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Leading from the front: responding with urgency to the climate emergency

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Leading from the front: responding with urgency to the climate emergency

In the last year, the IPCC issued a stark warning of the impacts that exceeding 1.5°C will have for the world, particularly for the poorest members of society, and more recently the IPBES raised the alarm that more than one million species face imminent extinction if urgent action is not taken to protect nature.

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the 47 poorest countries who will be worst affected by climate impacts. Rather than seeing themselves as victims, they intend to show the world what is possible with real commitment. The LDCs are collaborating with progressive voices from across the globe to explore how rapid change across societies in the developed and developing world can be achieved – whether national and local governments, international and multilateral institutions, private sectors actors, social movements or local communities.



Join us during London Climate Action Week to explore these issues with representatives of the LDCs, grassroots community organisations and climate action leaders:

1.00 – 2:20pm: Responding with urgency to the climate emergency
We need to urgently strive towards a fossil-fuel free society by 2050, bending the curve of global emissions by 2020 and rapidly reducing emissions thereafter. The world’s LDCs and poorest communities have contributed the least to the climate emergency but will suffer the most from its effects. It is therefore imperative that actions to help communities adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate are implemented alongside actions to reduce emissions.

LDCs and social movements from the poorest communities are emerging as champions in the fight against climate change. This session will discuss the implications of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C and explore the bold visions for urgent ambitious action that different actors – including LDCs, cities, citizens and local communities at the frontline of climate change – are taking to build a fair, sustainable and resilient future.

Join us to hear insights and engage with:

  • H.E. Mr Lamin Dibba, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, The Gambia
  • Prof Myles Allen, Oxford University and Coordinating Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on 1.5 degrees
  • Emma Boyd, UK Commissioner to the GCA and Chair of the UK Environment Agency
  • Violet Shivutse, Director of Shibuye Community Health Workers and Chair of Huairou Commission Governing Council
  • Prof Rupert Read, University of East Anglia and Extinction Rebellion

The panel will be introduced by Andrew Norton, Director, IIED and chaired by Deon Nel, CEO, Global Resilience Partnership.

2.20 – 2.40pm: Coffee Break

2.40 – 4.00pm: Financing urgent ambition

International public and private climate finance is failing to help those most impacted by the climate emergency especially those living in LDCs and small island developing states (SIDS). Despite the needs of the world’s poorest communities in LDCs they receive only 18% of international public climate finance and negligible private investment.

Communities living in LDCs and SIDS at the frontline of climate change should be empowered to benefit from not just from the billions but trillions of investment. Change needs to go from the incremental to exponential, catalysed by fundamental reform in how climate finance is delivered. In this the poorest nations and communities will be enabled to take the lead in adapting to the impact of climate change and developing low-carbon economies. This session will set out the solutions for delivering equitable climate finance, getting “money where it matters”, to communities at the frontiers of ambitious climate action.

Join us to hear insights and engage with:

  • Hon Sam Cheptoris, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda
  • Mr Tixon Nzunda, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Presidents office (PO-RALG), Tanzania
  • Simon Young, Willis Towers Watson
  • Beth Chitekwe-Biti, Deputy Manager, Slum Dwellers International
  • Farayi Madziwa, Adaptation Fund
  • Ms Sabera Khan, REEEP - Investing in Clean Energy Markets

This panel will be chaired by Gebru Jember Endalew, Technical lead LIFE-AR and ex-chair, LDC Group



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The event will take place at The Willis Building, which is located at 51 Lime Street, London EC3M 7NP.

The closest tube stations are Bank, Monument and Aldgate.

Is there disabled access?
Yes

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