HLPF 2022 Side Event

Climate Action and the SDGs - Closing Gaps and Strengthening Synergies

7 July 2022, 7:30–9:00 New York Time (EDT)

Accelerated and equitable climate action is critical to sustainable development, yet a stronger connection is needed between these two global priorities. Scaling up climate action presents gaps and challenges - including trade-offs - as well as opportunities.

This side event of the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) identified gaps and needs in knowledge about synergies and trade-offs between climate change and sustainable development. Participants shared examples and good practices, discussing options for transformations in energy, food, urban, and other related socio-economic systems.

This HLPF side event contributed to preparations for the Third Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its outcomes will be presented at the conference in Tokyo in late July.

Event Details

7 July 2022, 7:30–9:00 New York Time (EDT)


United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat

Presentation Materials

07:30–07:35 Opening Remarks Hiroshi Ono (Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Japan)  
Framing presentation Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS)  
07:35–07:50 Keynote Speech Gabriela Iacobuta (Researcher, German Institute of Development and Sustainability)  
07:50–08:55 Panel Session Facilitator
Shen Xiaomeng (UNU Vice-Rector in Europe & Director, UNU-EHS)
Minoru Takada (Team Leader, Sustainable Energy, UN DESA)  
Sergey Kononov (Manager, Department for Programmes Coordination, UNFCCC Secretariat)  
Bartel Van de Walle (Director, UNU-MERIT)  
Melissa Brown Goodall (Senior Director, Penn Environmental Innovations Initiative, University of Pennsylvania)  
Erick Tambo (Academic Officer, UNU-EHS)  
Junko Akagi (Research Manager, Kitakyushu Urban Centre, IGES)  
Summary by panel moderator
08:55–09:00 Concluding Remarks