The Road to Paris is a strategic campaign and process to help set a Solutions Agenda with business, financiers and governments that will support and complement the historic United Nations climate change conference (COP21).
The Road to Paris was launched during the World Climate Summit 2013, at COP19, Warsaw, Poland, business, finance and government leaders decided to create a bottom-up public/private initiative to provide practical and impactful solutions to help solve climate change during COP21.
Participants in the preparation of this initiative called for a clear roadmap, realistic and comprehensive targets, bottom-up initiatives and commitments, and various other aspects which are presented in more detail in the Road to Paris – Action Statement. Take a look at the Road to Paris – press release and watch the video of the launch of the Road to Paris initiative here (Road to Paris video).
The UNFCCC COP process is working towards securing a legally-binding global climate agreement on curbing carbon emissions, to be made at COP21 in December 2015, with a binding effect from 2020. Many business, finance, and local and national governments around the world have solutions to limit global emissions to secure the required growth and prosperity for their economy. For more background information please take a look at the Road to Paris Road to Paris – factsheet.
The Road to Paris campaign’s mission is to convene the most relevant bottom-up stakeholders and formulate the most impactful recommendations on innovation, technology, finance, policy, projects and partnerships with the public and private sectors. It aims to be the strongest and most influential voice, platform and process supporting a global deal in Paris during COP21.
The key objectives of the Road to Paris are to:
- Attract and convene the most impactful global movement of businesses, financiers, cities and regional governments supporting a global climate deal at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris 2015
- Promote and showcase their actions and initiatives to the rest of the world, and in line with the French government’s positive narrative and solutions agenda for COP21
- Encourage and catalyse innovative public and private collaborations and solutions across sectors for a sustainable and prosperous future
The Road to Paris will focus on a solutions agenda with the following themes:
- LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION – Lead and innovate policy recommendations to complement the Paris Protocol
- TECHNOLOGY – Launch new and scale existing technologies for industries, cities, and countries for mitigation and adaptation
- PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS – Develop public and private partnerships and initiatives to complement INDCs
- FINANCE – Accelerate private investments and climate finance for and with the green climate fund
- KNOWLEDGE – sharing best practice, projects, and knowledge.
The Road to Paris is currently supported or endorsed by networks or associations representing more than 200 business and government leaders and more than 3,000 cities and regions from around the world. Here is a summary of the achievements so far:
- November 28, 2013 – Road to Paris was started at the World Climate Summit 2013 during the UNFCCC COP19 with the International Chamber of Commerce.
- April 15-16, 2014 – The government of Dubai joined the Road to Paris during the World Green Economy Summit 2014 in Dubai, UAE.
- October 10-11, 2014 – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Laurent Fabius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France endorsed the Road to Paris at the first World Summit of Regions for Climate on October 10, 2014 with more than 3,000 business, cities and regions.
- December 10, 2014 – The World Climate Summit 2014 was the only business event of the Lima Climate Action Initiative, chosen by the Peruvian government.
- February 12, 2015 – Road to Paris breakfast launched in Paris, France with France Green Building Council of the Road to Paris with 30 stakeholders.
In 2015, the Road to Paris is continuing to build its Solutions Agenda and international momentum through a multimedia communications campaign of webinars, social media, a website and a series of strategic events around the world:
- World Green Economy Summit 2015 – April 22-23, Dubai, UAE
- Climate Week, Paris 2015 – May 18-22, Paris, France
- Pre-COP meeting – June 1-11, Bonn, Germany
- Climate Week, New York 2015 – September 21-25, New York, USA
PARTNERS & ORGANISERS
It is convened and managed by World Climate Ltd (www.wclimate.com), the leading stakeholder platform on climate change and the global green economy with a network of more than 15,000 including: governments, financiers, large corporations and global institutions such as the World Bank, OECD, and the United Nations.
For more information, please contact:
Copenhagen team at (+45) 71 99 75 78 or at firstname.lastname@example.org