The Third Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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“The Third Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was held in a hybrid style.

A better understanding of the synergies and co-benefits between climate action and the SDGs at national, regional and global levels will facilitate action and collaboration with stakeholders to achieve them. This conference provided a forum for sharing and disseminating concrete measures and experiences to achieve two major global goals. ICLEI’s member municipalities in Japan and overseas took the stage at the side events to introduce their initiatives and challenges.

Applying Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES) Concept for Placing Urban Rural Linkages at the Core of Localization of Climate and Sustainable Development Actions.

At this side event, the participants exchanged views on the importance of actions to localize the goals of the world and each country and shared good practices of the regional symbiosis circle.

The presentation was given by Kazuaki Takahashi, general manager of the Global Warming Countermeasures Headquarters in Yokohama City, and included a presentation on initiatives to change lifestyles.

The panel discussed how Shimokawa Town, which has a population of about 3,000, adopted the concept of a regional recycling symbiosis zone and introduced the public-private partnership to maintain its rich forests in a healthy and sustainable manner and pass them on to future generations.

Promoting synergies at local level: Why Local Governments are strengthening synergies between climate agenda and sustainable development?

Local governments actively address both climate change and SDGs. The importance of local governments in achieving the two global goals of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs has been recognized.

ICLEI co-hosted side events with IGES and the Ministry of the Environment.

After a speech by Togo Uchida, the executive director of ICLEI Japan, Yokohama City, Shimokawa Town and Colombo Mayor of ICLEI South Asia made a presentation.

Yokohama City presented an initiative to combine climate change and SDGs, and Shimokawa Town presented an initiative to realize a decarbonised society and SDGs involving other stakeholders and residents.

After the presentation, Mr. Hayato Shimizu, Mayor of Saitama City, summarized the discussion on the day and gave input for the E-KIZUNA Global Summit to be held in November. At the end of the side event, Ms. Kobie Brand, Vice Chairman of ICLEI Africa and ICLEI, concluded that the event with a powerful message: “To achieve the goals of both the Paris Agreement and the SDGs, cities, and municipalities at the global level can unite and use their experiences to shape a better future.”

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