Leadership Panel: Shaping Climate Responsive Futures
Day: 07th February, 2024 | Wednesday
Time: 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm IST

Session Description

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), anthropogenic activities, principally through emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), have unequivocally caused global warming, with global surface temperature reaching 1.1°C above 1850–1900 in 2011–2020. Unless there are immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in GHGs, limiting warming to 1.5°C will be beyond reach. Global warming, reaching 1.5°C in the near-term, would cause an unavoidable rise in climate hazards and pose serious risks to ecosystems and humankind. Global GHG emissions are projected to peak between 2020 and at the latest before 2025 in global modelled pathways that limit warming to 1.5°C (>50%) with no or limited overshoot and in those that limit warming to 2°C (>67%) and assume immediate action. This is a crucial decade of action.

Equity considerations are key to shaping climate responsive futures and for designing actions related to mitigation, adaptation, loss & damage, and means of implementation. Disparities exist among countries in terms of cumulative and per capita emissions. The complexity arising from uncertain climatic conditions and contextual differences within countries subjects climate action to a no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. As the world gets closer to the 2030 Agenda, climate crisis is a barrier on the path toward achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). This session aims to address the need for action based on countering the adverse impact of climate change, especially on the most vulnerable, and the role global leadership can play in shaping a climate responsive future.

The umbrella question for this session is: What type of leadership is needed for shaping climate responsive futures?


The duration of the session is 60 minutes. The addresses should be in the form of verbal interventions only. The format of the session does not allow the use of PowerPoint presentations. The chair/moderator must ensure that panellists adhere to the allotted time, for which there will be a timer/buzzer.

  • Moderator’s Remarks: 2 mins
  • Ministerial Address: 7-8 mins
  • Leadership Address: 7-8 mins
  • Discussants: 4-5 mins
  • Moderator’s Summary: 3 mins

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