COVID-19 has put the United Kingdom’s COP26 climate summit on hold until 2021. But while governments focus their immediate response on responding to urgent health, economic and social crises, the climate emergency continues to progress. Countries must lay the groundwork for a brighter future by aligning recovery measures with ambitious national climate commitments, adaptation plans, and goals to reach net-zero emissions over the coming decades.
Join this London Climate Action Week virtual event, co-hosted with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom, for a dialogue on how governments and international development institutions can tackle the dual challenges of climate change and COVID-19 recovery. Speakers include Vel Gnanendran (Director of Climate and Environment, Department for International Development UK), Selwin Hart (Special Adviser and Assistant-Secretary-General for Climate Action, UN TBC), Kitty van der Heijden, Director General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), Wanjira Mathai (Vice President & Regional Director, WRI Africa) and Joyce Msuya (Deputy Executive Director, UNEP). The interactive discussion will be moderated by Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President of World Resources Institute.
Our panelists will offer concrete examples of how countries can guide short-term stimulus spending with enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions and Long-term Strategies. They will share their respective approaches to keeping the drumbeat of climate ambition alive during the global economic downturn and the long road to COP 26. And they will highlight the ongoing relevance of climate action–especially for vulnerable countries in the current context of the pandemic and economic crisis.webweb