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Asia Pacific Climate Week (APCW) 2021 is accelerating collaboration and integrating climate action into global pandemic recovery. Building back opens an opportunity to address social inequalities and invest in economic development that is good for humanity and nature.

The APCW 2021 Virtual Thematic Sessions take the pulse of climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities, and showcase ambitious solutions. These sessions focus on priorities identified earlier in the year at the Virtual Regional Roundtables and the outcomes will be carried forward to the Ministerial Sessions later this year. This is an opportunity for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to COP 26.

The APCW Virtual Thematic Sessions are scheduled from 6 to 9 July and will be hosted by the Government of Japan. The Alliance will be partaking in the following events:


Enhancing Access to Climate Finance: Challenges and Opportunities at the Urban Level

6 JULY 2021 14:00 – 15:00 JST (GMT + 9)

This session aims to highlight innovative business models and financing mechanisms in the region that can be replicated to achieve climate and resilience goals by 2050, and outline how post-Covid19 recovery funds can play a role in accelerating the transformation of Asia Pacific cities. The session will see Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) Associate Director Tiza Mafira as Keynote speaker on behalf of Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, followed by a panel discussion on innovative financing mechanisms and climate finance in Asia Pacific.

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Tiza Mafira, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)
  • Jaya Dhindaw, Director of Intergrated Urban Development Program, WRI India 
  • IDCOL, Bangladesh

The Transformative Potential of National Development Banks: Driving Infrastructure Investment for Climate Action in Cities

9 JULY 2021 12:00 – 13:00 WIB (GMT+7)

This session is co-hosted by Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (the Alliance)GIZ, World Resources Institute and the Coalition for Urban Transitions. It will feature expert input by Tiza Mafira, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), followed by a panel discussion including the Alliance’s City Ambassador Mayor Abby Binay of Makati City, Philippines. The panel will address key challenges that NDBs and cities face and will put forward concrete suggestions to leverage their transformative potential for urban infrastructure development, highlighting experiences on the ground and specific contexts in Asian and Pacific countries.

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Tiza Mafira, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)
  • Mayor Abby Binay of Makati City, Philippines, and Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance Ambassador
  • Darwin Trisna Djajawinata, Operation and Finance Director, PT SMI
  • Rogier Vandenberg, Director Urban Development, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Carmen Vogt, Head of Global Section Cities, GIZ GmbH
  • Carmel Ruth Lev, Strategy & Knowledge, Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF)

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