The Katowice Climate Change Conference which held in Katowice, Slaskie, Poland from December 2-14, 2018 convened to elevate market awareness and attention for desired actionable outcomes on climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The event majorly centered on decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), and responsible consumption and production (SDG 12).
Here are 6 takeaways deliberated on by stakeholders across the globe:
- The Time to Act is Now
Urgent changes are needed to avoid the vast economic and social costs of climate change. Governments and business need to collectively fast-track plans to cut carbon emissions and the time to act is now. ICC Director of Green Growth Majda Dabaghi, IPCC Special Report calls on stakeholders to do more and to take Climate Action now.
- Strategic Partnerships & Collaboration
Many of the speakers from both the public and private sectors expressed the fundamental need for collective action in raising climate ambition. At COP23 last year, the Fijian host government introduced the world to the concept of ‘Talanoa’, referring to the country’s national tradition of inclusive and constructive dialogue. “We all need to work together to tackle climate change. Working in coalitions is key to succeed.”- Inia Seruiratu. The only way all targets of the goals can be better achieved is therefore by everyone working together and collectively in their different and versatile spaces.
- Climate Action: a Business Opportunity
In one of the most engaging presentations, Bertrand Piccard, the Initiator and Chairman of Solar Impulse, delivered a powerful speech without even mentioning the phrase ‘climate change, because “building energy efficient and environmental friendly solutions is the biggest business opportunity of the century”. According to Bertrand, rather than viewing the interests of companies and the climate in opposition, stakeholders need to understand Climate Action is good for business as companies can show that clean technologies are profitable and fuel green growth.
- Delivering an Implementation Framework
Enabling policy frameworks and delivering the ‘Paris Rulebook’ – an implementing framework that shows how governments plan on reaching Paris Agreement goals – are key to giving companies the certainty they need to take ambitious climate action.
- Gender Equality and Economic Growth
A powerful series of remarks also came from Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director of African Women in Agriculture, in Kenya. Ms Kamau-Rutenberg explained that it is impossible to talk about climate adaptation in Africa without talking about agriculture – and the way African agriculture is produced is very gendered. In Africa, women play a central role in agricultural production. Climate discussions thus need to link both to agriculture and gender which are tantamount to economic growth.