IKI related Events @ COP 25

Week I

Saturday, 30 November

ecbi pre-COP training workshop for junior negotiators from vulnerable developing countries

30 November, 9:00-17:30, venue information available by invitation only

The European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) aims to support international climate change negotiations by building and sustaining capacity among developing country negotiators. IIED leads ecbi’s training and support programme, which seeks to level the playing field by helping negotiators from vulnerable developing countries improve their knowledge of the UNFCCC decision-making process so they can engage in it effectively and translate its outcomes into national level implementation. IIED is organising a pre-COP workshop to train junior negotiators who are relatively new to the UNFCCC process. The workshop will combine presentations that give a broad overview of COP25 and the diplomatic landscape, with brief looks at the priority issues of: loss and damage, market mechanisms and finance. There will also be a practical session aimed at building capacity to negotiate.

Monday, 2 December

Cobenefits Knowledge Commons

2 December, 9:30–10:30, Blue Zone

Closed Door round-table discussion for exchanging lessons learned on implementation and climate policy elaboration. How can we increase the mutual learning, cooperation between countries?

Avoiding loss of high-carbon soils through peatland mapping and monitoring for climate action

2 December, 16:45–18:15, Conference venue, Room 1

Peatlands hold the largest terrestrial soil organic carbon stock. To avoid rapid decrease of carbon storage by peatland drainage, it is essential to know their location in advanced national peatland maps. These serve as solid base for policy frameworks (NDCs), land use planning and status monitoring.

Speakers: Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ministry of Environment of Peru; FAO; Greifswald Mire Centre; JICA and Hokkaido University; UN Environment

Forest & landscape restoration: achieving climate action through vision, policy and financing

2 December, 16:45–18:15, Conference venue, Room 3

Productive forest landscape restoration PFLR in Guatemalan protected areas buffer zones reduces human pressure over natural forests and enhancing positive effect on SFM. PFLR using agroforestry systems linked with value chains increase local income and promote sustainability by including youth.

Speakers: Andrea Aguilar (FDN), Sergio Guzman (ACOFOP), Elke Manigel (OroVerde), Anique Hillbrand (OroVerde), Martin Noponen (RA), Genoveva Martínez (RA)

High expectations – Did the UN Climate Action Summit achieve higher climate ambitions?

2 December, 18:30–20:00, EU Pavilion

The UN Environment Emissions Gap Report 2018 and the Climate Transparency Brown to Green Report show alarming gaps in mitigation ambition and action, while also highlighting the many opportunities for narrowing these gaps. This side event features presentations of the key findings of the two reports, followed by an interactive discussion between panelists and the audience on: which actors are needed now to step up action and what governments and civil society can do to overcome the hurdles to successful climate politics.

Speakers: Anne Olhoff (UNEP DTU Partnership), Takeshi Kuramochi (NewClimate Institute), Hannah Schindler (Climate Transparency Secretariat)

Tuesday, 3 December

Mainstreaming biodiversity into agriculture: Solutions for sustainable and climate-resilient food systems

3 December, 10:00-11:30, EUROCLIMA+ Pavilion

Many of the countries of Latin America maintain enormous biodiversity, which has been used to improve the quality of life of humanity, either in the form of medicines or to diversify food sources and ensure their production and nutrition of the population. The dialogue between conservation and production is a fact that is taking place in many countries, in some of them with more difficulties than in others. Sharing experiences around this issue will allow different nations to know the simplest and most appropriate ways to achieve sustainable agriculture.

Mobilising Co-Benefits and raising NDC ambition with Just Transitions: Latin American perspectives

3 December, 10:30–12:00, Room Helsinki

Co-benefits of climate action are essential drivers to raise NDC ambition. Likewise fundamental is including just transition measures into NDC implementation. How can co-benefits be actively mobilized for ambitious and early action? How can just transition measures be effectively included into NDCs? In the context of COP 25, the IASS, Climate Strategies and the GIZ Mexico are pleased to invite you to a lively exchange on co-benefits, just transitions and NDC ambition to make Latin America more inclusive.

Informing the revision of NDCs: What can long-term strategies bring to NDCs?

3 December, 15:00-16:30, Conference venue, Room 3

This session seeks to review how long-term strategies inform NDCs and influence near-term measures and investments consistent with a deep decarbonisation of the economy. Many transformative measures require early investments and policy planning.

Moving towards zero carbon buildings – Solutions, tools and progress from around the world

3 December, 18:30–20:00

Buildings are responsible for 39% of global energy related CO2 emissions. This event will present innovative policies and tools to reduce GHG emissions from the built environment. It will take stock of current efforts by governments and will discuss solutions and networks of support to speed up the transformation of the built environment.

Wednesday, 4 December

Innovative Approaches for Mobilizing Climate Finance for Adaptation Actions

4 December, 10:30-11:30, NDC Partnership Pavilion

The panel discussion’s objective is to develop a better understanding of financing hurdles for adaptation actions and how these can be addressed through innovative approaches, substantiated with examples of successful initiatives from across the world. SEED Executive Director Dr. Lewis Akenji will share how SEED supports climate-smart small and medium sized enterprises and buildings a supportive ecosystem for them, as an innovative approach to mobilizing adaptation finance.

Lesson Learned on Peatland Management Practices from Company Concessions, Communities and Government

4 December, 12:30-14:20, Indonesian Pavilion

Gearing towards NDC ambitions with C-rich peatlands in the agenda

4 December, 14:20-15:40, Indonesian Pavilion

In anticipation of the submission of revised NDC by Parties to the UNFCCC, it is timely to exchange experience among countries and organizations to enhance their respective capacities. Unfolding the existing NDC and assessing the ambitious plan is crucial for countries having C-rich peatlands to move forward. These countries should be able to leverage domestic, international resources from both private and public sectors. These include technical and financial resources to mitigate and cope with climate change. Ministries may have been implementing program by mobilizing domestic budgets with climate action by turning NDCs into concrete investment plans. On the other hand international funding agencies or private sector may have seen the opportunity to enhance the ambition whereever external supports are needed.

The Role of Policy and Finance Innovation in Advancing Public and Private Investments in NDC Implementation

4 December 2019, 16:30–17:30, NDC Partnership Pavilion

Emerging good practices and lessons from the global project on Mobilising Public and Private Investments for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) across 7 countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya), Asia (Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam) and Latin America (Dominican Republic, Peru).

Thursday, 5 December

Embedding Buildings and Constructions into NDCs

5 December, 9:00–10:00, NDC Partnership Pavillion

The event invites governments to take forceful action towards more meaningful NDCs in the building and construction sector, with clear actions and ambitious targets towards a zero emission buildings sector. The five year update of NDCs is due in 2020 and this event will allow governments to take action towards the effective update of their NDCs. Building construction and operation is the biggest single contributor to energy- and process-related CO2 emissions globally, accounting for almost 40% of these emissions and 36% of global final energy demand. The event aims to help governments take an active role in addressing the building and construction sector as part of the NDCs updates or in submitting a new NDC. Participants should leave with concrete solutions and examples from countries who are well advanced in the process.

Training nature-based solution Professionals: Pre-launch of collaborative capacity lab

5 December, 10:30-11:45, Indonesian Pavilion

As the global community increases ambition on nature-based solutions to climate change, there is a clear need to enhance training and workforces in many Non-Annex I countries. The Collaborative Capacity Lab (CCL) is a new network-of-networks designed to ensure countries have the workforce to implement, monitor, and report on nature-based solutions. The CCL will scale a proven train-the-trainer program piloted in six countries by the Carbon Institute to 42 countries. The CCL aims to train 400 new leaders in nature-based climate solutions, mentor 24 faculty (6 in each region), and qualify 160 new accredited UNFCCC experts in IPCC AFOLU Greenhouse Gas Guidelines and UNFCCC ETF reviews by 2024.

Global Peatlands Initiative: A coalition for climate action

5 December, 11:00-12:30, German Pavilion

Peatlands store more carbon than any other terrestrial ecosystem. If we do not protect these carbon reservoirs effectively, we will not be able to achieve the goals set in the Paris Agreement. Urgent action must be taken to keep carbon locked in peatlands where it is – wet, and in the ground. At the same time, drained and degraded peatlands must be rewet and restored to halt the significant emissions they release into the atmosphere.

Climate action and land use – opportunities and risk

5 December, 12:30-14:00, EU Pavilion, Room Brussels

This event will explore questions related to what governments and businesses can do to improve land use management with special focus on forestry and agriculture and the food, materials and fuels they provide. Sustainable sourcing of wood, the IKEA approach, will be used as an example – including practices for land protection, restoration and regeneration as well as carbon storage in land, plants and products. Another example is the joint UNDP and FAO programme “Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans”, running in 11 countries. The purpose is to secure adaptation and resilience in agricultural sectors by safeguarding livelihoods and food security.

From the Boreal to Arctic: Indigenous knowledge and leadership for climate mitigation and adaptation

5 December, 13:15-14:45, Conference venue, Room 3

Indigenous peoples experience some of the most severe impacts of climate change on the planet. The necessity for adaptation has led to innovative, Indigenous-led actions including the stewardship of carbon rich peatlands. Indigenous leaders and youth will share their experiences with climate action.

Convenient Solutions addressing both Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change: From the Climate Action Summit in New York to the CBD COP 15 in Kunming

5 December, 14:30–15:30, EU Pavilion, Brussels Room

This participatory panel discussion will demonstrate how nature-based solutions provide multiple benefits addressing climate change, conserving and restoring biodiversity and reducing poverty.

Cities in the Energy Transition

5 December, 15:00–15:45, Action Hub

Local renewable energy action enables cities to decarbonise the urban energy sector and advance the deployment of local renewables into heating and cooling, transport and power sectors as well as developing integrated approaches to link these sectors. Through their planning processes, cities can integrate renewable energy, alongside energy efficiency, into urban planning, municipal policies and regulation, purchasing renewables for public buildings and enabling citizens, businesses and other actors to scale up renewables. In return, renewables can support cities in achieving objectives that go beyond providing energy services such as creating cleaner, more livable, and sustainable cities while promoting security, and a better quality of life. This event will showcase innovative examples of city energy transitions that could be replicated by others.

Towards a Plastic Free ASEM

5 December, 15:30-17:30, Korean Pavilion

This side event will explore practical examples of local initiatives to reduce plastic waste in Asia and Europe. The session will go beyond policies to also gain inspiration from bottom-up initiatives sparking small changes to make big difference in their country, and towards a common global goal. SEED Executive Director Dr. Lewis Akenji will highlight important private sector contributions from small and medium sized enterprises: SEED Low-Carbon Award Winners and programme participants developed innovative business cases to reduce plastic waste.

Peatlands as a NBS, accelerating action and impact through MEA collaboration and synergy

5 December, 16:45-18:15, Conference venue, Room 4

Peatlands are a priority ecosystem for climate change and provide a diverse set of ecosystem services while contributing to multiple MEAs. Exploring synergies will help accelerate action and impact. GPI partners and key MEAs will share plans to prioritize peatlands in line with UNEA4 resolution.

Friday, 6 December

Domestic climate finance mapping and planning: challenges and opportunities

6 December, 8:30–12:45, Hotel Pullman Madrid Airport & Feria, Avenida Capital de España 10, Madrid

Monitoring past, present, and future public and private spending and investment patterns is essential to achieving climate mitigation and adaptation objectives. Such information helps measure progress, identify gaps, align flows and instruments for maximum impact and scale, and optimize the deployment of public resources in a way that can effectively and efficiently unlock private investment at the transformational scales needed. The workshop is targeted for country officials and practitioners working on or interested in working on tracking and planning of domestic climate finance.

Exploring the Effects of Transparency in Multiple-level Climate Governance

6 December, 10:30, Climate Law & Governance Day, University of Madrid, Faculty of Law

  • Project: Climate Governance Integrity
  • Key organisations involved: Transparency International, WRI, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia

Potential & Challenges of Scaling Up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

6 December, 11:00-12:30, Korean Pavilion

Healthy ecosystems play an essential role in helping people to adapt to climate change. In its role in promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing on EbA, FEBA members are organizing this event. For the occasion, speakers and attendees would exchange perspectives and experiences from different angles on the opportunities that EbA upscaling offers and identify the major challenges and barriers to overcome towards a successful upscaling. This will be an opportunity to showcase effectiveness and evidence of EbA benefits, identify gaps and opportunities to make EbA mainstreaming effective, and share methods and tools and implementation examples for strengthening EbA into climate change and sector policies.

Innovative Finance for Nitrous Oxide Abatement

December 6, 12:00–13:30, IETA Pavilion

The event highlights innovative finance mechanisms to abate GHG emissions, in particular nitrous oxide (N2O). It will showcase the Nitric Acid Climate Auction Program, a pay-for-performance mechanism, which aims to stimulate investment in projects that reduce GHG emissions while maximizing the impact of public funds and leveraging private sector financing.

Getting results by bringing science to peatlands policy through South-South & Triangular Cooperation

December 6, 13:40-15:00, Indonesian Pavilion

Global Dialogue for Sustainable Transport: National Pathways and Transport Actions

December 6, 13:45-15:15, Chilean Pavilion

The impact of climate change cannot be mitigated without decarbonising the transport sector, which emits around 23 percent of energy-related global CO2. This event will introduce the ITF’s Decarbonising Transport initiative’s and highlight recent outcomes, as well as to share specific transport actions and national pathways. This event will serve as a platform to foster an inclusive policy dialogue with key stakeholders and partners. Chile and other countries will share their national pathway and transport measures, while specific actions relevant to alternative energy sources and new technologies will also be presented.

Land Degradation Neutrality and REDD+ Readiness in India

6 December, 15:00-17:00, Indian Pavilion

The  side event will showcase the Government of India’s initiatives for restoration of degraded forest lands, and commitments for climate change mitigation through implementation of REDD+ programme. The event will also provide a platform to project partners of Trans-boundary REDD+ Himalaya Project to share their forestry initiatives like agro-forestry, farm forestry programmes and land restoration.

Feeding 3.5 billion: Innovative finance for Climate- Smart Rice

December 6, 15:15-16:45, GCF & GEF Pavilion, Hall 8

Multiple solutions exist today for sustainable rice cultivation. At scale, these approaches can make a huge impact
to meet national-level GHG targets under the Paris Agreement, as well as restore degraded landscapes and support resilient livelihoods. However, additional financing is needed to support an inclusive program of widespread
multi-lateral actions across entire rice-growing regions. At the event we will present and discuss innovative
financing solutions for scaling up climate-smart rice.

Blue Climate Action: Marine Nature-based Solutions for NDCs

6 December, 15:30–17:00, German Pavilion

Nature-based Solutions significantly contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation, this is also identified in IPCC Special Report on oceans and cryosphere. Resilient coastal and marine ecosystems are key for coastal livelihoods, while additionally conserving biodiversity. Featuring tangible examples of local action and international initiatives as well as resource mobilization, this event will highlight successes and challenges and provide clear linkages with the NDC process.

Catalysing investment in the energy sector: Progress, challenges and prospects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and the Philippines

6 December, 16:30–18:00, Bangladesh Pavilion

Emerging good practices and lessons from the global project on Mobilising Public and Private Investments for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) across 7 countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya), Asia (Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam) and Latin America (Dominican Republic, Peru).

Sector coupling: The driver for a sustainable energy transition towards net zero carbon?

6 December, 17:15-18:45, Chilean Pavillon

The transition of the energy sector towards a carbon-free and sustainable energy generation plays an important role in the international climate action agendas. Soon, renewables already will take the lead in electricity generation, yet the challenge is how to promote renewable energy in the heat/cooling and transport sector as well. “Sector-coupling” defines exactly that process of integrating the three mayor energy demand sectors within each other. This panel will discuss ideas and methods of how to advance with sector coupling and how big energy consumers in the industry can play their part in the sustainable energy transition.

  • Project: Decarbonisation of the Chilean energy sector
  • Key organisations involved: GIZ Chile

Transport Day 2019

6 December, Chilean Pavillon

Transport Day 2019 is hosted by the COP25 Presidency at the Chilean Pavilion and co-organized by GIZ and SLoCaT on behalf of PPMC. The event will begin with an official welcome and opening remarks by COP 25 President H.E. Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment of Chile.

  • Project: Moving Chile
  • Key organisations involved: GIZ Chile, SLoCaT

Domestic climate finance mapping and planning: challenges and opportunities

6 December, 8:30–12:45, Hotel Pullman Madrid Airport & Feria, Avenida Capital de España 10, Madrid

Monitoring past, present, and future public and private spending and investment patterns is essential to achieving climate mitigation and adaptation objectives. Such information helps measure progress, identify gaps, align flows and instruments for maximum impact and scale, and optimize the deployment of public resources in a way that can effectively and efficiently unlock private investment at the transformational scales needed. The workshop is targeted for country officials and practitioners working on or interested in working on tracking and planning of domestic climate finance.

Exploring the Effects of Transparency in Multiple-level Climate Governance

6 December, 10:30, Climate Law & Governance Day, University of Madrid, Faculty of Law

  • Project: Climate Governance Integrity
  • Key organisations involved: Transparency International, WRI, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia

Potential & Challenges of Scaling Up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

6 December, 11:00-12:30, Korean Pavilion

Healthy ecosystems play an essential role in helping people to adapt to climate change. In its role in promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing on EbA, FEBA members are organizing this event. For the occasion, speakers and attendees would exchange perspectives and experiences from different angles on the opportunities that EbA upscaling offers and identify the major challenges and barriers to overcome towards a successful upscaling. This will be an opportunity to showcase effectiveness and evidence of EbA benefits, identify gaps and opportunities to make EbA mainstreaming effective, and share methods and tools and implementation examples for strengthening EbA into climate change and sector policies.

Innovative Finance for Nitrous Oxide Abatement

December 6, 12:00–13:30, IETA Pavilion

The event highlights innovative finance mechanisms to abate GHG emissions, in particular nitrous oxide (N2O). It will showcase the Nitric Acid Climate Auction Program, a pay-for-performance mechanism, which aims to stimulate investment in projects that reduce GHG emissions while maximizing the impact of public funds and leveraging private sector financing.

Getting results by bringing science to peatlands policy through South-South & Triangular Cooperation

December 6, 13:40-15:00, Indonesian Pavilion

Global Dialogue for Sustainable Transport: National Pathways and Transport Actions

December 6, 13:45-15:15, Chilean Pavilion

The impact of climate change cannot be mitigated without decarbonising the transport sector, which emits around 23 percent of energy-related global CO2. This event will introduce the ITF’s Decarbonising Transport initiative’s and highlight recent outcomes, as well as to share specific transport actions and national pathways. This event will serve as a platform to foster an inclusive policy dialogue with key stakeholders and partners. Chile and other countries will share their national pathway and transport measures, while specific actions relevant to alternative energy sources and new technologies will also be presented.

Land Degradation Neutrality and REDD+ Readiness in India

6 December, 15:00-17:00, Indian Pavilion

The  side event will showcase the Government of India’s initiatives for restoration of degraded forest lands, and commitments for climate change mitigation through implementation of REDD+ programme. The event will also provide a platform to project partners of Trans-boundary REDD+ Himalaya Project to share their forestry initiatives like agro-forestry, farm forestry programmes and land restoration.

Feeding 3.5 billion: Innovative finance for Climate- Smart Rice

December 6, 15:15-16:45, GCF & GEF Pavilion, Hall 8

Multiple solutions exist today for sustainable rice cultivation. At scale, these approaches can make a huge impact
to meet national-level GHG targets under the Paris Agreement, as well as restore degraded landscapes and support resilient livelihoods. However, additional financing is needed to support an inclusive program of widespread
multi-lateral actions across entire rice-growing regions. At the event we will present and discuss innovative
financing solutions for scaling up climate-smart rice.

Blue Climate Action: Marine Nature-based Solutions for NDCs

6 December, 15:30–17:00, German Pavilion

Nature-based Solutions significantly contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation, this is also identified in IPCC Special Report on oceans and cryosphere. Resilient coastal and marine ecosystems are key for coastal livelihoods, while additionally conserving biodiversity. Featuring tangible examples of local action and international initiatives as well as resource mobilization, this event will highlight successes and challenges and provide clear linkages with the NDC process.

Catalysing investment in the energy sector: Progress, challenges and prospects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and the Philippines

6 December, 16:30–18:00, Bangladesh Pavilion

Emerging good practices and lessons from the global project on Mobilising Public and Private Investments for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) across 7 countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya), Asia (Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam) and Latin America (Dominican Republic, Peru).

Sector coupling: The driver for a sustainable energy transition towards net zero carbon?

6 December, 17:15-18:45, Chilean Pavillon

The transition of the energy sector towards a carbon-free and sustainable energy generation plays an important role in the international climate action agendas. Soon, renewables already will take the lead in electricity generation, yet the challenge is how to promote renewable energy in the heat/cooling and transport sector as well. “Sector-coupling” defines exactly that process of integrating the three mayor energy demand sectors within each other. This panel will discuss ideas and methods of how to advance with sector coupling and how big energy consumers in the industry can play their part in the sustainable energy transition.

  • Project: Decarbonisation of the Chilean energy sector
  • Key organisations involved: GIZ Chile

Transport Day 2019

6 December, Chilean Pavillon

Transport Day 2019 is hosted by the COP25 Presidency at the Chilean Pavilion and co-organized by GIZ and SLoCaT on behalf of PPMC. The event will begin with an official welcome and opening remarks by COP 25 President H.E. Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment of Chile.

  • Project: Moving Chile
  • Key organisations involved: GIZ Chile, SLoCaT

Saturday, 7 December

Launch-Event: “IKI Small Grants”

7 December, 17:30-18:30, German Pavilion

The German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) has launched a new programme supporting local climate and biodiversity projects in developing countries and emerging economies. The programme, “Capacity Building and Finance for National and Local Action on Climate and Biodiversity (CBF)“ – implemented by GIZ over the next six years – aims to get small, context-tailored, innovative ideas off the ground while at the same time strengthening capacities of smaller organisations – a first in the history of the BMU’s International Climate Initiative (IKI).
The first call for proposals is now online. Selected projects will receive a grant of up to EUR 100,000. The application deadline is 5 March 2020.

Week II

Monday, 9 December

Why is debating corruption important to the climate agenda? Effective Implementation Means Better Climate Governance

9 December, 11:00-12:00, Brazil Climate Action Hub

Facilitating Planning and Financing of Renewable Energy Projects in SIDS

9 December, 11:30–12:30, AOSIS CARICOM Pavilion

As part of the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA provides a suite of project facilitation platforms and capacity building efforts to improve conditions to finance and implement renewable energy projects in SIDS. These platforms include resource planning and assessment, project development, and project finance matchmaking. This event aims to demonstrate available project facilitation platforms and share experiences from their deployment in SIDS.

Synergies between Renewables Adaptation and Mitigation Measures to Meet SIDS NDCs

9 December, 14:00–15:00, AOSIS CARICOM Pavilion

The event is being organized under the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative which is being coordinated by IRENA and its main objective is to bring together relevant stakeholders who will share experiences on the role of renewable energy in increasing resilience against climate change in small island developing states (SIDS) and identify collaborative opportunities for integrated mechanisms that will enable the deployment of renewables to meet the mitigation and adaption measures in SIDS NDCs.

A feminist attempt connecting the dots: climate crisis, corporate power, and climate finance

9 December 15:00-16:30, Conference venue, Room 3

Critical analysis on the corporate influence over climate change, climate policy and climate finance; political redirection of climate discourse centered around human rights and people’s sovereignty, historical responsibility of the polluters and advance just and equitable climate solutions.

Speakers: Speakers will include diverse representatives from Women and Gender constituency, climate justice movements, as well as human rights, legal experts including the UN Independent Expert on foreign debt.

  • Project: Climate Governance Integrity
  • Key organisations involved: Transparency International, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

Averting the climate and biodiversity crises: natural solutions pivotal in delivering NDC ambitions

9 December, 15:00-16:30, Conference venue Room 1

Wetlands, peatlands, mangroves, forests, and other primary ecosystems retain massive carbon stocks and improve resilience. Biodiversity underpins carbon storage and sequestration. Harnessing and mapping linkages between nature-rich and carbon-rich areas will catalyse higher ambition for NDCs.

Climate Change Adaptation in a Multi-Level Governance Context

December 9, 15:00–16:30, Room 5

National institutions can support adaptation and risk reduction processes, but many of the policies involved in climate adaptation are decided at subnational scales. The event will present findings and experiences on adaptation, as well as disaster risk financing as a multi-level governance challenge.

Prioritizing mitigation actions in the transport and buildings sectors – the role of robust emission quantification méthodologies

9 December, 18:30-20:00

UNFCCC's compendium for buildings and transport sector – methodology for national GHG emission calculations: prioritizing mitigation actions in the transport sector and the building sector (looking at all building stages, supply and demand, and highlight its relevance for shaping the most effective mitigation actions).

Booth Exhibit: Greenhouse Gas Management Institute & the Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub

9-10 December, Booth 13

Smart, accelerated MRV capacity building. Showcasing cooperative models and regionally-pooled MRV solutions. Highlighting globally available online GHG management curriculum and other initiatives to improve transparency of reporting emissions inventories under the Paris Agreement.

Booth Exhibit: Mountain Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

9-13 December, Booth 29

Ecosystem-based approaches that help people adapt to climate change, especially those that provide immediate economic benefits, are particularly promising in mountain regions. This exhibit will showcase the “specificities” of mountain environments, including their limitations and their potential.

Tuesday, 10 December

Developing Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Marine and Coastal Communities

10 December, 09:00–10:20, Indonesian Pavilion

Climate change threatens ecosystems, their services and endangers human development worldwide. Ecosystem-based Adaption (EbA) is a people-centric, nature-based solution that uses ecosystem services as part of a holistic adaptation strategy. This side event will describe the crucial link between climate and oceans while exploring EbA as an approach to reduce the impacts of climate change especially on coastal communities and small-scale fisheries. Building on the experience of country-, civil society- and other organization partners, the discussion will facilitate an active exchange of the best practices in the implementation and financing of EbA to achieve adaptation and mitigation co-benefits in coastal areas.

Power-to-X: The missing block for full decarbonisation

10 December, 11:00-12:15, German Pavilion

To fully decarbonise sectors like shipping and aviation or certain industrial process, Power-to-X (PtX) gains attention in long-term strategies. But what decisions need to be taken now, to ensure PtX is available after 2030? And what sustainability criteria are needed? How to avoid challenging efficient technology for the transport sector or the building sector?

Results of the coal commission in Germany – A Blueprint for participation of civil society?

10 December, 12:30-13:45, German Pavilion

Organisations involved in Germany’s coal commission share takeaway lessons from that format and process and discuss civil society participation in climate policy in broader terms.

Driving adaptation in mountains through community- and ecosystem-based innovation

10 December, 15:00-16:30, Conference venue, Room 2

Ecosystem-based approaches that help people adapt to climate change and simultaneously reduce poverty and protect or restore biodiversity and ecosystems are particularly promising in mountain regions. This event will explore such approaches to both promote implementation and enhance ambition.

Access to Financial and Technical Support for NDC Implementation: Challenges and Sustainable, Innovative Solutions

10 December, 15:00-16:00, NDC Partnership Pavilion

The side event aims to present the state of progress of the Kingdom of Morocco in terms of implementation of the NDC and to mobilize partnerships for the implementation of priority projects of the Morocco’s NDC.

NDC Enhancement from a Civil Society Perspective

10 December, 16:30-17:30, NDC Partnership Pavilion

Civil society organisations will highlight several aspects and ways how NDCs can be enhanced, focussing on public participation, gender responsiveness, protected areas and national planning processes.

The International Climate Initiative – achievements and the new thematic call

10 December, 18:00-20:30, German Pavilion

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries. The event will highlight success stories and present the 13 themes of the new open call for programmes.

Wednesday, 11 December

Gender-responsive urban climate policies and NDCs

11 December, 13:15-14:45, Conference venue, Room 3

The event will present lessons-learnt from assessing the gender responsiveness of climate change policies and discuss recommendations, both for the local/urban and national levels (NDCs). We will focus on Mexico and present cases of partner organisations from India, Indonesia and South Africa.

Speakers: Emilia Reyes (Mexico, Equidad de Genero), Representative (Mexican National Government), Gotelind Alber (Germany, GenderCC), Kalyani Raj (India, All India Womens Conference), Ndivile Mokoena (South Africa, GenderCC), Marina Moscoso (Women In Motion Initiative).

Could reconversion of coal fired plants boost the coal exit and GHG-emission reduction?

11 December, 15:30-17:00, Chilean Pavilion

Today, coal fired power plants still have a huge share in the energy matrix of many countries. In Chile for instance they are responsible for about 40% of the electric energy generation and thus responsible for more than 25% of Chileans GHG-emissions. There are different ideas on how to convert the existing infrastructure of coal fired power plants into renewable energy sources with low carbon-footprint. This panel illuminates the different solutions and experiences already been made converting coal fired power plants and it especially focusses on the current efforts in Chile.

Aligning Financial Systems with the Paris Agreement – The Pathway to 1.5C

11 December, 16:45-18:15, Conference venue, Room 4

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and UNEP - Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will be joined by senior representatives of the public and private financial sector for a briefing and panel discussion on climate alignment, a quickly developing norm at the nexus of climate change and finance. This event will provide participants with a deeper understanding of what climate alignment is and how leading public and private financial institutions are working towards alignment. “Climate finance” to-date has often emphasized financial commitments that a support project-by-project approach that increase ambition in the range of tens or hundreds of billions. CPI’s recent Global Landscape of Climate Finance (funded by BMU) indeed shows that climate finance is steadily increasing from nearly all investor category, but is nowhere near enough.

Colombia, Germany, Norway and the UK strengthen coalition to tackle deforestation in Colombia

11 December, 16:45—18:15, Conference venue, Room 6

Colombia, Germany, Norway and UK announce a strengthened partnership for forests in Colombia, showing the vital role of forests to reach the goals of the Paris agreement and the importance of ambitious partnerships. Speeches by the Ministers: Ricardo Lozano (Colombia), Ola Elvestuen (Norway), Lord Ian Duncan (UK) and Svenja Schulze (Germany).

CO2 mitigation using CSP-technology  as a sustainable solution for countries with high solar radiation?

11 December, 17:15-18:45, Chilean Pavilion

Renewable energy sources like solar or wind power are key for a sustainable energy transition. For countries with high solar radiation however, the technology of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), combined with thermal energy storage, offers an attractive alternative, producing energy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the next months the first Latin American CSP power plant in the north of Chile will be on-grid and will help to reduce Chile’s GHG-emissions. This panel deals with the technology of CSP and its advantages for a sustainable energy transition in countries with high solar radiation.

IKI Network Meeting

11 December, 19:00, Hotel Wellington, C/Velazquez, 8, 28001 Madrid

The network meeting brings together IKI implementing organisations that implement large-volume joint projects within the framework of thematic or country-specific selection procedures. The event is intended to provide a platform for the sharing of information and discussion, particularly on the topics of consortium formation, the implementation of review missions and joint projects, the involvement of local partners and the opportunities opened up by IKI's re-orientation on larger programmes.

  • Key organisations involved: IKI

Food, Water, and Energy security from the perspective of Regional Development

11 December, Indonesian Pavilion

The North Sumatera Provincial Government will launch their commitment to mitigate greenhouse gases. The commitment will be implemented through promoting conservation, sustainable production, restoration, and renewable energy. The North Sumatera Government will present the strategic intervention to achieve the visions including promoting multi-stakehoders partnership in the implementation of low emission development.

  • Project: Mitigating Green House Gases through improved management of Peat and Mangrove Ecosystem (PMEs)
  • Key organisations involved: The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, North Sumatera Provincial Government, Conservation International, and Yagasu Foundation

Thursday, 12 December

Engaging Women and Youth in Community CLimate Actions

12 December, 9:00–10:20, Indonesian Pavilion

Speakers: Yiching Song (IIED), Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP): experiences working with women to champion NbS in China. CCAP has been working with women’s cooperatives in China to adapt to climate change using nature-based solutions. A woman farmer from the cooperative will also be present.

Fishing for climate resilience empowering coastal communities to adopt nature-based solutions for NDC implementation

12 December, 12:00–13:00, NDC Partnership Pavilion

Healthy coastal ecosystems are indispensable in terms of carbon sequestration, climate change adaptation and resilience. In addition, they are an important source of food and employment for millions of coastal communities around the world. Building on the 'Fishing for Climate Resilience' project, this event will showcase the 'why' and 'how' of empowering local communities to adopt and own nature-based solutions that build the foundation to the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and national adaptation plans (NAPs).

Harnessing synergies between carbon markets and climate finance for achieving ambitious NDCs

December 12, 12:30 - 14:00, IETA Pavilion

The event presents initiatives from African countries that develop innovative synergies between market mechanisms and climate finance. Senegal showcases how these activities support in achieving their NDC targets as well as readiness preparations for next generation carbon markets under Article 6.

Amazon biome at the heart of nature, climate & sustainable development agenda

12 December, 13:00 -15:00, Ambition Emergency Room, WWF Panda Hub

Concerted actions from Amazon countries and international support are needed to tackle persisting threats related to deforestation, forest degradation and the recent fires and drivers (agriculture frontier growth, land grabbing, mining, among others). WWF will convene Amazon countries governments, and other key actors, to discuss an integrated vision for the Amazon biome based on the current initiatives such as the Leticia Amazon Pact, the Amazon Vision, which entails nature-based solutions, data and science, technology, governance and conversion-free value chains, in support of a stronger nature agenda that protects the Amazon for future generations’ sake and at the same time supports/boosts  the role of the Amazon in halting and reversing current nature loss.

Enhancing the Transparency Framework by Policy-Relevant MRV Systems

12 December, 16:45-18:15, Conference venue, Room 2

A panel presentation discussing a range of policy-relevant MRV systems, how we can create those systems, and what are key factors making the systems successful. Along with event organizers, panelists include Mr. Kazumasa Nagamori (Japan), Ms. Mary Awad (Lebanon), and members of the Caribbean Cooperative MRV Hub, Mr. Lennox Gladden (Belize) and Ms. Roxie Hutchinson (Grenada).

Friday, 13 December

Implementing low-carbon policies in the buildings sector: hurdles and ways forward

13 December, 10:30-12:00, EU Pavilion, Room Helsinki

One of the main tasks faced by the international climate community is bridging the gap between overarching goals, such as those set by the Paris Agreement and NDCs, and concrete action that ensures these goals are met. The very nature of the buildings sector – with decentralized decision-making for investments – is one of the most challenging in terms of getting from targets to implementation. We are planning a combination of panel discussions introduced by a key note to discuss and exchange on the theme above. The first discussion group will focus on the MENA Region and specific country examples. The second discussion will focus on specific building related topics e.g. cooling, heating, non-energy benefits, financial feasibility.

  •  Project: Build_ME: Accelerating 0-emission building sector ambitions in the MENA region
  •  Key organisations involved: Navigant and regional partners / international content experts