Areas of focus
WSDF's focus is on the articulation and formulation of policies which will help in the desired transformation of society and these initiatives will be undertaken primarily by WSDF-NA. To be effective the WSDF-NA will create annual plans of action in which the Paris Agreement will serve as a continuous and regular strand of activities, while the focus of the SDGs remains riveted on a smaller subset, which may change from year to year. With regards to the Paris Agreement, two sets of analysis will define the dialogue and information dissemination that the WSDF-NA pursues:
- The actual achievement of GHG emissions reduction will need to be compared on a dynamic basis with the IPCC's RCP2.6 scenario, which provides an assurance of limiting temperature increase to 2oC by the end of this century. (If, however, in due course the global community decides to lower this limit to 1.5oC, a new pathway or scenario would define the reference for comparison).
- There will be a vital need to analyze and advocate policies by which infrastructure investments, technology choices and lifestyle changes can be made that affect the goals laid down in the Paris Agreement. To the extent possible, the analysis will also focus on specific success stories, since these real achievements will carry greater conviction with the audience to be addressed.
- Specific actions at the local government level, by corporate organizations, civil society and youth in particular would be highlighted in the agenda of actions taken by the WSDF.
The First World Sustainable Development Forum
The first WSDF is being held in Mexico City from February 1-2, 2018. The Forum is co-sponsored by the Government of Mexico City, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and Climate Finance Partners; in addition it is being supported by the world class Mexican University, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), business and industry as well as the research and academic community in Mexico.
The Forum would attract a global audience with speakers from across the globe including political leaders who have been/are currently heads of states and heads of governments, distinguished winners of the Nobel Prize, ministers holding relevant portfolios from a large number of countries, as well as leaders of business and industry, civil society and research and academic institutions.
The format of the Forum would consist of keynote addresses, high level panel discussions and parallel sessions focused on specific themes and issues.
Youth would have a special role in the Forum, with select young leaders from universities across the globe present to put forth their perspectives and participate in discussions that ensure that the voices of youth are reflected in the recommendations of the Forum and the actions are based on the policies enunciated.