European Union External Action

Climate Diplomacy Week 12–18 September, Moscow

12/09/2016 - 14:03
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The Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation and Embassies of the EU Member States, together with their local partners – Moscow School of Management Skolkovo and the National Research University Higher School of Economics – will, from 12th till 18th September, mark with several events the Climate Diplomacy Week.

The Climate Diplomacy Week is a global initiative of the European Union aimed at engaging new partners (general public, business community, civil society and NGOs) in a global community dedicated to tackle climate challenges, promote sustainability agenda and maintain high political momentum for climate action after 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and in the wake of the forthcoming 22nd UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.

On Wednesday, September 14th, workshop "Leading Sustainable Business in Russia: Cooperation for Impact" will be held in the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. Russian and European business representatives will exchange individual experiences and best practices and show that climate protection can create new and innovative fields for development of business, both for large industries, and for Small and Medium Enterprises. The event will contribute to Sustainable Business Roadmap, a tool that offers businesses, authorities and decision-makers practical recommendations on issues related to sustainability and business environment development. After opening remarks by the Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues, Mr. Alexander Bedritsky, the EU Ambassador to Russia, Mr. Vygaudas Ušackas and the Dean of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, Mr. Andrey Sharonov, participants divided into working groups will discuss smart solutions in the fields of sustainable business, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transport to reduce the carbon footprint.

The same day, before its upcoming official premiere in Russia, an exclusive preview of the documentary movie "Demain" followed by the "Climate Change" photo exhibition will be held in a closed format.

On Thursday, September 15th, seminar: "Smart Cities: Energy and Transport" will be held at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. In an increasingly urbanized world, our metropolitan areas face new challenges. Pollution, resource scarcity and congestion are just a few of the problems that need to be addressed in order for modern cities to continue to develop into dynamic centres of sustainable growth. What makes a city smart? How can experiences and practices be shared between countries? How is city planning affected by the advent of new technologies and knowledge? These and other questions will be discussed in this seminar, in which experts from the European Union and Russia will share their experience and views on energy and transport in the context of a smart city and how they can contribute to the ultimate goal of sustainable urbanism.

More information from the aforementioned events and other materials will be posted on social media accounts of the EU Delegation to Russia and Embassies of the EU Member States.

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