Climate Policy Initiative experts hosted and presented at several events at COP22 that covered the global landscape of climate finance, innovative finance, implementation of national climate goals to build a low-carbon economy, and other topics. A full list of events is below.

Framework Conditions to Scale Up Green Financing – Climate Finance Day 2016
November 4, 2016 – 9:00-10:20, Hyatt Regency, Casablanca
Dr. Barbara Buchner will take part in a panel that will consider what is needed to green the financial system and unlock climate finance worldwide. Click here to read more.

IDFC Climate Finance Forum 2016
November 5, 2016 – 9:00-16:30, Hyatt Regency, Casablanca
CPI’s Tom Heller will provide the keynote address, “Unifying growth and climate: why a systemic approach for the financial community is needed to sustainably enable the production of climate solutions” and Dr. Barbara Buchner will moderate the panel, “Climate flows and impacts in developing countries: State of play, recent achievements, next steps / special focus on adaptation.” Click here to read more.

Special event on the 2016 Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows
November 7, 2016 – 13:15-14:15, Plenary session, COP22, Blue Zone*
CPI’s Dr. Barbara Buchner will speak as part of the main plenary event on climate finance tracking to unveil the UNFCCC 2016 Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows, which has been informed by CPI’s recent report Global Climate Finance: An Updated View on 2013 and 2014 Flows. Click here to read more on the event.

Financing Brazil’s NDC through innovative instruments: An introduction to the Brazil Lab
November 9, 2016 – 14:00-15:00, Brasil Pavilion, Blue Zone*
This event will bring together representatives from the U.S., Brazil, the Global Lab, and previous winning instruments to introduce participants to the Brazil Lab, sharing best practices and lessons learned on developing instruments that can help to support finance for climate mitigation and adaptation. Introductory remarks and a brief overview presentation by the Secretariat will be followed by a panel discussion with opportunities for participants to ask questions. Speakers include:

  • Opening remarks: Karen Florini, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. State Department
  • Opening remarks: Secretary Felipe Ferreira, Division of Climate Change, Brazil
  • Panelist: Amal-Lee Amin, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Panelist: Ricardo Nogueira, US Department of State
  • Panelist: Rafael de Soler, Division of Climate Change, Brazil
  • Moderated by: Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative, Lab Secretariat

Experiences and innovative approaches to accessing and/or mobilising climate change finance for adaptation
November 9, 2016 – 16:30-18:00, EU Pavilion, Blue Zone*
This side event will discuss new practices, processes and partnerships that are being tested to advance adaptation action so as to identify solutions that can be realistically adopted by implementing stakeholders, while ensuring results that are responding to the needs of societies. Dr. Barbara Buchner will share insights on how the instruments developed under the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance can reduce private investors’ risks, costs, or improve their financial returns to help address the adaptation needs of developing countries. Click here to read more.

Development of climate finance standard
November 11, 2016 – 11:00-12:00, UNFCCC Climate Change Studio
The IEA estimates that over $1 Trillion per year of investment is necessary to meet the mitigation goal of the Paris Agreement. Given the scale of the challenge, private sector non-state actors (companies, private financial institutions) must lead the way. The climate finance community is assembling best practice guides and standards that will help mobilize investment and ensure its alignment with the transition to a low carbon economy and the 2C target. The side event includes speakers from across the climate finance community to discuss such best practices and recent initiatives to harmonize them in climate finance standards.


  • Barbara Buchner, CPI
  • Massamba Thioye, UNFCCC
  • Thomas Braschi, 2dii
  • Romain Poivet, ADEME
  • Pedro Faria, CDP
  • Moderator: Tom Baumann, ISO

Building a Green Economy: Towards collective action and transformative solutions
November 12, 2016 – 9:00-10:30, Green Zone, Room Souss, Green Zone
Private and public sector experts will discuss significant options for collaboration to enable a low carbon and climate-resilient development as well as a high quality of life in a panel organized by the International Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Barbara Buchner.

Regional financial solutions for NDCs
November 10, 2016 – 16:00-18:00, Korea Pavilion, Blue Zone
This event, which will feature Dr. Buchner, will discuss the pool of financial products that GGGI (event organizer) uses and how to scale-up partner country support in developing bankable green project pipelines in addition to initiating and strengthening collaborative partnerships to speed up project implementation. Click here to read more.

From NDCs to National Climate Investment Plans: domestic investment and climate finance tracking
November 11, 2016 – 10:30-12:00, EU Pavilion, Blue Zone*
Transforming the NDCs into financeable investment plans requires an understanding of existing domestic and international flows – private or public – in all countries. Practitioners and governments will discuss how this data and cross-country comparison can help reorient and scale up financial flows. CPI’s Jane Wilkinson will present.

Innovative Climate Finance
November 10, 2016 – 10:30-12:00, EU Pavilion, Blue Zone*
The private sector is fundamental to reaching the $100billion climate finance goal but how do we work with them effectively to leverage private investment in climate funds? Using three of the UK and Germany’s more innovative climate mitigation investments – the Global Innovation Lab, the Global Climate Partnership Fund, and the Climate Public Private Partnership, this panel will discuss achievements and successes, lessons learned, the remaining barriers to scaling up private sector involvement and using financial innovation to allow investment at scale. Panelists include:

  • Abyd Karmali, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Angelina Avgeropoulou, BEIS, UK
  • Norbert Goriβen, BMUB, Germany
  • Antoine Predour, responsAbility
  • Vikram Widge, IFC
  • Laird Reed, IFC
  • Hosted by Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance, CPI

Finance as a Lever for Change: Innovative finance models that support those in need and enable scaling of technology and solutions
November 13, 2016 – 14:30-15:30, Hotel Palm Plaza, World Climate Summit
This CPI-led panel will bring together high-level public and private sector actors from the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance to share solutions for unlocking finance for developing countries’ low-carbon investment, climate resilience and adaptation needs. Panelists include:

  • Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Climate Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Vikram Widge, Head, Climate Finance & Policy, IFC, World Bank Group
  • Mafalda Duarte, Program Manager, Climate Investment Funds (CIFs)
  •  Tariye Gbadegesin, Head, Heavy Industries & Telecoms, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
  • Moderated by Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance, CPI

Impacting Innovation: Accelerating Green Economic Growth
November 15, 2016 – 12:00-1:00, Sustainable Innovation Forum, Four Season Marrakesh
This panel will discuss the latest developments in cutting edge, disruptive sustainable technologies; mission oriented policy for product innovation; creating secure green jobs in expanding low carbon sectors; and connecting the private finance with entrepreneurs to inspire change. CPI Indonesia Director Dr. Suzanty Sitorus will moderate. Click here for more info on the Sustainable Innovation Forum.

Allocation of assistance depending on vulnerability to climate change
November 15, 2016 – 15:00-16:30, Oum Errabia, Green Zone
This event, organized by Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international (Ferdi) and featuring Dr. Barbara Buchner, will discuss allocation mechanisms for concessional finance.

Financing Renewables in India
November 15, 2016 – 11:00-13:00, India Pavilion, Blue Zone*
This roundtable, organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), will discuss the government of India’s vision for the renewable energy sector, and avenues to generate the required investment. Dr. Gireesh Shrimali, Director of CPI India, will speak on a panel about the way forward for investment and development of the renewable energy sector in India, in order to meet the 175 GW target.

Accelerating Action: Catalyzing and financing NDC implementation to support climate, growth, and development
November 15, 2016 – 11:30-13:00, Mediterranean Side-Event room, Blue Zone*
The Paris Agreement marked the start of a new era in climate policy. There is an urgent need now to accelerate and scale climate action. Nationally Determined Contributions – submitted by nearly every nation – represent an opportunity to focus, coordinate and accelerate national climate action and international support, as well as to align the climate and development agendas and mainstream climate action into national planning. Effective implementation will necessitate the roll-out of low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure and economy-wide transformation, financed by significant, mostly private, investment. The ambition mechanism under the Paris Agreement should maintain momentum and encourage the raising of ambition over time.

However, urgent action is needed to develop NDCs into investment plans and to establish the enabling environments to allow public and private finance to flow. There is a clear need for both national action and international support for developing countries. In this CPI-WRI organized official side event, Panelists will discuss what’s needed to catalyze and finance the implementation of NDCs, including promoting accessible and responsive support; tackling key risks and barriers to private finance; developing robust implementation roadmaps; and advancing action through the Paris Agreement.

Panelists include:

  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute
  • Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands
  • Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)
  • Paddy Padmanathan, CEO ACWA power
  • Dayae Oudghiri, Member of the Board, MASEN (Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy)
  • Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO for SEforAll
  • Moderated by Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance Climate Policy Initiative

Coffee and light lunch will be provided at this event.

This event will also be livestreamed on YouTube. Click here to view it live.

Rapid Real and effective Financing and Implementation of NDCs- The GNIplus Approach
November 15, 2016 – 17:00-18:30, Loukkos Room, Green Zone
This Panel brings together private and public sector experts from a range of disciplines with a wealth of experience of developing and implementing low-carbon, climate-resilient investments across the world that work with national governments to deliver the intentions set out in their NDCs. Representatives from GNIplus will present the initiative that supports national governments to create the enabling environments to allow significant private finance to flow to NDC implementing actions.

Panelists include:

  • Howard Bamsey, incoming Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund
  • Laurence Breton-Moyet, Executive Director in charge of Operations, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD)
  • Martijn Wilder, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Moderated by Jane Wilkinson, Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders: Financing the Sustainable Transition of Territories

November 14, 2016 – 9:00-17:30, Palmeraie Conference Center and the Palmeraie Gold Palace
CPI India Director Gireesh Shrimali will present in a forum, titled “Public and Private Climate Finance: Building Alliances for the Benefit of Territories.” This forum will explore opportunities to create frameworks of mutual comprehension between private and public investment for a concerted action at subnational level as there are no standards and sufficient related historical information regarding subnational financial deals. This will address the issue of how to systemize approaches and financial models of Climate finance in new environments, and to obtain co-benefits with a convergence of interests. More info here.

Unlocking Private Finance for Climate – From Talk to Action
November 14, 2016 – 13:30-14:30, U.S. Center, Blue Zone*
This CPI-led panel event brings together high-level public and private sector actors from the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance to share their experience, solutions, and best practices for unlocking finance for the world’s climate mitigation and adaptation needs. Panelists and speakers include:

  • Karsten Loeffler, Managing Director, Allianz Climate Solutions
  • Ricardo Nogueira, Senior Climate Finance Officer, US Department of State
  • Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power
  • Vikram Widge, Head, Climate Finance & Policy, IFC, World Bank Group
  • Moderated by Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance Climate Policy Initiative, Lab Secretariat

Innovation labs for subnational climate finance
November 15, 2016 – 17:00-18:30, Room Bouregreg, Green Zone
Organized by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), this event aims to bring together climate finance laboratories, investors, practitioners, and local authorities, to showcase and discuss existing initiatives and practical examples of approaches intended to accelerate climate action at the urban level. The side-event will gather practitioners and international experts in the field of subnational climate finance including Dr. Barbara Buchner, to share their views, knowledge and practical approach to some of the most important issues on cities climate financing. Click here to read more.

Roadmap Side Event
November 16, 2016 – 12:30-14:00, UK Pavilion, Stand 304, Green Zone
Over the course of 2016, the UK has co-led donor effort on the roadmap (alongside Australia), which shows how donors are scaling up finance to reach the $100 billion goal. At this event, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and United Kingdom Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Nick Hurd, will present the Roadmap. OECD Environment Director, Simon Upton, will describe its underlying analysis. Ugandan Minister Irene Muloni and Rwandan Minister Dr Vincent Biruta will provide a recipient perspective. Dr. Barbara Buchner will moderate. This side-event will be an informal pre-cursor to discuss the roadmap’s key messages, ahead of the Ministerial Dialogue.

Global Landscapes Forum – launch of the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF)
November 16, 2016 – 16:00, Kenzi Club Agdal Medina
The session, organized by UNEP, and featuring CPI’s Jane Wilkinson, will focus on the launch of the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) – a novel structure to help Indonesia advance green growth by channeling private finance to renewable energy production and sustainable landscape management in Indonesia. Click here to read more.

US-India Clean Energy Finance Facility
November 17, 2016 – 10:30-11:10, US Center, Blue Zone*
This event will showcase the U.S.-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative, which seeks to mobilize finance for Indian renewable energy projects with support from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, the Government of India, and CPI India. USICEF will target India’s distributed solar markets, where falling technology costs and government initiatives have created opportunities for rapid expansion, provided that renewable energy companies can overcome financing hurdles.

Participants include:

  • Josh Bushinsky, Senior Advisor, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • John Morton, Senior Director for Energy & Climate Change, White House
  • Gireesh Shrimali, Director of CPI India, ICEF Secretariat
  • Santosh Vaidya, Joint Secretary at Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

The role of Brazil, agriculture and forestry in the Paris Agreement agenda 
November 17, 2016 – 16:45 – 18:15, Room Bering (150) – Blue Zone*
The Paris Agreement has entered into force. What is going to happen now? How can Brazil implement, cooperate, and share knowledge and experiences with other strategic players? The challenge of implementing the NDC seems even more relevant for those countries with a large forest asset. Brazil stands out as an important player and has the great task of discussing how its goals will be implemented. The Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture has built a forum for discussion and co-creation among key players of Brazilian society – civil society, private sector, academia and financial sector – to help in the transition to a low-carbon economy, including solutions and investment opportunities for sustainable agriculture and forestry. This event intends to bring together decision and opinion makers from countries that are key in these fields in order to learn and share experiences about the political, technical and financial aspects of the Paris Agreement implementation agenda.


  • Blairo Maggi – Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil
  • José Sarney Filho – Minister of Environment of Brazil
  • Ethel Sennhauser – Director of the Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
  • Barbara Buchner – Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Marcelo Furtado – Facilitator, Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture
  • Erick Solheim – Executive Director, UNEP – to be confirmed

Unlocking Private Finance for Resilience – From Talk to Action

November 18, 2016 – 10:30-12:00, EU Pavilion, Blue Zone*
The panel will discuss two initiatives that are focused on mobilizing private finance at scale:

  • GNIPlus works at the systemic, national level to create the enabling environments –the regulatory and policy frameworks – to allow private finance to flow.
  • The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance identifies, develops, and launches cutting edge climate finance instruments to drive billions of dollars of private investment into climate mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

These two initiatives offer practical solutions to the challenge of mobilizing private finance for adaptation and resilience. They also have the ability to accelerate NDC implementation and move quickly from talk to action. Panelists include:

  • Jane Wilkinson, Director, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Fraser Brown, IUCN and World Agroforestry Center
  • Alex Mulisa, FONERWA
  • Baronness Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth
  • Moderated by Chris Dodwell, Ricardo Energy & Environment

*Note that entry to Blue Zone events requires accreditation with UNFCCC.
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