Implementing the Paris Agreement: Are We On The Right Track?

Join this free UBC talk and Q&A with Satya S. Tripathi, Senior Advisor, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Environment and the Chief Executive of the US$1 Billion Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility. Everyone is welcome.

Over 100 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement at record speed, and it came into effect on November 4, 2016. Now the big question is: Are we on track to implementing the Paris Agreement? Can individual governments live up to their nationally determined commitments? Even if they do, will that limit global warming to well less than the 2 degrees Celsius tipping point? Can they act collectively to implement the commitment of $100 billion in climate finance per year?

To be able to move irreversibly towards a green economy transition, it is critical for countries and institutions to have the ability to manage funds, establish effective governance systems, and develop a pipeline of high-quality, bankable projects that would indeed transform economies with innovative technologies to advance holistic sustainable development that enhances the GDP of the Poor.

Mr. Tripathi will review the challenges that countries must confront and opportunities they must capitalize upon to have a realistic shot at implementing the Paris Agreement.

 

About the Speaker:  
Satya S. Tripathi is Senior Advisor, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Environment and the Chief Executive of the US$1 Billion Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF). The TLFF was established by UNEP, ICRAF, BNP Paribas and ADM Capital to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ and achieve transformative social and environmental impact in Indonesia. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Natural Resources Governance at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) since May 2016.

From November 2011 to March 2016, he led the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to support the pioneering efforts of Indonesia in climate change mitigation and adaptation through conservation of forests and preservation of peat-land and bio-diversity.

As the UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Tripathi led the UN System Office (UNORC) coordinating international support to tsunami and postconflict recovery as well as facilitating the efforts of the Indonesian government in managing the much acclaimed USD 7.2 Billion tsunami recovery process.

Photo credit: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Mr. Tripathi was the Policy and Aid Coordination Advisor to the Liberian Head of State from 2004 to 2006 and responsible for coordinating the successful implementation of its post-conflict transitional recovery framework – Results Focused Transitional Framework for Liberia.

A lawyer and development economist by training, Mr. Tripathi has served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa spanning a broad range of tasks pertaining to Climate Change, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Legal Affairs. These include an acclaimed stint as Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN mediated Cyprus unification talks from 2003 to 2004.

Among other responsibilities, Mr. Tripathi currently serves on the Advisory Council of the UN Environment’s Global REDD+ Academy; Advisory Council of the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD); and the Board of Trustees at the non-profit ‘Green Initiatives for a Sustainable Tomorrow’ (GIST). In the past, he has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Forests; and has also served both in the state and federal governments in India as a member of its national civil service, and has varied leadership experience in the fields of democratic governance, rule of law, climate change and sustainable development.

Co-Sponsors: Institute of Asian Research, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility, UN Environment

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