Can a rights-based approach to climate action as well as embracing nature-based solutions for adaptation and mitigation shift the focus of climate action? How can we ensure that no one is left behind in the transition? The EESC Sustainable Development Observatory will host a public debate aimed at providing answers to the above questions.
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The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas, including global transition to renewable energy and sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities.
The Civil Society Days 2019 will take place at a crucial moment for Europe, namely after the Sibiu Summit and the European elections and ahead of the constitution of the new European Parliament and European Commission.
Current pressures on our democratic systems are threatening fundamental values (respect for human rights, individual liberty, equality, the rule of law) and the civil society space within the European Union. The alarming consequence is an erosion of democracy and restricted civic space in several parts of the EU.
Against this backdrop and in consideration of the transformation processes the EU is facing, namely on economic, energy and ecological, social, and democratic and participatory level, this year's Civil Society Days will focus on two main pillars, Democracy and Sustainability, and will explore their links and interactions.
The purpose of this event will be to propose ways to guarantee the appropriate funding needed to achieve the transition to a zero-carbon economy and a sustainable Europe by 2050.
This side event addresses two urgent questions. First, how do non-state and subnational climate actions perform? Second, how can such actions be strengthened in order to implement the Paris Agreement, and achieve higher ambition?
The purpose of this public hearing was to take stock of the EU climate finance architecture, discuss bottlenecks in climate finance access for local actors and propose solutions on how to unlock more and better climate action by adopting collaborative approaches to climate finance.
The second event for the European Day of Sustainable Communities will showcase the critical contribution that community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability are making to support EU policy goals in these areas.
This event aims to present the outcomes of the EESC opinion on Boosting climate actions by non-state actors and operationalise the proposed dialogue. It will include both plenary sessions and participatory workshops focusing on thematic areas bringing together experts from national and subnational governments, the private sector, financial institutions and leading international and civil society organisations.
The purpose of this public hearing was to gather recommendations for the opinion that the EESC is currently working on. This opinion would be principally addressed to the political decision-makers at different levels in order to practically align the policies to the needs of non-state climate actors.
The implementation of the outcome of the Paris summit on climate change (COP21) is an important challenge and work priority for EU Institutions. This is the focus of the current climate-related work of the four co-pilots of the International Climate Governance Coalition (ICGC): EESC, CoR, OECD and Comité 21. This Coalition aims to facilitate dialogue and multi-stakeholder partnerships as means of accelerated, more efficient and inclusive implementation of the Paris Agreement.