The 5 most crucial events about climate change of 2024

Elizabeth Smith

2024 will be a year full of significant events in the environmental field. From the World ESG Summit, to ChangeNOW in Paris, up to COP29 on the climate in Azerbaijan. Discover in this article the 5 environmental and sustainability themed events of this year.

World ESG Summit 2024

Considering a temporal order, the first significant environmental-themed event of 2024 was the World ESG Summit.

The third edition was held in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, from 19 to 21 February 2024. For the occasion, the main industry professionals, investors and experts gathered, with the aim of exploring the most effective ways to integrate ESG principles in business practices.

The focus was in particular on the implementation of ESG practices in the energy sector, the role of which is central. The World ESG Summit promotes the sharing of ideas and experiences, with the ambitious goal of achieving zero climate impact by 2050.

ChangeNOW 2024: the biggest event for the Planet

ChangeNOW 2024, the largest event for the Planet, will take place in Paris from 25 to 27 March 2024.

It is a three-day summit that aims to present the most innovative solutions to address the greatest challenges facing our planet.

The goal of the event is to network and create connections between entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy makers to accelerate change.

Climate Week NYC

Going overseas, we mention Climate Week NYC 2024, which will be held in New York starting September 22, 2024. It is the largest annual climate event of its kind, hosted by Climate Group, an international non-profit organization that aims to promote climate action, quickly.

A week of events that will offer over 600 activities and opportunities, both physical in the various districts of the city, but also in hybrid and online modes, to involve as many people as possible.

Of great relevance within Climate Week NYC 2024 is The Hub Live. This is a series of meetings that will bring together over 1000 business and government leaders, climate decision makers and civil society representatives, to address the key issues of the climate transition, accelerate progress and support the changes already underway.

COP16 on biodiversity 2024

During the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP15), which took place in December 2022 in Montreal, the global framework for biodiversity was agreed with the Global Biodiversity Framework.

Among the main objectives defined is that of conserving and effectively managing at least 30% of the world’s emerged lands, inland waters, coastal areas and oceans by 2030.

In this sense we can recognize some progress in the implementation of the agreement, which will be discussed during the COP16 on biodiversity, which will be held in Colombia from 21 October to 1 November 2024.

During COP16, the adhering countries will present the results obtained in the implementation of the agreement. But also the action plans and the national biodiversity strategies they intend to implement in the near future.

COP29: the 2024 climate conference

The last, but not least, event not to be missed in 2024 is COP29, or the United Nations conference on combating climate change (UNFCCC COP29).

COP29 will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 11 to 24 November 2024. It is the most important political event this year in the climate and environmental field. Thus an important opportunity for meetings and negotiations between Heads of State, personalities academia, industry leaders, government officials and organizations.

Following COP28 which took place in 2023, the discussion will therefore continue on a series of issues linked to environmental objectives which, increasingly, need to be pursued with concrete actions.

Read also: COP29’s host country, Azerbaijan, intends to increase gas production over the next years

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