So far, this year there have been three official United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) regional climate weeks in Dubai, Santo Domingo, and most recently in Libreville. Although not an official UNFCCC regional climate week - New York Climate Week (September 19th-23rd) is next up on the global stage. This week is a series of asynchronous events that are relevant to those working in the climate action space. The most official events this week are hosted by Climate Group. Additionally, there are meetings of the General Assembly of the UN during Climate Week.
Last year at COP26 in Glasgow, there was a lot of momentum around technical dialogues developing the data plumbing for the Global Stocktake, nature’s role in the climate discussion and moving beyond mitigation discussing adaptation, resilience, loss & damage. We expect these themes to continue to be at the forefront of the discussions at NY Climate Week priming us all for further discussion at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik.
We will have a few members of the OpenEarth team participating and hosting events at NY Climate Week.
OpenEarth at New York Climate Week 2022
New York was the center of gravity for the climate and sustainability world as the UN General Assembly met and NY Climate Week took place. We had a few members of the OpenEarth Foundation team attend New York Climate Week and here are some highlights:
- On Monday, Louisa, OpenEarth’s Climate Data Community Manager, and James Lloyd, our partner from Nature4Climate convened over 45 professionals working at the intersection of climate and nature data to discuss spatial data provenance. The group agreed that there could be great benefit for writing some technical guidelines for reporting on spatial data provenance ahead of the UNFCCC Technical Dialogues in June 2023.
- Also on Monday, we helped our friends launch the Climate Tech Association, to bring organizations and innovators in the space to collaborate and scale collective efforts. Brian Kurtz who is leading it and over 20 partner organizations including One Earth, planA, Activate and many more.
- Martin, our Executive Director, moderated a panel at the Climate Week Blockchain Summit that Louisa sat on with our friends and partners James Ji Zhang from Arboretica, Zhi Yi Yeo from Data Driven Envirolab and Gavin McCormick from Climate TRACE. The panel discussed interoperability for climate action, stocktaking, and web3 potential. [https://cwbs.earth/]
- On Wednesday, we launched our Global Stocktake Climate Datathon. The datathon will run until October 15th, at which point participants will submit their work. The goal is to help make climate data robust and interoperable for stocktaking our collective progress toward the Paris Agreement. We have thirteen different prompts hosted by many different organizations for datathon participants to work on. Winners will have the opportunity to win cash prizes and to present their work at COP27!
- On Thursday, we co-hosted a meeting with Nature4Climate to convene different organizations working on tracking policies at the climate-nature nexus. Tracking policies are key for increasing climate and nature ambition as passing legislation is one of the key actions we’d like to see coming from commitments. In efforts to advance ambitious policies that have a positive impact on both climate and nature, we are working on the Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Policy Tracker that is being developed with our partners at Nature4Climate, Arboretica, and Metabolic.
- On Friday, Martin joined a round table with Gregory Landua from Regen Network and Anna Lerner from Climate Collective to discuss Blockchain for Climate Impact and how open-sourced co-created projects on web3 platforms can be beneficial for nature. [https://twitter.com/regen_network/status/1572925481036677121?s=20&t=BZzCDoBcoSGhgYGF8cS6wg]
A great week for in person convergence and discussions about how we can make climate and nature data more actionable and why interoperability is key for actionable data.
If you want to continue the conversations, please join our Climate Action Data 2.0 Community. You can sign up here and our next meeting is November 2nd at 11:00 AM EST.