Overview - IKI projects at COP 26

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) will be present at COP 26 in various formats and at a wide range of events to discuss and show case their work towards international climate protection, climate adaptation and sustainable development.

Throughout the conference period, we provide on the IKI website an overview of side events where IKI projects are represented. 

The information has been reported to us by the IKI projects, we do not guarantee the correctness of the information.

Are there any changes or additions to your side event that we have listed?

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Information on IKI activities related to COP 26.

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First week - 1 to 7 November 2021

Monday, 1 November

Inovative Climate Actions of Subnational and Cities Governments (São Paulo, Madrid, Glasgow, others)

14 - 15:30 hs / hybrid event, in-person event / open

Event in the Innovation Hub with several pioneer subnational governments showing advances in tackling climate change. The GIZ IKI Partner Government of São Paulo signed, in July 2021 the challenges Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. In this event, São Paulo will present the content and timetable for the Climate Action Plan, focused on climate change mitigation (one year) and contents and timetable for the Adaptation Plan (18 months)    

Organised by: United Nations    

IKI projekct:ProAdapta – Providing Support to the Government of Brazil in the Implementation of its National Agenda for Adaptation to Climate Change

Tuesday, 2 November         

Importance of ASEAN Peatlands in Contributing to Global Climate Change Mitigation    

09:00-10.30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

Lessons learnt and success from Southern region ASEAN Member States on peatland restoration/management contributing to Nationally Determined Contributions (Indonesia implementation of National; Peatland Strategy (2020-2049); Malaysia National Action Plan on Peatlands and the National Programme on Peatland Fire Prevention. National Action Plan on Peatlands and the National Programme on Peatland Fire Prevention; Philippines Public-Private Partnership to conserve peatlands in Agusan Marsh and Leyte Sab. – Results of the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy (APMS, 2006-2020); review and way forward

Organised by: ASEAN Peatland Partners (ICI ASEAN REPEAT-GIZ) 

IKI project: Strengthening regional experiences on sustainable peatland management (ASEAN-REPEAT)


Climate Change and Water Security

10:00-11:00 Hrs (GMT)  /  in-person event  / open

Event in the Blue Zone (UN Pavilion) with several pioneer private and public companies and subnational governments showing advances in tackling climate change. The GIZ IKI Partner Government of São Paulo has a significant participation. It signed, in July 2021 the challenges Race to Zero and Race to Resilience. In this event, São Paulo will present the content and timetable for the Climate Action Plan, focused on climate change mitigation (one year) and contents and timetable for the Adaptation Plan (18 months)    

Organised by: United Nations and State Government of São Paulo – Brazil, State Owned Water and Sanitation Company SABESP

IKI Projekt: ProAdapta 


Peatlands in Nationally Determined Contributions

11:30-13.30 Hrs (GMT) /  in-person event / (requirements for participation: not yet decided)  

Peatlands in Nationally Determined Contributions; Speakers are still being confirmed, and they might include: NDC Partnership representative, Russia Federation, Indonesia and Peru governments representatives.    

Organised by: co-organised by Wetlands International

IKI projectRestoring Peatlands in Russia – for fire prevention and climate change mitigation (PEATRUS)

Integral climate change plan for mining and energy sectors (PIGCme) of Colombia

(Time) / in-person event (Colombian pavillon) / open 

To present the final version of PIGCCme as a main technical instrument of national policy for fostering the implementation of adaptation and mitigations strategies in both sectors. 

Organised by: Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Mines of Colombia, GIZ

IKI project: Raw materials and climate change: promotion of low-carbon, environmentally sustainable and resource-efficient methods in the production of raw materials



Wednesday, 3 November

Investors' role in the race to zero: How to shift building investments towards

10:00-11:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

 Link to the event

The built environment is the “sleeping giant” for climate change, with almost 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions. The finance sector plays a crucial role in the transformation towards a net-zero built environment. However, of 5.8 trillion USD spent on buildings in 2019, only 3% went towards energy efficiency. What needs to happen so that building sector companies and capital providers reduce the carbon footprint of building sector investments, covering both operations and embodied carbon from construction?    

Organised by: PEEB and WBCSD    

IKI project: Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)


Evidence for COP26: bridging the evidence-policy gap    

11:00-12:30 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / open

The Indian partners of DDP BIICS have been invited to present their working paper titled "Assessing NDC and climate compatible development pathways for India". 

Organisec by: CCG

IKI project: DDP BIICS


Towards a climate adapted Southeast Asia through Integrated Peatland Management

11:30-13:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

Multi-stakeholder approach to sustainable peatland and fire management: a. Capacity building for regional mapping and inventory in Southeast Asia to safeguard and restore peatland habitats as carbon sink; b. Mekong Peatlands Project; c. ASEAN knowledge stock take analysis and development of ASEAN Haze Portal for knowledge exchange and collaboration Mechanisms: a. Concept of sustainable financing mechanisms for peatland management and haze control in ASEAN: 10-year investment framework b. Connecting the private sector in peatland management c. Concept for Regional multi-stakeholder platform on peatland and haze management in Southeast Asia

Organised by: ASEAN Peatland Partners

IKI project:Strengthening regional experiences on sustainable peatland management (ASEAN-REPEAT)


Money where it matters: Financing nature at the local level

14:00-15:30 HRs (GMT) / virtual event / open


Local stakeholders hold the key to addressing the triple crises of climate change, loss of nature and poverty – they are at the frontline of the impacts and hold solutions. Getting money where it matters can give communities on the frontline of the nature and climate crises a voice in decisions that directly affect their lives and livelihoods. Drawing on the Principles for Locally Led Adaptation and reflecting deep experience in this space, this interactive session hosted by the Forest and Farm Facility, Fauna and Flora International, ICCCAD and IIED will explore real-life examples across multiple regions where finance for nature is reaching the local level and delivering strong outcomes. It will bring practitioners, policy-makers and funders together to explore the mechanisms that enable this and the change needed in the system to scale-up stronger investment in locally led initiatives that deliver for nature, climate and people.

Organised by: IIED, FFF, FFI, ICCCAD

IKI project: Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy


Cities are the Key to the Climate Solution: Meeting Global Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality Targets Through Real-Time Measurement

14:00-19:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

Link to the event

The event will convene elected officials, scientists, technology developers and economic, legal and public policy experts from around the world to discuss ways new low-cost dense network of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality sensors can help guide climate and environmental decisions in urban environments.    

Organised by: Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring (GEMM) Initiative, an international project of Optica (formerly OSA) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 

IKI project: Urban Pathways


Thursday, 4 November

Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) Programme: COP26 Side Events    

09:00 AM - 12:30 PM / hybrid event / with registration only

Link to the event

The IKI project will be participating in two sessions of the Side Event: *** Session 5: Accelerated Low Carbon COVID Recovery This session will focus on the development of tools, methods, and case studies. Those case studies show how ‘building back better’ after COVID can accelerate development, and that development is lower carbon – this session will focus on a set of practical tools for analysts and policymakers. *** Session 6: Launch of the Strategic Energy Planning Principles The session will officially launch the strategic energy planning principles of the Roundtable Initiative on Strategic Energy Planning, a global multi-agency movement promoting ways for Development Partners to work collectively towards improved effectiveness, transparency and national ownership of their support to country governments on strategic energy system planning. The principles are: 1. National ownership; 2. Coherence and inclusivity; 3. Capacity; 4. Robustness; 5. Transparency and accessibility.    

Organised by: CCG Programme, lead by Loughborough University    

IKI project: Policy dialogue and knowledge management on low emission strategies


Mobilising Finance

9:30-11:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event or  in-person event / open

Mobilising Finance, with a focus on private finance, including voluntary carbon markets. Speakers are still being confirmed, and they include: GEF CEO, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, Greenchoice, Permian, Conservation International, Jane Madgwick (WI CEO), among others. Peatrus examples concerning engaging with public-private investments and companies / business increasingly interested in investing in peatland rewetting

Organised by: co-organised by Wetlands Int

IKI project:Restoring Peatlands in Russia – for fire prevention and climate change mitigation (PEATRUS) 


100% Renewables: Driving the Inclusive Renewable Energy Transition    

10:00 am – 11:25 am / hybrid event /  open

Link to the even

The session aims at debunking the challenges that are on the path towards achieving the Paris agreement objectives by tackling the angle of sustainable generation and consumption of energy. Speakers and panelists will discuss the needed steps towards the achievement of 100% RE targets globally and the support that energy communities can provide in ensuring resilience of the transition and mitigate its adverse effects.    

Organised by: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability    

IKI project: Towards 100% Renewable Cities and Regions for climate change mitigation



10:00-11:45 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

Link to the event  

The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action on Tourism will be officially launched with the objective to raise the climate ambition of tourism stakeholders and secure strong actions to support the global commitment to have emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050. Transforming tourism through climate action is crucial for the sector’s competitiveness, sustainability and resilience. During the session, policy makers and leading industry representatives will discuss strategic approaches and will commit and subscribe to the Glasgow Declaration.    

Organised by: UNEP, UNWTO    
IKI projectTransforming Tourism Value Chains


Alcances de la Estrategia de Financiamiento Climático del Perú y el rol del sector público, sector privado y cooperación internacional en su implementación

10:00-11:30 Hrs (GMT) / event format: not yet decided / requirements for participation: not yet decided

The Peruvian Ministry of Environment (MINAM) presents the scope of the Climate Financing Strategy of Peru and the role of the public sector, private sector and international cooperation in its implementation

Organised by: Ministry of Environment (MINAM), Peru; NDC Partnership; Project NDC Support Programme

IKI projectEnabling Conditions for Investment in the Transition to a low carbon society in Latin American Countries


Creating bankable climate adaptation projects with Nature based Solutions

10.30-11.30 / hybrid event / open

Link to the event

Building with Nature is a holistic and inclusive design approach that integrates Nature-based solutions into water infrastructure projects. The approach enables adaptive and resilient designs such as for coastal defence and river basin management with multiple benefits for nature and society. The objective of the session is to stimulate the discussion about scaling up investment in Building with Nature as common practice in water infrastructure planning. The session discusses the development of new approaches for business cases at the project level, supported by creating an enabling regulatory and institutional environment at the (public or private) investor level    

Organised by: Wetlands International, EcoShape  

IKI project: Building with Nature Indonesia – reaching scale for coastal resilience    


Shifting 5.8 trillion USD of real-estate investments towards Paris-alignment - the role of development banks

10:30-11:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event, not yet decided / open

Link to the even

The built environment is the “sleeping giant” for climate change. Buildings are responsible for 38% of energy-related CO2 emissions – more than transport or industry. How can development banks help the building sector shift towards Paris-alignment and green real-estate investments? What is needed to rapidly mobilise investments to decarbonise this sector and make it more resilient?    

Organised by: PEEB and International Development Finance Club (IDFC)  

IKI projectProgramme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)


Engaging citizens in urban climate action for inclusive just transition programs

11:30 (GMT) / in-person event / open


Engaging citizens in urban climate action for inclusive just transition programs. Climate Action needs the active involvement of all citizens to succeed. The event will look at how to get citizens on board that are part of vulnerable groups, often threatened by energy poverty or health risks and gives recommendations on gender responsive and inclusive actions in cities.

Organised by: Climate Alliance, GenderCC, Life&Environment

IKI projectGender into Urban Climate Change Initiative


Making a fair CASE: Southeast Asia perspectives on energy sector decarbonisation and just transition to Net Zero

11:30-13:00 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / open

While being one of the fastest developing regions in the world with energy demand projected to grow by 60% over the next 20 years, fossil fuels remain Southeast Asia’s dominant source of energy. For power system to be sustainable and resilient, a just energy transition is needed that aims at decarbonization while considering the impacts such a transition will have on economic and social structures. Against the background of a global push towards net-zero, local thought leaders will take stock and discuss the progress made to date in Southeast Asian largest countries, and – joined by international experts – discuss potential triggers to accelerate a just energy transition.

Organised by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

IKI project: Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia (CASE)


Article 2.1c in Africa: Exploring Evidence-Based Solutions for Supporting the Pathways to Low Emissions and Climate-Resilient Development

12:30-14:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

Link to the event

SouthSouthNorth (SSN) has initiated new projects with the support of the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) to explore Africa-specific evidence for transforming financial flows in line with the Paris Agreement goals. This session will introduce the project objectives and seek to gather views to inform the key research questions to contextualise and operationalise article 2.1c focusing on clusters of county-context in relation to mitigation, adaptation and energy security in Africa.    

Organised by: SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

IKI project: Aligning Financial Flows with the Paris Agreement in Africa



Talk Show Session at Indonesia Pavillion

15:00-16:20 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / requirement for participation: not yet decided

This side event is aimed to highlight the added-value of the enhanced transparency framework at the national level, as well as challenges and best-practices. It will focus on two main issues: Which are the main challenges around the implementation of the ETF in each country? What are the kinds of capacity-building needs in each country? SPA (Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement) and Food and Agriculture Organization will present their Biennial Transparency Report Guidance and Roadmap Tool towards the end of this side event.

Organised by: Directorate GHG Inventory and MRV Ministry of Environment and Forestry Republic of Indonesia

IKI project: Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA)


Upscale energy efficiency financing – identifying and overcoming the investment gap

16:00-17:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

https://www.cop26eusideevents.eu/programme & https://www.cop26eusideevents.eu/register

The event will present EEFIG's key recommendations to upscale energy efficiency investments, based on the recent evolution of financing practices in Europe and beyond. A high-level panel will discuss their feasibility, embedded challenges and will present successful experiences. Special attention on sustainable cooling will be given with a focus on the Cool Up programme. The panel will include: an EEFIG representative, a major EU investor, an EU decision maker, a Cool Up team member, and potentially another financial institution involved in sustainable cooling financing.

Organised by: European Commission's DG ENER (lead organizer); Cool Up programme (co-organizer); Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) (co-organizer)

IKI project: Cool Up: Upscaling Sustainable Cooling 


Latin AmericaPromoting low-carbon development in the public and private mining sectors from Colombia

(time) / in-person event / open

To present the experiences and results to promote low-carbon development in the public and private sectors for the mining subsectors of ferro-nickel and aggregates in Colombia, as well as copper, iron and lithium in Chile.

Organised by: Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Mines of Colombia, GIZ

IKI projectRaw materials and climate change: promotion of low-carbon, environmentally sustainable and resource-efficient methods in the production of raw materials

Friday, 5 November

Using Nature-Based Solutions for Adapting to Climate Change and Building Economic Resilience Based on Blue Economy Principle    

06:20-07:50 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event  / requirements of participation: not yet decided    

The objective of this session is to present opportunities to scaling up the role of EbA and promoting restoration as part of a holistic strategy for adapting to climate change. Part of this process is building economic resilience by identifying benefits for coastal communities respecting the principle of blue economy. Experiences in mainstreaming EbA in several countries will be presented to inspire governments and civil society organizations. A better understanding of the role of EbA will be achieved to guide policymakers and decision-makers to develop and implement adaptation strategies for coastal communities and thus generate income sustainably.    

Organised by: Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Indonesia)

IKI project: Towards Accelerating Adaptation through Building with Nature in Asia


Accelerating Nature-based Solutions for Climate Adaptation through Innovative Financing

10:00-12:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / Korean Pavilion

Link to the event

This session will offer an interactive and high-level account of how Nature-based Solutions (Nbs) can combat climate change and biodiversity loss, and explore different financing opportunities for NbS for climate adaptation (also known as Ecosystem-based Adaptation). Panelists will present innovative financing solutions, identify new ones, and gather innovative and catalytic examples and lessons learned. The discussion will be framed around the role of innovation and innovative financing solutions to accelerate the uptake of NbS for climate adaptation. 

Organised by: IUCN and the Friends of EbA Network

IKI projectPromoting Ecosystem based Adaptation through Friends of EbA (FEBA)


Multi-level action for biodiversity and climate: Planetary challenge & lessons from Latin America

11:30-12:45 Hrs (GMT) /  hybrid event  / with registration only

Link to the event

Linkt to registration      

 A multi-stakeholder side event that focuses on strengthening biodiversity and climate linkages through joint research, policy and action. Research is presented that tracks practitioners' experiences in nature protection with examples of Ecosystem-based Adaptation finance and green recovery in Latin America. Speakers: York University; Global Center on Adaptation; IDDR; Grantham Institute for Climate Change; Tropical Forest Foundation; Society for Wildlife Research and Environmental Education; Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection; Defensores de la Naturaleza  

Organised by:  York University; Grantham Institute/Imperial College London; SPVS; Boticário Group Foundation; Oro Verde Tropical Forest Foundation    

IKI project: Supporting Brazil in implementing its national agenda for adaptation to climate change


Transparent Monitoring: From Idea to Reality

13:00 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / registration only

Link to the event

Link to registration 

Transparent monitoring refers to datasets, tools, and portals that support countries’ needs in the land use sector. Transparent monitoring can provide complementary data and approaches to national monitoring systems. Countries, subnational governments, grassroots organizations and Indigenous Peoples' organizations need to know that transparent approaches can help them promote their agendas and facilitate conflict resolution over forest and land use monitoring and data.

Organised by: CIFOR, Oeko-Institut

IKI project: Transparent monitoring in practice Supporting post-Paris land use sector mitigation


The NYDF: A Renewed Call to Action    

16:00-17:30 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / with registration only    

Link to the event  

Link to registration

COP26 marks a pivotal moment for countries to set ambitious trajectories to build a sustainable world. Forests are the natural climate solution with the largest mitigation potential. The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) remains one of the most comprehensive frameworks for forest action. We will hear from governments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC), youth, and the private sector to demonstrate how bold and collective action can halt deforestation by 2030. We will also present the findings of the new NYDF Assessment Report and recommendations on how governments can advance forest-based mitigation and ensure robust inclusion of IPLCs.    

Organised by: The NYDF Global Platform (UNDP, Climate Focus, Climate Advisers, Meridian Institute) & The NYDF Progress Assessment

IKI project:New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform 


GLF Climate Event: Upscaling Forest and Landscape Restoration: Mechanisms for Success

16:00-17:30 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / with registration only

Linkt to the even

Link to registration

With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in mind, one critical success factor of ecosystem restoration is the transfer of local experience. Successful upscaling requires close exchange, mutual understanding and strong collaboration of various stakeholders. Bridging existing challenges and embracing opportunities will be key to upscale Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) today in order to ensure to ensure that yesterday's promises are fulfilled tomorrow. This session discusses challenges, opportunities and achievements of upscaling restoration in Africa with representatives from local organizations, governments, and communities. Restoration champions will share their experiences and achievements with upscaling restoration in order to identify and discuss success mechanisms. Political, financial and community stakeholders will be able to voice and exchange their expectations and contributions to collectively address the challenges they face when upscaling restoration measures.    

Organised by: GIZ, AUDA-NEPAD, IUCN    

IKI project: Large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa


Climate Finance in Latin America: Promoting transformation with Germany’s International Climate Initiative     

17:30-19:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event 

Latin America is an important partner for Germany in climate mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety supports the development of innovative climate finance approaches in the region. The session will highlight the challenges and suggested solutions for mobilizing additional climate finance towards transformational changes in Latin American countries and showcase the support of selected and replicable IKI projects.   

Organised by: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

IKI projects

Green Finance Facility

Scaling up Ecoysystem based Adaptation (EbA) Measures in rural Latin America

Microfinance for Ecosystem based Adaptation

Scale up climate finance through the financial sector – “30 by 30 Zero” 


2021 GLF Climate: Forest, Food and Finance - Frontiers of Change Landscapes for Forests and Food

18:00-19:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

Link to the event 

The ways we use our land to produce food and other goods and services are responsible for just under a quarter of GHG emissions. Within this segment, the most significant contributors are deforestation and agricultural emissions from livestock, soil, and nutrient management. It’s also on the land where climate change has its most considerable immediate effects on people’s livelihoods. Whether different land-uses are mutually exclusive or combined as in agroforestry systems, we need integrated leadership and policies to govern land use in ways that balance goals from different sectors. Restoration is a key intervention to bridge the conservation and food production agendas, and it can help to overcome historical administrative and sectorial silos. Regenerative practices based on agroforestry and crop diversification, will reduce GHG emissions. To take these to scale, we need policies and incentives to reconstruct local and regional agri-food systems and value chains.

Organised by: GLF

IKI project: Harnessing the potential of trees on farms for meeting national and global biodiversity targets


Saturday, 6 November

Alignment of LTS and NDCs for reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement

10:00-11:30 Hrs (GMT) /  hybrid event  / requirements for participation: not yet decided

The session will focus on the technical aspects of aligning NDCs and LTS, and the related opportunities and challenges. The experience of countries in developing and aligning their LTS and NDCs will be the backbone of the event.    

Organised by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and 2050 Pathways Platform

IKI projectSupport Project for Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA)


Mobilizing ocean-climate action at all levels for increase climate ambition

11:30-12:45 Hrs (GMT)  / hybrid event / open, with registration only

Link to the event

Healthy oceans and coastal areas are a critical part of the climate solution. COP26 presents an opportunity to mobilize ocean-climate ambition at all levels: locally to globally. The event will share solutions for mitigation and adaptation action, including international partnerships to meet the potential of blue carbon ecosystems to mitigate climate change and contribute to sustainable livelihoods. We will discuss national and community-led solutions, focusing on pathways for increased ocean climate action at COP and on-the-ground.    

Organised by: Rare, Government of Fiji, IPBC

IKI project: Fishing for Climate Resilience


Stories from the frontline: Nature-based Solutions delivering for people, climate and nature    

13:00-14:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

Nature-based solutions (NbS), if done well, hold the key to cost-effective ways of protecting, sustainably managing, and restoring ecosystems, while at the same time addressing societal challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and poverty and inequality. Drawing on a major report released this year by 15 environment and development organisations, Nature-based solutions in action: lessons from the frontline, this session will take participants on an interactive trip around the world as we explore real-life high-quality NbS and how they are changing people’s lives, protecting or restoring nature and driving climate action.    

Organised by: IIED, Farm Africa, Tree Aid, Farmers' Seed Network China and other partners            

IKI project:Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy


Marrakesh to Glasgow: Five Years of Progress in the Sustainable Development of the Palm Oil Sector in Africa

14:00-15:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybid event / closed

Link to the event

The Marrakesh Declaration for Sustainable Development of the Palm Oil Sector in Africa was signed by governments of palm oil producing countries in West and Central Africa during the annual UN Climate Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco on 16 November 2016. The message was clear: Africa is open for investment in the oil palm sector, but will only welcome investments that comply with the principles of sustainability, transparency and the protection of forests and human rights as contained in the Declaration. This session invites African leaders to share progress, after five years since the signing of the Marrakesh Declaration, to discuss how other commodities could be integrated into the agreement, and agree on what actions remain to be implemented.

Organised by: Proforest

IKI projectLinking 'no-deforestation' supply chains and national climate mitigation initiatives 


From BURs to BTRs: Challenges and opportunities for Lusophone Countries // De BUR para BTR: Desafios e oportunidades para os países lusófonos

14:45-16:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

Link to the event

The session offers a discussion of the low number of BURs presented so far in Lusophone countries. The main questions are: How can Lusophone countries go from zero BURs to one BTR? How are they going to make that leap already in 2024? What do these particularly backward countries (almost all) need? And what role could the Lusophone Cluster play in this context? The country representatives will present and discuss their experiences and needs. The peer-to-peer exchange aims to strengthen capacities in order to meet the communication and transparency obligations included in the framework of the UNFCCC and its Paris Agreement. The Lusophone Cluster experience with the First Lusophone Mock ICA implemented to support the real ICA exercise in Guiné-Bissau will be shared. Furthermore, it will be explored how the Cluster could offer such support and what other capacity building activities may be interesting for the countries to make the leap ahead.    

Organised by: Lusophone Cluster within the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement            

IKI project:Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA)


How to unlock barriers to scaling-up climate finance for a more transformative climate finance (CPI/AFD)    

15:00-16:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event  / reqirement of  participation: not yet decided    

A joint event co-organised with IDFC and AfD. Further description will be provided    

Organised by: International Development Finance Club            

IKI project: Accelerating Climate Finance Impact    


Increased climate action, building resilience and lowering emissions

16:45 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event, not yet decided / open, with registration only

Link to the event

Results, lessons learned and prospects of the future International Community of Practice of the IKI global project "Enhancing Climate Services for Infrstructure Investments (CSI)" will be presented by Mr. Darrel Danyluk, on behalf of the Engeneering Institute of Canada, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Climate Riks Institute (CRI).    

Organised by: World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)    

IKI project: Enhancing Climate Services for Infrastructure Investments (CSI)


The Island Bright Spots Event Series: Fostering Island-led Local Action into Global Coalitions / Episode 2: Spotlight on Nature based solutions contribution to climate adaptation benefits for improved fisheries and food security in SIDS    

18:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event  / with registration only

Islands are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and COVID have further exacerbated these impacts. Coastal waters, home to small-scale fisheries, provide food and livelihoods for people. Nature-based solutions empower communities to maintain the ecosystem services needed for climate adaptation and mitigation. As the negative impacts of the pandemic on national economies continue, many have turned to the sea as their lifeline for food and income, reinforcing the need for nature-based solutions and sustainable management. These approaches are critical for enhancing climate resilience and safeguard communities in the face of the pandemic. Small-scale fishers can be an important implementer of nature-based solutions to improve the resilience of local fishing and coastal communities. In this side event, experts will examine Bright Spots and try to identify the universal principles that make these Bright Spots successful and what can be done to scale them up and out.    

Organised by: GLISPA, UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, The Nature Conservancy, Rare, UNDESA            

IKI project: Resilient Islands by Design: Integrating Ecosystem- and Community-based Approaches to Enhance Climate Change Adaptation in the Caribbean


Fostering Island-led local Action into Global Coalitions

18:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open, with registration only

Island success is built upon initiatives that work – bright spots. As part of GLISPA’s brightspot series, this event will exemplify how together we can build on what is working to conserve and sustainability utilize natural resources. 

Organised by: GLISPA, GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDESA, Rare 

IKI project: Fishing for Climate Resilience


Sunday, 7 November

Long Term Strategies in emerging economies: results of the BIICS project    

9:30-11:30 HRs (GMT) / virtual event, in-person event / open

In this event we will share the results of the DDP BIICS project. Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa will share the lessons learned on national long-term decarbonization assessments and strategies. The event will take place in the Merchants House of Glasgow. 

Organised by: IDDRI

IKI project: DDP BIICS


Global Peer Exchange for Driving Ambitious Climate Action and Development Outcomes

13:00 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event, in-person event / closed

Peer Exchange Workshop for Driving Ambitious Climate Action and Development Outcomes to share emerging best practices and approaches between experts from Ethiopia, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. The workshop will include two parts: 1. an in-person session on November 7th for participants that will be attending COP26 in Glasgow: a high-level strategic conversation between countries, WRI and international donors about delivering priorities for driving ambitious climate action and development outcomes. 2. The in-person session will be followed by three virtual sessions in December to serve as a platform to enhance South-South leadership in charting pathways and options for the implementation of national climate action priorities across three key themes: 1) Climate change reporting & MRV; 2) NDCs and green development strategies; and 3) Long-term low carbon development strategies and planning.    

Organised by: WRI            

IKI project: Tracking and Strengthening Climate Action


RETHINKING SUPPLY CHAINS – Transforming business practices to enable ecosystem restoration

14:00-15:30 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / open    

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To counteract the climate and biodiversity crises it will not be enough to establish deforestation-free supply chains. It will be necessary to develop nature-positive supply chains, which actively support healthy ecosystems. Pioneering projects have showcased that supply chain transformation is possible. Together with project implementers and representatives from private businesses, this session illustrates innovative approaches and examines existing barriers for upscaling. The identified possibilities and barriers will also be discussed in the broader context of a much-needed transformative change of today’s economic and financial systems to address underlying socio-economic drivers.

Organised by: Global Landscapes Forum

IKI project: ForestValues: Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a instrument for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests

Second week - 8 to 12 November 2021

Monday, 8 November

Buildings and Adaptation: a call for action

8:30-9:30 Hrs (GMT)  / hybrid event / open

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Discussion of ‘Adaptation of the buildings sector to climate change: 10 principles for effective action’ and the launch of PEEB’s new report on the role of development banks in mitigation and adaptation to climate change in buildings.

More info: http://www.peeb.build/news-events/peeb-cop 

Organised by: PEEB, GlobalABC, France    

IKI project: Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)    


EU Pavilion at Glasgow: “Land for climate and biodiversity: scientific challenges and highlights from EU-China cooperation”    

8:30 (GMT) / hybrid event, in-person event / requirements for participation: not yet decided

The side event will take place in the EU Pavilion at the COP26 in Glasgow (Scottish Event Campus, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW). 

Organised by: SPIPA and the Joint Research Center of EU (JRC)

IKI project: Strategic Partnerships for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA) 


Small-scale enterprises, Gamechangers to reach net zero

9:00-11:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

To preserve our climate and deliver on net zero ambitions, the international community is looking to the private sector to innovate, fund and develop green products and services. But activating smaller private sector actors requires adequate capacity building and investment. It requires collaboration of big and smaller players, leadership and governance. This event will highlight the fundamental role of small private sector actors in climate mitigation and circular economy. Emerging policies, partnerships and market instruments accessible to these small actors will be presented, with the aim to spark discussion on what mechanisms or technical assistance can effectively support and scale up responsible natural resources management and related business models. SEED will take this opportunity to present local green enterprise activities in waste, energy and agriculture. With speakers from DAI, Global Green Growth Institute & GO4SDGS.    

Organised by: SEED (hosted by adelphi)

IKI project: Financing and capacity building for micro and small Climate-smart Enterprises: Filling the gap of the missing middle


The Best of Both Worlds: Harnessing Adaptation Technologies and Nature-based Solutions to Enhance Coastal and Ocean Resilience

11:00-12:30 Hrs (GMT)/ hybrid event, in-person event / requirements for participation: not yet decided

Upscaling adaptation approaches that integrate both technology and nature-based solutions is imperative to enhancing the climate resilience of coastal and ocean communities around the world. As the culmination of a series of events co-hosted by the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee, Nairobi Work Programme, IUCN, and the Friends of EbA network, this session will consolidate key messages from the series – in both practice and policy – and focus in on accelerating the uptake, resourcing and implementation of integrated adaptation solutions that harness the best of both nature and technology.  

Organised by:  Friends of EbA Network, UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee, UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme, IUCN 

IKI projectPromoting Ecosystem based Adaptation through Friends of EbA (FEBA)


The Transformative Power of Urban Living Labs

11:30-12:45 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

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Urban Living Labs can help illustrating the potential of innovative local climate actions. This session provides insights from the co-development process from projects such as Urban Pathways, SOLUTIONSplus and SESA with perspectives from local authorities, academics and businesses.    

Organised by: Urban Pathways

IKI Project: Urban Pathways 


Tools and NDCs towards zero-carbon and resilience 

11:30-12:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open    

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The presenters of this side event emphasize the urgency of effective building sector NDC implementation towards a global goal-Zero Carbon by 2050 and present helpful tools and instruments. PEEB and GBPN launch the NDC Buildings Toolkit with tools, good practices, data sources and studies for incorporating effective building decarbonization measures into national NDCs. Furthermore, the concept of the NDC buildings and construction sector roadmaps will be briefly introduced with the Vietnam country example.    

Organised by: PEEB, FIABCI, iiSBE Italia, GBPN, GlobalABC    

IKI project: Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)    


Construyendo una visión de largo plazo en América Latina para la Acción Climática

13:15-14:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / requirement for participation: not yet decided

Building a long-term vision for climate action in Latin America. 

Organised by: Ministry of Environment (MINAM), Peru

IKI project:  Enabling Conditions for Investment in the Transition to a low carbon society in Latin American Countries


Readiness Support for Greening Central Banks - A New NDC Partnership Initiative 

13:30-14:30 Hrs (GMT) / type of event: in person & stream
venue: @ NDC Partnership Pavilion

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Climate change poses major economic and financial challenges, not only because of the physical impacts it causes, but also due to the economic uncertainty produced by rapid transitions to net zero. Central banks are uniquely positioned to mitigate these and other financial and economic risks associated with climate change while also creating the enabling conditions for a strong transition to a low-carbon and resilient development trajectory. The Partnership is responding to this demand by designing and piloting the Readiness Support for Greening Central Banks Initiative, which will be formally launched at this event. BMU, together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), is planning the new initiative "Greening the Financial System", which is IKI's contribution to the new NDC Partnership Initiative. Both IKI partners aim to accelerate the greening of central banks and other financial institutions in developing and emerging economies. The goal is to identify climate risks, integrate them into regulatory frameworks, and mobilize green and climate-friendly investments.

Organised by: NDC Partnership

IKI-project: Greening financial systems


People’s voices in national climate policies – good practice for meaningful civil society engagement

14:00 Hrs (GMT) /  virtual event / open, with registration only

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NDCs are a cornerstone of the Paris Agreement and the crucial component of its so-called Ambition Mechanism. This session explores how key stakeholders, particularly civil society organisations from the local to the national level can be involved in the design of the NDCs and related climate policies. Drawing from case studies from Kenya, Colombia and Ukraine, the panelists define a common set of criteria and standards that must be applied in future NDC revision, so that national climate policies genuinely support the whole-of-society approach that is necessary to solve the climate crisis.    

Organised by: BUND/FoE Germany, FES, CAN International    

IKI project: Strengthening Civil Society in National Climate Policies


Climate Change and Biodiversity 

15:30-16:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

In person meeting: Asian pavilion, PV 78 Blue Zone 

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IKI project:Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) – conserving winter-cold deserts in Central Asia and adapting their uses


Climate resilient livelihoods - a holistic approach to strengthen local capacities and restore ecosystems

15:30-17:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

The climate crisis poses challenges to people globally, and holistic concepts are needed to address the multiple aspects required for long-term socio-ecological resilience. Especially in areas with limited access to food and water, curbing emissions, securing resources and early warning mechanisms are all factors to minimize the negative impacts of climate threats. ADRA Germany, OroVerde and Welthungerhilfe propose a joint 90-minute session in which three crucial aspects of resilience are discussed. After an introduction by the moderator three approaches will be presented in 20-minute time slots, followed by a brief discussion with the participants of the event.    

Organised by: OroVerde-Tropical Forest Foundation, Welhungerhilfe, ADRA    

IKI projects:

GreenWatersheds: Resilient forests and financing options for sustainable water supplies in the tropics

ForestValues: Development of business models for cooperation with the private sector as a instrument for socially acceptable restoration of near-natural forests    


Climate Change Adaptation Lab: Resilient Regions and Good Governance

16:00-17:30 Hrs (GMT) /  hybrid event / open

Subnational Governments will showcase actions for CC Adaptation and Climate Resilience, IKI Partner State of São Paulo, Brazil will report on the cooperation with ProAdapta IKI Project for adaptation and resilience actions.    

Organised by: Scottish Government, ICLEI (Multilevel Action Pavilion, Blue Zone)    

IKI project: Supporting Brazil in implementing its national agenda for adaptation to climate change


MDB Pavilion side event: Engaging the private sector to implement agriculture and land use priorities of NDCs and NAPs

16:45-17:45 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

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The UNDP-FAO SCALA programme addresses many of the obstacles restricting increased private sector engagement in AFOLU, recognizing the NDCs and NAPs as particularly crucial vehicles to create enabling policy and regulatory environments and investment plans for increasing private sector participation in AFOLU sectors for climate action. In particular, fostering partnerships in its partner countries between the public and private sector actors and identifying concrete private sector-oriented interventions in NDC/NAP priorities is a key objective of SCALA. This side event marks the launch of an exciting addition to SCALA’s approach to private sector engagement – a technical assistance facility with four inter-related workstreams to enhance private sector engagement across NDCs and NAPs for non-SCALA countries , drawing from the lessons learned and approach developed under SCALA.    

Organised by: FAO and UNDP

IKI project: Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA)


Celebrating Successes of NbS for Climate Adaptation

19:00-21:00 Hrs (GMT) / in-person event / requirements for participation: not yet decided

This high level reception will celebrate the successes of ecosystem-based adaptation in the last decade, and raise ambition to continue accelerating global progress. Inspiring minister remarks will showcase key case studies of NbS for climate being implemented at scale around the world. In addition, the Global EbA Fund team will make exciting announcements on new grants and next steps for the Fund.    

Organised by: IUCN and the Friends of EbA Network

IKI projectPromoting Ecosystem based Adaptation through Friends of EbA (FEBA)


We walk the talk; inspiring peatland restoration success stories in Russia and the Congo

(time) / virtual event / open

We walk the talk; inspiring peatland restoration success stories in Russia and the Congo. Speakers include: Tatiana Minayeva (for PEATRUS) [this event will be virtual only]. Presentation of the PeatRus project.    

Organised by: Wetlands Int with partners

IKI projectRestoring Peatlands in Russia - for fire prevention and climate change mitigation



Tuesday, 9 November

Lessons from the frontline– how can NbS deliver development and climate benefits?

8:30-10:00 Hrs (GMT) /  virtual event / with registration only

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The highly interactive session shares evidence on how nature-based solutions (NbS), when done well, can help address those interconnected challenges of climate change, nature loss and rising poverty and inequality. Building on case studies from the ‘frontline’ and engaging with session participants, the session will highlight key ingredients for success and challenges and opportunities for NbS to deliver development and climate benefits on the ground.    

Organised by: IIED and partners    

IKI project: Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy


Global Peatland Initiative

09:00 (GMT) / in-person event / with registration only

This event is designed to facilitate the dialogue multi-sectoral/ multi-stakeholder dialogue and emphasize inclusive networking and participation of audiences. This is to highlight the importance of peatlands globally for the climate, people and the planet as a key nature based solution to climate change.

Organised by:     UNFCCC

IKI project: Mitigation, Adaptation Through Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia’s Peat and Mangrove Ecosystems


How to Increase Investment in Restoration: the case for a system-wide approach

9:30-10:45 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

Event will present the government perspective, the investor perspective, and the restoration project manager perspective on the question of how to stimulate more private investment in restoration.    

Organised by: UNEP

IKI projectSeed Capital Assistance Facility: Unlocking private finance for forest landscape restoration


How to turn a city into a smart and net-zero city?    

11:30-12:30 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / open, with registration only 

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This session will feature innovative cities and urban living labs focusing on decarbonising mobility and energy systems.

Organised by: TU Berlin

IKI projectUrban Pathways


Developing multi-stakeholder mechanisms to face climate change

11:30-12:45 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

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Young people and woman are nowadays more involved in the conservation of forests for climate mitigation. Also, multiple mechanisms should be promoted in order to have an impact on the sustainable development in the Maya Biosphere Reserve Guatemala.    

Organised by: Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza (FDN), Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén (ACOFOP) 

IKI project: GreenWatersheds: Resilient forests and financing options for sustainable water supplies in the tropics


tbd: Biennial Transparency Report Guidance and Roadmap Tool

13:50-14:35 Hrs (GMT) / event format: not yet decided / requirements for participation: not yet decided

Event hosted by PATPA-SPA and FAO as part of the COP26 Catalyst Day @ the PCCB’s Capacity Building Hub (Tuesday 9th November 2021): In the event, the Biennial Transparency Report Guidance and Roadmap Tool, jointly developed by PATPA and FAO, will be presented to the audience.  

Organised by: Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PATPA-SPA) & Food and Agriculture Organization

IKI projectSupport Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA)

Accelerating Low-carbon Urban Infrastructure Investments -Lessons from FELICITY to take Climate Policy to Green Urban Action

14:45-16:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

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This event links the chain for urban climate action by illustrating the critical interface of policy dialogue, capacity support, and financial operations. This high-level dialogue between BMU Deputy Director General N. Gorissen and EIB Vice-President A. Fayolle (tbc) amongst others, features FELICITY, a true Team Europe initiative by Germany’s IKI, GIZ and EIB - the EU’s climate bank. It also presents the city and local development bank perspectives by inviting BRDE President L. Lemos (tbc) and experience from Porto Alegre in Brazil, which with the support of an EIB/BRDE framework loan will refurbish its schools for better energy efficiency and equip them with solar energy.    

Organised by: FELICITY

IKI projectFinancing Energy for Low-carbon Investment - Cities Advisory Facility (FELICITY)


Launch of the Travel & Tourism Net Zero Roadmap

16:00-17:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

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Climate change represents one of the major current and future challenges for Travel & Tourism worldwide, and stakeholder pressure is rising. Because of its global scope and the vast interlinkages with other sectors, travel executives can play an important role in the fight against climate change. To address these challenges, WTTC, in collaboration with UNEP and Accenture, is excited to launch a Net Zero Roadmap for the Travel & Tourism sector. Join this session to hear firsthand about the path to net zero, and listen to industry leaders share their own goals, actions, and insights on how to ensure success moving forward. 

Organised by: WTTC, Accenture, UNEP  

IKI project: Transforming Tourism Value Chains


The Glasgow Declaration: A commitment to a decade of climate action in tourism

16:00-17:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

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Building tourism back better from COVID-19 requires the sector to transform and align with global climate targets. Policy makers will discuss strategic approaches to raise the sector’s climate ambition. The climate action pathways set in the Glasgow Declaration and its signatories will be announced. The Glasgow Declaration aims to act as a catalyst for increased urgency about the need to accelerate climate action in tourism and to secure strong actions and commitment to cut tourism emissions at least in half over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.    

Organised by: UNWTO, UNEP, Travel Foundation, Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, One Planet Network, Visit Scotland        

IKI project: Transforming Tourism Value Chains


Race to Zero: Transforming cities through data, research and art

16:00-17:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

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 Achieving global emission reduction goals requires rapid and radical decarbonisation, especially in cities. Transformation and innovation need holistic approaches and systems thinking, including the exploration of new sources of data, applied research and transformative actions that allow citizens to engage in local decision making. This session will look at some of these approaches applied on a local level, including data-driven decision making processes and the establishment of innovation spaces, where stakeholders from public and private sector join forces to address local sustainability challenges and to advance in the creation of zero-carbon cities. This session will explore how local governments, city networks and research organisations have worked together with different stakeholders from business and civil society to advance in the development of science-based research and data-driven projects aimed at reducing emissions in cities and improving citizens quality of life.    

Organised by: United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU – EHS); ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Europe            

IKI project: Transformative Urban Coalitions: Catalysing urban partnerships to drive systemic transformation zowards sustainability

“ShareFair on geospatial tools and applications for climate investments”    

16:30-18:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

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As changing climates affect farming conditions across the world, how can geospatial and remote sensing tools help IFAD and others decide on where adaptation investments are best needed and what impact these interventions will have? Considering such issues will be representatives from the Government of Indonesia and IFAD’s Senior Management; to be followed by a “ShareFair” - a virtual ideas marketplace – where participants will learn more about geospatial tools for targeting, assessing vulnerability, and accessing geodata; and their real life applications on, for example, pasture conditions in Kyrgyzstan, vulnerability assessments in Yemen, and soil erosion in Lesotho.    

Organised by: IFAD

IKI project: National Land Monitoring and Information System for a transparent NDC reporting


Civil Society Organizations engagement and effective country ownership in the framework of the Green Climate Fund (GCF)

16:30 (GMT) / hybrid event / requirements for participation: not yet decided

Share CSOs' experiences of engagement with GCF-funded programs in their countries, especially their assessment of the implementation of the principles of country ownership and leadership in the planning and implementation of GCF-funded activities.    

Organised by: AESVT, ENDA and Germanwatch            

IKI project: Civil society readiness for the Green Climate Fund – focus point Africa


Enhancing NDCs for more ambitious climate actions

17:00-18:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open 

The event will share experiences, challenges and key lessons learnt in NDC enhancement and implementation. The side event will build upon the NDCs support projects that have been undertaken by the IKI-funded NDC Action Project, SEI, Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and UNEP DTU Partnership in the framework of NDC Partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) to highlight the collaboration and draw on good practices.    

Organisd by: United Nations Environment Programme; Stockholm Environment Institute; Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN); Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC); UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP)            

IKI projectNDC Action


Mini Just Transition Investment Roadshow High level (investment opportunities): green steel/green hydrogen/cement/grid expansion

17:00-17:30 Hrs (GMT) / in-person event / open

South African DDP BIICS partners, Hilton Trollip and Bryce McCall will present their work on the first steps to begin decarbonization of the South African primary steel production industry.    

Organised by: National Business Initiative of South Africa

IKI project: DDP BIICS

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

18:30 (GMT) / hybrid event / requirements for participation: not yet decided

Senegal has mobilized the combined support from the Green Climate Fund and the Carbon Initiative for Development to achieve large-scale rural electrification. Senegal showcases how these activities support in achieving NDC and SDG targets as well as preparations for Article 6 carbon markets.    

Organised by: International Climate Dialogue e.V. (ICD) + Senegal in cooperation with Climate Finance Innovators

IKI projectClimate Finance Innovators


Contribution during discussion slost of WWF Events on Adaptation in WWF Central Asia Pavillion (no registered side event).

(time) / not yet defined / hybrid event, in-person event  /  open

Alexey Kokorin (WWF Russia) will speak during discussion slots of several events in the WWF Pavillions.    

Organised by: WWF    

IKI project: Conservation of Biodiversity in the Northern Regions of Russia to achieve CBD Goals through Extension and Strengthening of a Protected Areas Network adapted to Climate Change

Wednesday, 10 November

Diets, Climate and Nature: The role of what we eat in a 1.5 degree C future

11:30 (GMT) / hybrid event / open, with registration only

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This event will examine the critical link between Diets, Climate, and Nature in achieving a 1.5°C future. These agendas are inextricably linked, and their success or failure ultimately depends on the extent to which the right balance is found.

Organised by: WWF (WWF Panda Pavillion)

IKI project: Establish Sustainable Consumption and Production – a South-South Transfer


Arts and science: the new inspiration couple?

11:30-13:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / with registration only

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More than ever, there is a call for actors from all walks of life to get involved, spread the message and advocate for a more resilient and sustainable future that leaves no one behind. Given the prevalence of the climate emergency, better communicating the science of climate change is regarded an urgent catalyzer to mobilize people for more ambitious and successful climate action. The climate science and policy community needs the support of the film, arts and creative communication to tell the climate emergency story and inspire hope and action. This is why the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Convention on Biological Diversity (UN Biodiversity) and UN Climate Change are joining forces to discuss new ways of communication climate science and policy to reach more people and inspire action.    

Organised by: UNU-EHS, UNCCD, UN Biodiversity, UNFCCC            

IKI project: Transformative Urban Coalitions: Catalysing urban partnerships to drive systemic transformation towards sustainability


Decarbonise Transport Now - How decarbonised transport will achieve the Paris Agreement goal

15:30-17:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open, with registration only

The transport sector accounts for 23% of the global energy-related CO2 emissions (IEA 2017). Rapid economic growth combined with an ongoing urbanisation trend and increasing motorisation lead to a further increase in traffic amount in countries globally. Therefore, the transition to a decarbonisation path for the transport sector is essential to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement for 2050. After a technical input to showcase tangible scenarios and interventions in the transport sector for reaching the 1.5 degree goal by background studies, representatives of the Ministries for Transport from Colombia, India, Uganda as well as the German ministries BMU and BMZ will showcase examples for decarbonising the transport sector for effective climate change exchange and possibilities for raising ambitious through NDC in the transport sector.    

Organised by: BMU, BMZ, support by GIZ            

IKI project: NDC Transport Initiative for Asia


Sharing Experiences in the Inclusion of NDCs in Sub-national Territorial Planning

16:00 (GMT) / hybrid event / requirements for participation: not yet decided

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As part of the 3rd Capacity-building Hub at COP26 and in the context of the PCCB Focus Area Day, this event will share the process, lessons learned and challenges ahead for the inclusion of NDCs in subnational territorial planning in Ecuador. A methodological document will be presented, as a result of the Climate Helpdesk technical assistance of the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and the regional platform LEDS LAC, implemented by Grupo Faro, with the supervision of the Consortium of Provincial Autonomous Governments of Ecuador (CONGOPE). The event will also showcase the experience of the Ecuadorian provincial government of Imbabura.

Organised by: Grupo FARO, LEDS Global Partnership, LEDS LAC, CONGOPE

IKI project: Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA)


Raising the bar for climate action: New insights on how co-benefits can fuel NDC ambition

16:45-18:00 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

Development-driven NDC implementation is key for achieving domestic climate targets. New tools to assess the co-benefits of mitigation action can support ambitious sector pathways. This event showcases experiences from countries and launches the NDC Update Report and Co-benefits Factsheet Series. Speakers: NewClimate Institute; IASS; Governments; NGOs; sector stakeholders  

Organised by:  IASS and NewClimate            

IKI project: COBENEFITSAmbition to Action - Phase II



Global Launch of the Great Blue Wall    

17:00-18:30 Hrs (GMT) followed by a reception / hybrid event / open

Moving forward the World Conservation Congress's (WCC) Marseille Manifesto: The Great Blue Wall initiative is an Africa-led roadmap to dramatically accelerate and scale up ocean actions by supporting the establishment of a first-of-its-kind Regional Connected Network of Nature-People Positive Seascapes. Join us for this high-level global launch event, co-hosted by Western Indian Ocean countries, IUCN and the High-Level Champions.    

Organised by: IUCN  

IKI projectLEAP - Locally Empowered Areas of Protection in the Western Indian Ocean 


Vanishing Treasures: joining forces to foster climate resilient mountain communities while safeguarding iconic wildlife and their habitat

18:15-19:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / requirements for participation: not yet decided

The session will focus on the innovative approach that the Vanishing Treasures programme is taking to building resilience of mountain flagship species, their habitat and local communities to climate change. It will emphasise both the inter- and intra-regional cooperation by the programme, highlighting the BENELUX support to the target regions across the globe, as well as the cooperation between the countries within these target regions, for example through an MoU on cross-boundary collaboration for snow leopard signed by four Central Asian countries (KAZ, KGZ, TJK, UZB).    

Organised by: UNEP, GSLEP, Govt. of Luxembourg            

IKI project: Enhancing the conservation of flagship migratory mammal species of Central Asia through climate change-informed management and decision making  


Peatlands of the Nile Basin - NBI countries recognize key role as nature-based solutions

19:00 (GMT) / hybrid event / open

Peatlands in the Nile Basin cover 30,445 km² and contain 4.2 - 10 Gt of carbon, i.e. 5 to 10 % of the known tropical peat carbon stock of the world. In the Nile Equatorial Lakes (NEL) region they cover 12,500 km² (58.5 % of the known peat carbon stock of the Basin). However, peatlands are being converted into agricultural land driven by growing population, leading to widespread drainage in the region. This also threatens the provision of other ecological services from wetland ecosystems.    

Organised by: GIZ, Greifswald Mire Centre (GMC)

IKI project: Policy dialogue and knowledge management on low-emission strategies​​​​​​​

Thursday, 11 November

Comparing G20 Climate Mitigation, Adaptation and Finance - Korea Focus

10:00-11:30 Hrs (GMT) / in-person event / open

In October 2021, Solutions For Our Climate (SFOC) and Climate Transparency published a report on comparing G20 climate ambitions. The Climate Transparency Report discusses the countries’ efforts and projections on mitigation, adaptation and climate finance in order to align with 1.5 degrees. At this event, SFOC plans to give a presentation on what the findings of the report are, and where Korea stands among the analyzed countries. The program will extend to inviting global experts to discuss what further efforts South Korea and other G20 countries can make in the coming years and what this would mean for South Korea as a COP 28 host candidate.    

Organised by: Climate Transparency and Solutions For Our Climate (SFOC)

IKI project: Climate transparency 


Achieving Climate Resilience by Transitioning to Sustainable Sea Transport in Marshallese Waters 

11:00 (GMT) / virtual event / open

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1. WAM: background information, values, and initiative 2. Traditional boat building and sustainable development 3. Sustainable Sea Transport in RMI and UNFCCC National Determined Contribution: country strategy 4. Boat Design between tradition and innovation: importance for outer islands, livelihood and mobility 5. Skills and Capacity Development: programs at WAM 6. Innovation for Sustainability: electric propulsion and others 7. Enabling Regional Collaboration    

Organised by: WAM (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) in corporation with GIZ Low Carbon Sea Transport

IKI project: Transitioning to Low Carbon Sea Transport


The importance of national ecosystem assessments to addressing climate change. Colombia National Ecosystem Assessment

11:30-12:30 Hrs (GMT) / in-person event / open

The event will introduce the national ecosystem assessment process, how national ecosystem assessments can be used to address climate change goals and specifically, details on how climate change is addressed in the Colombian national ecosystem assessment. Following these presentations, there will be an opportunity for a dialogue session with participants.    

Organised by: Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute and UNEP-WCMC    

IKI project: Supporting developing country capacity to address science-policy questions trhough IPBES via the UNDP manages Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network and the UNEP-WCMC hosted Sub-global Assessment Network    


How Civil Society and Business engage in climate action -and where Policymakers need to follow

11:30 (GMT) / virtual event  / with registration only

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This session will showcase how different stakeholders, particularly from civil society and the business sector, engage in national climate policies and implement concrete measures at the local level around the world. Case studies will specify where political, institutional and regulatory support is needed to mainstream and scale these experiences in order to raise climate ambition and create co-benefits in other policy areas.  

Organised by:  BUND/FoE Germany

IKI projectStrengthening Civil Society in National Climate Policies


Building new coalitions to win the race to zero emissions by 2050!

12:00-13:00 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event, in-person event / with registration only

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Academy Award winning film producer Dirk Wilutzky will discuss a series of short films that are planned as part of the "Transformative Urban Coalitions“ project, which strives to achieve socially inclusive, fast and radical CO2-emissions reductions in five selected pilot cities in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. Excerpts from the work in progress will be screened, followed by a conversation involving the audience with Dirk Wilutzky, project researchers as well as a youth activist from Latin America. The speakers and the audience will explore together how climate science and action on the ground can be shared through film and art to engage people worldwide, and how film and art can help to shift mindsets and inspire people from all walks of life to become part of a movement towards zero emissions. The goal of the session is to start a broader conversation on the importance of building new coalitions in the face of the climate emergency, involving actors like filmmakers and artists.    

Organised by: UNU-EHS

IKI project: Transformative Urban Coalitions: Catalysing urban partnerships to drive systemic transformation towards sustainability 


Building sector decarbonisation 5 years after COP21 : what keys for success? What’s next?

12:30-14:00 Hrs (GMT) /  hybrid event / open

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Carbon neutrality: responsibility and commitment of companies in the building sector, Adaptation- beyond carbon, Low-carbon materials: the other side of reducing emissions from the building sector.

More info: www.peeb.build/news-events/peeb-cop    

Organised by: PEEB and France    

IKI project: Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)


La integración de la biodiversidad como herramienta para hacerle frente al cambio climático

18:00-19:15 Hrs (GMT) / virtual event / open

Un panel con funcionarios a nivel federal y estatal donde se dará el intercambio de experiencias en integración de la biodiversidad. En México se han desarrollado esfuerzos para integrar elementos de biodiversidad dentro de sus políticas y programas de gestión de los sectores productivos, con ello se atiende tanto la mitigación de emisiones como la adaptación a los efectos del cambio climático, un ejemplo de ello son las acciones para la conservación de polinizadores y de disminución de agroquímicos en la agricultura. Por su parte los gobiernos estatales han desarrollado estrategias para la integración de la biodiversidad dentro de los sectores productivos impulsando acciones amigables con polinizadores y conservación de suelos, así como para evitar las quemas en el sector agrícola, resaltan las acciones en la producción caña de azucar y la producción de agaves tequileros y mezcaleros. Asimismo destaca el importante diálogo intersectorial que se ha tenido en estos estados.    

Organised by: GIZ GmbH

IKI project: Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Mexican Agricultural Sector


Asia Water Hub at the Water Pavilion: Cities and Infrastructure Ritesh Kumar from Wetlands International South Asia contributes on the Building with Nature approach.

19:00-21:00 Hrs (GMT) /  virtual event / open

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Day 3 of the Asia Water Virtual Hub focuses on Cities and Infrastructure, Session 3: Cities and Infrastructure. The session will look at key opportunities in using a broader system-based approach to water management and using both natural and built infrastructure solutions to help move cities and societies towards a more sustainable future.    

Organised by: United Nations Sri Lanka, International Water Management institute (IWMI)    

IKI project: Towards Accelerating Adaptation through Building with Nature in Asia

Friday, 12 November

Supporting multi-level cooperation for implementation of transport strategies in NDCs

14:30-15:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

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The side event will focus on multi-level cooperation for implementation of the transport aspects of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at all levels of governance. It will highlight the EU’s and other global actors’ central role in supporting the coordination of different levels of government to accelerate NDC implementation through sustainable, low carbon transport. The focus of the event will be regional case studies highlighting different forms of cooperation to implement the transport aspects of NDCs from Latin America, Asia, and Africa, providing an opportunity for cross-regional peer learning. A publication on lessons learned from a recent GIZ peer-peer learning activity in LAC will also be presented.    

Organised by: SLOCAT; EUROCLIMA+, GIZ (NDC-TIA, TraCS, Moving Chile), MobiliseyourCity, AFD

IKI projectsMoving Chile and  Supporting climate strategies in countries where motorisation is rapidly increasing


Transitioning to zero carbon mobility in our cities: linking transport to energy, climate and health

17:30-18:30 Hrs (GMT) / hybrid event / open

Joint side event between UN-Habitat, GIZ-TUMI, Uber and ISGlobal with the aim to discuss clean transport adoption in cities as part of energy savings, climate mitigation and public health efforts.    

Organised by: GIZ, UN-Habitat, Uber, ISGlobal    

IKI project: Urban Pathways