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Prepare for COP27 with SDSN

COP27 is the United Nations Climate Change conference where the UN brings together almost every country on earth for a global climate summit. The SDSN will contribute to the COP27 Agenda on many fronts from mobilizing our networks in supporting decarbonization programs, to scientists who make the case for evidence based decision making in the Amazon, to financing the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Several of SDSN's programs will host dialogues alongside COP including our Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET), the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), and our Sustainable Food and Land Use programs, all to contribute to the COP27 agenda.

Whether you are joining us in-person in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, or participating online, we want to make sure you're prepared for this year's COP. Below we've provided suggested reading from our SDG Action initiative in the lead up to the Conference as well as the events SDSN will be hosting or participating in.

COP27 is taking place in a very challenging global context but it also has a unique opportunity to advance a global sustainable development agenda and we are honored to join in this cause. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for live, on the ground coverage of the events.

See you at #COP27!

Recommending Reading

The World Cannot Wait

Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion of Egypt, COP27
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COP27 is “the number one litmus test” of how seriously the world takes the toll on countries that suffer most from climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General. November’s summit must finally make good on promises to deliver climate action that ensures a sustainable future for all.

Climate-proofing to sustain peace

Catherine Wong, Team Leader – Climate and Security Risk, United Nations Development Programme
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Vulnerability to climate change is higher in many places suffering war, yet peacebuilding efforts often fail to consider climate impacts. In a warming world, where conflict and crisis persist, ensuring that efforts to sustain peace also support climate action must be a top priority.

Mobility without carbon

Alice Yiu, Director, Policy Outreach and Strategic Communications, SLOCAT Partnership
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A net-zero and inclusive mobility future for all doesn’t depend on futuristic, as-yet-unknown transport solutions. We already have the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources, but must urgently deploy them in new, transformative ways.

The business case for the SDGs – what will the tipping point be?

Martha McPherson, Sustainability Director, Design Portfolio
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To transform our world, the SDGs must also transform business. With just seven years left to the deadline, we must explore bold, new ways to encourage companies to genuinely engage with the goals and embed sustainable, climate-friendly practices for the long term.

How to curb negative international spillovers?

Guillaume Lafortune, VP and Head of Paris Office, SDSN
Eamon Thomas Drumm, Senior Programme Officer, SDSN
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Rich countries show no signs of decoupling their economies from the harmful environmental and social impacts they generate abroad. This must urgently change if we’re to achieve the SDGs and limit temperature rise, but requires bold international action.

SDSN Events at COP27

Climate and Nutrition: We can’t have one without the other
Date & Time: November 8, 2022 | 14:00 - 14:45 EET
Location: Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium


Climate change will continue to present a major threat to nutrition and food security beyond the current crisis, yet when decision makers talk about climate, nutrition is often forgotten. This event is a call to action for the climate community to put nutrition at the heart of all action, including in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and will discuss the latest insights from the FABLE (Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy) Calculator.
Evitar el punto de inflexión y lanzamiento del Informe Amazonía Viva 2022
Date & Time: November 8, 2022 | 19:30 EET
Location: Panda Hub (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA)


Este evento se enfocará en explicar el estado actual de la Amazonía, el riesgo de llegar a un punto de no retorno, las medidas que se deben tomar para evitarlo, y lanzará el Informe de WWF, Amazonía Viva 2022.
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Financing SDG Stimulus and the Paris Climate Agreement
Date & Time: November 9, 2022 | 13:00 - 14:00 EET
Location: UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub Pavilion (Blue Zone)


In line with the objectives of the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub (UGIH), this session will focus on making the case for an official SDG Stimulus Plan and for mobilizing the capital needed for long – term investments in value chains aligned with the climate and sustainability goals that contribute to the satisfaction of the core-human needs of nutrition and health, shelter, access, leisure and clothing, as well as education. 
 
Scaling Technologies to Deliver the Energy Transition
Date & Time: November 10, 2022 | 09:00 - 10:00 EET
Location: Climate Action Lab (Climate Action Zone)
SDSN Program: Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET)


In line with the objectives of the Climate Action Zone, this session will focus on a systems thinking approach to promote transformative climate action. The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) plans to deliver a statement in a public-facing panel-setting to present engineering solutions for the energy transition. CEET’s objective is to promote and highlight Egypt’s major theme: “Getting to implementation”, through a first-time in history, engineer-led and co-designed decarbonization forum.
 
The Role of Engineers in Implementing the Global Energy Transition
Date & Time: November 10, 2022 | 11:30 - 12:30 EET
Location: SDG Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET)


The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition's (CEET) objective is to promote and highlight Egypt’s major theme: “Getting to implementation”, through a first-time in history, engineer-led and co-designed decarbonization forum. In this session, the Council will present engineering solutions for the energy transition and some key recommendations to serve as critical engineering inputs to COP negotiations. 
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Linking Diplomacy & Science: The Role of Engineers in Progressing the Paris Agreement
Date & Time: November 10, 2022 | 14:00 - 15:00 EET
Location: Egyptian Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET)


This session will focus on the role engineers play in bridging the gap between the diplomacy of the COP and practical solutions for climate action. The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) will call out specific challenges faced by engineers in implementing solutions while identifying opportunities for their knowledge and expertise to contribute to national strategies and pathways towards decarbonization.
Insights from the Emissions Gap Report 2022
Date & Time: November 11, 2022 | 09:30 - 10:30 EET
Location: European Union Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium


This side event features a presentation and discussions with the audience of the main findings of the 13th edition of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report. A key question of this year’s report is: what progress has been made in ambition and action since COP26 and how can the necessary transformations be initiated and accelerated? Transformations in the electricity supply, industry, buildings and transport sectors, as well as cross-sectoral systemic transformations of food systems and the financial system will be covered. Join SDSN's Aline Mosnier, as she presents Chapter 6 of the report: "Transforming food systems".
Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) Statement Release
Date & Time: November 11, 2022 | 12:00 - 13:00 EET
Location: UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET)


In line with the objectives of the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub (UGIH), this session will focus on a systems thinking approach to promote transformative climate action. The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) will deliver a statement in a public-facing panel-setting on Decarbonization day to present engineering solutions for the energy transition. CEET’s objective is to promote and highlight Egypt’s major theme: “Getting to implementation”, through a first-time in history, engineer-led and co-designed decarbonization forum.
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The Amazon We Want: Investing in Restoration and Indigenous Territories to Prevent the Amazon from Reaching a Tipping Point
Date & Time: November 15, 2022 | 13:00 - 14:00 EET
Location: Consortium of Governors Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA)


Co-hosted with the Consortium of the Governors of the Legal Amazon, SDSN's Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA) will release three new policy papers on three updated status topics: 1. Tipping points; 2. Forest Restoration; and 3. ITs (Indigenous Territories) and carbon stocks. These policy papers demonstrate the feasibility of sustainable pathways to combat the risks of the tipping point.
Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program – Connecting people and institutions to connect landscapes and avoid tipping points
Date & Time: November 16, 2022 | 13:00 - 15:00 EET
Location: GEF/World Bank Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA)


This side event will provide an overview of the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) Program and its partnerships with governments, donors, implementing and executing agencies. A round table will be assembled with high level officials from different stakeholders who will bring their perspective on how to address challenges and ensure regional collaboration (as proposed by the ASL) to conserve the climate and biodiversity services provided by the Amazon and prevent an irreversible tipping point.
Exploring the climate-biodiversity nexus for a healthy and sustainable planet
Date & Time: November 16, 2022 | 16:00 - 17:00 EET
Location: SDG Pavilion (Blue Zone)
SDSN Program: Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA)


This event will mobilize stakeholders from thinking into action by acknowledging a better understanding on these linkages. From the local to the global level, how can stakeholders join efforts for a healthy planet that tackles climate change and biodiversity loss while advancing sustainable development? Speakers will explore the drivers, interlinkages, and different perspectives on these issues to find common ground. 
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