Join Sweden’s Ministry of Environment, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre (SSFC) for a high level event on 31 March, 08:30 – 12:00, in Stockholm to explore how climate action can be accelerated, whilst ensuring current inequalities are alleviated.
08:30 Arrival and welcome.
09:00 Introduction and opening remarks:
- Eva Svedling, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment
- Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)/ SSFC
09:15 Well-being and financing climate futures – lessons from two OECD reports, Presentation by Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, OECD Environment Directorate.
09:30 Financing Climate Futures: The Swedish picture
- Panel discussion moderated by Aaron Maltais, Program Director, SSFC
10:00 Question and answer session
10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Synergies and trade-offs between climate action and well-being: Looking at transport
- Presentation by Gregor Vulturius, Research Fellow, SEI, and Head of Operations, SSFC
10:45 Panel discussion moderated by Åsa Persson, Deputy Director and Research Director, SEI
11:30 Question and Answer session
11:45 Closing remarks
Background to the event
The climate crisis continues to intensify with 2019 being registered as the warmest year on record, ending the hottest decade yet. Scientists have said that the recent catastrophic bushfires in Australia are just a taste of what the world will experience as temperatures rise.
While the imperative for climate action is becoming ever clearer, so too is the need to address the social equity dimension of climate change and the need for a just transition. Some OECD countries - from Chile to France to Norway - have seen protests over public transport fares, fuel prices or road tolls, highlighting that climate action needs to alleviate inequalities rather than exacerbating them.
The recent OECD report Accelerating Climate Action Through a Well-being Lens applies a new perspective that analyses synergies and trade-offs between climate change mitigation and broader goals such as health, education, jobs as well as wider environmental quality. Another recent OECD report, Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure outlines how governments can fundamentally transform their economies to align with global climate and development goals.
Together, the Ministry of Environment, OECD and SSFC, will share key findings and explore ways to create more sustainable and equitable policy around climate action.