UNFCCC Race to Zero Dialogues

UNFCCC Race to Zero Dialogues
Holding the UNFCCC dialogues online made them more accessible to a wider audience than in previous years.

In place of an in-person conference this year, the UNFCCC hosted a set of online dialogues to discuss how we can ‘race’ to zero greenhouse gas emissions and zero harm to biodiversity, on the route to negative emissions, net biodiversity gain and a restored planet. There was a day of dynamic discussions focused on nature-based solutions and land use, and a day dedicated to oceans. Some key announcements were:

Recurring themes during the conference were:

  • The need for placing local people at the centre of project planning and decision making processes, including use of local and indigenous knowledge, provision of indigenous people with funding for work they are already doing, and helping people connect with online discussions.
  • Green COVID recovery plans must help the most vulnerable people first.
  • The need to make NbS projects attractive investments for the private sector, and increase the capacity of intermediaries to link financiers with projects.
  • The need to redirect the power of markets away from driving destruction and towards turning the tide on biodiversity loss.
  • Recognition that we are at a social “tipping point” where the true value of nature is starting to be recognised by the public and private sectors.
  • We need to increase ambition for NbS in the run up to COP26 and showcase success stories.

Overall the event called for inclusivity and joint ambition between researches, sectors and nations – we need “radical collaboration” in order to effectively address the climate crisis. We need to make this the decade of collective action.

The recordings are available to watch here, and you can read the closing press release here.