Events
COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change
November 30-December 11, 2015Paris

The World Bank Group sees the Paris COP21 climate talks as a major milestone on the world’s path to low carbon and more resilient growth. The WBG supports a successful outcome in Paris and hopes it will galvanize action to help our client countries as they implement national plans to address climate change post-Paris.

The WBG delegation is led by President Jim Yong Kim. Also attending are: Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development Laura Tuck, and Vice President for Africa Makhtar Diop.

More information, interview requests contact:

Camille Funnell, +1 202-294-4804, cfunnell@worldbankgroup.org

Nick Keyes, +1 202-758-5079, nkeyes@worldbankgroup.org

Elisabeth Mealey, +1 202-413-9457, emealey@worldbankgroup.org

French media contact:

Camila Perez, +33 (0) 6 99 55 75 13, +33 (0) 6 47 23 81 84 

cperez3@worldbankgroup.org

Friday, December 11

11:15-14:15

Efficiency and Sustainability of Climate and Environmental Policies in Africa:  what are the Scientific, Political and Financial Barriers?, Climate Generations Space, Room 6

Organized by the Institut de Recherché pour le Developpement (IRD),  this session will focus on how to strengthen the interface between science and policy;  How to fund research on climate change in Africa; and what long-term support for adaptation and mitigation strategies at local, national and regional levels to strengthen the resilience of economies and ecosystems in Africa.

Featured Speaker: Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

 

 

Thursday, December 10

8:30-11:30

Government assets: risks and opportunities in a changing climate policy landscape, IETA-WBCSD Business Pavilion

Workshop to Improve the understanding of the mechanisms through which climate change policies may affect public finance; encourage Governments to act strategically by mainstreaming climate change considerations into their budgets and fiscal policies; discuss how institutions such as the EBRD can support investments and help develop regulations, fiscal regimes and market mechanisms that make economies move swiftly towards a green economy transition.

Featured Speaker: James Close, Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

 

15:45-17:45

DGM for Indigenous People and Local Communities, IUCN Pavilion

The Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) is a global initiative conceived to provide grants to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) intended to support their initiatives on forest related issues. This side event will highlight lessons learned on the establishment of DGM self-governance, management and implementation plans, which would strengthen the full and effective participation of IPLCs in defining environmental policies and implementation of REDD+ program.

Featured Speaker: John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

 

Wednesday, December 9

11:00-13:00h

“Natural Disaster Insurance in a Changing Climate:  Anticipating the Challenges,”  Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Climate Generations Area

At the #Get Ready Conference, the focus is on adapting to cope with natural disasters.  A world premiere screening of “Natural Disaster Insurance in a Changing Climate:  Anticipating the Challenges” is followed by a conversation focused on the insurance sector, which is particularly affected by the problem of global warming as it bears a significant share of the cost of natural disasters and costs are expected to increase in the future.

Featured Speaker: Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

 

13:00-15:00

“Pursuing an Innovative Development Pathway: Understanding China’s INDC,”  China Pavilion

The World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness and the China National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC).

Featured Speakers: 

Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group

Xueman Wang, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

16:00-17:30

Africa Energy Day – Creating Enabling Environments for Private Sector Finance for Renewable Energy in Africa, Africa Pavilion, Room 2

The event will discuss the growing need for private sector investment in the infrastructure needed to move developing countries onto clean, low carbon pathways. It will explore “enabling environments” the role that MDBs and other actors can play to help overcome barriers to private sector investors.

Featured Speaker: Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, Climate Investment Funds

 

15:00-15:30

Madagascar’s Forest Carbon Credit Program, France Pavilion

The World Bank signs a Letter of Intent to buy potential credit carbon credits as part of the “Program to Reduce Emissions in Eastern Madagascar Tropical Forests” during  Madagascar Day at the French Pavilion.

 

15:00-19:30

Zero Emissions by 2050: Built Environment Symposium, Fédération Française du Bâtiment, 7 rue La Pérouse 75016

How to decarbonize human infrastructure is the subject of this high-level panel organized by TrackO.org, an initiative to spur countries, cities and individuals to set concrete targets and actions that will help achieve the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees with zero emissions by 2050. Registration required but open to the public.

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

16:00-17:30

Climate Adaptation in the Transport Sector: Accelerating Global Efforts, Netherlands Pavilion

Despite some encouraging developments, the attention of country delegations, subnational actors, and international funding institutions is still focused on climate mitigation in the transport sector. Fewer countries have included transport adaptation measures in their INDCs, National Adaptation Plans in developing countries show little detail on transport, and funding institutions and climate finance instruments are still largely focused on mitigation rather than adaptation projects, especially in the transport sector. This program is organized by the SloCAT partnership.

Featured Speaker: Pierre Guislain, Transport & ICT Global Practice Senior Director, World Bank Group

 

 

Tuesday, December 8

10:00-10:45

Earth To Paris – Le Hub, UNESCO Headquarters

Earth To Paris brings together experts, advocates, and CEOs to discuss creative and impactful climate solutions to inspire bold, meaningful action for people and the planet. #EarthToParis

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

11:30-13:00

Can National Policies and INDCs alone lead to a Workable and Effective Climate Regime?, Blue Zone, Room 6

This side event examines how INDCs can be implemented after the Paris agreement. It identifies a set of policies at the national and international level (including trade, technology, and regional policies) to achieve INDCs, examines current progress towards achieving INDCs and looks at other mechanisms that can enable a move towards a low carbon economy.

Featured Speaker: Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

 

11:50-12:40

LPAA event on cities/subnationals – innovative tools/mechanisms, Observer Room 12, Blue Zone

The panel will present strategic issues to bring finance flowing at scale to enhance local investment. It will highlight the collective mobilization through the cities and climate change financial alliance and showcase individual initiatives to scale up climate finance at local level. Read more

Featured Speaker: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

12:30-14:00

Informal Workshop on Carbon Capture and Storage in Developing Countries, IETA Pavilion

Partnership with WBI to highlight importance of progress on adoption of CCS in developing countries.

Featured Speaker: Anita Marangoly George, Senior Director, Energy & Extractives, World Bank Group

 

14:00-16:30

China’s National Carbon Trading Scheme and Green Financing, China Pavilion

The Climate Change Department of National Development Reform Commission of China and the Work Bank co-host the side event to facilitate dialogues among policy makers and businesses on opportunities and innovations on green financing brought by the launch of China’s national carbon trading scheme. Leading business players showcase their demonstrative efforts.

Featured Speaker: John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

15:30-18:30

International New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference - “Price is Right” session, Hotel Potocki

Over 1,000 businesses and investors at the United Nations Climate Leadership Summit last year indicated support for carbon pricing. Will we get the price we need to drive real transformation in energy markets?

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

16:00-17:30

Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility, Africa Pavilion

The event will present the initiative of the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility and to mobilize the political, institutional and financial support required for its implementation.

Featured Speaker: Jamal Saghir, Senior Regional Advisor, Africa Region, World Bank Group

 

 

Monday, December 7

9:15-10:00

LPAA Energy Day, Press Conference, Press Conference Room 1, Hall 2

Recognizing the centrality of energy to the climate solution, and in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal #7 on energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy access will be at the core of Energy Day at COP21.

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

10:00-12:30

LED Street Lighting Solutions, Solutions Gallery

A rapid transition to energy efficient lighting includes accelerating the use of LEDS and controls is recognized as one of the most rapid and economically cost effective means of meeting global climate change mitigation targets. This session will present innovative programs, new assessment and policy guidance to increase the transition to advanced LED lighting technologies in cities around the world.

Featured Speaker: Xueman Wang, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

11:45-13:00

Comparing Mitigation Efforts Across the World – How to Trade Emissions After Paris?, IETA Pavilion 4, Hall 3, Blue Zone

The discussion will highlight recent joint research from the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, IETA and the World Bank, about how carbon pricing policies can be linked over time, and what relevant market architecture is needed.

Featured Speaker: Vikram Widge, Head, Climate Finance Innovation and Carbon, World Bank Group

 

13:45-15:00

What will it take to scale up climate-smart investments in emerging markets?, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Climate Generations Space, Blue Zone

Since 2005, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has invested over $13 billion in some 600 climate-related investments, spanning renewable energy, energy and resource efficiency, green buildings, and adaptation. This session will share the perspectives of several IFC developing country clients demonstrating exceptional climate change leadership, including challenges and opportunities to scaling climate finance.

Opening Remarks: Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President, Global Client Services, International Finance Corporation

 

15:15-18:45

LPAA Energy Day, Le Bourget, Observer Room 10

2015 is a turning point for banks and investors’ engagement in energy efficiency. This sequence will highlight major initiatives related to buildings, district efficiency, fuel efficiency, appliances and lighting.

Featured Speakers:

Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

 

16:45-18:15

Mainstreaming Climate Finance within Financial Institutions, Blue Zone, Observer Room 4

Announcement on five voluntary principles for mainstreaming climate change, based on practices implemented by many types of financial institutions worldwide over the last two decades .

Featured Speakers:

Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

16:30-18:00

Emerging Solutions to Drive Private Investment in Climate Resilience, Climate Generations area, Room 3

Organized by Climate Policy Initiative and the International Chamber of Commerce, this event aims to engage participating investors, policymakers and practitioners in an active discussion on approaches and tools for stimulating businesses and financiers’ response to the downside risks and upside opportunities of climate change.

Featured Speaker: Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, Climate Investment Funds

 

18:00-19:30

Exploring INDC implementation challenges: insights gained from analytical work in Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru, Peru Pavilion

A presentation of the World Bank Partnership for Market Readiness and Latin America Regional Department.

Featured Speaker: Xueman Wang, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

18:30-20:00

Reducing Methane Emissions from oil and gas operations, Blue Zone, Room 3

The oil and gas sector is the second largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions, and gas flaring at oil production sites emits pollutants like black carbon and 300 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. This official COP21 side event will provide policymakers and other stakeholders with the latest information on these two issues and discuss the steps being taken by governments and industry to reduce emissions from the sector. The event is hosted by the Government of Norway, in participation with BSR, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Oil & Gas Methane Partnership, the World Bank, and Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CEID-Colombia).

Featured Speaker: Anita Marangoly George, Senior Director, Energy & Extractives, World Bank Group

 

 

Sunday, December 6

9:45-11:00

Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) Transport Day 2015, International Union of Railway headquarters, 16 rue Jean Rey 75015

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT Partnership), together with Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG Initiative), and the Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) organize this all-day symposium on sustainable transport.  In this opening session, seven high level representatives from industry, government, civil society and the finance world will give their vision for an efficient, largely decarbonized transport sector by 2050.

Featured Speaker: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

 

11:30-13:00

Global Landscapes Forum: Launch of the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative (ARLI) and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), Palais des Congrès de Paris, Room 251-2

The African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) announces a new initiative to  implemented through forest and ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate smart agriculture, and rangeland management. The World Bank Group and World Resources Institute will, as main partners, support the mobilization of financial and technical resources from multiple sources to design and implement country-specific strategies.

 

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Global Landscapes Forum:  Resilient Landscapes to Reduce Fragility, Conflict and Migration, Palais des Congrès de Paris, Amphitheatre Blue

This session will outline a combined geographical and socio-economic approach to managing land, water, and forest resources -- a key tool for poverty reduction and for managing rural-to-urban migration. Livestream

Moderator: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

12:00-13:00

World Climate Summit: “Partnering for our Future, Hotel Potocki, 27 Ave de Freidland

Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner and more than 50 CEOS headline this business summit focused on solutions for a sustainable future. #WCS2015

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

14:30-16:00

Global Landscapes Forum:  Enter the Dragons Den: Youth to Pitch Ideas for Sustainable Landscapes, Salle Maillot

50 outstanding young professionals through pitch solutions to 5 landscape challenges to a panel of experts, modelled on the British TV series “Dragon’s Den”.

Featured Speaker: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

 

Saturday, December 5

9:30- 11:00am

Zero Poverty, Zero Emissions:  Tough Talk on Poverty and Climate, L’Usine, 379 Av. Du Président Wilson, Saint Denis 93210

Presentation of new World Bank Group report “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty” at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIESD) annual Development & Climate Days conference. #DCdays  video coverage here.

Featured Speaker: Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

 

11:15-12:15

Lessons Learned from the 1st Pilot Auction Facility Auction and the African Clean Energy Initiative, US Center, Blue Zone

Focus on new research on “Catalyzing Climate Change Investment in Developing Countries”

Featured Speaker: Vikram Widge, Head, Climate Finance Innovation and Carbon, World Bank Group

 

12:15-13:00

G7 InsuResilience, German Pavilion

Leaders from G7 countries and partner countries and executives showcase their support for InsuResilience – the G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance – and announce a first series of concrete action for 2015 and 2016.

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

14:00-15:00

Global Landscapes Forum Opening Plenary: Launching the New Climate and Development Agenda, Palais des Congrès de Paris, Amphitheater Bleu

The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum is the leading platform for bringing together individuals and organizations that have an impact on land use. The event is expected to be the largest meeting on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP21.  This plenary will set the stage with a focus on strategic landscapes investments to achieve climate and development goals. Livestreaming

Featured Speaker: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

 

14:30-16:00

Carbon pricing around the World: leveraging 10 years of experience in the EU, EU Pavilion, Luxembourg Room

Organized by the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), I4CE, I4CE -Institute for Climate Economics and Ecofys, this joint- side-event will focus on the lessons generated from 10 years of experience of the EU Emissions Trading System. The event will also highlight how these lessons could be applicable to the emerging economies interested in pursuing carbon pricing policies and instruments.

Featured Speaker: Xueman Wang, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

16:00-18:00

China Low Carbon Cities:  Opportunities and Challenges for Supporting Emission Peaking, China Pavilion

Mayors of Zhenjiang, Lanzhou, and Quingdao in China, as well as representatives from the Johannesburg  Mayor’s office and the California Governor’s office discuss low-carbon pathways for sub-nationals. Read more

Moderator: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

 

Friday, December 4

9:30-10:00

Press Conference on launch of the “State of City Climate Finance” report, Le Bourget, Press Conf. Room 2, Hall 5

Proven innovative policies and mechanisms are unlocking investment for much‐needed climate‐smart infrastructure in cities, according to a new report, and need to be scaled up globally. The report, which recommends five innovative ways to mobilize investment, is the first issued by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), a coalition of over 40 banks, national governments and civil society organizations launched by the UN Secretary‐General at the Climate Summit he convened in September 2014. Live webcast

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

10:00-10:45

The Mozambique National Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Program, IUCN Pavilion, Blue Zone, Hall 3, Stand 5

The Government of Mozambique will present the National Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Program (Estrela) which will promote agriculture and forest-based value chains in rural areas by addressing several barriers (including access to markets, technology, water, energy, finance and knowledge) to catalyze sustainable production in rural areas.

The government will also present the National REDD+ Strategy and sign the Letter of Intent (LoI) for the Zambezia Integrated Landscape Management Program with the FCPF Carbon Fund.

Featured Speaker: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

12:00-13:30

Strengthening Disaster and Climate Resilience in Sub Saharan Africa: Regional Framework Program to Improve Hydromet Services, Africa Pavilion, Room 2

Hosted by Jamal Saghir, Africa region Senior Regional Adviser, this event will highlight the importance of strengthening African Hydromet Services and Systems for sustainable development and climate resilience. It will also underscore the Africa Hydromet Program which is a part of the Africa Climate Business Plan being presented in COP21.

Featured Speaker: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

 

14:40-15:40

Global Oceans Forum, Le Bourget, Rio Conventions Pavilion

Leaders address how to ensure successful adaptation efforts, at what costs, and with what financing in Panel 4 of the Global Oceans Forum.

Featured Speaker: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

16:40-19:00

LPAA Focus on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants:  Panel III, The Way Forward, Observers Room 12 (Blue Zone)

Supporting the scaling-up of initiatives beyond COP21 – organizations will announce financial support and programs.

Featured Speaker: Vikram Widge, Head, Climate Finance Innovation and Carbon, World Bank Group

 

17:15-18:45

The integration of Climate Change by public and private financial institutions: recent progress and challenges ahead, Le Bourget, Room 5

High Level Side Event on Climate Finance.  Short presentation of other climate finance collaborative work involving DFIs, such as: impact reporting for climate bonds, vulnerability assessment, and focus on specific announcement regarding GHG accounting harmonization among IFIs. This event is organized by the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) and I4CE (Institute for Climate Economics), and the joint AFD/ Caisse des Depots Think Tank.

Featured Speaker: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

 

18:30-19:15

“State of City Climate Finance” report launch, Paris City Hall

Proven innovative policies and mechanisms are unlocking investment for much‐needed climate‐smart infrastructure in cities, according to a new report, and need to be scaled up globally. The State of City Climate Finance report will be launched on 4 December by UN Secretary‐General Ban Ki‐moon and international partners at Paris City Hall, at the conclusion of the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, taking place on the margins of the UN Climate Conference in Paris.  Interested media should RSVP in advance to pascale@un.org. For embargoed copy of report and press release contact: kschrader@worldbank.org

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

18:30-20:00

UN Alliance Side-Event on Non-Formal Climate Change Education and Innovative Approaches to Climate Change Learning, Room 4, Hall 4

The event will highlight examples of non-formal education and outreach activities implemented by a diverse group of organizations. Climate education is considered key to advance climate solutions and encourage climate-friendly behavior.

Featured Speaker: Max Edkins, Connect4Climate Consultant, World Bank Group

 

19:15

Energy Unlocked launch, Musée d’ Art Moderne, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson

A new organization accelerating energy market transformation launches at the Museum of Modern Art where Raoul Dufy's 1937 mural depicts 110 of the inventors and innovators of  electricity. 80 pioneers will be gathered -- investors, policy leaders and innovators -- who are driving our energy future. Register: events@energyunlocked.org

Featured Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

 

20:00-22:00

Film a #Day4Climate Action video challenge reception and award ceremony, Climate Change Studio, Hall 4

The event celebrates youth climate action for empowerment, emphasizing the role of communications and in particular film as an effective tool to message climate action. Young leaders will be given the opportunity to let their voices heard at COP21.

Opening Remarks: John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group

Featured Speaker: Max Edkins, Connect4Climate Consultant, World Bank Group

 

 

Thursday, December 3

8:45-10:00

Fer de France Morning Debates, Le Bourget

Debate on transport and climate change. Read more

Featured speaker: Pierre Guislain, Transport & ICT Global Practice Senior Director, World Bank Group

 

10:00-10:30

LPAA Transport Day, Blue Zone, Hall 4, Observer Room 12

Transport accounts for around a quarter of energy-related emissions (i.e. ~15% of global GHG emissions), with road transport being responsible for almost 80%. Transport is still almost totally dependent on fossil fuels (96%) and accounts for 60% of global oil use. According to most projections, without major changes transport emissions would continue to increase in the next decades, resulting from growing demand in people mobility and freight transport, especially in the developing world.

In this session the MDBs will discuss their plan to support the major shift needed to deep and forward looking transformations of people mobility and freight transport. Read more

 

10:30-12:30

Water, Megacities & Global Change Conference, UNESCO HQ

Workshop on Urban Groundwater – Underappreciated Benefits and Underestimated Risks, moderated by the International Associaton of Hydrogeologists. 

Featured Speaker: Stephan Dahan, Senior Water & Sanitation Speacialist, World Bank Group

 

12:00-13:30

Living on the Edge - Saving West Africa’s Coastal Assets, Africa Pavilion, Room 2

This event aims to generate awareness about the effects of climate change in West Africa’s coastal regions, highlighting the avenues for mitigation, and invite international support to meet a $1 billion gap in catalytic financial resources needed to help Africa states manage coastal erosion and floods.

Moderator: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

Featured Speaker: Jamal Saghir, Senior Regional Advisor, Africa Region, World Bank Group

 

13:15-14:45

Young and Future’s Generation Day – Intergenerational Inquiry, Le Bourget, Blue Zone Hall 4 Room 2

Youth delegates from around the world with key players on the intergovernmental climate change arena will discuss in reaching innovative and ambitious solutions to climate change. A short version of “An Inconvenient Youth” a film about global youth climate movement by Slater Jewell-Kemker, will be featured during the session as an inspirational climate change video. Read more

 

15:00-16:00

MOI signing between the World Bank and the European Space Agency, ESA stand, Blue Zone Conference Centre

Signature ceremony of the Memorandum of Intent between the World Bank and ESA for the Use of Earth Observation (EO)-based information in Support of Sustainable Development.

 

15:00-17:00

Ocean & Climate Forum organized by the Ocean & Climate Platform, Le Bourget

A first in the history of the climate COP. This forum will bring together scientists, business stakeholders, civil society and youth representatives, decision-makers in order to discuss the links between ocean and climate. It will be featuring approximately 20 sides events, film screenings and other events. Open and free access to all, it will be hosted by journalist Alex Taylor and broadcasted in streaming on this page. Read more

Featured Speaker: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

15:45-16:45

Beyond the Usual Suspects: Innovative Partnerships for Land Use Mitigation, US Center, Blue Zone

Featured Speaker: James Close, Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

Perhaps more than other sectors, achieving mitigation outcomes related to land use requires partnerships among a diverse set of stakeholders. National, subnational, and local governments; commodity companies; finance institutions; farmers and foresters; indigenous peoples; local communities; civil society and scientists all have a role to play. Increasingly, these stakeholders are coming together to form partnerships that bring their respective resources to bear on a common challenge. This panel will explore several of the most innovative partnerships that are forging new pathways in the global effort to reduce emissions from forests and other lands. 

 

18:00-19:30

An Inconvenient Youth - Film & Creativity for the Climate Movement, German Pavilion

A special screening of “An Inconvenient Youth”, a film documenting the vibrant untold story of the global youth climate movement by Slater Jewell-Kemker, a young Canadian, and discussion on how Film and Creativity can advance the Climate Movement. An inspiring panel will include Slater Jewell-Kemker, Kumi Naidoo, Bianca Jagger (TBC) and Fernando Mereilles. As part of the program the #Film4Climate Final Draft Charter will be presented. Read more

Opening Remarks: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

Moderator: Max Edkins, Connect4Climate Consultant, World Bank Group

 

Wednesday, December 2

9:00-11:00

AFD Panel:  Climate territorial approach to rural development, France Pavilion

Panel discussion on BioCarbon Fund and private sector engagement hosted by Agence Française de Développement.

Featured Speaker: James Close, Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

 

9:30-11:00

LPAA Day on Resilience, Blue Zone, Observer room 12

Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on humanity and ecosystems. The LPAA Thematic Focus on Resilience will highlight cooperative and innovation initiatives in key areas which have been particularly affected: water, oceans and food.

Press conference with Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

 

10:00-12:00

Great Green Wall: Growing a World of Wonder, Africa Pavilion

Event will be co-chaired by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Mauritania, H.E Amedi Camara and the President of the African Development Bank, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina.

Featured Speaker: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice President, World Bank Group

 

11-00-13:00

Jump-starting Resilience in Urban Areas: Lessons from global leaders and cities to accelerate progress and investment, Netherlands Pavilion

Mayor of Addis Ababa will present on the outcomes of the City Strength Diagnostic implementation in Addis Ababa. This a rapid urban risk assessment that GSURR developed and piloted in Addis in February.

Featured Speaker: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

11:30-13:30

One Ocean, One Climate, One UN:  Working Together for a Healthy and Resilient Ocean, Blue Zone, Room 4

The event is intended to highlight UN system activities on assisting States increase their knowledge base, including an enhanced understanding of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the marine environment, and build their capacity to adapt to such impacts while achieving mitigation goals.

Featured Speaker: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

12:00-13:30

Financing Resilience and Adaptation – Lessons from the CIF, Africa Pavilion, Hall 3, Room 2

Messages: Share lessons on the programmatic approach adopted by the CIF, highlighting its relevance to climate finance; Showcase successful examples of resilience and adaptation project implementation; Discuss engaging the private sector in resilience and adaptation project financing.

Featured Speaker: Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, Climate Investment Funds

 

14:00-15:30

Climate Resilience Investment Plan on Niger River Basin, Africa Pavilion

Hosted by Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa, World Bank Group and featuring Ministers from the Niger River Basin, this event will present a ten-year plan whose objective is to contribute to the improvement of the resilience to climate change of the populations, ecosystems and infrastructures of the Niger Basin shared by nine countries including Benin, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad and Ivory Coast.

 

14:40-15:40

Resilience Day: Oceans session, Rio Conventions Pavilion

Panel on Adaptation and Financing for Adaptation and frame the World Bank’s approach to adaptation in oceans.

Featured Speaker: Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment Global Practice, World Bank Group

 

16:00-17:30

Lake Chad Climate Change Adaptation Priority Action Plan, Africa Pavilion

Organized by Lake Chad River Commission

Hosted by Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa, World Bank Group, the main objective of this event is for the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to disseminate its recently endorsed “Lake Chad Development Climate Resilience Action Plan” in order to gather support for its implementation. A secondary objective is to share the recent scientific knowledge on the Lake Chad present and foreseen hydrology for a more informed approach to development.

 

 

Tuesday, December 1

07:30-9:30

High Level Breakfast on Small Island Developing States Financing, Pershing Hall Hotel, 49, Rue Pierre Charron

The UN will convene Heads of State from SIDS, together with select partners, to discuss their climate financing needs. French Minister of State and UNSG may participate (tbc), along with OECD DAC Chair and Ministers of Heads of State from key donors (Aus, NZ, Japan, Canada, EU).

Featured Speaker: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice-President, World Bank Group

 

09:30-11:00

Great Green Wall and Lake Chad Heads of State Summit, Le Bourget, Hall 6, Room Le Maroni

Hosted by President of France François Hollande and President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz , Chair of the Great Green Wall “Wall of Wonder’ Initiative. Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region, World Bank Group, will announce the WBG’s intent to allocate more funding to the Great Green Wall. 

Featured Speaker: Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region, World Bank Group

 

12:30-14:00

Forests, climate and people: EU support to combat tropical deforestation (REDD+), EU Pavilion, Hall 2b, No 50, Room Brussels

A critical part of the COP21 Paris agreement will be the protection of forests and climate-smart land use. This could represent up to a third of globally achievable climate mitigation potential by 2030.  This UNFCCC COP21 side-event is an opportunity for the EU to illustrate its past actions and outline future commitments towards combatting tropical deforestation, in partnership with Member States and tropical forest countries. The event will also see the release of an EU brochure on REDD+ financing.

Featured Panelist: James Close, Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

 

12:50-13:35

LPAA Forest Day Session III:  “Where are we going?  A vision for future collaborative action”, Observer Room 12, Blue Zone

The panel will offer a vision for future collaborative action on development and protection of tropical forests.  Major business commitments will be displayed. Read more

Featured Panelist: Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region, World Bank Group

 

13:15-14:30

Carbon Pricing Policies:  Challenges for the Next Decade, IETA Pavilion

Co-organizers: I4CE, IETA, EDF and World Bank

This side event will provide a global overview on the state of carbon pricing initiatives around the world. Based on two main publications released in 2015, the World Bank State and Trends report and the 19 IETA-EDF-I4CE carbon pricing cases studies, panelists will review the main issues that carbon pricing schemes have meet in 2015 and the challenges they will have to face in the next decade to bring forth carbon pricing in line with the 2° target

Featured Speaker: Vikram Widge,Head, Climate Finance Innovation and Carbon, World Bank Group

 

18.15-19.45

High sustainable development impact projects under the Clean Development Mechanism, Nordic Pavilion, Hall 2B, Room 65, Le Bourget

Hosted by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

The event will showcase CDM projects and programmes of activity in low income and least developed countries that will have strong non-GHG cobenefits, demonstrating the role that carbon finance can play in combining climate action and broader issues such as public health and the contribution to a green economy. Read more

Featured Speaker: Vikram Widge,Head, Climate Finance Innovation and Carbon, World Bank Group

 

16:30-18:00

Boosting Clean Cooking for Climate with Private Sector, Netherlands Pavilion, Blue Zone

Hosted by Dutch Spark for Clean Cooking Solutions with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and SE4All

Globally, three billion people rely on firewood to cook, causing serious environmental and health impacts that disproportionally affect women and children. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from cooking kills over 4 million people every year and makes millions sick. The CO2-emissions from open fire cooking are a direct contribution to climate change. The GACC has the goal of supporting 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. Realising this ambition requires multi-stakeholder approaches with strong commitment from public, private, finance and development partners. Read more

Moderator: Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group

Featured Panelist: Laura Tuck, Sustainable Development Vice-President, World Bank Group

 

18:00-19:00
CREWS Climate Risk Early Warning Systems Press Conference, Institut Océanographique, 195 rue Saint-Jacques

Extreme weather events are among the most dramatic consequences of climate change. Vulnerable countries such as small island developing states and least developed countries suffer from the lack of early warning systems (EWS) that would allow prevention and risk reduction. At the Sendai Conference, and looking forward to COP21, France called upon the international community to support early warning systems as a way to reduce risk and to increase resilience for these countries. Endorsed by the G7, the CREWS initiative will rely on the top 3 international organizations (GFDRR/World Bank, UNISDR and WMO) for disaster risk reduction to provide financial and technical support to vulnerable countries. This event will be the official launch of the new partnership dedicated to support concrete adaptation and resilience project in most vulnerable countries.

 

 

Monday, November 30

10:15-11:15

Announcement of the Transformative Carbon Asset Facility, Nordic Pavilion, Blue Zone, Le Bourget

The World Bank Group together with partners Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland will announce the Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (TCAF), a new $500 million initiative which will pilot new ways to help developing countries combat climate change.   WBG President Jim Yong Kim and Prime Minister of Norway, H.E. Erna Solberg will give opening statements at 10:15-10:35.

 

14.00-15.30

Launch of the Africa Climate Business Plan, Africa Pavilion, Le Bourget

This flagship event is expected to host six African Heads of States and Governments, WBG President Jim Yong Kim and Vice President Makhtar Diop, and several international development partners for a presentation and discussion of the $16.1 billion Africa Climate Business Plan for priority climate-resilient and low-carbon initiatives in Africa. Read more

 

16:15-17:30

Launch of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, IETA Pavilion, Le Bourget

WBG President Jim Yong Kim and Vice President Rachel Kyte will be joined by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Ministers of Environment, Canadian Premiers, CEOs and civil society for the launch of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, which brings together leaders from government, business and civil society to catalyze action towards the successful implementation of carbon pricing around the world. Read more

 

17:30-18:00

A Conversation with Presidents of the Multilateral Development Banks on Making Climate Finance Work, OECD Pavilion, Le Bourget

WBG President Jim Yong Kim will be joined by the presidents of the five other major Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) – AfDB, ADB, EBRD, EIB and IDB – for a panel discussion and the release of a statement on boosting financing for climate action and how climate considerations will be integrated into the work of the MDBs. Read more

 

18:00 – 18:45

Heads of State Media Event on Carbon Pricing, Press Conference Room 1, Blue Zone, Le Bourget

Media are invited to attend an event bringing together an extraordinary group of world leaders on a global stage to call on countries and companies to put a price on carbon pollution. H.E. President François Hollande of France will be joined on the stage by other heads of state as well as WBG President Jim Yong Kim. Read more

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“Historic” Paris Agreement Paves Way for World Bank to Help Countries Deliver on Climate Commitments

With the passing of a global agreement at COP21 in Paris on December 12, countries around the world are stepping up their action on climate change to meet the ambition of the agreement.


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