Stockholm +50 initiatives in China
National consultation of international meeting“Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”, Stockholm, 2-3 June 2022
The last two years saw several positive steps forward in the fight against climate change and biodiversity protection, with renewed and updated commitments by many countries. However, even with the full implementation of all net-zero pledges, announcements, and updated unconditional and conditional NDCs, temperatures are estimated to rise by around 2.4℃ by the end of the 21st century.
To keep 1.5℃ alive, accelerated and coordinated actions are necessary. The COPs and the multiple high-level meetings around protecting our planet suggest momentum is building. These offer valuable opportunities for exchange and cooperation among countries and different stakeholders over the implementation of the environmental dimensions of the SDGs.
It is in this context that the international meeting “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”, to be held on June 2 and 3, during the week of World Environment Day, is designed to help accelerate the implementation of the SDGs during the Decade of Action.
China is a key player in this process in light of its size, interests, and role in relevant sectors, such as renewables. China has the scale and capacity to deliver an impact on climate change at the domestic and global levels, becoming a game-changer. Since President Xi’s announcement of the 2030-2060 targets, climate change and biodiversity has received increased attention. Chinese authorities are formulating guidelines and identifying pathways to achieve these targets.
The 1+N climate policy system, together with the upcoming sectoral action plans, is noteworthy and welcome. It complements and enriches the 14th five-year plan, providing valuable details and clarifications and a concrete roadmap for the 2030 and 2060 climate goals.
Against this backdrop, this High-level Policy Dialogue, the business roundtable, and the youth consultation aim at conveying some of China’s key stakeholders for an exchange on advancing the discussion and actions around the opportunities to keep Paris 1.5℃ alive. This would include understanding and capitalizing on the nexus between climate, biodiversity, and common prosperity in support of China’s climate goals as well as SDGs attainment. Insights and key messages from these exchanges will feed into a report as input to shape the policy discourse during the international meeting in Stockholm in June 2022.
Reference: Stockholm+50 Guidelines as shared by UNDP HQ.