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Disrupting the Climate Status Quo to Achieve the Paris Agreement and the SDGs (HLPF 2019 Side Event)
16 Jul 2019 -  The science is telling us that we have a rapidly shrinking window of time to raise mitigation ambition and accelerate climate action, before we face devastating impacts on lives, livelihoods and the achievement of the SDGs.  We need bold, transformational shifts in order to successfully cut emissions in half by 2030 and reach zero-emissions by 2050, while significantly increasing adaptation and strengthening resilience to the already changing climate. This will require a large-scale disruption in the way we live, do business and develop our societies. 
To achieve this, we need to transform our development pathways at an unprecedented scale and pace across all of society. The Paris Agreement placed the world on a pathway towards ambitious and collective action. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) or national climate plans provide an unprecedented opportunity to transform our societies. This transformation requires scaling up a wide range of innovative technologies, a massive shift in behavioral change and in investment patterns across all sectors.