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NON STATE STAKEHOLDERS

Last update 8 Oct. 2020

UNFCCC Observer organizations and other stakeholders around the world show their support for this initiative and the importance of achieving a sustainable and resilient recovery. See their video messages and written statements, as well as those from stakeholders based in the host country (Japan).

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UNFCCC

Executive Secretary UN Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa

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Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

President

Kazuhiko Takeuchi

Stakeholders

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    United Nations

    Secretary-General

    Antonio Guterres

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    Bill Gates

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    The Adaptation Fund

    Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat

    Mikko Ollikainen

  • Agricord

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    Asian Development Bank

    Director General of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

    Woochong Um

  • Association des jeunes pour le développement du Ouaddai

    General Secretary and Focal Point Representative

    Djibrine Atie Oudaa

  • Canadian Delegation at 2020 Y7

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    CDP

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    CDP on behalf of the Investor Agenda

  • CGIAR and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

    Head of Global Policy Research, CCAFS

    Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez

  • Climate Action Network International

    Executive Director

    Tasneem Essop

  • Commonwealth Foundation

  • C40

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    EIT Climate-KIC

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Tom Mitchell

  • ENGAGE

  • Evolution 360

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    GIZ

    Head of Section Climate Change and Climate Policy / GIZ Focal Point for UNFCCC

    Bernd-Markus Liss

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    Global Wind Energy Council

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ben Backwell

  • Global Water Partnership

    Chair

    Howard Bamsey

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    GOGLA

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    Human Rights Network for Development

  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

    First Vice-President

    Cathy Oke

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    India Water Foundation

    President

    Arvind Kumar

  • International Chamber of Commerce

    Secretary General

    John W.H. Denton AO

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    International Development Law Organization

    Director-General

    Jan Beagle

  • International Transport Forum

    Secretary-General

    Young Tae Kim

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    International Union of Railways (UIC)

    Director General

    François Davenne

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    IRENA

    Director General

    Francesco La Camera

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    Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

    Secretary General

    Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

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    The Pew Charitable Trusts

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    Regions4

    Regions4 President and Basque Deputy Minister for Environment

    Elena Moreno

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    Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

    University of Oxford

    Brian O'Callaghan

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    Voices from Nuclear Industry

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    We Are Still In

  • WWF International

    Global Climate and Energy Leader

    Manuel-Pulgar Vidal

  • Youth Video Message to the Online Platform on Sustainable and Resilience Recovery from Covid19

    Presented by Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability

Japanese Stakeholders

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    Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia

  • Center for Climate Change Adaptation - National Institute for Environmental Studies

  • Climate Youth Japan

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  • Fridays For Future SHIZUOKA

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  • IRESA

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    JACSES

    Risa ENDO and Jiro ADACHI

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    Japan Climate Initiative

  • Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership

    Co-chairperson

    Kenichi Ishida

  • Keidanren

    Vice Chair

    Tsutomu Sugimori

  • KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives)

    Chairman

    Kengo Sakurada

  • Yokohama, Japan

    Mayor

    HAYASHI Fumiko

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

President

Kazuhiko Takeuchi

At the most fundamental level, the COVID-19 pandemic is the result of increasingly unsustainable interactions between human beings and natural systems. The rapid global spread of the virus also illustrates the risks of rapid globalisation. Thus, as we begin to consider our societies after the pandemic, it is clear that we need policy frameworks that help us live more sustainably with nature while reducing the negative impacts of globalisation. But what policy frameworks can help us achieve these goals? Let me offer an example from Japan and other parts of Asia and the Pacific known as the regional and local “circulating and ecological sphere” or CES.

CES aims to integrate the principles of a “society in harmony with nature”, a “resource circulating society”, and a “decarbonised society”. To advance these principles, CES calls for several transformative changes. One such change is the decentralisation and integration of the management of natural resources at appropriate scales. This will encourage more appropriate utilisation of natural resources; lower carbon emissions associated with energy and transport; and decrease vulnerabilities to supply chain disruptions. A second change is conserving often neglected ecosystem services between urban and rural areas. This will not only improve resource flows but also help restore natural buffer zones, as illustrated in Satoyama landscapes. A third change calls for revitalising communities by depending more on local resources for essential needs. This will help create jobs and sustainable livelihoods.

While CES calls for localisation of resource use, it also sees a growing role for harnessing the good of globalisation. In particular, international institutions such as
the UNDESA, UNFCCC, CBD, and the UNDRR can help countries learn how to adopt their own integrated approaches to resource management so that we can build societies that are decentralised yet connected to global communities through the exchange of people, information and technologies. At IGES, we also believe that international cooperation is essential to both “build back better” and “move forward together”.

August 25, 2020

UNFCCC

Executive Secretary

Patricia Espinosa

Ladies and gentlemen…

I congratulate Minister Koizumi and the Japanese Government on its plan to develop an online Platform on Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19.

COVID19 has caused the greatest international crisis since the second World War and threatens to undermine global climate action.

At the same time, the anticipated recovery is a historic opportunity to transform economies in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and to create a healthier, more sustainable world.

Will we choose to “go back to normal”? The normal where global temperature rise is on pace to more than double by the end of this century?

Or will we choose to—not build back better, but build forward? To enact policies that promote green growth, protect biodiversity, embrace renewable energy and more?

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need to plan better and earlier for the impacts of disasters – we cannot afford to be caught off guard again.

We need to start building greater reliance to climate impacts well in advance of further disasters.

Governments are in the process of designing more ambitious national climate plans – Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs.

This Platform can be an extremely useful tool to provide valuable knowledge and insights as governments prepare their NDCs and then move into the implementation stage.

…and it can help both governments and civil society exchange valuable information on the best possible ways to collaborate in building greener and more resilient societies.

Finally, a crucial aspect of the platform is that it can help governments maintain crucial political momentum around the conversation on the specific policies they need to achieve their NDCs.

I thank you for your valuable contribution and for helping the international community work together in a spirit of inclusive multilateralism.

I look forward to productive discussions amongst Ministers at the official launch of the Platform on 3 September…

…and I am confident that both the Platform and the related Ministerial discussions can help build valuable momentum as we move towards COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow next year.

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