Unlocking the UK’s leadership potential on global goals and climate

In conversation with Ban Ki-moon and Mary Robinson.

Open event, Panel Recording
3 May 2024 — 11:30AM TO 12:30PM
Chatham House and Online

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Experts discuss the UK’s role in driving forward climate action.

This event is now fully booked for in-person registrations.

In December 2015, 195 countries adopted the new and historical Paris Agreement on climate change, reinforcing the demand for developing countries to deliver US$ 100 billion towards climate action by 2020, and per year from then onwards. UN Secretary General at the time, Ban Ki-moon, called it “a monumental triumph for people and our planet.” Although slightly delayed, developed nations may have achieved this target in 2022, as reported by the OECD.

Despite celebration of this news, it became apparent that this amount is significantly lower than what is really needed. Finance for adaptation, in particular, still falls short. The 2023 Adaptation Gap Report stated that the world needs to be pumping at least 18 times as much into adaptation efforts as it currently does.  Furthermore, climate action is becoming more urgent and important as the cost of extreme weather events climbs.

As global negotiations focus on setting a new finance goal, this event will cover: 

  • With the future of food under threat, notably for millions of smallholder farmers, how can governments support their adaptive capacity?
  • How should the global community support developing countries hit by worsening climate change-fuelled disasters?
  • How can governments set an ambitious new finance goal that reflects the needs and priorities of developing countries, particularly on adaptation?
  • What lessons can we draw from previous experience on setting global goals?
  • What role can the UK play in driving forward climate action and how can we unlock the UK’s leadership potential on delivering an ambitious outcome at COP29?