Leadership Dialogue 3


Leadership Dialogue 3: Accelerating the implementation of the environmental dimension of Sustainable Development in the context of the Decade of Action


Friday 3 June, 15:00 - 18:00 CEST

Languages: AR, ZH, EN, FR, RU, ES

Co-Chairs: Finland and Egypt

Moderator: Nozipho Tshabalala

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See below a summary of Leadership Dialogue 3 

Key messages for action

1. Improve the access, quality and quantity of finance for sustainable development to developing countries, especially least developed countries.

2. Mitigation and adaptation action to ensure a balanced, equitable transition, the rights of states and people for development, and gender imparity.

3. Bridging the finance gap to allow environmental action to catch up with our aspirations and hopes.

4. Well-designed government action to start realigning and redirecting environmentally harmful subsidies, including green and sustainable budgeting.

5. Coordination of sovereign debt relief, debt guarantees, debt risk pooling in the context of climate financing.

6. Scaled-up access to quality affordable education and to promote environmentally conscious syllabi and curricula.

7. Cooperation by all actors to accelerate the transfer of knowledge, technology and know-how, and to scale up the availability, access and affordability of digital goods and services, and critical infrastructure to developing countries.

8. All actors to combat inequality within and between nations as an essential step towards addressing environmental and development crises.

9. Reinvigorate existing processes and mechanisms of financing adaptation and sustainable transition in developing countries, directing efforts to reviving them rather than establishing new processes and mechanisms.

10. Collective international actions to make sure environmental purposes do not become or be used as trade barriers, or to hamper developmental processes.

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Panelist summary

Arunabha Ghosh

Arunabha Ghosh, Founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water | Bio

QuestionStrengthened cooperation on access to green technologies, including digital technologies is a key message we have received. How does your report with SEI speak to addressing the technology aspects of the Action Gaps?

Response - main message: We need a new paradigm that moves from technology transfer to technology co-development and co-ownership. We also need global clean investment risk mitigation for the technologies of today.

Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University | Bio

QuestionA healthy planet is essential for our social and economic progress, well-being and resilience, and to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. How can we achieve the kinds of system changes we need to see in the world for equity and planetary health?

Response - main message: Social-ecological systems do not follow geographical borders and must be managed collectively ensuring intergenerational justice and working towards science-based targets to stay within a safe operating space.

We should prioritize a transformation of the economic and financial systems, beyond short-term goals of electoral cycles. Science tells us irreversible changes will compromise hospitable conditions on Earth.

Catherine Odora Hoppers

Catherine Odora Hoppers, Scholar and policy specialist on International Development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security | Bio

Question: The importance of research and education is a key message we have been hearing. Why are plurality of knowledge and paradigmatic changes required in our thinking and education to advance actions to a healthy planet?

Response - main message: Science must become an agent of plurality, where the right of different knowledge systems to co-exist is fully recognized. A constructive inter-cultural debate is needed to better link modern science to the broader knowledge heritage of humankind.

Roy Steiner

Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation | Bio

QuestionStrengthened multilateralism is crucial to accelerating means of implementation. How can we scale up innovative solutions that strengthen collective action and move from “urgency” to “agency”?

Response - main message: System changes require innovative behavioural change, particularly to move away from greed, apathy and lack of imagination.

Ibrahim Thiaw

Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification | Bio

QuestionIntegrated and joint approaches can accelerate effective climate action, ecosystem restoration, pollution prevention and disaster risk reduction Tell us how the recently announced multi-partner Abidjan Legacy Programme at the COP of the UNCCD can serve as a model to address such joint approaches?

Response - main message: Transformation implies moving from mining to managing key natural resources like land and soils through inclusive systems that benefit the most vulnerable sectors of society.

Christianne Zakour

Christianne Zakour, Small Islands and Developing States Regional Facilitator, UNEP Major Group for Children and Youth | Bio

Question: Some say we are borrowing from the future to invest in today. What do you want to see driving the key investments that are needed to revitalize our common future? and how?

Response - main message: Investments should be guided by three main principles: stronger transparency and accountability; implementation of legally binding agreements and fossil fuel phase out; intergenerational and intersectional perspectives considered with openness, inclusion, and respect.

Karthik Balakrishnan

Karthik Balakrishnan, President and Co-Founder of Actual | Bio

QuestionWe need governance systems that are coherent and agile. How best can the private and public sectors work together to address issues of governance and transparency using digital tools and solutions?

Response - main message: We have a proliferation of commitments rather than actions due to an underinvestment in local access to knowledge; institutional, geographic and time barriers. The public sector must define interoperability standards for digital systems of information and the private sector should use these to avoid siloed approaches.

Valerie Hickey

Valerie Hickey, Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank | Bio

QuestionWe need to massively mobilize and scale up financing for development and environment. What can multilateral development agencies such as the World Bank do to support scaling finance towards actions for a healthy planet?

Response - main message: We need to unleash a chain reaction by increasing public finance; sharing technologies and best practices with transparency; reducing risk; and increasing innovation. Financial institutions need to put the people at the centre of these efforts, co-creating rather than managing expectations.


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