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Less talk, more action: Copenhagen to welcome broad coalition of actors for global green growth summit

By State of Green, October 15, 2018

In just a few days, the Danish capital will host the P4G Copenhagen Summit. The two-day event gathers a diverse group consisting of government leaders, international organisations, businesses, academia, and civil society with the aim of creating partnerships that will accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Today, one-third of all food is lost or wasted on a global scale. Greenhouse gas emissions means the five warmest years ever recorded have all occurred within the years since 2010. At least eight million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean annually. Over one billion experience some form of water shortage on a daily basis. Global consumption and production patterns mean that it takes nature one and a half years to replenish and regrow what we consume within a year. These are some of the alarming statistics that we are being confronted with on a regular basis, as the effects of industrialisation, pollution and overconsumption become more visible.

Recognition of the urgent need for action to address these challenges was formalised when the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted at a historic UN summit. Universally applicable, the goals aim to end poverty, limit climate change and reduce inequalities. The landmark summit was followed up by the Paris Agreement on climate change at the end of 2015, which addressed the need to limit the rise of global temperatures.

P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030
Based on a desire to accelerate progress on both the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, the global initiative P4G was launched during the UN General Assembly in 2017 by the governments of Denmark, Vietnam, South Korea, Chile, Mexico, Kenya and Ethiopia. P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 – gathers business, government, and civil society organisations in innovative public-private partnerships to advance solutions in five key areas: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. Operating out of a global P4G hub in Washington where it is anchored in World Resources Institute and with national platforms in partner countries, P4G attempts to address the gap between the existence of sufficient funds available to solve climate change, but a lack of concrete projects.

Read more: P4G Initiative Launches to Accelerate Sustainable Growth Through Innovative Partnerships

P4G Program: representatives from 52 governments, 22 cities, large companies, international organisations and research institutes to meet in Copenhagen over two days
P4G pursues a business oriented green growth agenda, where the objective is to transform global challenges into market opportunities. Given that research from The New Climate Economy reveals that bold climate action could generate up to 65 million green jobs and deliver at least US $26 billion in economic benefits, P4G’s focus seems apt.

Therefore, from October 19 – 20th, delegates from 52 countries will travel to the Danish capital of Copenhagen to participate in the inaugural P4G Summit to help realise these benefits. Known officially as P4G Summit Copenhagen 2018, the event gathers representatives from 52 governments, 22 cities, large companies, financing institutions, asset management companies, international organisations and research institutes from Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa at four locations across the city.

During the summit, the emphasis will be on developing, accelerating, and showcasing partnerships of large-scale impact that can devise concrete solutions to food waste & loss, plastic in the oceans, responsible consumption and production, water shortages and pollution. Together with P4G partner organisation C40 Cities, the role of cities as increasingly important centres of economic activity, where rapid urbanisation is heightening the demand for sustainable solutions, will be highlighted.

-Read more: P4G reports robust interest in public-private partnerships as key driver of sustainable growth in emerging markets

The program promises to be an inspiring mix of panel discussions and working sessions that aim to match potential partners and presentations of showcase partnerships. The significance of the summit and P4G’s potential to energise the global development agenda is reflected in the guest list, where  a roll call of heads of state such as Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Holland’s Prime Minister, South Korea’s President, Ethiopia’s President and Vietnam’s Prime Minister will be present. Norway’s former Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change Gro Harlem Brundtland will also attend to discuss sustainability with youth representatives and specific partnerships will be recognized at a special P4G awards ceremony, where the Danish Crown Prince couple will present prizes.

Commenting on the summit, the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, stated: “We need less talk and more action to tackle climate change – and create the sustainable future we want…We need to accelerate concrete solutions – that can be scaled and replicated all over the world. The P4G Summit will do exactly that”.

“If we are to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, we need to deliver solutions at speed and scale. This is best done in public-private partnerships. I look forward to participate in the inaugural P4G Summit to accelerate the green transition”, says Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and a UN Special Envoy on Climate Change stated, “The P4G Copenhagen Summit marks an important shift from thought to action in the sustainable transition. I look forward to experiencing the hands-on P4G approach and finding concrete solutions to challenges presented in the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Facts about P4G

  • P4G was launched by Denmark, Vietnam, South Korea, Chile, Mexico, Kenya and Ethiopia during the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Colombia and The Netherlands joined P4G in April and September 2018 respectively.
  • P4G incubates and accelerates public-private partnerships that offer the most potential impact for sustainable development. P4G does this by providing facilitation, co-funding and recognition.
  • State of Green is the national Danish P4G platform and works to strengthen the involvement of Danish stakeholders in P4G partnerships and activities.

To access the summit’s entire program, please go to https://p4gsummit.org/

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