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New Online Knowledge Sharing Platform to Bolster Climate Action

The Japanese Government has unveiled an Online Platformdedicated to a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19. While the COVID crisis threatens to undermine global climate action, recovery from the pandemic is a historic opportunity to reshape economies in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and green the world’s economies to create a healthier, more sustainable world.

In a video address to mark the launch of the Platform, UN Climate Change Chief Patricia Espinosa said: “Will we choose to ‘go back to normal’? The normal where global temperature rise is on pace to more than double by the end of this century? Or will we choose to—not build back better, but build forward? To enact policies that promote green growth, protect biodiversity, embrace renewable energy and more?”

Japan’s Environment Minister KOIZUMI Shinjiro in his video message said: “While the pandemic continues to slow down our socio-economic activities, climate change gives us no time to waste. Recovery efforts from the pandemic, therefore, should address the climate crisis at the same time. Redesigning our socio-economic systems for a more sustainable and resilient world is essential and this platform aims to help countries in these efforts during this time of dual crises.” 

The Online Platform offers a dedicated source of knowledge and exchange for both governments and non-state stakeholders. The establishment of the Platform is very timely, coming as countries prepare to submit their climate action plans, or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), by the end of this year, ahead of next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. NDCs are at the heart of the Paris Agreement which aims at limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 to 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and building resilience to the impacts of climate change.

“A crucial aspect of the platform is that it can help governments maintain crucial political momentum around the conversation on the specific policies they need to achieve their NDCs,” Ms. Espinosa also said.

While countries are already proceeding with the task of transforming their economies to be more sustainable and resilient over the long term, this is happening at a differing pace. By increasing the knowledge base at countries’ disposal, the new Online Platform can enhance the speed and efficiency of action taken.

The Platform will focus on inclusiveness and effective policy analysis. Enhancing inclusiveness is key in global climate actions and sharing policy information at inter-ministerial level can both galvanize climate leadership and pave the way towards a successful COP26 in next year.

Ministerial meeting planned for 3 September to maintain momentum ahead of COP26

A virtual ministerial meeting to mark the official launch of the Online Platform will take place on Thursday, 3 September, at 20:00 to 23:00 JST (13:00 to 16:00 CEST), chaired by Minister KOIZUMI and co-hosted by Patricia Espinosa.

The 3-part meeting will include:

  • A panel discussion on addressing climate change and the COVID pandemic
  • A ministerial roundtable on COVID-19 recovery measures and actions
  • A round of discussions based on stakeholder interests, with relevant questions submitted in advance

A Chair’s Summary will be developed to deliver a clear message from ministers on their response and recovery measures to the climate crisis and COVID-19 pandemic at both national and international levels. The Chair’s summary, video messages, questionnaire responses from countries and stakeholders as well as any other relevant information will be uploaded onto the Online Platform website.

Read original release here.

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