#Paris2018: Major Momentum Towards a Greener Future

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31 October 2018

In November 2018, leading organizations geared towards sustainability convened in Paris, France to debate and discuss the best ways forward to a greener future in three key areas: green growth, natural capital, and green finance

Details on key events are provided here below. 


Green Growth

GGKP Annual Conference/OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

When: Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29
Who: Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and OECD
How to engage: @GGKPlatform @OECDenvironment #GGKP6 #GGSD2018
The Sixth GGKP Annual Conference and the OECD's 2018 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD) were held in conjunction on the theme of "Inclusive solutions for the green transition: Competitiveness, jobs/skills and social dimensions". The conference addressed the political economy of green and low-carbon policy reforms, identified their distributional impacts, and explored inclusive solutions for households, workers, sectors and regions that may otherwise be hit hard by the transition and help them contribute to a greener future. Sessions were developed around competitiveness, employment and distributional impacts of green policies.


Global Forum on Green Economy Learning

When: Monday 26 – Tuesday 27
Who: Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), OECD, Environment for Development (EfD), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Green Economy Coalition (GEC), Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)
How to engage: @PAGExchange @OECDenvironment @EfD_initiative @gggi_hq @GECoalition @GGKPlatform #InvestInGreenSkills #GreenEconomy #GELearn2018
The 2nd Global Forum on Green Economy Learning was held on the theme of "Green Economy: New Challenges, New Skills". It focused on the issue of learning and skills development for current and future decision-makers, technical staff in Ministries and others involved in policy design and implementation. The overall goal was to scale-up knowledge and skills development for devising green economy solutions that are inclusive and address concerns related to economic competitiveness and employment. The Forum was held in conjunction with the Sixth GGKP Annual Conference and the OECD's 2018 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD).

Natural Capital

Natural Capital Policy Forum

When: Monday 26 – Tuesday 27
How to engage: @NatCapCoalition #NatCapWeek #CollaborationDay
The Natural Capital Policy Forum focused on the theme of "Working together to improve decision-making: special insights on climate change and biodiversity". Discussions focused on how natural capital accounting and complementary approaches can help in informing decisions, providing special insights on climate change and biodiversity. This event was jointly hosted by three international initiatives that are seeking to create enabling environments for better decision-making, by mainstreaming considerations of natural capital: 
The Forum on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) for Better Policy Decisions - a yearly forum providing countries, international agencies and interested stakeholders a space to discuss the use of the natural capital accounting to support policies. The 2017 Forum highlighted the need for building collaboration with the private sector, which is making rapid progress in natural capital accounting and complementary approaches.
The Government Dialogue on Natural Capital - a platform for governments to explore, understand and strengthen the role of governments and their interaction with the private sector in up-scaling and mainstreaming natural capital approaches.
The Combining Forces Initiative, which focuses on building synergies between public and private approaches to natural capital with a view of generating trusted and credible information to inform decisions. 


Natural Capital Coalition Collaboration Day

When: Wednesday 28
How to engage: @NatCapCoalition #NatCapWeek #CollaborationDay
The Natural Capital Coalition Collaboration Day was an opportunity for the natural capital community to reflect, discuss, challenge and prioritize for the year ahead. Members of the Coalition looked at the global picture of natural capital thinking, and heard how businesses and others can influence change across different scales. In 2017 you voted that policy was the next influential topic our community needed to look at, so in 2018 we discussed the progress from the Government Dialogue, and other policy engagement efforts. We also looked at what we need to do next, to shift natural capital thinking into the new normal. 

GGKP Natural Capital Expert Meeting

When: Thursday 29 – Friday 30 (morning)
Who: OECD and GGKP
How to engage: @GGKPlatform @OECDenvironment #NaturalCapital #NatCapWeek
Given the critical role that natural capital stocks and ecosystem services play in maintaining biodiversity and enabling green economic growth, mainstreaming natural capital in national development planning will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The GGKP Expert Working Group on Natural Capital and Green Growth explores state-of-the-art methods, models, data and tools for mainstreaming natural capital in national green growth policies and practices. The working group leverages global momentum for green growth in order to better value, protect and enhance natural capital in national economic planning. The group was launched in November 2017, in the wake of the Fifth GGKP Annual Conference at the World Bank. This overview provides a snapshot of the group’s progress in its first year of operation, as well as new developments on the horizon for 2019 and beyond.

Business & Biodiversity (B@B): Roadmaps to Positive Impact Annual Conference

When: Thursday 29
The 2018 EU’s Business and Biodiversity Conference explored how roadmaps can guide business actions and mobilise their employees towards integrating natural capital and biodiversity into their business activities to achieve a measurable net positive impact. It provided an update on key policy developments linked to biodiversity at EU level; thematic working sessions focused on biodiversity metrics, pro-biodiversity innovation and finance and biodiversity; an update about key tools, support services and financing available to support the integration of biodiversity into business activities; and networking opportunities allowed participants to connect and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Introduction to the Global Biodiversity Score: B4B+ Club International Workstream

When: Friday 30 
CDC Biodiversité organized a meeting for those interested in learning more about the Global Biodiversity Score (GBS), a biodiversity footprint assessment tool, which seeks to make it possible to audit entire companies or financial assets to evaluate their impact on biodiversity. Also discussed was the “Common ground in biodiversity footprint methodologies for the financial sector” (2018) published together with 3 European FIs (Platform for Biodiversity Accounting for Financials or PBAF), which established common concepts and methodological steps to assess biodiversity footprint.

Green Finance

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable #GRT2018

When: Monday 26 – Tuesday 27
Who: UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Finance for Tomorrow
How to engage: @UNEP_FI @FinforTomorrow #GRT2018
The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable has become the key global agenda-setting event on sustainable finance, bringing together hundreds of leaders from all parts of the financial system as well as from civil society, academia, government and the United Nations. The 14th edition of the Global Roundtable was held in conjunction with the 4th Climate Finance Day, which together were the major global rendez-vous in 2018 dedicated to mobilizing the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system. 

Climate Finance Day 

When: Wednesday 28
How to engage: @UNEP_FI @FinforTomorrow #CFD2018
Climate Finance Day is the annual flagship event of Finance for Tomorrow which aims to mobilise the international financial sector on the fight against climate change and to showcase innovative solutions provided both by public and private market players. The 4th edition of Climate Finance Day built on the steady and growing financial sector mobilization worldwide and on the political momentum following the Paris Agreement and the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. The event was the waypoint to take stock of private and public actors’ commitments and major achievements on green and climate finance issues. This year, it focused on the progress made towards the greening of the global financial system as well as climate action in financial institutions, central banks and supervisors. The event also highlighted the next steps for climate finance development, by showcasing the development and outreach of innovative products, asset classes, and business lines in private equity and green loans.

This event map was produced by the Natural Capital Coalition. The original may be found here.