International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation – Video message from Regional Council of Réunion

On 4-6 October 2017, La Reunion, a French and European island in the Indian Ocean, in partnership with the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD, organizes the second edition of the International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation entitled “Islands, land of innovative solutions for all territories”, back to back with the 2017 nrg4SD General Assembly.

Reunion Island aims to be a reference for other regions, especially the extremely vulnerable island territories and ultra-peripheral regions (UPR), in terms of energy autonomy and innovative sustainable solutions. In 2010, Reunion Island adopted a voluntary policy on energy excellency with an eye towards limiting the ecological footprint.

The International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation will provide the opportunity to showcase the islands and regions expertise, to raise awareness on their role in adaptation and the island specificities, but also identify solutions to effectively tackle the challenges of climate change. Multiple stakeholders such as representatives from island and regional governments, civil society, and the scientific community will discuss impacts of climate change and pioneering solutions to build greater resilience and affectively adapt to climate change. Experts will elaborate on how to advance the development and implementation of solutions through investment and finance, as well as through awareness and innovation.

The event will also be an important preparatory step twoards the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted in Bonn, Germany this November. With Fiji Island as the Cop23 President, the negotiations will gain the perspective of those who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, small states and islands. Therefore, it is vital for regional governments to unite and establish a common message to be delivered at COP23, sharing with the global community their adaptation actions and the challenges of securing climate finance and building resilience.

Check out the video message from Mr. Didier Robert, President of the Regional Council of Réunion, and Vice-Chair for Africa, for all nrg4SD members.

French – with English subtitles

French – with Spanish Subtitles

Please download the full program here: [ENGLISH], [FRENCH]

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