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Report Launch and Panel Discussion — Local Governments Climate Finance Instruments: Global Experiences and Prospects in Developing Countries

July 10, 2024
Local Governments Climate Finance Instruments: Global Experiences and Prospects in Developing Countries

We are pleased to invite you to an online panel discussion and launch of our new report "Local Governments Climate Finance Instruments - Global Experiences and Prospects in Developing Countries," produced in partnership with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

Local governments—especially cities and municipalities—in developing countries will be at the forefront of confronting and mitigating the impacts of climate change, and they need substantial financing to address this challenge. However, they often lack the fiscal resources for such investments and will need to utilize a variety of financing sources and instruments to address this issue.

This new report aims to contribute to discussions on increasing the access of cities and local governments to climate finance and help them better understand the various climate finance instruments and sources available to them to meet climate investment needs. It provides information on these instruments and highlights international experience on their use through several case studies from around the world.

This online event will discuss the key messages of the report and hear from practitioners, featured in the case studies, on their experience in leveraging these climate finance instruments to mobilize finance for their cities and local governments. It will discuss prospects for how these instruments can be scaled up in developing countries to help meet investment needs in cities.

This event is open to all and will be relevant to all stakeholders interested in the subject of increasing the volume of climate financing for cities and local governments, especially in developing countries and emerging economies.

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Opening Remarks

  • Ming Zhang, Global Director, Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank
  • David Jackson, Director, Local Development Finance, UNCDF

Report Presentation

  • Sohaib Athar, Senior Urban Specialist at the World Bank


  • Hilton Robbins, Manager, Treasury at the City of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Catherine Barber, Assistant Director of Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority, United Kingdom
  • Sophie De Coninck, Programme Manager (Africa) at Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL), UNCDF
  • Ariane Pevide, Climate Finance Director, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)
  • Jacobo Herdoíza, Project Manager at Uribe Schwarzkopf, former Secretary of Territory, Habitat, and Housing for the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador


  • Jeremy Gorelick, Lead author of the report and senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins University



  • Date: July 10, 2024
  • Time: 8:00-10:00 AM EST
  • Location: Online