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Post Davos Talks Highlight Urgency of Climate Change, Conflict and Migration

unga_pwc_wef15 February 2016: Participants at the Post Davos Nordic Summit highlighted the role of the private sector and civil society in addressing sustainable development and geopolitical crises. They also discussed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and noted the importance of progress on sustainable development and climate change to achieve peace and security.

Over 100 CEOs, chairs and senior politicians attended the Summit, which was organized by PwC in association with the World Economic Forum (WEF), and held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15 February 2016.

Addressing climate change, environmental catastrophes and inequality is critical for tackling geopolitical instability, said UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft said in his remarks at the Summit. He identified climate change as “the most urgent challenge,” and stressed the need for integrated action on climate change, environmental degradation and poverty to minimize geopolitical instability, human suffering and uncontrolled migration.

Lykketoft identified two main priorities for the UN in 2016: helping to end armed conflicts and the associated humanitarian catastrophes; and implementing the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, including by tackling inequality between and within countries. He also highlighted the need to mobilize investment in renewable energy and green technologies, emphasizing the importance of private sector financing, honoring development assistance commitments and reforming tax systems.

Summit discussions also addressed: the role of partnerships among business, civil society and governments to address migration crises; inequality, unemployment and protectionism as risks to economic growth; and the importance of innovation and transparency. [UNGA President's Statement] [UN Press Release] [Summit Webpage]