See all the events from across the One Planet network taking place at COP25 in Madrid, covering tourism, buildings and construction, circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable food systems.
25 November 2019
  • Sustainable Buildings and Construction
  • Sustainable Food System
  • Sustainable Tourism
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Transforming tourism for climate action

3 December 2019, 11h30 – 13h00, UNFCCC COP25, Hall 4, Room 6 - Blue Zone


The Transforming Tourism for Climate Action event will see policy makers discuss the strategic approaches needed for transforming the tourism sector and embracing a low-carbon pathway.  The report Transport-related emissions of the tourism sector – Modelling results will also be released during the side-event.


The event is part of the activities of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme and is organised by UNWTO, in collaboration with UN Environment and the governments of France and Spain.  Among the confirmed speakers are Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC and Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO. 


For additional information or to share suggestions on successful policies and climate action in tourism that could be part of the discussion, please contact oneplanetstp (at) or visit



Responsibly sourced building materials as a policy instrument

4 December 2019, UNFCCC COP 25, Madrid, Stockholm & Online


This side event at the COP25, organised by the Green Building Council of Finland as part of the Nordic Climate Action Weeks, will take place between Madrid and Stockholm. The two locations will be joined virtually and the event broadcast online.


The discussions will focus on sharing best practices and policy instruments from the Nordic countries and the Global South regarding responsible sourcing of building materials, with an emphasis on material production, greening supply chains, local capacity development and local SMEs.


For more information on the event, please contact Mr. Pekka Huovila, pekka.huovila (at)




Scaling-up climate action through the circular economy and nature-based solutions

10 December 2019, 15h – 16h30, UNFCCC COP 25, EU Pavilion


This event will showcase how the integration of circular economy measures and nature-based solutions move the needle towards providing sustainable and effective solutions to climate change.


The discussions will present the opportunity for panellists to showcase recent findings from the International Resource Panel on the potential of resource efficiency for climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as highlight best practices between the EU and Latin America countries.


For more information please contact Maria Jose Baptista, mariajose.baptista (at)




Launch of the IRP Report “Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future”

11 December 2019, 18h – 20h, UNFCCC COP25, Italian Pavilion


This event, hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Italy, the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Resource Panel, will launch the Summary for Policymakers of the IRP report “Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future”.


This report will raise awareness about the critical role of material efficiency strategies in climate mitigation plans and Nationally Determined Contributions. This will be the first time that these connections are scientifically drawn at the global level.


For more information, please contact Maria Jose Baptista, mariajose.baptista (at)



SDG 12: Enhancing Climate Solutions through Sustainable Food Systems

11 December 2019, 18h30h – 20h, UNFCCC COP25, Room 3


The transformation of global food systems is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This Panel discussion will focus on holistic diagnostic approaches, building effective partnerships and examples of practical solutions to spin the transformative wheel of sustainable food systems.


For more information, please contact Marina Bortoletti, marina.bortoletti (at)



Enhancing resource efficiency and reducing material footprint to meet climate commitments

12 December 2019, 11h30 – 13h, UNFCCC COP25, Blue Zone, San Pedro de Atacama Hall


Increasing the efficiency by which our global economy uses resources is one of the most cost-effective and equitable ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting climate commitments set out in the Paris Agreement.


With a welcome from the UN Environment Programme’s Executive Director Inger Anderson, this event will demonstrate the contribution of increased resource efficiency to climate change mitigation and the importance of applying resource efficiency policies and strategies to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.  It will showcase the scientific evidence, as well as policies and actions taken to decrease the material footprint of the economy which also accelerate and scale up GHG emission reductions.


For more information, please contact Charles Arden-Clarke, charles.arden-clarke (at)


  • Sustainable Buildings and Construction
  • Sustainable Food System
  • Sustainable Tourism
Circularity, Climate Change, Food, Natural Resources, Tourism