Climate Week NYC webinar - Climate action: If not now, then when?

Thursday, 24 September
14:00 – 15:30 (CET) / 08:00 – 09:30 (EDT)


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This event is part of Climate Week NYC, organised by the Climate Group. It takes place from 21 to 27 September 2020. As the focus shifts to how we rebuild after COVID-19, Climate Week NYC 2020 will explore what lessons we can learn in the pursuit of a net-zero future through just transition. This year, the Climate Group is hosting all of Climate Week NYC’s events on an online digital platform incorporating live broadcast, interactive sessions, networking areas and meeting space. Hundreds of events will also take place at locations across New York City and around the world as part of the official Climate Week NYC events programme. Climate Week NYC is hosted in association with the United Nations and the City of New York.

Governments are failing to match the level of ambition required to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit, the long-term temperature goal (LTTG). Governments’ current commitments set the world on course for warming of about 2.8°C. Incremental improvements to these plans will not be enough. Rather, as this webinar will seek to explain, transformational changes, both at global and sectoral levels, are necessary to achieve the LTTG. COVID-19 recovery packages present both opportunities and threats for governments to enhance climate action and build resilience to climate change.

©Ed Hawkins


08:00 Introductions – Leon Charles

08:05 Can the Paris Agreement 1.5°C limit still be met? – Bill Hare
With global warming now at 1.1°C above preindustrial concern is rising that the Paris agreement 1.5° limit cannot be met. It is still possible and what are the major trends and policy actions that give hope that warming can still be held to this level?

08:15 How far away are we? – Deborah Ramalope
How far are governments from meeting the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goal?

08:25 Net zero by 2050 – Claire Fyson
What does governments’ current level of climate action mean for meeting the 2050 net-zero target and generational equity?

08:35 How do we get there? – Dr Matthew Gidden
What are the political, economic and technological levers that will help to set us on course for meeting the Paris goals?

08:45: Examples of how countries can align their NDCs with the 1.5°C in the Paris Agreement – Dr Ursula Fuentes-Hutfilter

09:00 Questions and discussion

09:25 Close of event

Event moderated by Leon Charles, Charles and Associates.


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This event is organised as part of the IMPACT project.