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The World Bank Group at COP25

December 2-13, 2019

Madrid, Spain

The World Bank Group will be at COP25 sharing a dedicated pavilion with other MDBs. The pavilion is a convening and networking hub to promote, discuss and share climate solutions. If you are at COP25, please visit us in person for the events we will be hosting. 

Not in Madrid? You can watch the Bank Group's Facebook Live sessions at

  • Wednesday, 4 December 


    The Best Response to the Threats of Climate Change: Innovation

    This event brings together leading innovators from a number of fields to explore the role of innovation in addressing climate change.  Sectors to be covered include food production and insecurity, air and ocean pollution, and deforestation.  Government representatives will also participate to discuss the role of government policy in promoting innovation.

    13:00-14:00Facebook Live

    Facebook Live


    Thursday, 5 December


    Tackling Africa’s Climate Challenge - The World Bank’s Support in a Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan

    This consultation provides an opportunity to engage on World Bank’s forthcoming Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan which sets out a bolder vision to drive transformation and climate action at a scale - through 5 strategic directions and a client-centered focus.

    13:00-14:00Facebook Live

    Facebook Live



    Climate Smart Agriculture Investments that Move the Needle – and Work for Farmers: Launch of the CSA Investment Plan Series

    Official launch of the Climate Smart Agriculture Investment Plan (CSAIP) Series, developed by the World Bank and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to assist countries in identifying priority CSA investments to operationalize NDC commitments and reach national development goals under climate change. 


    Resilient Basins and Water Action Day Kick-Off

    High-level technical session to present cases on resilient basins, in line with the Water Action Track of the Global Comission on Adaptation. A 'High-Level Reception on Water and Adaptation' to help kick-off the December 6th Water Action Day will immediately follow.

    Friday, 6 December

    11:30-13:00 IFC

    Going Global: Offshore Wind in Emerging Markets

    For many years, offshore wind was the expensive cousin of onshore wind, with installations largely confined to northern Europe and China. But as prices continue to drop and technologies improve, offshore wind is becoming increasingly competitive in emerging markets. New research from the World Bank and IFC analyzed eight emerging market case studies, finding a technical potential of 3.1 TW for both fixed and floating offshore wind. Presentations will discuss the report’s main findings, followed by a moderated discussion amongst global and emerging market industry representatives.

    13:00-14:00Facebook Live

    Facebook Live



    Water Resilient Cities

    Technical session to present cases on water resilient cities, including the promotion of citywide circular economy approaches to water and wastewater reuse, in line with the Water Action Track of the Global Commission on Adaptation.

    Saturday, 7 December


    Climate Change and Social Unrest

    This event will connect different views on current climate and development challenges. It aims to shed light on how to advance climate action in a way that account for and provide solutions to the current social crisis, particularly, but not exclusively in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event is expected to discuss issues of climate change, inclusion, growth, jobs, inequality, and the social contract.

    13:00-14:00Facebook Live

    Facebook Live


  • Monday, 9 December 

    13:00-14:00Facebook Live

    Facebook Live



    Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness

    The High-Level Commission on Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness launched a flagship report to explore the potentially adverse impact of carbon pricing on the competitiveness of businesses and economies, and lessons learned in the design and implementation of carbon pricing policies vis-à-vis competitiveness. This session will bring together private sector stakeholders to discuss the key findings of the report, company approaches to carbon pricing, and impacts on competitiveness. 


    What Works in Climate Finance? Lessons from CIF and GCF

    This event will share insights on what works for effective climate finance design, delivery and impact, drawing from recent independent evaluations in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF). The session will discuss themes of transformational change, country readiness and ownership, private sector and local stakeholder engagement, with implications for future strategies.

    Tuesday, 10 December


    Fighting Poverty in the Face of Climate Change – What Role for the Oceans?

    The objective of this event is to illustrate the role of healthy oceans to reduce poverty and to promote shared prosperity through a series of initiatives supported by the World Bank Group. Many poor rural people depend on ecosystems for their base income and as safety nets. Impact of climate change on small-scale fisheries are expected to be high in Africa. Climate-informed development policy can mitigate in part climate change impacts. Marine Protected Areas offer an opportunity to build climate resilience while enhancing the sustainable economic potential of the Blue Economy of communities. 


    High-Level Launch and Signing Event of the Alliance for Hydromet Development

    The Alliance for Hydromet Development brings together major international development, humanitarian and climate finance institutions behind the commitment to scale up and unite efforts to achieve the common goal of closing the hydromet capacity gap by 2030. It aims to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of hydromet investments by forging a collaborative partnership which recognizes and leverages respective competencies and expertise of its members.

    Wednesday, 11 December

    10:00-11:00 WB

    Powering SIDS: Resilient Systems and Clean Energy Transition

    The event will underscore the importance of resilient energy system design in SIDS, both in terms of helping to advance a clean energy transition in addition to reducing the fiscal burden of post-disaster recovery. The World Bank and country clients will discuss our joint activities to date and plans to further scale up support to SIDS on energy resilience.


    Green Buildings: A Finance and Policy Blueprint for Emerging Markets

    Green buildings represent one of the biggest investment opportunities of the next decade – $24.7 trillion across emerging markets cities by 2030 – and hold a significant potential to reduce energy use and related carbon emissions. The session explores how banks, developers, governments and industry organizations can play a critical role in creating the market for, and channeling finance to, green construction.

    13:00-13:30Facebook Live

    Facebook Live



    Mainstreaming NDCs into Development Planning – A Deep Dive Approach (at NDC Partnership Pavilion)

    This session will focus on process and challenges to develop NDC Deep Dives and mainstreaming NDC into economy wide development planning. Session panelists will discuss country experiences and lessons learned on the process for applying a Deep Dive vision for NDC implementation.

    Thursday, 12 December

    13:00-14:00Facebook Live

    Facebook Live


MDB Pavilion

  • LOCATION: COP25 - IFEMA, Building 8
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