The UN system will organize eleven joint UN system side events and technical briefings at COP20. The events will highlight the UN system’s work on climate action in a range of thematic areas, including climate finance, innovations, health, food security and transport. In addition, there will be a UN high-level event, organized by WMO.
Date and Time
Monday,1 Dec, 18:30 - 20:00
International aviation and maritime transport: Addressing emissions from international bunker fuels
ICAO will focus on its achievements and joint initiatives with other UN bodies and the aviation industry on technical, operational and market-based measures. IMO will highlight the Third IMO GHG Study 2014, which provides shipping emissions estimates for the period 2007–2012 and projections to 2050.
Co-leading: ICAO, IMO
Thursday, 4 Dec, 13:15 - 14:45
Data, Knowledge and Innovation for Climate Action
Innovations in data collection, analysis and knowledge management are vital to bridging science and climate decision-making. This event will be a forum for sharing UN initiatives and partnerships, including with the private sector, to advance this agenda at global, regional and national levels.
Technical briefing: Strenghtening climate adaptation snd preparedness for El Niño and its impact
El Niño affects climates worldwide, particularly in the tropics and sub-tropical zones. The briefing will review predictability science of El Niño, related climate services and national strategies and local interventions for risk management and adaptation with special attention to food security.
Co-leading: WMO, FAO, CIIFEN Contributing/ other partners: IOC-UNESCO, WFP, Government representatives
Friday, 5 DEc, 13:15 - 14:45
Sustainable production and consumption systems: Efficiency, reducing losses and drivers of change
Side event reviews how climate change can be addressed through the creation of sustainable production and consumption systems. Examples will showcase impacts of creating positive drivers, reducing wastage and losses and generating green employment.
Addressing Risk, Financing Resilience: UN/WBG discussion on climate finance
This side event will examine innovative policy approaches and business models adapted by countries and business in partnership with UNDP, WBG, IFAD and WFP. Speakers will discuss approaches to reduce risk and leverage financing through country-built enabling environments and public-private cooperation.
Co-leading: UNDP, WB/IFC Contributing: IFAD, WFP
Monday, 8 Dec, 13:15 - 14:45
Achieving food security and agriculture sustainability under a changing climate
In light of the recently released fifth assessment of IPCC the side event will explore approaches and success stories on addressing the challenges of climate change especially by low-income countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America
Co-leading: FAO, IFAD, WFP Contributing/ other partners: UNCCD, UN-ECLAC, Government representatives
Monday, 8 Dec, 15:00 - 16:30
Protecting Health, Fighting Climate Change
The event will discuss the new strategic direction and programmatic initiatives on health resilience to climate; estimates of how much carbon pricing is in countries’ own interests due to local health benefits; and other opportunities for maximizing health benefits of a low-carbon future.
Leading: WHO, Contributing/ other partners: IMF, OECD, Ministry of Health Peru and France
Monday, 8 Dec, 15:00 - 16:30
Climate Change Education and Training for Children, Youth and Adults: How to Make a Difference
This event, presented by Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (TBC), will feature how the UN is making a difference through education and raising awareness. It will present examples of climate conscious behaviours from children, youth and professionals, followed by discussion.
Heads of FAO, UNDP and UNEP join with leaders of CSOs and REDD+ nations to reflect on the UN-REDD Programme’s first five years and the SG’s Climate Summit, and to look forward at delivery of REDD+ in the 2016-2020 period – including the post 2015 role of multilaterals and the UN-REDD Programme.
Co-leading: UN-REDD Programme, UNEP, UNDP, FAO Contributing/ other partners: Government and Civil Society partners (tbc)
Tuesday, 9 Dec, 13:15 - 14:45
Technical briefing: Mitigation of energy-related GHG emissions
Mitigation of energy-related GHG emissions is at the centre of the negotiations on climate change. Four UN organizations present key techno-economic issues in energy and industrial sectors and international trade that need to be considered in crafting a successful global climate agreement by 2015
Co-leading: IAEA, UNIDO Contributing/ old partners: SE4ALL, WTO
Thursday, 11 Dec, 13:15 - 14:45
Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Human Mobility: Voices from the Climate Frontlines
Discussion on how climate-related adaptation strategies and resilience measures should be featured in countries’ policies to avoid and reduce the risks of climate-related displacement, with a special focus on the protection and empowerment of women, children and the most vulnerable populations.
This UN High-Level Side Event will demonstrate how the entire UN system is working with countries to support the UNFCCC agenda. It will explore actions to transform climate science into operational services, reduce emissions, foster green growth, mobilize financial resources for climate action, and strengthen resilience.