High-Level Presidency Events

During the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP23, the COP23 Presidency is convening five high-level events on Resilience and Risk Insurance, UN Policy Coherence, Climate Change and Health, Climate Change and Human Rights, and long-term strategies to 2050. These events will explore how each of these topics fit into the bigger picture of increasing global ambition, action and collaboration now and towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Participants in these events will represent a spectrum of leaders, including Heads of State and Government, Ministers, principals of international organizations, and innovators and influencers from the private sector and civil society at large, who will highlight the actions being taken at all levels of society that are helping national governments implement their commitments.

Sunday, 12 Nov - COP Presidency Event: Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

Time: 13:15 - 14:45

This COP 23 Presidency Event will start by launching an initiative to protect the health of the people of Small Island Developing States from climate risks, and to amplify the voices of the most vulnerable, for both climate change adaptation and mitigation. It will include a moderated discussion which will aim to showcase the ongoing initiatives of national governments, and the wider health community, in implementing the health commitments of the Paris agreement, and the health and climate agenda. It will also aim to assess the current state of progress, and identify the ongoing barriers to stronger action to protect and promote health while addressing climate change. There will be special attention paid to the least developed countries and small island developing states.

The event, convened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and President-designate of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23), Hon. Frank Bainimarama, is organized with the support of the with the World Health Organization.

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Mon, 13 Nov - COP Presidency Event: 2050 Pathways Platform to prosperity and a safe climate

Time: 18:30 - 20:00

This COP 23 Presidency Event will serve as a one-year stock take of initiatives undertaken by various countries on long-term strategies, particularly in the context of the 2050 Pathways Platform. It will bring together various stakeholders to share and discuss progress in the development of long-term strategies, including lessons drawn from domestic processes and regional efforts. The Platform has been supporting the Republic of Marshall Islands to elaborate its long-term strategy. The event will also highlight the growing interest of countries, cities and businesses on these strategies as they play a key role in guiding ambition in the short, medium and longer terms. Participants will deliberate on how the 2050 Pathways Platform can continue to support front-runners in developing their strategies and lead efforts across the world. Finally, the Platform will announce its Pacific 2050 Pathways Package aimed at supporting Small Island Developing States from the Pacific to develop their respective long-term strategies under the vision of the ‘Majuro Declaration for climate leadership’.

The event, convened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and President-designate of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23), Hon. Frank Bainimarama, is organized with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the European Climate Foundation.

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Tue, 14 Nov - COP Presidency Event: Towards a resilient future: Frontiers of risk sharing

Time: 13:15 - 14:45

This COP 23 Presidency Event will showcase frontiers of climate risk management, including an array of innovative solutions on how visionary cooperation across sectors, international, regional and national schemes will pave a path towards a resilient future. The event will launch the new initiative “InsuResilience Global Partnership”, which aims to provide vulnerable countries with financial protection to manage climate risks. It is a first response to the G20 welcoming “the creation of a ‘Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions” in its 2017 Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth. The new initiative also responds to a relevant call from the V20 to this effect. The initiative will seek to broaden its partnership, and will announce significant contributions towards its implementation. The event will also showcase transformative frontline actions by regional and global partnerships such as the Caribbean Catastrophe Insurance Facility and will promote synergies with other successful initiatives, including the UN Secretary-General's Climate Resilience Initiative “A2R” and the initiative on climate risk early warning systems (CREWS). The event will present the UNFCCC Clearinghouse for risk transfer, that serves as a repository for information on insurance and risk transfer, in order to facilitate the efforts of Parties to develop and implement comprehensive risk management strategies.

The event, convened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and President-designate of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23), Hon. Frank Bainimarama in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, will bring together other principals of international organizations, Ministers and insurance sector leaders to promote and catalyze scaled-up cooperation and synergies among all stakeholders to provide solutions for climate resilience.

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Wed, 15 Nov - COP Presidency Event: Policy Coherence and Joint Delivery: UN System's support to low-emission and climate resilient development at the national level

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

This COP 23 Presidency Event will highlight the central role of climate action in the context of the 2030 Agenda. The event will also underline the need for the UN System to provide joint and coherent support to national efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans, and other interconnected multilateral commitments, by showcasing success stories and addressing challenges. Additionally, the High-Level event aims to inform the climate change community about the S-G’s process of repositioning of the UN Development System and contribute to raising awareness among participants on the benefits of integrating national climate plans and other internationally adopted targets, into national development strategies.

The event, convened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and President-designate of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23), Hon. Frank Bainimarama, is organized with the support of the UN Climate Change secretariat in consultation with the Office of the UN Secretary-General.

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Thur, 16 Nov - COP Presidency Event: Integrating human rights in climate action

Time: 13:15 - 14:45

This COP 23 Presidency Event will inform decision-makers at COP23 about their human rights obligations in the context of climate change and highlight the human dimension of climate action. It also aims to increase support for integration of human rights considerations in the facilitative dialogue and relevant aspects of the negotiations of the guidelines for implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The event, convened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and President-designate of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23), Hon. Frank Bainimarama, is organized with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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