The UN Climate Change on Monday, May 28, 2018 confirmed that Asia Pacific Climate Week (APCW2018) will be convened in Singapore from July 11 to 13.
The event – which lands two months ahead of both the Global Climate Action Summit in California and New York Climate Week – will be instrumental in demonstrating that there is genuine international support for stepping-up climate action by mobilising actors across the Asia Pacific region.
APCW2018, which is being organised by the Nairobi Framework Partnership with support from the Singapore Government, will provide a critical stepping-stone on the wider journey towards completing the operational guidance for the Paris Climate Change Agreement at the international climate negotiations at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018.
UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, will participate in the event, alongside the High-Level Climate Champions, H.E. Minister Inia Seruiratu from Fiji and Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change from Poland, as well as city and business leaders.
Patricia Espinosa said, “I welcome the hosting of Asia Pacific Climate Week at this critical moment, as it will make an invaluable contribution to spurring enhanced national climate ambition ahead of COP24.”
The theme of APCW2018 is: “Climate Action for Sustainable Development: Driving Change in Asia”. The high-level segment that takes place on Wednesday, July 11 will bring together the business community and focus on areas, such as: visions for NDC enhancement and implementation; challenges and opportunities for cities in the Asia Pacific region; the role of transport for sustainable development and climate action; and climate finance.
Other highlights at the event include the Asia Pacific Carbon Forum and a technical session on the cross-linkages between markets and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Owing to the political significance of the upcoming Talanoa Dialogue this year, APCW2018 will explore strategies for accelerating global climate action, including by realigning finance flows in the Asia Pacific region consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emission and climate-resilient development for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
APCW2018 follows-on from the success of Africa Climate Week (ACW2018) hosted in Nairobi earlier this year. On August 20 to 25, the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The goal of these Climate Weeks is to support the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and climate action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. In so doing, they will bring together diverse array of international stakeholders in the public and private sectors around the common goal of enhancing climate action.