Description: What are the emerging possible futures in technology, climate change, economies, and movement of people? What kind of future do we want to have? What steps might we take to move into that desired future? The ambition and scale of transformation to a 1.5C world requires us to imagine the future we want, and to ‘backcast’ to find possible pathways to that future. Long-Term Strategies, as included in Article 4 of the Paris Agreement, require us to think about the whole system and the whole transition, rather than incremental steps, or discrete pieces. Long-Term Strategies can consider multiple dimensions of change: technologies and behaviours, along with policy, finance flows, and new skills required in the workforce. While imagining these pathways is important as a conceptual exercise, the real purpose of Long-Term Strategies is for policy-makers and investors to develop a shared vision of a desired future and to commit to getting there. To achieve this, we need to provide spaces for collaboration that encourage deep dialogue, deliberation and new ways of thinking amongst those who have the power to change the world. For Pacific Island countries, the process of preparing a Long-Term Strategy can be a powerful tool to prepare for a better future in an uncertain world.
Speaker: Nicole Baker, International Programme Manager - Strategy, ClimateWorks Australia
Focal point: Nicole Baker, International Programme Manager - Strategy, ClimateWorks Australia. Email email@example.com