The first One Planet Summit was held on 12 December 2017, exactly two years after the Paris Agreement was adopted.
Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General, and Jim Kim, President of the World Bank Group, spearheaded this summit based on an obvious fact: to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, we must make stronger commitments, more concrete decisions and mobilize all stakeholders in public life and the economic world in collaborative efforts.
Since then, each edition, summit or regional event is an opportunity for political leaders, private sector decision makers, foundations, NGOs and citizens to come together in order to identify and accelerate funding for climate, biodiversity and ocean solutions.
Some thirty coalitions and concrete initiatives have been created through the One Planet process. Their leaders have committed to achieving specific objectives and being accountable.
There were 4,000 participants in the first One Planet Summit
Faced with the climate emergency and diminishing biodiversity, the commitment of political decision-makers alone is not enough. The needed paradigm shift in all sectors requires that climate and environmental factors be integrated at the core of economic models. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are fundamental in order to break down silos and the implement low-carbon transition.
To scale up the ecological transition, the One Planet Summit promotes environmental and climate solutions that go hand in hand with employment, innovation and the creation of economic opportunities. It serves as a platform for the international community and in particular for the 2030 Action Agenda.
In order to ensure consistency and transparency in the process, the One Planet Summit coalitions must:
- be action-oriented, instigating concrete projects that have a measurable impact on the ground and can be replicated or have the potential to significantly redirect funding sources and change investment rules;
- be based on a set of measurable outcomes. Outcome assessments are available on the One Planet Summit website and updated regularly;
- contribute to the main vectors agreed at the international level or to setting more ambitious objectives whenever possible (coalitions of voluntary stakeholders, identification of champions...;
- work towards the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure that no negative externalities are created in relation to other internationally agreed principles. The coalitions foster respect for the rights of all, promoting equality and inclusion. They assess their potential impact on local populations and have regular interactions with civil society representatives;
- whenever possible, their actions participate in the United Nations Convention on Climate Change agenda.