“Climate action is unstoppable because it makes business sense”, said the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during the opening session of the SD Talks Special Series on Climate Action on 3 May 2017. It was the first in a series of seven webinars on climate action. The webinars in this series aim to advance knowledge and further dialogue around Climate Action, in the lead up to and beyond COP 23, that will take place in November in Germany.
Titled Paris Agreement and the SDGs: One Agenda for a Sustainable Future, this first webinar featured Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The discussion was moderated by Simona Costanzo-Sow of the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development. The webinar which received over 500 registrations from more than 100 countries within a matter of hours, discussed the importance of approaching efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals and the targets of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in an integrated manner. It emphasized that although the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement were negotiated separately, they are all implemented together at country level. “Climate action and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin. At the country level, these things happen together”, said Ms. Mohammed.