Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting
30 June - 1 July 2019
The meeting brought together governments and leaders from all sectors including business, local authorities, civil society, and the UN system, and youth representatives.
The central purpose of the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting was to take stock of progress so far across all the Action Areas of the Climate Action Summit, and identify and develop proposals, based on the criteria established for initiatives.
In these ways, the Abu Dhabi meeting focused the work across all Action Areas in support of the desired outcomes of the Summit: announcements of far greater ambition, backed up by clear plans, and of bold actions – whether through the Coalitions, or by individual governments – to be implemented and scaled up after the Summit.
Ministers and government officials, together with business and civil society leaders, also met in Abu Dhabi to prepare for the Climate Action Summit this September. Here is agenda, the overview of the nine action areas, and the meeting summary.
Leaders’ Roundtable on Raising Ambition
Increasing ambition and accelerating action in the short and the long term are the main objectives of the UN Climate Action Summit: countries need to come to the Summit ready to announce their plans regarding the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2050 as well as increasing the ambition of their NDC by 2020.
The roundtable will be an informal discussion, giving leaders the opportunity to share their views on their countries’ efforts and needs to meet the ambition requested by the IPCC to meet the 1.5 goal.Read More
Leaders’ Roundtable on NDCs Enhancement
By 2020, Parties to the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement will have the opportunity to submit new/revised NDCs or update their current ones. Ratcheting up the ambition through NDCs is crucial for achieving the goal of the Paris Agreement. Participants in this roundtable will be able to analyze the lessons learnt from the first round of INDCs/NDCs and explore the best ways for their enhancement.Read More
First Climate and Health Ministers’ Meeting
As part of the Preparatory Meeting, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the United Arab Emirates’ Ministries of Health and Prevention, and of Climate Change and Environment are organizing the first convening of health and climate ministers, in order to strengthen and endorse health-centered mitigation and adaptation initiatives, and to demonstrate political commitment. The meeting, to be chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom, will focus on addressing air pollution, reducing morbidity and mortality from climate-induced disasters and weather events, and financing approaches for the health-climate nexus.Read More
Leaders’ Roundtable on Energy Transition for Climate Action
The roundtable discussion will focus on the next generation of energy related NDCs, policy targets to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, and possible measures to be taken by 2020 to ensure that no one is left behind. The session will be chaired by Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All.Read More
The aim of the synergies sessions is to structure a discussion on topics that have been central to the work of several coalitions. It will provide the opportunity to share expertise and ideas, and to foster closer collaboration on initiatives between tracks going forward.