The COVID- 19 crisis has thrown the world off its charted course of actions and efforts towards sustainable development, governments across the globe are redrawing their policies to address the significant economic, social, and political disruptions caused by the pandemic. Even as the world recovers from the devastating impact of the pandemic, there is a need to retain sight of broader commitments to a cleaner and more sustainable path. Accelerating economic growth along with planetary stewardship is fundamental to addressing the devastating impact of the pandemic on lives and livelihoods for which environmental governance and sustainable economic recovery need to be more streamlined in policies across the board.
Under the presidency of United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), to be help from 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow will aim to mobilize the action on mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, and strengthen the narrative better alignment with sustainable development goals. COP26 will bring together countries, companies, civil society, and citizens on a common platform to work towards to a more sustainable future through adaptation, mitigation, finance, and collaboration.
TERI will release the COP26 Charter of Actions which will be an actionable document that will assimilate questions and challenges posed by each sector for India as they ascertain their climate agendas while simultaneously offering probable and sector specific solutions to those challenges. In the context of the emerging leadership role India, the Charter would showcase actions and innovations in the climate space to help India’s transition towards equitable low carbon and sustainable development. The document will also propose a normative framework for a global framework on climate ambition and action.
National stakeholder meetings along with background research will be undertaken until August 2021 which will involve thematic experts from TERI to engage closely with representatives from across sectors for the aforementioned focus areas and themes. The discussions from the stakeholder consultations will be used for the development of the Charter. The months of August and September 2021 will be dedicated to the thematic assimilation, organization, and structuring of the action agendas of the Charter.
A high-level seminar will be organized in September/October 2021 where the draft of the Charter would be brought out for discussion for inputs on key messages. October 2021 and November 2021 will be dedicated to the extensive outreach of the Charter through online and offline mediums. The Charter will be released at the COP26 in Glasgow.
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