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ADVISORY: Going Net Zero: Long-term Strategies—and the Ambitious NDCs and Robust Governance to Get Us There


Organized by UK COP26 President Designate and World Resources Institute

December 10 | 15:00-16:30 | Room 1 (Hall 4)

This high-level side event taking place at COP25 in Madrid, Spain, will focus on the growing international momentum around net-zero targets, and how this can drive more ambitious national climate action in line with the science and decreasing costs of clean technologies. Government representatives and experts will also explore how governance frameworks for delivering net-zero goals, like the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, can be effective tools for driving action. Countries will describe lessons learnt and highlight the political challenges and opportunities that have shaped the process for developing NDCs and long-term strategies.


  • Claire O’Neill, COP26 President-Designate, UK
  • Lord Ian Duncan, Minister for Climate Change, UK
  • Joao Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment, Portugal
  • James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, Minister of Statistics, and Associate Minister of Finance, New Zealand
  • Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Economy, Fiji
  • Tina Stege, Climate Envoy to the President, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Andrea Meza, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Lola Vallejo, Climate Programme Director, IDDRI
  • Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform


  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute

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