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Latin America & Caribbean Climate Week set to boost climate ambition

Amidst growing calls for stronger and faster climate action, the upcoming Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW) is set to boost the region’s response to the current climate emergency.

Jair Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

Hosted by the Federal Government of Brazil, the LACCW is organised by a partnership of international and regional organisations and by the City of Salvador da Bahía where the event will take place from August 19 to 23, 2019.

The agenda of the LACCW showcases a schedule of activities the organisers say will demonstrate increasing climate ambition across the region, from technical discussions to thematic dialogues.

Ministers of Brazil and other countries in the region, the Mayor of Salvador, local authorities, regional leaders from public and private sectors, civil society and UN officials will gather on Thursday, August 22 for a High-Level Dialogue.

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Leadership at the highest level is urgently needed to close the ambition gap of current national climate plans (known as Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs) in order to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

To boost ambition and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the results of the LACCW will feed into the outcome of the Climate Action Summit organised by the UN Secretary-General on September 23 in New York.

Leaders, policymakers, regional and global stakeholders gathering in Salvador in August will engage in in-depth discussions on four of the nine tracks of the Climate Action Summit: energy transition; industry transition; infrastructure, cities and local governments; and nature-based solutions.

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The LACCW will likewise be the occasion to discuss challenges and opportunities for climate action from a Latin American and Caribbean perspective. It will offer the opportunity to key actors in the region from across sectors to convene, learn and exchange knowledge and best practices, to assess, jointly plan and create new climate action initiatives.

In parallel to the agenda of events, climate actors from around the region will showcase groundbreaking climate solutions.

Hosted by the City of Salvador, Bahia, with the support of the Government of Brazil, the LACCW 2019 and is co-organised by UN Climate Change, Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP DTU Partnership, World Bank Group (WB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), Latin American Energy Organisation (Olade), CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

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Registration for the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 is open here.

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