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ECLAC's participation in the Asia-Pacific Climate Week: National actions and economy wide approaches

6 de julio de 2021|Evento

This side event is being organized jointly by the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN- ESCAP) to support Track 1 of the ‘Thematic Sessions of the Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021’ with focus on National actions and economy wide approaches and fostering an assessment of the best practice in society-wide and economy-wide approaches to cutting greenhouse gases and building resilience and how broad economic packages to enable recovery from the COVID19 pandemic can support the achievement of the Paris goal. The impact of these approaches on other SDGs, in particular gender equality, decent work and reducing inequalities and synergies will be identified.


Carbon Dioxide Removal, determining transformation opportunities in relation to Sustainable Development Goals
Carbon Dioxide Removal, determining transformation opportunities in relation to Sustainable Development Goals


The impacts of climate change are undermining progress on the sustainable development agenda. Achieving the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement is vital to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, to keep global warming under 1.5 oC will require reducing emissions and removing large-scale CO2 from the atmosphere, through a range of approaches called Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR), to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and net-negative thereafter. CDR methods vary and include the use of nature-based approaches, such as afforestation and enhancing wetlands, or engineering-based approaches to directly capture CO2 from ambient air. They all carry potential benefits, risks and pose governance challenges for present and future generations. Apart from some nature-based approaches, no CDR techniques are currently ready to deploy at the speed or scale necessary to prevent overshooting the 1.5 – 2°C temperature goal.

Despite increasing discussions on these issues in the international community, important knowledge gaps remain, in particular on how CDR could be scaled through national planning and long-term climate ambition while ensure that the co-benefits can be maximized and trade-offs be minimized with regards to other SDGs.

This event aims to seek insights and perspectives from diverse experts on the following questions:

  • What is the current status of research and policy discussions around CDR?
  • What are the potential implications of a possible deployment of CDR at required scale and pace for delivering the SDGs?
  • What knowledge/research gaps exist around CDR and its potential implications for delivery of the SDGs?
  • How to scale CDR in the Asia Pacific region by taking into account specificities and development needs?
  • What role could different regional actors play in addressing the governance challenges of CDR?
  • What do young people, who will live with the consequences of choices and decisions made today, know or think about this issue?


Agenda item






3 min

Facilitator: Qi Zheng, Outreach Office and

Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G)

Keynote speech


10 min

Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP

Panel discussion


50 min

Moderator: Aneta Nikolova, Environment Affairs Officer, ESCAP


  • Oliver Geden, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
  • Jan Kairel Guillermo, young climate activist and artist
  • Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development
  • Luiz Fernando Krieger, Economic Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean
  • Joyashree Roy, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, Asian Institute of Technology
  • Dechen Tsering, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Question & answer

with the audience


25 min

Moderator: Aneta Nikolova, ESCAP



2 min

  • Qi Zheng, C2G
  • Stefanos Fotiou, ESCAP

Información práctica

Side Event, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 at 15:30-17:00 (GMT+9)
Organized by Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) and UNESCAP
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