At COP19, the UN system organized a series of joint UN system side events on a range of topics relevant to the conference. The events focused on a number of action areas, including the economics of climate mitigation; climate smart agriculture and UN-REDD; capacity building for climate finance; ocean acidification; climate smart cities; and mapping population vulnerabilities, building resilience and reducing climate risk; and mobilizing stakeholder support for 2015 climate agreement.

 

Theme

Title and Description

UN System Organizations
and Partners

Time & Room

1

High-level CEB side event with SG

The UN system as a catalyst for climate action: Promoting sustainable low-carbon development

The UN Secretary-General and UN system leaders will discuss the lasting domestic and global benefits of building climate-resilient societies and promoting low-carbon economic development.

UN Secretary-General, COP-19 President, UN System Leaders, High-level representatives of governments and private sector

19 Nov,
13:15 - 14:45;
Room 1

2

Adaptation

Mapping Population Vulnerability and Resilience for Adaptation

This event seeks to strengthen data and evidence base for National Adaptation Plans, focus on data disaggregation for vulnerability assessment, and explore solutions to reduce costs of adaptation and increase its economic benefits.

UNFPA, UNICEF,  UNU, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, WMO

16 Nov,
13:15 - 14:45;

Room 2

3

Adaptation

Build resilience and reduce climate risks to support NAPs with focus on Food Security, Health & DRR
This event will contribute to an improved understanding & awareness of the tools, approaches and strategies for building community resilience and reducing disaster risk with focus on health, food security and ecosystems and will showcase efforts in supporting development of national adaptation plans.

WHO,IFAD, UN-ISDR, UNCBD, Global Water Partnership and Governments

19 Nov,
18:30 - 20:00;

Room 1

4

Adaptation

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) from concept to country implementation: successes and barriers
What are we learning from the country-level design and implementation of CSA projects and programmes? Which approaches have been validated, which theories of change have yet to be tested? What needs to be done differently?

FAO, IFAD, WFP, WMO, UNCCD

14 Nov, 
13:15 - 14:45;  Room 3

5

Adaptation

UN Agencies supporting climate smart cities
Integrating cities into national efforts to address climate change is a pressing challenge. UN agencies are helping cities to mitigate and adapt. Additionally a cross-agency Task Team has begun to map tools and formulate a ‘One UN’ approach to build urban resilience and foster climate smart cities.

UN-HABITAT and other members of the Task Team on ‘Urban Risk Management & Climate Smart Cities’

21 Nov,
18:30-20:00;

Room 2

6

Mitigation

Energy Pricing: Fossil fuel subsidies
This panel will discuss major recent reports on energy price reform (e.g., the magnitude of energy subsidies, effective carbon taxes, complementary policies to carbon pricing) from international organizations and their practical use for policymakers.

IMF, World Bank, OECD

18 Nov,
15:00 -16:30;

Room 4

7

Mitigation

Economics of Mitigation: Energy sector, global trade, international maritime transport
Three international organizations present their work in support of their Member States' efforts to find economically efficient and environmentally effective strategies for reducing GHG emissions in the energy sector (IAEA), international trade (WTO) and maritime shipping (IMO), respectively.

IAEA, WTO, IMO

18 Nov,
16:45 -18:15; Room 4

8

Mitigation

International aviation and climate change – global solutions for a global industry
The event will focus on the achievements of ICAO`s 38th Assembly and its policy on international aviation and climate change. A panel will discuss ICAO`s cooperation and joint initiatives with other UN bodies and the aviation industry on the development of technical, operational and market-based emissions reduction measures for int. aviation. It will also describe ICAO`s strategy to assist its States in developing and implementing their action plans to reduce CO2 emissions from international civil aviation.

ICAO, UN Global compact, UNWTO, WMO, UNDP, GEF, EC, ATAG

12 Nov,
18:30 - 20:00;

Room 2

9

Mitigation

Five years of the UN-REDD Programme: What can we learn for scaling up REDD+?
On its Fifth Anniversary, the UN-REDD Programme will present the main results of its National Programmes, drawing on achievements and lessons learned during implementation to discuss the scaling up of REDD+ for the delivery of concrete social, economic and environmental benefits.

FAO/UNDP/UNEP (UN-REDD), Governments, Indigenous Peoples and civil society organizations, private sector and others

20 Nov,
20:15-21:45; Room 2

10

Climate Knowledge

Ocean Acidification - the Other CO2 Problem
Ocean acidification is an emerging global concern and is a risk to marine biodiversity, ecosystems and human society. This event will highlight initiatives to address the challenges associated with ocean acidification, including the need for greater international observation and coordination.

UNESCO, IAEA, IOC-UNESCO, CSU's Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, WMO

18 Nov,
13:15-14:45;

Room 4

11

Climate
Finance

Capacity Building for Climate Finance Management: Recent Experiences and Readiness Tools
The event seeks to respond to increased requests from countries (and donors) for good practices of how to build capacity to prepare rigorous, finance ready strategies and proposals, and successfully manage and monitor public climate finance. The event would include short presentations by country representatives followed by a moderated discussion.

UNDP,World Bank, UNEP, UNITAR, Government Representatives

14 Nov,
18:30-20:00;

Room 2

12

Mobilizing Action

Mobilizing climate action for a sustainable and equitable future: role for the youth, civil society, governments and other groups in realizing an ambitious 2015 international climate agreement
The event aims to help mobilize a concerted public awareness raising campaign for an ambitious international agreement on climate change. It will tap on the power of the youth, governments, women and other actors to ensure a comprehensive and gender-responsive climate change agreement and action.

UNEP, UN-Women, DPI, UNICEF, UNESCO, FAO, UNFCCC, UNITAR, UNDP, WMO, ILO, UNU, WHO, UN-HABITAT, IPU, IPCC, YOUNGO, TUNZA, UNDP, UN-HABITAT,

20 Nov,
13:15-14:45;

Room 3