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A Rule of Law Approach to Accelerating Climate Action

9 September @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

Climate change and the loss of biodiversity are exacerbating inequality, hampering sustainable development, and threatening the enjoyment and exercise of human rights worldwide.  While the growing climate crisis will affect all of us, the consequences will be felt differently and disproportionately by women and girls, vulnerable groups, and future generations.

The rule of law is an important tool in achieving effective climate action and facilitating the realisation of SDG 13. A rule of law approach to climate action, in line with Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 16, can help accelerate transformative, sustainable, and low-carbon development. Fair, effective and equitable legal frameworks can pave the way to resilience and adaptation to climate change.

The rule of law can also empower communities to take the lead in climate action, helping to ensure that champions for climate action have a voice in setting climate and biodiversity-related policies that help reduce inequalities and eliminate climate-related drivers of conflict.

Occurring in the run-up to 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the event will explore the links between Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 16 and highlight the ways in which the rule of law can accelerate fair, inclusive and just climate action to help achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Among the event’s panel of experts who will present innovative approaches to sustainable development to address climate change and its negative impacts are: UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment Dr David R. Boyd; UNFCCC Adaptation Committee Member and Chief Negotiator for Chile’s COP-25 Presidency Julio Cordano; World Resource Institute’s Director of Climate Negotiations Yamide Dagnet; Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development Policy Analyst Luigi di Marco; UNFCCC LDC Group National Focal Point for Sudan’s High Council of Environment and Natural Resources Hana Hamadalla Mohamed; University of Nairobi School of Law Professor Patricia Kameri-Mbote; and IFAD’s Director of the Environment, Climate, Gender, Youth, Nutrition and Social Inclusion Division Jyotsna Puri.

All4Climate – Italy 2021 is a series of events taking place in Italy this year. Its goal is simple: to make 2021 a landmark year for climate ambition. Launched by the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition in collaboration with the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate and with the participation of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan, All4Climate aims to foster proactive dialogue on the challenges of the climate crisis and deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement.