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Webinar: Long-term Climate Strategies and the UN Climate Action Summit

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On September 23, world leaders will convene in New York for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. In line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the IPCC special report on the impacts of a global warming of 1.5 °C, one of the key objectives of the summit is to secure political will leading to ambitious 2020 commitments, as well as long-term strategies with concrete steps and interim targets towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050. 

Co-organized by 2050 Pathways Platform, UNDP and WRI, this webinar will highlight the purpose and benefits of long-term strategies and provide a snapshot of where countries stand with their LTS ahead of the Summit. It will set the scene and describe the landscape of countries’ experiences on long-term strategies, as well as provide a preview of the upcoming Summit. The benefits of developing long-term strategies will additionally be covered through a discussion of the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy and net-zero emissions goal. The webinar will also feature a moderated Q&A session for participants to ask questions.

The agenda is as follows 

  • Welcome (5 minutes) – Pankaj Bhatia, WRI and James Vener, UNDP
  • Scene setting and country experiences on LTS (10 minutes) – Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform
  • Chile’s LTS/carbon neutrality goal for 2050; Road to COP25 - Jenny Liesbeth Mager Santos, Head of Mitigation and Inventories Department, Division of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Chile 
  • UK’s Clean Growth Strategy and net-zero emissions goal (10 minutes) – Tony Ripley, Head of Ambition, BEIS
  • Moderated Q&A (20 minutes)