The UN system organized sixteen joint UN system side events and technical briefings at COP21. The events highlighted the UN system’s work on climate action in a range of thematic areas, including climate finance, innovations, health, food security and transport.Download PDF.

  Date and Time Room Title Description

Partners

1

Tuesday,

01 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

10 Technical Briefing on Carbon Pricing This session will focus on the role of carbon pricing in mitigation pledges countries are putting forward for Paris. Experts from the IMF, World Bank, and various country governments will discuss key issues in the design of carbon pricing and lessons learned from experiences to date.

Co-leads: World Bank, IMF

 2

Tuesday,

01 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

 1  Delivering the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: Resilience in Action  Aligning adaptation efforts to the Sendai Framework can deliver practical action and build resilience. Lessons from Parties and the UN Plan of Action on DRR for Resilience are considered. Implementation of sectoral approaches, transboundary and regional cooperation will be addressed as well.  UNISDR, FAO, WMO, IFAD, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNESCAP, UNU, WFP
3

Thursday,

03 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

1 One Ocean, One Climate, One UN: Working Together for a Healthy and Resilient Ocean This event will highlight UN system activities on assisting States increase their knowledge base, including an enhanced understanding of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the marine environment, and build their capacity to adapt to such impacts and achieve mitigation goals. IOC/UNESCO, IMO, FAO, UNEP, WMO, UN/DOALOS
 4

Wednesday,

02 Dec,

18:30—

20:00

1 International Transport (marine and air) ICAO will focus on its achievements and joint initiatives with other UN bodies and the aviation industry on technical, operational and market-based measures. IMO will present progress made on further technical and operational measures for enhancing the energy efficiency of international shipping. Co-leads: ICAO, IMO
5

Friday,

Dec 4,

13:15—

14:45

8 Science-Based Climate Information – Bringing Climate Science and Climate Policy Closer Science and policy are intertwined to combat climate change. This side event will be a frank dialogue among scientific and policy-related stakeholders on the role of science in the climate change policy-making process. Co-leads: WMO, IFAD, UNFPA Contributors:
CBD, IOC, IPCC, UNEP, UNESCO, UNU and WFP
6

Friday,

Dec 4,

13:15—

14:45

4 Learning to live with climate change –
Accelerating climate change education and awareness-raising
 
This panel will showcase some of these strategies and programmes that are taking innovative and effective approaches to climate change education in the formal education system, in support of learning to live with climate change. UNESCO, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNITAR, UNICEF, FAO, WHO and WMO.
7

Monday,

07 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

 2 Food Security under a Changing Climate This event explores the opportunities for climate finance and action to trigger large scale impacts on food security by building climate resilient livelihoods of farmers, fisher folks and rural communities threatened by climate change. Co-leads: FAO, IFAD, WFP Contributors: IAEA, Regional Commissions, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, WMO, the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCS and SIDS, ARC
 8

Monday,

07 Dec,

18:30—

20:00

 2 Pathways to Sustainable Energy for a Climate Friendly World The event will bring together the experiences of UN organizations to reflect on the development pathways for ensuring access to affordable and modern energy while achieving GHG emissions reduction and other environmental, health and economic co-benefits. Co-leads: UNIDO, UNECE, IAEA and UNEP
Contributors: UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, FAO, Regional Commissions, UNDP, WMO, UN ESCAP, UNCDF
 9

Monday,

07 Dec,

18:30—

20:00

 1 The Pivotal Role of Water in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation The event aims to raise awareness on the centrality of water for climate change adaptation and mitigation and the role the United Nations system can play in assisting countries in this regard. It will demonstrate good practices of how to adapt water management and water services to climate change. Lead: UN-Water, coordinated by WMO, UNECE and UNESCO-IHP Partners: UNESCO, UNECE, UNEP, WMO, IFAD, FAO, UNICEF, all members and partners of UN-Water
10

Tuesday,

08 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

4 Climate
Innovators:
Empowering
a
Global
Generation
of
Young
People
There are 1.8 billion young people around the world –the last generation that can prevent climate change. This event will
feature the work of
young innovators and
the investments needed to ensure the
entire generation is
empowered to contribute to a sustainable,healthy
and resilient future.
Co-­leads:
UNFPA and ILO
Contributors:
UN Women,UNU,
WHO,UNESCO,
IFAD,UNEP,UNDP,
OCHA
 11

Tuesday,

08 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

3 Exploring Co-Benefits of Climate Finance for Development: Building on Successes for Post-2015 Action This event will explore lessons learned from UN support to member states on climate finance, particularly in delivering co-benefits for development. It will discuss actions needed beyond Paris to maximize the development effectiveness of climate finance for the broader post-2015 development agenda. Lead: UNDP Contributors: IFAD, UNCDF, FAO, WHO, UN-OHRLLS, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNEP and IPCC
 12

Tuesday,

08 Dec,

18:30—

20:00

4 One UN Solutions for Cities and Climate Change: The new Climate Agreement and the new Urban Agenda UNFCCC parties acknowledge that a growing number of cities take ambitious climate action & integrate climate change into urban policies. This event highlights action and solutions by the UN system to address climate change, presenting strategic & innovative approaches for the new urban agenda. Co-leads: ITU, UN-Habitat Contributors: UNDP, UNIDO, WHO, Regional Commissions, UNECE, UNEP, WMO, UNCDF
 13

Tuesday,

08 Dec,

18:30—

20:00

3 Looking Forward: REDD+ and The UN-REDD Programme Post-2015 A UN system side event by the UN-REDD Programme on the role of forests and a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to fight climate change and realize sustainable development. The 2016-2020 role and strategy of the UN-REDD Programme will be highlighted. FAO, UN-REDD, UNDP, UNEP
14

Thursday,

10 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

1 Why the Climate Change Agreement is Critical to Public Health CC poses serious health risks, mostly for the poorest populations, but can also stimulate stronger health systems and health gains from the transition to a low-carbon economy. A robust international climate treaty is critical for public health. Focus areas: air pollution, biodiversity loss. Lead: WHO Contributors: UNECE, WMO, UNEP, and SCBD, with the support of the French Ministry of Health
15

Wednesday,

09 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

12 Levering Co-Benefits: The Role of Markets and Trade The development agenda is an increasingly important component of GHG mitigation, which is recognized by the IPCC under the term co-benefits. This event will explore the role of markets and trade in leveraging the various co-benefits, including economic growth, agriculture, job creation etc. Co-leads: UNCTAD, WTO, ITC Contributing non-UN agencies: CAF, CGIAR
16

Thursday,

10 Dec,

13:15—

14:45

 1  Human Mobility and Climate Change  This event will look at the climate debate though a human mobility perspective and examine questions of human rights, adaptation, migration, sustainable development and decent work. The importance of human mobility has been discussed in the UNFCCC process and recognized in previous COP decisions.  IOM, ILO, UNHCR and UNU