, will enable the world to move from aspirations to transformative action post-Paris. Implementation of the national climate plans that are at the heart of the Paris Agreement will benefit from scaled up climate action by all actors at all levels, while directly contributing to progress on a full range of Sustainable Development Goals, including energy, water, food, transport and others. Strengthened action on climate change is not only possible, it is practical, beneficial and replicable on a larger scale.
This high-level event will focus on highlighting how all actors of society and economy can accelerate action, learn from each other, and replicate and scale successful initiatives and activities that will deliver the transformative implementation of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement and of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Programme 15:15 – 15:45 “Aspiration to Action” - Setting the scene for implementation Moderator: Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly Mr. Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal, President of COP21 15:45 – 18:00 In the Here and Now: perspectives, opportunities and collaborative action Moderators: Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change & H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal, President of COP21
The discussion will build around three pillars:
“Action that Delivers” – Implementing climate action to stay ‘well below’ 2 degrees “Energising Implementation” – Accelerating the transformation of our energy systems “Climate-proofing development” – Strengthening resilience to protect the most vulnerable The event will also feature Solar Impulse, Akon and a short video by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Q&A times will give opportunities to attendees to take part in the discussion and share perspectives.
List of speakers:
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General: Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself. Mr. Ban took office on 1 January 2007 and on 21 June 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly.
H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly: On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark to serve as the President of its seventieth session, which runs from September 2015 to September 2016. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he has held since 2011.Mr. Lykketoft is an economist by training and a veteran parliamentarian and government minister. As chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 2002 to 2005, he was also the opposition leader in Parliament.Since 2010, Mr. Lykketoft has been a regular foreign affairs analyst and commentator with Danish TV2 News, appearing with former Foreign Minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen of the Danish Liberal Party on the weekly news magazine Ellemann & Lykketoft. Born in Copenhagen on 9 January 1946, Mr. Lykketoft has turned 70 during the Assembly’s seventieth session. He has two daughters and five grandsons.
Mr. Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
Hoesung Lee is the Chair of the IPCC. He is a professor in economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development at Korea University’s Graduate School of Energy and Environment in the Republic of Korea. He serves on various boards including as executive member of the Korean Academy of Environmental Sciences; a member of the Asia Development Bank President’s advisory board, a council member of the Global Green Growth Institute and an editorial board member of UK based Climate Policy.
Hoesung Lee has published extensively in the field of energy and climate change. He was the founding president of the Korea Energy Economic Institute and the former president of the International Association for Energy Economics. He has been involved in the IPCC in various capacities including as Vice-Chair and Working Group III Co-Chair since its Second Assessment Report of 1992. Lee obtained a Bachelor’s degree in economics at Seoul National University in 1969 and got his PhD in economics at Rutgers University in the United States of America (USA) in 1975.
H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal, President of COP21: Ségolène Royal was born in Dakar (Senegal) on 22 September 1953. She has been in her current ministerial posting since April 2014, and was nominated as President of CoP21 by French President François Hollande in February 2016. She was Minister Delegate for Family Affairs, Childhood and Disability (March 2000 - May 2002), Minister Delegate for School Education (June 1997 - March 2000), and Minister for the Environment (April 1992 - March 1993). She was President of the PoitouCharentes Region from April 2004 to May 2014 and was a member of the French Parliament for the Deux-Sèvres department numerous times between 1988 and 2007. She was the runner-up for the 2007 presidential election, the first woman in France to be nominated as a presidential candidate by a major party. Minister Royal was also Vice-President and Spokeswoman for the Banque publique d’investissement (French Public Investment Bank), Vice President of Socialist International, and was an advisor to French President François Mitterrand from 1982-1988. Minister Royal attended the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and holds a degree in economics. She has written several books.
Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: Christiana Figueres has been Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change secretariat since 2010. She has worked extensively with governments, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector on climate change and sustainability issues, including as a board member of the Clean Development Mechanism, Vice-President of the Climate Change Conference, as well as many non-governmental organizations.
Ms Figueres has greatly contributed to literature on climate solutions and holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University and honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts and the Georgetown University. She was born in San José, Costa Rica in 1956 and has two daughters.
H.E. Mr. Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji: Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama is the democratically-elected Prime Minister of Fiji after leading his FijiFirst political movement to a decisive victory in the 2014 General Election on 17 September, 2014. Mr. Bainimarama has been the Fijian Prime Minister since 2007. Under his leadership, Fiji has undergone a broad program of social, economic, electoral and constitutional reforms, which led up to the restoration of parliamentary democracy in 2014.
The Prime Minister has made the delivery of basic services – such as clean water, electricity, roads and affordable mobile and Internet – his Government’s top priority. He is also committed to rooting out the systemic corruption that has plagued Fiji in the past, as well as generating an investment-friendly environment that creates jobs and grows the economy.
The Prime Minister assumed his position after a successful career as Commander of the Royal Fiji Military Forces. The Prime Minister was born in Suva and was educated at Marist Brothers High School.
Mr. Jerry Brown, Governor, State of California: Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. was born in San Francisco on April 7, 1938. Brown studied at the Santa Clara University before entering a Jesuit seminary in 1956. In 1960, he left the seminary and earned a B.A. in Classics at UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Yale Law School.Following law school, Brown clerked at the California Supreme Court, traveled and studied in Latin America and practiced law. He was elected to the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees in 1969 and became California Secretary of State in 1970. In 1974, he was elected Governor and reelected in 1978. Brown ran several campaigns for the Democratic nomination to the U.S.
presidency, and after his governorship, led delegations to China and the Soviet Union, worked with Mother Teresa in India, and studied Spanish in Mexico and Buddhist practice in Japan and served as chairman of the state Democratic Party. In 1998, Brown returned to elected office as Oakland’s mayor, and eight years later, was elected California Attorney General. He won a third term as Governor in 2010 and was reelected in 2014. Under Governor Brown, California has forged aggressive climate pacts with world leaders; established the most ambitious emission reduction target in North America; and committed to double the rate of energy efficiency savings in buildings, generate half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources and reduce petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent by 2030 – all while continuing to grow the economy.
Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 - 2008. Helen Clark advocated strongly for New Zealand’s comprehensive programme on sustainability and for tackling the problems of climate change.
Helen Clark came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. First elected to Parliament in 1981, Helen Clark was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008. Earlier in her career, she chaired Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.Between 1987 and 1990, she was a Minister responsible for first, the portfolios of Conservation and Housing, and then Health and Labour. She was Deputy Prime Minister between August 1989 and November 1990. From that date until December 1993 she served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and then as Leader of the Opposition until winning the election in November 1999.Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland. She graduated with a BA in 1971 and an MA with First Class Honours in 1974. She is married to Peter Davis, a Professor at Auckland University.
H.R.H. Princess Abzeita Djigma, Founder, Abze Solar: Mossi Princess from Burkina Faso and a direct descendant of Princess Yennenga a famous warrior in the 12th century, H.R.H.
Princess Abzeita Djigma is the Founder and CEO AbzeSolar S.A. Board Member of UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, she is also an Energy Focal Point and Regional leader for Africa and the President Senior Advisor External Relations and Gender for the Center Region Council of Burkina Faso (C.R.C). Princess Djigma is the initiator and leader of the ‘MAMA-LIGHT® Initiative for Sustainable Energy’, a world-wide program that provides access to affordable energy for women, small business and children. The initiative empowers the informal sector, drives the generation of new jobs andcreates a sound basis for gender equality and women empowerment. The program is selected by the United Nations as one of the 14 global breakthrough solutions for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr. Patrick Dlamini, CEO, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA): Mr. Patrick K.
Dlamini has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of DBSA since 1st September 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa. He also worked for South African Airways (SAA) as the Executive Vice President and General Manager responsible for Cargo as well as the Transnet Limited Business Unit Executive. Mr. Dlamini graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (B Comm) degree at the University of Durban-Westville. He also holds an Executive Development Programme (EDP) from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Business School (WBS) and Advanced Executive Programme from Kellogg School of Management amongst others. Currently doing his Masters of Science in Global Finance.