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First Forum of the Standing Committee - Meeting documents

Date: 28 May 2013
Venue: Fira Barcelona, Hall 5 - Palau de Congressos

pdf-icon Programme of the First Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance

pdf-icon Information for participants (398 kB)

pdf-icon List of participants (116 kB)
pdf-icon Report on the First Forum
The recording of the first Forum can be found here.


Detailed information on the panel discussions


09:00 to 09:45 "Strategic perspectives on climate finance"


Expectations
• Overview of the need for urgent action on the increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events and associated costs;
• Overview of climate finance institutions and work under the UNFCCC;
• Overview of the wider climate finance architecture, including multilateral, bilateral and national finance institutions;
• Overview of current climate finance flows, both public and private.

Panelists:
  • Paul Oquist; Presidency of Nicaragua
  • Mariama Williams; South Center

09:45 to 11:00: "Financing and investment drivers for mitigation activities"

Expectations
Discuss the underlying opportunities, challenges, barriers and factors that determine investment decisions and/or the allocation of financial resources in mitigation activities, including a brief overview of current trends. Among other key questions, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on why investments in clean technologies still lag behind those in fossil fuel intensive technologies.

Panel composition
Roundtable discussion with a Q&A session between the audience and the panel.

Facilitator:

  • Syed Mujtaba Hussain; Deputy Secretary, Government of Pakistan

Panellists:

  • Hugh Sealy; Vice-Chair, Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board, Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University, St. George's, Grenada, pdf-icon (Biography) (74 kB)

  • Abyd Karmali; Managing Director, Global Head of Climate Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, pdf-icon (Biography) (5 kB)

  • Vikram Widge; Head, Climate Finance & Policy, International Finance Corporation, pdf-icon (Biography) (70 kB)

  • Jose Juan Gomez; Lead Financial Markets and Climate Change Specialist, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Division, Inter-American Development Bank
    pdf-icon The role of national development banks (English)
    pdf-icon The role of national development banks (Spanish)

11:15 to 12:30 Group A: "Innovative approaches and case studies by national, bilateral, regional and multilateral organisations and by the private sector"

Expectations
Show-casing of concrete experiences in developing and implementing policies, strategies and activities, as well as necessary measures or steps to accelerate the mobilization of finance for mitigation at the national and regional level.
Discussion of cases of private sector engagement and partnerships to support mitigation activities.

Panel composition
Brief presentations from panellists, followed by round table discussion with a Q&A between the audience and panellists.

Facilitator:

Panellists:


13:30 to 14:45: "Financing and investment drivers for adaptation activities"

Expectations
Overview of existing opportunities, challenges, barriers and factors that determine financial flows for adaptation activities, including a discussion on the overall financial needs, as well as possibilities for increased private investment involvement.

Panel composition

Brief presentations from panellists, followed by round table discussion with a Q&A between the audience and panellists.

Facilitator:

  • Naderev Saño; Co-Chair, UNFCCC/LTF work programme

Panellists:

  • Juan Hoffmaister; Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bolivia; Adaptation Committee member and representing the Chair of the Committee, pdf-icon (Biography) (5 kB)

  • Carlos Fuller; International and Regional Liaison Officer, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, pdf-icon (Biography) (73 kB)

  • Smita Nakhooda; Research Fellow, Climate and Environment Programme, Overseas Development Institutepdf-icon , (Biography) (5 kB)

  • Saliha Dobardzic; Climate Change Specialist, LDCF/SCCF Secretariat (GEF)

14:45 to 16:00: Group B: "Innovative approaches and case studies by national, bilateral, regional and multilateral organisations and by the private sector in providing funding and investments for adaptation"

Expectations
Show-casing of concrete experiences in developing and implementing policies, strategies and activities, as well as necessary measures or steps to accelerate the mobilization of finance for adaptation at the national and regional level.
Discussion of cases of private sector engagement and partnerships to support adaptation activities.

Panel composition

Brief presentations from panellists, followed by round table discussion with a Q&A between the audience and the panel.

Facilitator:

  • Stefan Agne; European Commission

Panellists:

16:15 – 17:30: Group C: "The role of local investors in mobilizing additional climate finance"

Expectations
Discuss which actions of the GCF, MDBs, NDBs, as well as local governments, would be considered most helpful by local investors. The presentations as well as the discussion will be guided along a set of questions and the main opinions.

Panel composition
Form: Brief opening statements by the facilitator and panellists, followed by round table discussion with a Q&A between the audience and the panel.

Facilitator:

Panellists:


16:15 to 17:30: Group D: "Tracking climate finance"


Expectations
Stock-taking of existing guidelines and process under the UNFCCC and on-going initiatives for tracking climate related financial flows by other institutions.
Discussion on potential approaches taken by recipient countries and other relevant actors to account for climate and responsible investments.

Panel composition
Roundtable discussion with a Q&A between the audience and the panel.

Facilitator:
  • Dennis Tirpak; World Resource Institute, pdf-icon (Biography) (5 kB)
Panellists: