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MDB Joint Pavilion at COP24

December 3-14, 2018

Katowice, Poland


For the first time, seven Multilateral Development Banks (ADB, EBRD, EIB, IDB, IFC, IsDB, and WB) and CIFs will be present at COP with a dedicated pavilion that will serve as a convening and networking hub to promote, discuss and share climate solutions with global leaders, media and online influencers. If you are at COP24, please visit us at our welcome desk for more information on our event schedule.

Not in Katowice? You can watch the MDB Joint Pavilion Facebook Live sessions at

  • Tuesday, 4 December 


    Electric Mobility and Development

    Hosted by the WB and UTIP, this session presents evidence, viewpoints, and analysis on eMobility programs and explores how governments can design and implement programs that are effective at achieving their intended development aims across climate, economic, and policy dimensions.

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    Electric Mobility and Development

    Franz Drees-Gross, Director, Transport, World Bank


    Carbon Footprinting of Freight Transport Infrastructure Projects

    The EBRD commissioned CE Delft and Fraunhofer to develop a methodology and calculation tool for ex-ante assessment of investment projects in the logistics sector. The transition to a low-carbon economy will require financing activity across the markets, as well as monitoring instruments.

    Wednesday, 5 December


    Circular Economy and SIDS: Building Resilience Through Circularity

    The panel will explore ideas of how to accomplish and utilize circularity to advance climate change resilience within small island developing states (SIDS), given the necessary conditions to facilitate a circular economy. 

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    Youth Unstoppable – Accelerating the Global Climate Action Movement

    Slater Jewell-Kemker, Filmmaker, “Youth Unstoppable”


    Connecting to Accelerate Climate Action: Youth Unstoppable

    To accelerate climate action and rollout transformative solutions a global social movement is needed, with young people at the heart of it. The discussion will assess the role of climate communication to reach global audiences and how to align these with raising climate action ambition.


    Making Paris Happen: Aligning National Budgets with the Paris Agreement Objectives

    Protecting investments from climate-related extreme events and transitioning our economies towards low carbon growth paths requires that we strengthen our budgetary capacity, identify resources for climate action, optimize public resource allocation and unlock private financial flows. 

    Thursday, 6 December

    10:00-11:30 IDB

    Supporting the Design of Long-Term Low Carbon Development Strategies

    Long-term low carbon development strategies are a crucial policy tool that can help nations achieve the well below 2°C goal by 2050, by helping them consider short-term actions in the context of the long-term transformations required to transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies. 


    Mainstreaming Climate Finance: The Latest Practices of Commercial Banks, MDBs and Climate Funds

    This event will feature various support mechanisms and instruments for climate financing and discuss the contexts in which each are best suited. The EBRD will share its experience in supporting market development, readying local banks to provide climate financing, and structuring banks' finance.

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    Africa Climate Business Plan

    Benoit Bosquet, Director of Environment and Natural Resources Group, World Bank

    Bob Natifu, Assistant Commissioner, Climate Change Department, Government of Uganda

    Kulthoum Omari, Coordinator, Africa Adaptation Initiative

    13:15-13:30Facebook Live

    Climate is Water!

    Greg Browder, Global Lead, Water Security & Water Resources Management, World Bank


    Catalyzing Investments for Resilient Infrastructure: The Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility

    This event will introduce the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (AFRI-RES), and it will engage speakers from both the public and private sector in a discussion on enhancing investment in climate-resilient and resource-efficient infrastructure development in Africa.


    The Cities of Tomorrow: How Multilateral Organizations Support Low Carbon City Development

    The event will share case studies and best practices on how multilateral organizations can work closely with local governments to promote green, competitive, inclusive, resilient, and livable cities. Co-hosts ICLEI and ISC will share their experiences and lessons.

    Friday, 7 December


    IFC Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities: A private dialogue on the findings of the report and new opportunities

    On Nov. 29, IFC launched its climate flagship report—Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities—the fourth in the IFC Climate Investment Opportunities series. This invitation-only event will focus on the findings of the report, including potential investment opportunities in select cities and sectors.   


    All Hands on Deck: Mobilizing Capital for Investment in Urban Resilience in Africa

    This event will discuss the barriers that lead to high transaction costs for investment in urban infrastructure projects. 

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    What Are the ‘Green’ Investment Opportunities in Cities in Emerging Markets?

    Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head, Climate Business, IFC

    Hilen Meirovich, Head of Climate, Advisory Services Team, IDB Invest

    13:15-13:30Facebook Live

    Resilient City Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

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


    Challenges of Private Sector in Financing Renewable Energy Projects in IsDB Member Countries

    The session would focus on the challenges facing the private sector in financing renewable energy in developing countries.

    15:30-17:00Joint Event

    MDBs Alignment Approach to the Paris Agreement: Working Together to Catalyse Low-Carbon and Climate Resilient Development

    The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of alignment with the Paris Agreement: how policies and financial systems will have to be aligned to the mitigation/adaptation challenges and to Inform stakeholders about the proactive approach MDBs are taking jointly.


    Next Generation of Investors: Momentum for Innovation in the Capital Markets

    This panel will discuss how integrating material ESG data into the investment process is about taking a more holistic approach to understanding the environmental and social impact —both positive and negative— that an investment can have on the wider economy. 

    Saturday, 8 December


    Support for Increased Ambition on Low-Carbon Transport and Development

    The session would focus on the challenges facing the private sector in financing renewable energy in developing countries especially in IsDB member countries.

    11:00-11:15Facebook Live

    Leveraging the Private Sector for Climate Action Understanding a $29.4 Trillion Investment Potential

    Hans Peter Lankes, IFC Vice President, Economics and Private Sector Development, IFC


    Climate Change Impacts on Health and Climate Resilient Health Care in the Greater Mekong Subregion

    This interactive forum will share insights and experience, and discuss challenges and opportunities in climate change adaptation in the health sector; highlight connections with other sectors; identify needs and investments; and raise awareness on climate change impacts on human health.

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    Climate Action in LAC

    Amal-Lee Amin, Chief of the Climate Change Division, IDB

    Raul Delgado, Climate Change and NDC Invest Lead Specialist, IDB

    13:45-14:00Facebook Live

    Report Launch: Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing

    George Marshall, Co-Founder and Director of Projects, Climate Outreach

    Darragh Conway, Senior Legal Consultant, Climate Focus


    Launch of the Guide to Communicating Carbon Pricing

    Join us for this event where the authors will outline the key findings of the Guide and the key steps to designing and implementing effective carbon pricing communication strategies. The Guide is released by the Partnership for Market Readiness and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

    15:00-16:30Joint Event

    Creating Supply, Demand, and the Tools Needed for Robust Article 6 Transfers

    The event will highlight topics emphasizing role of MDBs in the Art 6 market development, and the ability to include the private sector


    Disaster and Climate Change Risk Assessment and Resilience Opportunities in Projects

    The Paris Agreement calls for increasing countries’ ability to manage climate impacts, build resilience, and make finance flows consistent with low-carbon, climate-resilient development. This session will present the IDB and ADB approaches, and showcase how countries can benefit from them.

  • Monday, 10 December 


    Leveraging South-South and Triangular Cooperation to Promote Climate Change

    The session will discuss low-carbon transport for development with a focus on recent trends and recommendations for scaling up climate low carbon investments in IsDB member countries.


    Scaling up Climate Action in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) 

    The event will give an opportunity for ECA countries to share how they can step-up climate action with support from MDBs, integrated in their broader development programs, and what their priorities are for future support on climate change. 

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia - Impact and Adaptation

    Cyril Muller, Vice President, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

    Robert Tomaszewski, Senior Analyst for Energy Sector, Polityka Insight

    13:30-13:45Facebook Live

    The Growth Story of the Future: A Conversation with Lord Nicholas Stern

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

    Lord Nicholas Stern, Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate


    National Development Banks and Climate-Compatible Infrastructure

    Delivering on the Paris Agreement will require NDBs to be better recognized in the international climate and development finance landscape. This panel will discuss the key role NDBs play in building markets and mobilizing commercial capital for climate-compatible infrastructure.


    $200 Billion from 2021-2025: The World Bank Group and Climate Action  

    The World Bank Group announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. This event will kick-off with remarks by the panelists speaking about the Bank Group’s new commitments followed by Q&A with the audience. 

    Tuesday, 11 December


    Adapting to a Changing Climate: The World Bank Group’s Adaptation and Resilience Action Plan

    The WBG is setting a new strategic direction and set of actions to scale up its level and commitments on climate change adaptation. The high-level panel will discuss what it will take to boost investment, overcome barriers, and unlock the opportunities of proactive adaptation to climate change.


    Financing the Nationally Determined Contributions in Asia and the Pacific

    This event focuses on how developing countries in Asia-Pacific are mobilizing financial resources to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and discusses how development finance institutions can scale up and help crowd in additional financing from various sources. 


    CIF: 10 Years of Climate Action

    To mark CIF's 10-year anniversary, the session will feature excerpts from the documentary, "The Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action." Afterwards, there will be a discussion with high-level panelists from CIF recipient and donor countries and MDBs on the the CIF business model. 

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    Innovate4Climate 2019 Launch

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

    Valvanera Ulargui, Director General, Climate Change Office, Ministry for the Ecological Transition, Spain

    Benedict Chia, Director, Strategic Issues, National Climate Change Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

    13:45-14:00Facebook Live

    Operationalizing Article 6

    Andrei Marcu, Director, European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition; Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development


    CPLC Leaders Dialogue

    This annual high-level dialogue will bring together CPLC government and private sector leaders to discuss experiences and lessons learned in implementing carbon pricing initiatives. The focus of the dialogue will be on the generation and use of revenues.


    Strengthening Common Principles for Climate Mitigation Finance Tracking in a Post-Paris World

    The event will present the recent joint work of the MDB Climate Mitigation Finance Tracking Group and IDFC, and the plan for the coming year in terms of strengthening the Common Principles. The session will discuss key challenges in climate mitigation and implications for the future common principles.

    Wednesday, 12 December


    Investing in a Climate and Disaster Resilient Asia and the Pacific

    This event will highlight the importance of ensuring that development investment is informed by risks and opportunities associated with a changing and uncertain future climate. Perspectives on this will be shared from key international processes, governments and development banks.


    Updating Ukraine’s NDC

    Ukraine has recently launched its work to update is NDC together with the EBRD. At this event, members of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and National Parliament will explain the importance of political will and the role of high-level government officials in developing climate policies.


    Future of Climate Action

    Published by CIF and IFTF, the recently released Future of Climate Action map attempts to  reshape the story of climate change, by identifying new zones of opportunity, barriers, and actors in climate action over the next decade.

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    The Catalytic Power of the IFC-Canada Climate Change Program

    Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change at Government of Canada

    13:30-13:45Facebook Live

    Advancing the Climate Agenda in Armenia

    Irina Ghaplanyan, First Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia


    Sustainable Energy Transition in North Africa and the Middle East: Role of Climate Finance

    The session would focus on partnerships for climate and related climate financing options to improve and increase access to climate finance to substantially increase PPP investments in renewable energy & energy efficiency projects in the Arab region.


    Systems-level Investment Planning: CIF's Programmatic Approach

    For 10 years, the CIFs has perfected an innovative climate finance delivery model that has driven systemic change.  A recent independent evaluation found the CIF Programmatic Approach holds distinct advantages over the traditional investment model, offering important lessons for climate finance organizations.

    16:30-18:00Joint Event

    More than counting the $s – Lessons learned from Three Years of Implementing the MDB-IDFC Common Principles for Climate Change Adaptation

    The event will present the recent joint work of the MDB Climate Mitigation Finance Tracking Group and IDFC, and the plan for the coming year in terms of strengthening the Common Principles. The session will discuss key challenges in climate mitigation and implications for the future common principles.

    Thursday, 13 December


    Lessons Learned from the Use of Concessional Climate Finance

    This panel will highlight different experiences from governments and the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean on the use of financial resources from international climate funds, as they carry out major transformations required to achieve the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement.


    Energy Transition towards a Low-Carbon Path in Poland

    The event will launch a new World Bank study that explores options to accelerate Poland’s transition to cleaner electricity and district heating generation sources by taking account of local concerns over air quality. 

    13:00-13:15Facebook Live

    CIF: 10 Years of Climate Action

    Mafalda Duarte, Head, Climate Investment Funds

    13:15-13:30Facebook Live

    COP24: What Happens After Katowice?

    Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert, EIB


    Building Knowledge on Climate Smart Agriculture

    This event will raise awareness on newly available knowledge resources on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) including the launch of e-learning modules co-developed by FAO, the World Bank, Italy and Germany.

    Friday, 14 December

    11:00-12:00EIBInvesting in Skills Workshop




  • WHEN: December 3-14, 2018
  • WHERE: COP 24 - Main Complex E, Slot 35
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