07 Dec 2020
14:00–15:30

Venue: Online | Webex

Under the Paris Agreement, Member States are due to submit their updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 31 December 2020. They are, therefore, invited to report on equity and fairness considerations. This event, convened by Switzerland within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, will look into how these equity and fairness considerations can help highlight principles to stimulate the countries to be as ambitious as possible.

About this Session

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 remains a milestone for climate action and the parties to the Paris Agreement are due to submit to the UNFCCC Secretariat their NDCs by 31 December 2020. However, the current delay in NDC communications within the agreed timelines is concerning. Hence, initiatives to better understand key features related to the NDCs are crucial. In this context, a closer look at fairness considerations can help highlight principles to stimulate the countries to be as ambitious as possible.

This event, convened ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit, seeks to create a better understanding of the following:

  • Equity and fairness considerations in the context of NDCs
  • Political interpretations, including different ways the countries reflect on equity and fairness considerations

The event will look at the various approaches of fairness and the different principles that can be applied to consider the fairness of an NDC. It will also look at how countries can apply this understanding to their respective NDC.

Speakers

H.E. Amb. Franz PERREZ

Ambassador for the Environment, Switzerland

Henry SHUE

Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Relations, Merton College of Oxford University

Anja KARNEIN

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, SUNY, New York

Lukas MEYER

Professor of Philosophy, Moral and Political Philosophy Section, University of Graz

Andreas BACHMANN

Ethical Issues Adviser, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Commentators with a link to the climate change negotiations

Registration

This event will take place on Webex and Facebook live. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.

Video

The event will be live on social networks.

Documents

  • Invitation

Links