Thursday, July 21, 2016
Cornell University, ILR School Conference Center
One of the most pressing universal challenges we face in the newly adopted Sustainable Development Agenda is climate change. As highlighted by SDG 13, the task at hand includes, among other things, strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity, building strong, accountable institutions, mobilizing resources, and raising awareness to effectively manage, mitigate, and combat climate change and its impacts.
Against this backdrop, FES New York welcomed, as our Guest of Honor, Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Member of the German Parliament and Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, to a lunchtime discussion on the topic of “Climate Action & Sustainable Development: Implementing SDG 13 on the National and Local Level”. The discussion convened about 20 expert participants, including representatives from the New York City government, leading academics, activists, and UN experts. The central objective of this luncheon was to exchange innovative ideas, strategies, and best practices for sustainable climate action on the national and local level.