Climate Policy Initiative will be hosting or speaking at several events in the margins of the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, September 23-27 in New York City.


Building a Resilient Future

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September 22, 8am-6pm
University Center, The New School – 63 Fifth Avenue

Convened by Global Resilience Partnership and sponsored by UK’s Department for International Development, this event aims to reinforce the UN Climate Action Summit focus on resilience. The event will feature interactive sessions that highlight actions and commitments towards a climate-resilient future. CPI’s Bella Tonkonogy, Associate Director, will facilitate a discussion on resilient cities, infrastructure and energy systems, and Morgan Richmond, Analyst, will present CPI’s research on adaptation finance tracking from the Global Landscape of Climate Finance.


Partnerships for ambition: Unlocking the full potential of Climate Action

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September 22, 10am-1pm
UN Headquarters

Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director at CPI, will participate in a panel discussion on “Developing new kind of partnerships to accelerate urban transitions.”


The Energy Action Forum 

September 22, 2-7pm
Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director at CPI, will moderate a session on “Finance & Investment” at The Energy Access Forum. Barbara’s session is part of the “Energy Transition Track’s Future” workshop, which will identify key drivers accelerating the energy transition, and aims to collaboratively improve and elevate the approach.

The Energy Action Forum is a convening of high-level stakeholders demonstrating a leap in collective ambition to progress on the Energy Transition Track within the UN Climate Action Summit, co-led by Denmark, Ethiopia and Sustainable Energy for All in collaboration with the UN Climate Action Summit Team.

Learn more.


Acceleration Workshop: Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator (ZEBRA)

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September 23, 8:30am-2pm

As a side event to the UN Global Climate Action Summit, P4G is convening a group of government, business, philanthropic and investor leaders to share their expertise to accelerate its Zero Emission Bus Rapid-deployment Accelerator (ZEBRA) partnership. Participants will identify next steps that will shape discussions at upcoming C40 Mayors Summit and COP25 Climate Change Conference 2019.

CPI’s Associate Director Bella Tonkonogy will speak during a panel discussion and facilitate a roundtable at this event.


Joint Expert Workshop on Paris Alignment

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September 24, 9am-12pm
4W43 Building – Social Hall, 4 West 43rd St.

In the margins of the UN Climate Summit, the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative is organizing an expert workshop on Paris Alignment in partnership with the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) and the group of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) with support from the European Climate Foundation.

CPI’s Bella Tonkonogy, Associate Director and Alex Clark, Analyst, will present CPI’s research on Paris Alignment for DFIs, “Implementing Alignment with the Paris Agreement: Recommendations for the Members of the International Development Finance Club.”


Investing for a Sustainable Future

September 24, 2:30-4:30pm
The Climate Week NYC Hub 

This session looks at the level of investment needed for companies to lead the way in delivering a low-carbon economy at an accelerated pace. It will also explore how companies can align retirement options with their sustainability strategies to achieve greater impact and remain both a resilient and attractive employer for future generations.

To achieve a clean economy that keeps global warming below 1.5°C, we need to significantly increase investments in the companies and projects that deliver a low-carbon future. Leading businesses are making commitments on renewables, EVs and innovative technology because ambitious action is needed to protect both our planet and the future of their business. These companies can also better attract and retain employees looking to work for businesses that align with their values. One way to do this is by offering ESG retirement options that support climate action while promising equal or better returns.

Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director at CPI, will provide a keynote address on “Facilitating Investments towards a 1.5°C Future.”

The event will be livestreamed here.


Driving ambition and scaling finance for sustainable infrastructure in cities

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September 25, 4-7pm
470 7th Avenue, Floor 4

Over the next 15 years, USD 93 trillion of low-emissions and climate-resilient infrastructure will be needed to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. According to The State of City Climate Finance 2015 report, more than 70% of this infrastructure will be built in urban areas, at a cost of US$4.5 to US$5.4 trillion per year. Current investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure, however, is falling far short of these goals.

In response to this need, several major initiatives are actively working to mobilize public and private investments and close this financing gap in sustainable and resilient infrastructure in cities.

This event, convened by Climate Policy Initiative, the German government, the Global Covenant of Mayors, and the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, together with the World Bank Group, Global Infrastructure Facility, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the auspices of Invest4Climate, is designed for leaders in city-level climate finance, including cities, regulators, companies, financiers and other stakeholders.

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Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance Endorsement and Launch Meeting

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September 27, 10-11:30am
The Rockefeller Foundation

The Lab, of which CPI is Secretariat, is a public-private initiative that finds, develops, and launches transformative financial instruments to mobilize private climate finance at scale. In just five years, the Lab has mobilized US$ 1.9 billion in capital for concrete projects addressing renewable energy, energy efficiency, land use, and climate adaptation programs around the world.

The Lab Endorsement Meeting will bring together Lab Member institutions to potentially endorse and launch into market the six instruments from the Lab’s class of 2019:


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