CVF Virtual Summit Broadcast

You are watching the broadcast of the CVF Virtual Climate Summit. This wholly online summit includes pre-recorded and live content and will run from 8am (MHT) 22nd November / 8pm (GMT) 21st November for 24 hours.

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About Summit

Due to increased scientific evidence indicating plausible existential risks for a number of CVF member states to be incurred in the event of failure to achieve the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a considerable global increase in national efforts as soon as possible, would be required to offer safeguard for the survival of most vulnerable nations.

Therefore, the 2018 CVF Summit is organized as part of the Talanoa Dialogue, which serves as an agreed mechanism for the promotion of enhanced national action by all nations party to the Paris Agreement by 2020.

This Summit is an opportunity for all nations to show leadership and commit to raising their level of ambition in solidarity with the most vulnerable. Heads of State/Government and high-level representatives of other partners are invited to participate in the Summit and demonstrate intentions to raise ambition, including in relation to updating their national targets.

This zero emissions summit will take place entirely online on November 22nd 2018 MHT / 21st November 2018 GMT. Leaders will join live-streamed or by pre-recorded video segments. The audience – governments, global companies, cities, states, civil society and media – will be encouraged to engage interactively in the Summit program.

The event will include “plenary” statements and “thematic discussions” on key topics each convened by leading organizations.

Summit Outcome Statement

Statement from Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of Marshall Islands and CVF Chair, presenting CVF Virtual Summit Leaders Communique: CVF Virtual Summit Leaders Communique

CVF Leaders’ Declaration for Enhanced National and Global Climate Action by 2020 to Survive and Thrive: CVF Leaders Jumemmej Declaration


8:00am MHT 22nd November / 8:00pm GMT 21st November

  • Short Film: Rise: From One Island To Another - Performed by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna
  • Short Film: The Unbeatable Warrior Stick Dance - Performed by the Jebo Stickdancers of Majuro Atoll
  • Official Proceedings: Opening Statement of The CVF Virtual Climate Summit 2018 - From Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of Marshall Islands and CVF Chair
  • Keynote Speaker: António Guterres - Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Keynote Speaker: Naoko Ishii - CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
  • Keynote Speaker: HE María Fernanda Espinosa - President of the United Nations General Assembly
  • Short Film: This Land I Call Mama - Presented by NDC Partnership
  • Keynote Speaker: Al Gore - Former Vice President of the United States, Founder and Chairperson, The Climate Reality Project
  • Keynote Speaker: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba - Archbishop of Cape Town and Global Climate Ambassador of the ACT Alliance
  • Keynote Speaker: Christiana Figueres - Convenor, Mission 2020
  • Keynote Speaker: Michael Bloomberg - Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, US Special Envoy for Climate Action
  • Keynote Speaker: Javier Manzanares - Deputy Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund
  • Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Morgan - Executive Director, Greenpeace International
  • Short Film: Global Climate Action Summit 2018 - Event Highlights
  • Sub-National Statement: Jerry Brown - Governor of California
  • Short Film: Mejit Island - Filmed by Marshall Islands Conservation Society Members + Mark Stege & Franky Erra
  • Keynote Speaker: Patricia Espinosa - Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Keynote Speaker: Michał Kurtyka - President of the COP24
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer - Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • Head of Government Statement: Taneti Maamau - President of Kiribati
  • Head of Government Statement: Jacinda Ardern - Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • National Statement: Hon James Shaw - Minister of Climate Change, New Zealand

9:30am MHT 22nd November / 9:30pm GMT 21st November

Thematic Panel: 100% RE: A Vision For Decarbonization, Resilience, and Prosperity
- led by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

10:30am MHT 22nd November / 10:30pm 21st November GMT

  • Keynote Speaker: Laura Tuck - Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Short Film: Climate Change and Fiji - compilation - Produced by COP 23 Presidency, Republic of Fiji
  • Head of Government Statement: Frank Bainimarama - Prime Minister of Fiji and President of COP23

11:00am MHT / 11:00pm GMT

Thematic Panel: Realizing Global Ambition Locally: How Domestic Multi-stakeholder Alliances Can Drive Greater Action and Ambition Around the World
- led by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on behalf of the global partners for the Alliances for Climate Action (ACA)

12:00pm MHT 22nd November / 12:00am 22nd November GMT

  • Head of Government Statement: Tommy E. Remengesau - Jr.President of the Republic of Palau
  • Keynote Speaker: Rachel Kyte - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
  • Head of Government Statement: Ralph Regenvanu - Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Vanuatu
  • Keynote Speaker: Kevin Rudd - President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and Former Prime Minister of Australia
  • National Statement: Anne Ruston - Australian Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific

12:30pm MHT 22nd November / 12:30am GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: How To Understand The Climate Change In Communities If We Don’t Measure The Climate
- led by Centro Humboldt and Climate Action Network Latin America (CANLA)

1:30pm MHT 22nd November / 1:30am 22nd November GMT

  • Short Film: Water Warriors - Presented by The Ground Truth Project
  • National Statement: Dr. Say Samal - Minister of Environment, Cambodia
  • Keynote Speaker: Laurence Tubiana - CEO, European Climate Foundation
  • Short Film: Asthma Alley - Presented by The GroundTruth Project
  • Keynote Speaker: General Kosi Latu - Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
  • Keynote Speaker: Mary Robinson - Chair of The Elders and Former President of Ireland
  • Short Film: Khanh Nguy Thi (2018 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient) - Contributed by Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID), Vietnam
  • Head of Government Statement: Sheikh Hasina - Prime Minister of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • Keynote Speaker: Elhadj As Sy - Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr Colin Tukuitonga - Pacific Community Director-General
  • Head of Government Statement: Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli - Prime Minister of Nepal
  • National Statement: Tserenbat Namsrai - Minister of Environment and Tourism, Mongolia
  • Keynote Speaker: Bambang Susantono - Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Statement: Adalah Atira - Minister of Palestinian Environment Quality Authority
  • Short Film: UserFarm Curated - Short Film Content
  • Short Film: Living The Change - Presented by The Ground Truth Project

5:00pm MHT 22nd November / 5:00am GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: Operationalizing Sustainable Lifestyles: Technological Transitions Or Behavioral Shifts?
- led by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

6:00pm MHT 22nd November / 6:00am GMT 22nd November

  • Short Film: Drought in Turkana
  • Sub National Statement: Gary Juffa - Minister for Environment, Republic of Rwanda
  • Short Film: Anguish in the Arctic
  • Keynote Speaker: Michelle Bachelet - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Short Film: One Day A Week
  • National Statement: Dr. Vincent Biruta - Minister for Environment, Republic of Rwanda
  • Short Film: Contributed Content: India’s ATM Fountains, Pollution Entrepeneuralism and Electric Cars
  • National Statement: Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman - Secretary and Vice Chairperson of the Philippine Climate Change Commission
  • Head of Government Statement: Kersti Kaljulaid - President of Estonia
  • Head of Government Statement: Lars Løkke Rasmussen - Prime Minister of Denmark
  • Short Film: A Way Of Life

7:00pm MHT 22nd November / 7:00am GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: After the IPCC Special Report On 1.5°C: What the EU Needs To Do To Step Up For A Fair, Ambitious, And Gender-Responsive Climate Policy
- led by CARE International and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

7:55pm MHT 22nd November / 7:55am GMT 22nd November

  • Keynote Speaker: Tina Stege - RMI Climate Envoy

8:00pm MHT 22nd November / 8:00am GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: From Local to Global: Accelerating Adaptation Action At Scale And At All Levels - Global Centre on Adaptation in partnership with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

9:00pm MHT 22nd November / 9:00am GMT 22nd November

  • Summit Outcomes: Presented by Dr. Hilda C. Heine - President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and CVF Chair
  • Head of Government Statement: Emmanuel Macron - President of the Republic of France
  • Head of Government Statement: Erna Solberg - Prime Minister of Norway
  • Head of Government Statement: Mark Rutte - Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • Regional Statement: Antonio Tajani - President of the European Parliament
  • Head of Government Statement: Michael D. Higgins - President of Ireland
  • Head of Government Statement: Saad Hariri - Prime Minister of Lebanon
  • Head of Government Statement: Claire Perry - Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, UK
  • Head of Government Statement: Brigi Rafini - Prime Minister of Niger
  • Short Film: Films From The Climate Change Front Line - Produced by IRIN

10:00pm MHT 22nd November / 10:00am GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: Women’s Leadership for Climate Action
- led by The Republic of Marshall Islands and The CVF Summit Champions Group

11:10pm MHT 22nd November / 11:10am GMT 22nd November

  • Short Film: Women in Climate
  • Head of Government Statement: Alain Berset - President of the Swiss Confederation
  • National Statement: Dr. Gerd Müller - German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • National Statement: Svenja Schulze - German Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Keynote Speaker: Peter Thomson - UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Keynote Speaker: Samuel Lanwi - Deputy Director of Marshall Islands Marine Resource Authority

11:45pm MHT 22nd November / 11:45am GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: A New Sustainable Ocean Economy—Advancing Climate and Ocean Action - led by World Resources Institute (WRI)

12:45am MHT 23rd November / 12:45pm GMT 22nd November

  • National Statement: Kimmo Tiilikainen - Finnish Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing
  • National Statement: Isabella Lövin - Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
  • Head of Government Statement: Batio Bassiere - Minister of the Environment of the Green Economy and Climate Change of Burkina Faso

1:00am MHT 23rd November / 1:00pm GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: Survive & Thrive at #1o5C: The Finance Agenda of V20 Economies
- led by Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

2:00am MHT 23rd November / 2:00pm GMT 22nd November

  • Head of Government Statement: Dr. Keith Mitchell - Prime Minister of Grenada
  • Members of Parliament Statements: Video Statements from the ParlAmericas
  • Keynote Speaker: Reginald White - Chief Meteorologist, RMI Weather Services

2:15am MHT 23rd November / 2:15pm GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: Stepping Up Climate Ambition To Meet The 1.5°C Warming Limit
- led by Climate Action Network (CAN) International

3:15am MHT 23rd November / 3:15pm GMT 22nd November

  • Head of Government Statement: Iván Duque Márquez - President of Colombia
  • Head of Government Statement: Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C - Prime Minister of Barbados
  • Head of Government Statement: Jean-Henry Céant - Prime Minister of Haiti

3:30am MHT 23rd November / 3:30pm GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: IV Mayors’ Forum for Climate Action / Foro de Alcaldes Ante El Cambio Climatico - led by Chilean Network of Municipalities for Climate Action

4:30am MHT 23rd November / 4:30pm GMT 22nd November

  • Head of Government Statement: Carlos Alvarado Quesada - President of Costa Rica
  • National Statement: Dr. Gale T C Rigobert - Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Saint Lucia

4:45am MHT 23rd November / 4:45pm GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: Urgent Call For A New Development Paradigm That Works For People And Planet
- led by Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE)

5:45am MHT 23rd November / 5:45pm GMT 22nd November

  • National Statement: Demétrio de Amaral de Carvalho - Secretary of State for the Environment, Timor-Leste
  • Head of Government Statement: Enrique Peña Nieto - President of Mexico
  • National Statement: Professor Fekadu Beyene - Commissioner, Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission
  • National Statement: Teresa Ribera - Minister for the Ecological Transition

6:00am MHT 23rd November / 6:00pm GMT 22nd November

Thematic Panel: Regional SIDS-SIDS Cooperation – Integrated and Inclusive Climate Technology Markets
- led by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

7:00am MHT 23rd November / 7:00pm GMT 22nd November

  • Short Film: The Butterfly Thief - Written and Performed by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
  • Closing Proceedings Dr. Hilda C. Heine - President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and CVF Chair

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