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LEDS GP at the Regional Climate Weeks: building momentum for COP26

LEDS GP at the Regional Climate Weeks: building momentum for COP26 600 377 KM

LEDS GP at the Regional Climate Weeks: building momentum for COP26

And don’t miss Africa Climate week scheduled for 27-29 September 2021


How can countries around the world sustainably recover from the global pandemic? What are the specific challenges that the regions face? What possible solutions are out there that should be scaled up? These and many other questions were discussed during the Regional Climate Weeks 2021 which are aiming to accelerate collaboration and integrate climate action into a just global pandemic recovery.

This is an opportunity for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to COP 26“, the hosts at UNFCCC wrote ahead of the Climate Weeks 2021. It is a crucial year for global climate action – with COP26 in Glasgow, UK, coming up, recovery plans being drawn up around the world and the world entering into the first decade of implementing national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. Against this backdrop, the Regional Climate Weeks 2021 aimed at building momentum towards success at COP26. They were open to all stakeholders as a ‘go-to’ hub to build partnerships and to showcase ambitious climate action in the regions. They were also designed to encourage and facilitate the implementation and raise the ambition of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Further key thematic topics included Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS), the implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week

The LEDS Global Partnership, through its Regional Platforms and Working Groups, actively engaged in a number of events at the Regional Climate Weeks. The first to take place was the Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LAC CW) from 11-14 May 2021.

Partnerships to promote climate action in LAC
13 May 2021, 11:00-11:55 (GMT-4)

Many partnerships in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region work towards climate action. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized an event at the LAC CW to analyze best practices in managing these partnerships for climate action. At this opportunity, Ms. Aida Figari presented the LEDS LAC Regional Platform. As a best practice example, Ms. Figari highlighted the Joint Event, co-organized jointly by LEDS LAC, GIZ’s EUROCLIMA+, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and UNDP. This was a challenging but very successful effort of knowledge exchange during the pandemic. In the course of 3 months, about 5000 people participated in this event series on “Climate Action in Times of Crisis: Fostering Sustainable Recovery post-COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

Multi-level governance: Effectively integrating NDC implementation within sub-national planning and action
12 May 2021, 12:00-13:55 (GMT-4)

With around 80% of the population living in cities, the LAC region is highly urbanized. In order to bring together local, state-level and national actors, LEDS LAC together with the World Bank and the Chilean COP25 Presidency co-organized a session on multilevel governance, sharing experiences from the region’s Communities of Practice. Panelists included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. They agreed that different countries in the LAC region have developed comprehensive climate change legislation. Furthermore, coordination mechanisms bring together sectors as well as local, regional and national stakeholders. Finally, local GHG emission inventories support information-based decision making. Some of the challenges mentioned during the panel include high-level buy-in, communication strategies that drive behavioral changes, as well as effective monitoring and reporting systems.

Transport and Mobility – Imagining 2050
12 May 2021, 10:00-11:25 (GMT-4)

One of the key sectors for transitioning to carbon neutrality is transport. The LEDS GP Steering Committee Member and Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, Rodrigo Rodriguez Tornquist, made a powerful plea for more ambitious sustainable transport policies in an event on “Transport and Mobility – Imagining 2050”. In fact, many LAC countries are working towards vehicle electrification powered by low-carbon energy. These policies also disproportionally benefit poor people, as they rely most on affordable public or private transport.

What can these policies look like? Sanjini Nanayakkara from NREL and the LEDS Global Partnership provided inspiring examples from the LEDS GP network. For example, the LEDS GP Transport Working Group has supported the city of Bogotá with a strategy for shifting motorcycles from combustion to electric engines. This measure is extremely beneficial on many levels, not least of all because it is socially inclusive, benefitting workers and lower class families the most. Secondly, acknowledging that equity and inclusion are crucial, the LEDS Global Partnership recently launched a new initiative: a Global Community of Practice on Green and Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery. The “Transport and Mobility” event was moderated by Liz Castillo from SLOCAT, one of the implementing partners of the Transport Working Group. Other speakers represented the countries of Barbados, Panama, Peru and Uruguay, as well as GIZ and UNEP projects, among others.

LEDS LAC videos at the Action Hub

LEDS LAC also collaborated in two videos featured at the Action Hub. In the first video, LEDS LAC showcased the key findings from the beforementioned Joint Event. The video also presented testimonies of partners and messages from different stakeholders.

LEDS LAC was also featured at the Action Hub in a video by GIZ’s EUROCLIMA+ project regarding the NDC LAC tool. The NDC LAC tool by EUROCLIMA+ is the first platform in Spanish on the progress of climate action and ambition in the LAC region.

Asia-Pacific Climate Week

The Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW) 2021, hosted by the Japanese Government, took place from 6-9 July 2021. The LEDS network’s three side-events at the APCW (see details below) anchored transformational and ambitious climate action at different governance levels and showcased different real-world solutions contributing to the global effort to tackle climate change.

Implementation of Transformative Climate Action in Cities
6 July 2021, 17:00-18:30 (GMT+9)

The Asia LEDS Partnership and ICLEI South Asia together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) organized a session on “Implementation of Transformative Climate Action in Cities”. Representatives from agencies at national, sub-national and local levels in South Asia presented their transformative climate initiatives. They also discussed the challenges, opportunities and key lessons with respect to climate action planning and implementation.

Find more information, including the summary report and the recording here.

Integrating Sustainable Energy and Transport in Island Territories
7 July 2021, 15:00-16:30 (GMT+9)

Another side event, hosted by the LEDS GP Transport Working Group, demonstrated how energy and transport systems can be integrated based on renewable energies and efficient electric mobility. The event showcased leading island communities from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The “Roadmap for the Integration of Sustainable Energy and Transport in Small Islands” was presented, a publication by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, LEDS Global Partnership, SLOCAT Partnership, and Reiner Lemoine Institute.

You can find a recording of the event here.

How to use climate transparency to achieve effective climate action and advance national development
12 May 2021, 14:00-14:50 (GMT-4), LAC CW
7 July 2021, 16:00-16:55 (GMT+9), APCW

At both the LAC CW and the APCW, the LEDS Global Partnership supported a side events by the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign on climate transparency enhancement. The campaign embraces transparency as the backbone of the Paris Agreement. Sound data and information systems are a precondition for designing, implementing and tracking NDCs and long-term strategies (LTS) effectively. At the events, the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign highlighted the multiple benefits of effective transparency frameworks: countries can advance effective climate action and fulfill the reporting requirements while at the same time meeting domestic development priorities. The events included remarks by the CEO and Chair Person of the Global Environment Facility, Carlos Manuel Rodrigo and by high-level representatives from Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, and Japan, as well as a recorded message from the Chair of GGGI, Ban Ki Moon that will be featured soon on the campaign’s website. Find out more about the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign by visiting its website or following the hashtag on Twitter.

Africa Climate Week

The upcoming Africa Climate Week (ACW) is scheduled for 27-29 September 2021 and will be hosted by the Government of Uganda.

Further details on the participation of the Africa LEDS Partnership will follow soon.

LEDS GP 10 year Anniversary: Storytelling Hour

LEDS GP 10 year Anniversary: Storytelling Hour 600 377 KM

LEDS GP 10 year Anniversary: Storytelling Hour

30 September 2021 at 15:00 SAST

Join the LEDS Global Partnership as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a storytelling hour!

The LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP) is turning 10 years old and we would like to celebrate with you! It won’t be a webinar like any other, it will be a celebration.

Join us on the 30th of September to hear stories from your fellow LEDS GP members, take a moment to reflect on the past 10 years and get inspired for this upcoming, decisive decade of climate action. Five members of the LEDS GP from all around the world will share their personal stories with us, including a member of the Africa Minigrids Community of Practice, Peter BenHur Nyeko, from Uganda.

How can you join?

Option one

To sign up, please just create a blocker of one hour in your calendar for the 30th of September – adapting the time to your own time zone.  The celebration will take place at 15:00 pm SAST.

Include the following MS Teams invitation link in your calendar blocker, which you can just click on the day of the event to join from your computer or the mobile app: Click here to join the meeting
Option two

Send us an informal email to the Global Secretariat Team (secretariat (at) ledsgp (dot) org) and we will share the MS Teams invitation directly with you.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event and saying: Thank you for being a part of our network!

Upcoming Webinar: Linking Adaptation and Mitigation – Addressing Climate Change Through Integrated Responses

Upcoming Webinar: Linking Adaptation and Mitigation – Addressing Climate Change Through Integrated Responses 600 377 KM

Upcoming Webinar: Linking Adaptation and Mitigation – Addressing Climate Change Through Integrated Responses

24 September 2021 at 15:00 SAST

Hosted by: LEDS Global Partnership, NAP Global Network and Climate Week NYC
Date: September 24, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m. SAST
Location: Zoom

Register here

Unprecedented mitigation efforts are required to meet the global goal of keeping global warming below 2°C pre-industrial levels. At the same time, this must be underpinned by robust adaptation strategies to anticipate and cope with the already unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts have traditionally been approached as separate endeavours. However, there are compelling benefits to integrating them, such as using solutions that simultaneously reduce GHG emissions and enhance climate resilience. Without integrated and proactive strategies, project managers risk spending time and money on adaptation efforts that miss energy efficiency opportunities and/or emissions reduction goals.

In this event, we will revisit why integrating adaptation and mitigation is needed, and explore how to identify and plan integrated and holistic actions that address climate change adaptation and emissions reduction for a healthy, resilient zero-carbon future.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from experts on designing and implementing integrated strategies. The discussion from this event will inform the development of a short joint policy brief on strengthening the links between mitigation and adaptation at the policy development and implementation level.

Panel speakers include:

  • Neranda Maurice-George, Green Climate Fund
  • Florian Eickhold, Factor – Ideas for Change
  • Dana Yermolyonok, Programme Advisor, GIZ Kazakhstan
  • George Wamukoya, Lead Negotiator on Agriculture, African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES)
  • Diego Arguedas Ortiz, Climate Change Directorate, Government of Costa Rica
  • Mikaela Rambali, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Note: This event is the third in a series (the Peer Learning Summit) – please find resources from the earlier sessions here.

Upcoming Events: Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation (Eastern and Southern Africa)

Upcoming Events: Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation (Eastern and Southern Africa) 600 377 KM

Upcoming Events: Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation (Eastern and Southern Africa)

1-2 September 2021

The Good Practices in NDC Update and Implementation: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Eastern and Southern Africa workshops will take place on the 1st and 2nd of September 2021. These two virtual workshops will provide an opportunity for Sub-Saharan African countries to come together, share their knowledge of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) processes and good practices, provide peer-to-peer support and identify opportunities for cooperation between countries and development partners.

These workshops have been organised by the UNFCCC, Regional Collaboration Centre Kampala and NDC Partnership.

Click here for more details and to register for the events that will take place on 1 and 2 September from 14:00-17:30 East African Time (13:00-16:30 South African Standard Time).

Upcoming Online Event: Green Bonds Basics

Upcoming Online Event: Green Bonds Basics 600 377 KM

Upcoming Online Event: Green Bonds Basics

21 September 2021

Are you interested in learning more about climate financing solutions? If so, join the “Green Bonds Basics” presentation on the 21st of September 2021. The presentation will introduce the concept of green bonds, looking into their challenges and benefits, the evolving green bonds market and relevant information on the issuance process. The presentation will also provide insights into how green bonds interlink with climate finance and can be used to attain the SDGs.

This webinar-style presentation is a common effort by the LEDS Global Partnership, Asia LEDS Partnership, Africa LEDS Partnership and Climate Bonds Initiative, and will be delivered via Zoom in English by Climate Bonds’ Lead Trainer, Abraham Pedroza.

Click here for more details, including the presentation content and expected outcomes of the event.

Click here to go directly to the registration page.

Asia LEDS Partnership Forum 2021

Asia LEDS Partnership Forum 2021 600 377 KM

Asia LEDS Partnership Forum 2021

Advancing NDC Implementation and Strengthening Long-Term Strategies

24 August – 9 September 2021

The Asia LEDS Partnership is hosting its annual (virtual) ALP Forum this year from 24 August to 9 September. The Forum serves as the premier gathering of policymakers, donors, practitioners and other experts involved in enabling low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia. It explores synergies and collaboration opportunities to advance climate change goals by supporting peer to peer learning, knowledge sharing and the identification of countries’ priority needs.

The Asia LEDS Forum 2021 will:

  • Provide examples of innovative cutting-edge solutions that have helped countries to raise their NDC ambitions and view a shift in the way of doing business;
  • Provide a platform for countries to share their learning and experience in formulating their ambitious policies and plans, and their assessment of the benefits of these transformative actions; and
  • Enable knowledge sharing of tools and methodologies and in-depth training on instruments to advance implementation and raise NDC and LEDS ambitions.

The three-day program will also include a Marketplace, where public and private sector organizations will be able to showcase their climate action initiatives and engage with conference participants.

To learn more about the event and register click here.

Upcoming Event: Understanding and Exploring Green Recovery Options from a Developing Country Context

Upcoming Event: Understanding and Exploring Green Recovery Options from a Developing Country Context 545 333 KM

Upcoming Event: Understanding and Exploring Green Recovery Options from a Developing Country Context

13 July 2021
8:00 a.m. MDT I 4:00 p.m. SAST I
7:30 p.m. IST

Following the launch of LEDS GP’s Global Green and Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice in May 2021, we are pleased to announce the inaugural virtual event for our members. This event, titled Understanding and Exploring Green Recovery Options from a Developing Country Context, will be held on the 13th of July from 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. U.S. MDT. Speakers include Leonardo Garrido, Lead Senior Economist at the World Resources Institute’s The New Climate Economy Program, who will provide experiences of developing countries that have formulated low carbon policy frameworks for inclusive growth and GIZ’s Samyra Hachmann, who will present recent global examples of green recovery practices from a newly published report.  Additionally, we will share the planned activities and regional recovery priorities with the members of this community of practice, followed by an open discussion and an opportunity to network with the group. This virtual event is co-organized by LEDS GP and GIZ and will be available to members only.

If you would like to learn about our global community of practice, please watch our video! If you are interested in registering for this virtual event, please complete this short membership expression of interest questionnaire. A registration link for this virtual event will be sent to you.

We hope that you will join us for this special event!

SSN hosts the Africa Regional consultation of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Global Dialogue

SSN hosts the Africa Regional consultation of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Global Dialogue 4000 3000 KM

SSN hosts the Africa Regional consultation of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Global Dialogue

To keep global warming to 1.5°C, emissions need to decline rapidly. This means that countries need to commit to more ambitious mitigation targets, and developing countries need access to finance, technologies, and capacities to implement their climate policies. If designed well, the voluntary carbon market can help to achieve both aims.

To read more about the dialogue click here.

Achieving SDG7 in Africa through Interconnected Mini-Grids

Achieving SDG7 in Africa through Interconnected Mini-Grids 2560 1708 KM

Achieving SDG7 in Africa through Interconnected Mini-Grids

How can grids in Africa and on other continents connect urban and remote areas, while providing enough energy for enterprises to flourish? Can this energy be clean, affordable and reliable, all at once? These questions were highlighted from different angles in a recent online discussion of the Africa LEDS Partnership and the LEDS GP Energy Working Group, supported by Berlin-based think tank SD Strategies. Click here to read more.

Launch of a new LEDS GP Global “Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice”

Launch of a new LEDS GP Global “Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice” 600 377 KM

Launch of a new LEDS GP Global “Green and Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice”

The LEDS Global Partnership officially launches a new Global “Green and Socially Inclusive Economic Recovery Community of Practice”. We invite all members and interested stakeholders to join this new community!

This Community of Practice (CoP) has been designed and implemented in partnership with the GIZ Support Project for the implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA) and other key international partners.

Please join this LEDS GP Community of Practice by answering the membership questionnaire, which would help us to further design activities that would be pertinent to country priorities (10 – 15 mins).

To learn more about the launch click here.