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Closing Press Conference

Closing Press Conference

High-level side event on mountains and CC adaptation: Presentation of outcomes of 5 UNEP Outlooks

High-level side event on mountains and CC adaptation: Presentation of outcomes of 5 UNEP Outlooks
Venue: Peruvian Pavilion
Lunch time
Focal point - Matthias Jurek

10:00 - 11:30
Promoting International cooperation on climate change adaptation in mountain environments - from Rio to Lima to Paris

Mountain environments provide essential services, such as capturing water for the needs of over half of the world’s population and allowing irrigation and energy production. Climate change threatens these services, which calls for the immediate implementation of adaptation measures in mountain environments. The Rio+20 Summit recognized the role of mountains and the need for strengthened cooperation for sustainable development in mountain regions. Adaptation to climate change is one key area which requires such strengthened international cooperation, by allowing countries to share adaptation knowledge and experience. The side event will include the launch of several regional assessments on climate change and adaptation in mountain regions (carried out in a UNEP-led project funded by Government of Austria), which will highlight not only the shared climate challenges in mountain regions, but also the opportunities that exist for regional and international cooperation. The importance of regional plaforms and initiatives facilitating cooperation on resilience building and adaptation (such as the Andean High Initiative), supported also under the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) will be discussed alongside emerging financial mechanisms for adaptation in mountain regions including the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Venue: Perú Pavilion

13:15 - 14:45
Adapting and building resilience to climate change in mountain communities

How can the Mountain Partnership bolster resilience to climate change in mountain regions? The Government of Lesotho, The Mountain Institute, Colorado State University and partners will focus on the nexus of food security, water and gender considering national policies and local solutions

Speakers: Government of Lesotho, The Mountain Istitute, Colorado State University, Mountain Partnership Secretariat

Venue: Room 5

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10:00 - 18:00
COP21 opening, opening ceremony of the Leaders Event, and Leaders’ Event

COP21 opening, opening ceremony of the Leaders Event, and Leaders’ Event

 

 

18:00
From Science to Policy: Contributions from Science to the Management of Water Resources, Biodiversity and Climate Change

Venue: Peruvian Pavilion, COP21 venue (Le Bourget) Blue zone   
 

18:15 - 19:45
Sustainable use of natural resources: An essential solution to climate change

Sustainable use of natural resources: An essential solution to climate change

Event Flyer

Venue: Nordic Council of Ministers’ Pavilion: : New Nordic Climate Solutions “Blue Zone”, Hall 2B, Room 65 – COP21, Le Bourget, Paris

10:15 - 13:30
Forest - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Forest - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

11:15 - 12:45
Towards a sustainable financial system: lessons from UNEP Inquiry

Towards a sustainable financial system: lessons from UNEP Inquiry national case studies (in partnership with I4CE)

Venue: Le Bourget

13:15 - 14:45
Delivering the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: Resilience in Action

Aligning adaptation efforts to the Sendai Framework can deliver practical action and build resilience. Lessons from Parties and the UN Plan of Action on DRR for Resilience are considered. Implementation of sectoral approaches, transboundary and regional cooperation will be addressed as well.

Venue: Observer rm 01 (300pax)

13:15 - 14:45
High-Level Event on Carbon Pricing

This session will focus on the role of carbon pricing in mitigation pledges countries are putting forward for Paris. Experts from the IMF, World Bank, and various country governments will discuss key issues in the design of carbon pricing and lessons learned from experiences to date.

Venue: Observer rm 10 (500pax)

15:00 - 18:15
Agriculture - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Agriculture - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

15:00 - 16:30
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): Achievements and Opportunities for Developing Country Involvement

1 year of CCS at Boundary Dam, the world’s first full-scale project on a coal power plant; 19 years of CCS in the North Sea region; CCS policies; EU pilot projects; and new project collaboration opportunities at Boundary Dam and in offshore storage open to developing countries and CTCN.

Speakers: Mike Monea, Saskpower; Philip Ringrose, Statoil; Luke Warren, CCSA; Ton Wildenborg, CO2GeoNet; Katherine Romanak, University of Texas; Jukka Uosukainen, UNEP/CTCN; and Tim Dixon, IEAGHG

Venue: Observer rm 04 (200pax)

Contacts:

University of Texas at Austin
Ms. Katherine Romanak, katherine.romanak@beg.utexas.edu, +1 512 4716136

Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA)
Ms. Judith Shapiro, judith.shapiro@ccsassociation.org, +44 20 30318750

CO2GeoNet - The European Network of Excellence on Geological Storage of CO2 (CO2GeoNet)
Mme Isabelle Czernichowski-Lauriol, i.czernichowski@brgm.fr, +33 6 35527069

Farmers' Day - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Farmers' Day - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

10:15 - 13:30
Resilience - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Resilience - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

10:30 - 12:00
Global understanding of country-level impacts to support action on climate change: the CLICC project

The Country-Level Impacts of Climate Change (CLICC) project aims to facilitate global and national understanding of country-level climate impacts to support climate action through the development of an approach for communicating these impacts and risks in a more consistent way. It also aims to promote good practice and collective learning in assessing these impacts.

There is currently no international process for presenting information about climate impacts consistently at the national level. UNEP aims to strengthen the ability of countries to integrate climate change responses into national development processes and build capacity of countries to generate access, analyze, use and communication climate information and knowledge to facilitate global, regional and national policymaking. The aim of the project is to establish a long-term process, supported and coordinated at the international level.

UNEP envisions CLICC as a well-established international process for presenting information about climate impact consistently at the national level for effective adaptation and mitigation. CLICC will provide a tool through which countries capacities will be strengthen to undertake regular reporting of country-level impact of climate change and producing report.

For more information about CLICC: http://www.unep.org/provia/CLICCPROJECT/tabid/1060147/Default.aspx

Venue: Room Brussels, European Pavilion

11:30 - 13:00
One Ocean, One Climate, One UN: Working together for a healthy and resilient ocean

This event will highlight UN system activities on assisting States increase their knowledge base, including an enhanced understanding of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the marine environment, and build their capacity to adapt to such impacts and achieve mitigation goals.

Event Flyer

Partners: IOC/UNESCO, IMO, FAO, UNEP, WMO, UN/DOALOS

Contacts: Julian Barbiere (IOC/UNESCO), +33145684045, j.barbiere@unesco.org

Venue: Room 4, UNFCCC Zone

12:30 - 14:00
Coastal ecosystems, the first line of defence for adaptation

Coastal ecosystems provide essential ecosystem goods and services for over 500 million people worldwide. They are valued for their role as the first line of defence against wave action and tropical storms. They provide food, support livelihoods and generate tourism revenue to many of the world’s poorest coastal communities. However, climate change has emerged as a significant and real threat to the integrity and productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems globally, particularly SIDS. Anticipated trends in sea level rise, increases in sea surface temperature, as well as changes in the precipitation cycle and patterns of extreme events could severely affect the sustainable development prospects of SIDS. Supporting the process to build adaptation capacity for SIDS communities and governments alike is therefore of paramount importance. This side event brings together government representatives from the Seychelles and Grenada, UNEP and the Convention on Biological Diversity to share experiences and chart an actionable way forward for achieving large scale coastal ecosystems based adaptation.

Venue: EU pavilion

12:30 - 13:30
The importance of coastal ecosystems for adaptation: Experiences from Small Island Developing States

Venue:  EU pavilion

13:15 - 14:45
UNEP/SEAN-CC Lead: Climate Knowledge Networks and Partnerships

UNEP/SEAN-CC Lead: Climate Knowledge Networks and Partnerships

Venue: OECD Pavilion

13:15 - 14:45
UNFCCC Technology Mechanism: Enhancing Climate Technology Action

The Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) will share updates on recent initiatives in climate technology transfer.

Panel members:
•             Matthew Kennedy, Chair of the Advisory Board of the CTCN

•             Kunihiko Shimada, Chair of the TEC

•             Jukka Uosukainen, Director of the CTCN

•             Party representatives engaged with the CTCN and TEC

Venue: Observer rm 01 (300pax)

13:30 - 15:00
UN Oceans side event

UN Oceans side event
Venue: Blue zone

15:00 - 18:15
Resilience - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Resilience - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

16:30 - 18:00
GCCA - Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MOECAF/UNEP/UN-Habitat): key elements of Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

GCCA - Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MOECAF/UNEP/UN-Habitat): key elements of Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan
Venue: EU Pavilion

Young and Future Generations Day

YOUNGO Day - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

YOUNGO Day - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

02:00 - 03:30
Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative in the Southern African Sub-region

Adaptation knowledge gaps remain a barrier to widespread and successful adaptation actions.  LAKI (Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative), endorsed by the Peruvian Presidency of the COP20 to the UNFCCC under the Nairobi Work Programme, aims to address adaptation knowledge gaps that impeded the implementation of adaptation action, through a reiterative process of prioritization of knowledge gaps and implementation of response actions in the context of sub-regions. 

The event aims to present the result of the LAKI workshop in the Southern African subregion, held in Johannesburg on 16-18 November 2015. The workshop, in the unique context of the Southern African subregion, identified and prioritized 16 knowledge gaps, with identified deliverable(s) and beneficiaries for each of them. Prior to the South African workshop, LAKI events took place in the Andean and Western Asian subregions respectively, and the experiences in these subregions will also be presented. 

Experts who organized/attended the subregional workshops, as well as representatives of the UNFCCC secretariat and UNEP will address the event as the speakers/panelists.

Venue: Africa Pavilion
 

08:30 - 10:00
CTCN Technical Assistance in Practice

The CTCN provides technical assistance in response to requests submitted by developing countries via their nationally-selected focal points, or National Designated Entities (NDEs). Upon receipt of such requests, the CTC quickly mobilizes its global Network of climate technology experts to design and deliver a customized solution tailored to local needs.  Panel members will share concrete cases of CTCN technical assistance that have been implemented and discuss two specific issues: First, how these can be supported through private sector investment; second, to what extent the assistance provided has helped to break down barriers to technology innovation and transfer. 

Panel Members:

  • CTCN Director
  • CTCN Climate Technology Manager
  • CTI FPAN
  • CTCN National Designated Entity (NDE)
  • CTCN Consortium Partner
  • Private Sector representative
  • Moderator: DNV GL

Venue: WBCSD/IETA pavilion

09:00 - 18:00
OECD Insurance and Private Pensions Committee

OECD Insurance and Private Pensions Committee

Venue: Paris

10:00 - 18:15
Mobilizing and building the construction sector for climate action

Focal point - Curt Garrigan
Venue: Innovations Gallery

10:15 - 13:30
Transport - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Transport (LPAA)
 

10:45 - 12:00
Lima Paris Action Plan: Buildings Day, Session A: Buildings and Climate Change

The Buildings and Climate Change panel will address the building sector and climate change policy; regulatory frameworks and technology needs; measurement and accountability; and climate solutions in the building sector. The CTCN will share examples of building-related technical assistance and capacity building it can provide to developing countries and how the private sector can partner on technology transfer.

Panel members :
• Jukka Uosukainen, Director of the CTCN

Venue: Green zone

15:00 - 18:15
Buildings - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

The building sector has an oversized environmental footprint, yet significant opportunities exist to change and to meet the challenges of climate change. How can building sector stakeholders collaborate to better share information and knowledge, develop and share solutions generated by governments, businesses and civil society, and facilitate greater scale of actions to help transform the building sector and contribute to the 2 degree path?

Buildings Day Agenda
 

16:45 - 18:15
NAP-GSP - Cambodian Government

NAP-GSP - Cambodian Government
Conference Venue

BINGO Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

BINGO Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Momentum for Change event on the Goba Investor Platform on Climate Change

Momentum for Change event on the Goba Investor Platform on Climate Change (UNEP FI, GIC, CDP)
 - room and timing to be confirmed by UNFCCC
 

Ocean Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Ocean Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

10:00 - 11:30
Global Adaptation Network

Venue: Japan Pavilion
 

10:15 - 13:30
Private Finance - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Private Finance - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)
 

 

 

10:45 - 13:00
Education Day

Education Day Flyer

Venue: Le Bourget, Climate Generation Space

11:25 - 12:10
Harnessing private finance to INDC’s and national decarbonisation pathways

Harnessing private finance to INDC’s and national decarbonisation pathways (in partnership with UNFCCC)

Venue: Le Bourget

12:00 - 14:00
Fiscal policies for a low carbon and Inclusive green economy: The role of fossil fuel subsidy reform

Event Flyer

Venue: The German Pavilion, Hall 2b, Le Bourget

13:15 - 14:45
Learning to live with climate change - accelerating climate change education and awareness-raising

Education is a key vector to prepare societies for global changes, plays a critical role in achieving SDGs and putting in place a global agreement on climate change. Action for Climate Empowerment:  how do we deliver on the need to educate to restore balance and deliver a prosperous future for all?

Co-leads: UNESCO, UNEP

Contributors: FAO, UNFCCC, UNICEF, UNITAR, WHO and WMO

Venue: Room 7

Contacts: Fanina Kodre-Alexander (UNEP), +254 723 857 463, fanina.kodre@unep.org

13:15 - 14:45
Science-based climate information – bringing climate science and climate policy closer

Science and policy are intertwined to combat climate change. This side event will be a frank dialogue among scientific and policy-related stakeholders on the role of science in the climate change policy-making process.

Side Event Flyer: English | French

Co-leads: WMO, IFAD, UNFPA

Contributors: CBD, IOC, IPCC, UNEP, UNESCO, UNU and WFP

Venue: Room 5

Contacts: Amir H. Delju (WMO), +41 (0) 22 730 8360, adelju@wmo.int

15:00 - 16:30
Momentum for Change event on the Global Investor Platform on Climate Change

Venue: Climate Action Arena

15:00 - 18:15
Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Focus Day (LPAA)

SLCP Action Day will show the pathways available for action on SLCPs, the measures available with strong commitments to act, how SLCPs reduction can be integrated across sectors, and the policies and tools enacted at various levels of government and society to mitigate these pollutants. These will be presented by a series of three to four panellists that can best illustrate activities under different themes.

Venue: Blue zone
Contacts: focal point – Helena Molin Valdes UNEP-CCAC
 

18:30 - 20:00
Call to Action: Support today's young generation in developing their knowledge and skills

There is an urgent need to scale-up action and investment in climate change education, training and awareness raising. This UN Alliance high-level event showcases innovative ways of effectively engaging all stakeholders in this transformation and the call for ambitious commitments.

Side Event Flyer

Venue: Room 7, Le Bourget - Blue Zone, Paris

18:30 - 20:00
Key findings of the UNEP Adaptation Finance Gap Update and the UNEP Emissions Gap Report

UNEP and UNEP DTU Partnership invites all to attend our side event:

Side Event Flyer

Venue: Room Brussels, EU Pavillon, Blue Zone, Le Bourget, Paris

6th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015

6th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015
Venue: Stade de France  (full day event)

Africa Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Africa Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Gender Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Gender Day Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

08:00 - 10:00
Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for Environment

Breakfast meeting

Venue: Reception room next to HALL 6 (Main Negotiations room), Blue Zone Le Bourget, Paris.

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09:30 - 12:30
The Business Case for Carbon Neutral Cities

By showcasing the best practice actions of cities and countries championing carbon neutral or low-carbon targets we can ensure that cities worldwide are inspired to take a similar leap. In particular, demonstrating the vast benefits and strong business case of such low carbon ambitions will be crucial, as will identifying and promoting the vital infrastructure that can make it possible.

Venue: Paris Le Bourget,  Innovations Gallery, Plenary Area

10:00 - 17:00
Earth To Paris

Earth To Paris — Le Hub. Petit Palais and UNESCO headquarters

Earth To Paris will bring together experts, advocates, and CEOs to discuss creative and impactful climate solutions to inspire bold, meaningful action for people and the planet.
The first day of Earth To Paris—Le Hub, 7 December, will convene at the Petit Palais in partnership with the City of Paris, and the second day, 8 December, will be held at UNESCO headquarters.  
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10:00 - 12:00
UN Women and UNEP "Women's Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship"

UN Women and UNEP "Women's Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship"
 

10:15 - 13:30
Cities and Subnationals Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Cities and Subnationals (LPAA)
 

12:00 - 12:30
Caring for Climate High-Level Business Forum

Caring for Climate High-Level Business Forum

 

13:15 - 14:45
Climate Innovators: Empowering a Global Generation of Young People

There are 1.8 billion young people around the world – the last generation that can prevent climate change. This event will feature the work of young innovators and the investments needed to ensure the entire generation is empowered to contribute to a sustainable, healthy and resilient future.

Co-leads: UNFPA and ILO

Contributors: UN Women, UNU, WHO, UNESCO, IFAD, UNEP, UNDP, OCHA

Contacts: Daniel Schensul (UNFPA), +1-401-447-8279, schensul@unfpa.org

Venue: Observer Room 4, Le Bourget, Paris

13:15 - 14:45
Exploring Co-benefits of Climate Finance for Development: Building on successes for post-2015 action

This event will explore lessons learned from UN support to member states on climate finance, particularly in delivering co-benefits for development. It will discuss actions needed beyond Paris to maximize the development effectiveness of climate finance for the broader post-2015 development agenda.

Lead: UNDP
Contributors: IFAD, UNCDF, FAO, WHO, UN-OHRLLS, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNEP and IPCC

Contacts: Jazmin Burgess (UNDP), +1 212 906 5039, jazmin.burgess@undp.org

Venue: Observer rm 03 (200pax)

13:15 - 14:45
The future of global carbon markets – Impact on businesses

Carbon markets are fast becoming a key policy instrument to combat climate change around the world. Following on from the success of the flexibility mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol to diffuse carbon pricing to all regions of the world during the Protocol’s first commitment period, the development of new carbon pricing instruments at regional, national and sub-national levels has been rapid in recent years, and market based instruments continue to gain momentum. Companies that are not already carbon constrained will need to prepare themselves for carbon legislation in the short to medium term, and a low-carbon economy in the long run.

Briefing note Side event

Venue: Climate Generations areas, Le Bourget, Room 8

13:15 - 14:45
Waste Side Event: Mitigating methane emissions: from science to innovative solutions

Waste Side Event
Mitigating methane emissions: from science to innovative solutions
Venue: Blue Zone, Room: 6

13:30 - 15:00
A presentation on CLICC: Facilitating global understanding of country-level climate impacts by Jacqueline McGlade

Jacquieline McGlade will announce CLICC project and future plan on establishing CLICC as an international process for presenting information about climate impact consistently at the national level for effective adaptation and mitigation and supporting the work of UNFCCC.  

Venue: Vietnam Pavilion

13:30 - 15:00
Business - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Business - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)
 

14:45 - 16:15
GLOBE EU side event on Climate Financing

GLOBE EU side event on Climate Financing
Venue: Le Bourget

15:00 - 17:00
CCAC High Level Assembly

The CCAC High Level Assembly will endorse and launch the implementation plan of the Coalition’s 5-Year Strategy 2020 as agreed in May 2015 in Geneva. Each country, company and organisation in our partnership will have the opportunity at the Assembly to share recent success and to signal the role they intend to play in reducing SLCPs at home, and globally. The Strategy and this Assembly marks the entry into a new phase of the Coalition, and will capture the range of collective and individual partner efforts towards our primary objective: widespread adoption and implementation of policies, regulations and practices to substantially reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).

Venue: Blue zone

15:00 - 18:30
Innovation - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Innovation (LPAA)
 

17:45 - 18:45
Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative Sustaining the World’s Food-Producing River Basins

The Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative is an association of United States Mayors along the Mississippi River which flows 2500 miles through the center of the continental U.S. and drains one third of North America. The Mississippi River Valley produces and exports the world’s largest share of food supply with the rest deriving from other critical river basins across the globe. These river basins and their food production capacity are being impacted by climate change. If the world is going to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050, then river basins must produce more food in thirty-five years than has been produced in the last ten thousand. Climate change presents one of the greatest threats to meeting the world’s near-term food demand.

Therefore, mayors of the Mississippi River, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program, Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands, the International Society for River Science, and ecoAmerica are conducting global river talks with representatives from food-producing river basins to begin an international river sustainability agreement to maintain the world’s food security in the face of climate change. The talks will take place throughout the COP with results being announced December 8, 5:45pm inside the U.S.
Center.  

Speakers:
Introductions (moderator): Mayor Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, MN

What’s at stake and the major components of an international River Sustainability Agreement: Hyram Copeland, Mayor of Vidalia, LA

Managing our water toward sustainable agriculture: Dr. Anne Schulte-Wulwer-Leidig (invited), Secretary General, International Commission for the protection of the Rhine

What the Agreement can achieve: Robby Dewnarain Ramlakhan (invited), Secretary General, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization

Moving Forward: Patricia Beneke, Director and Regional Representative for North America, United Nations Environment Program

Venue: US Pavilion

18:30 - 20:00
Health Event on Air Pollution

Health Event on Air Pollution (TBC)

18:30 - 20:00
One UN solutions for Cities and Climate Change. The new climate agreement and the new urban agenda

UNFCCC parties acknowledge that a growing number of cities take ambitious climate action & integrate climate change into urban policies. This event highlights action and solutions by the UN system to address climate change, presenting strategic & innovative approaches for the new urban agenda.

Side Event Flyer

Co-leads: ITU, UN-Habitat

Contributors: UNDP, UNIDO, WHO, Regional Commissions, UNECE, UNEP,WMO

Contact: Marcus Mayr (UN-Habitat), +254 723 697 563, marcus.mayr@unhabitat.org

Venue: Le Bourget COP21 Venue, Blue Zone, Room 4

18:30 - 21:00
Stimulating private investment in the low carbon economy: what solutions?

Stimulating private investment in the low carbon economy: what solutions? (in partnership with Aviva and the British embassy)
Venue: Paris

18:30 - 20:00
Why the climate change agreement is critical to Public Health

CC poses serious health risks, mostly for the poorest populations, but can also stimulate stronger health systems and health gains from the transition to a low-carbon economy. A robust international climate treaty is critical for public health. Focus areas: air pollution, biodiversity loss.

COP21 side event on Health
WHO key messages for COP21
Side Event Flyer

Venue: Observer rm 01 (300pax)

Caring for Climate Business Forum

Caring for Climate Business Forum  (full day event)

CCAC Working Group Preparatory meeting

CCAC Working Group Preparatory meeting.
Venue: Mercury CDG Hotel (TBC)

08:45 - 09:30
6th Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015

The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) is the largest business focused event held during the annual Conference of Parties (COP), taking place this year on 7- 8 December at COP21 in Paris.

Now in its sixth year, building on the work from Climate Action and the United Nations Environment Programme, the 2 day Forum will convene cross-sector participants from business, Government, finance, UN, NGO and civil society to create an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy.  

Venue: Stade de France  (full day event)
Contacts: Focal point – Fanina Kodre

09:00 - 13:00
Energy Efficiency Accelerator

Energy Efficiency  Accelerator event
Venue: Civil Society Zone

10:00 - 17:00
Earth To Paris

Earth To Paris — Le Hub. Petit Palais and UNESCO headquarters

Earth To Paris will bring together experts, advocates, and CEOs to discuss creative and impactful climate solutions to inspire bold, meaningful action for people and the planet.
The first day of Earth To Paris—Le Hub, 7 December, will convene at the Petit Palais in partnership with the City of Paris, and the second day, 8 December, will be held at UNESCO headquarters.  
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10:00 - 12:30
Solutions for Led Public Lighting

Solutions for Led Public Lighting
A partnership between ADEME, UNEP and les Eco Maires.

Event Flyer

10:15 - 13:30
Renewable Energy - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Renewable Energy - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)
Venue: Civil Society Zone

11:00 - 14:30
Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative Luncheon

Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative Luncheon
 

11:30 - 13:30
Role of the financial system in the transition to a low–carbon economy

Role of the financial system in the transition to a low–carbon economy (in partnership with 2DI)

Venue: Le Bourget

12:15 - 13:45
Gigaton Coalition - Launch of report

Gigaton Coalition - Launch of report
Venue: Nordic Pavillion
 

13:00 - 18:30
Innovative Capital Market Solutions for Climate Change

Innovative Capital Market Solutions for Climate Change (in partnership with EIB, AFD and Crédit Agricole)
Venue: Paris

13:15 - 14:45
Joint side-event of UNFCCC and UNEP: Presentation of UNEP 2015 Emissions gap report

The 2015 Emissions gap report is one of UNEP’s flagship products. It is a scientific assessment of the so-called 'emissions gap' – the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030, compared to levels consistent with a 2°C / 1.5° target. It is a yearly assessment of national pledges, which this year take form of 'Intended Nationally Determined Co

Side Event Flyer

Venue: Observer room 03, Blue Zone, Le Bourget

Contacts:
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Ms. Katia Simeonova, ksimeonova@unfccc.int, +49 228 8154111

13:15 - 14:45
One UN Side Event on Food security under a changing climate

One UN Side Event on Food security under a changing climate
Venue: Room 2

13:30 - 16:00
Solutions for financing low carbon economy: the European experience

Solutions for financing low carbon economy: the European experience (in partnership with Caisse des Dépôts/ELTI)
Venue: Le Bourget

15:00 - 18:30
Energy Efficiency and Access - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Energy Efficiency and Access - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

18:30 - 20:00
Looking Forward: REDD+ and the UN-REDD Programme post-2015

A UN system side event by the UN-REDD Programme on the role of forests and a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to fight climate change and realize sustainable development. The 2016-2020 role and strategy of the UN-REDD Programme will be highlighted.

Partners: FAO, UN-REDD, UNDP, UNEP

Contact: Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell (UN-REDD), +41 79 865 61 38, Jennifer.Ferguson-Mitchell@un-redd.org

Venue: Observer rm 03 (200pax)

18:30 - 20:00
Oil & Gas Side Event - Reducing methane emissions from oil & gas operation

Oil & Gas Side Event - Reducing methane emissions from oil & gas operation
COP venue, Blue Zone, Room: 4

18:30 - 20:00
Pathways to Sustainable Energy for a Climate Friendly World

The event will bring together the experiences of UN organizations to reflect on the development pathways for ensuring access to affordable and modern energy while achieving GHG emissions reduction and other environmental, health and economic co-benefits.

Co-leads: UNIDO, UNECE, IAEA and UNEP

Contributors: UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, FAO, Regional Commissions, UNDP, WMO and UN ESCAP

Contact: Yuko Nagata (UNIDO), +43 126026 3857, y.nagata@unido.org

Venue: Observer rm 02 (300pax)

18:30 - 20:00
The pivotal role of water in climate change adaptation and mitigation

The event aims to raise awareness on the centrality of water for climate change adaptation and mitigation and the role the United Nations system can play in
assisting countries in this regard. It will demonstrate good practices of how to adapt water management and water services to climate change.

Draft Programme
Side Event Flyer
Venue: Observer Room 01

19:00 - 22:00
ENERGIZE, MOBILIZE, SOCIALIZE

Solar Impulse designation of Goodwill Ambassadors
Venue: Musée de'l Homme, Paris

Media Invitation
 

12:00 - 13:15
The CTCN Technology Transfer Initiative

The CTCN will discuss its Technology Transfer Initiative, a new platform to build and leverage partnerships between the CTCN and the private sector towards the deployment of climate technology in the developing world. This session will be dedicated to the formal launch of this Initiative where participants will discuss key areas where the private sector can contribute to the fulfilment of the mandate of the CTCN while benefiting from this initiative.

Panel Members:

  • Director CTCN
  • DNV GL
  • WBCSD
  • BINGO Representative of CTCN Advisory Board
  • UNEP
  • UNIDO
  • Moderator: DNV GL/WBCSD

Venue: WBCSD/IETA pavilion

12:30
Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative: The cost of inaction - recognising the value at risk from climate change

Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative: The cost of inaction - recognising the value at risk from climate change (in partnership with Aviva)
Venue: Paris

13:15 - 14:45
National and Regional Adaptation to Mediterranean Climate Change: Forests, Landscape and Beyond

Montenegro and KKL-JNF (Israel) are cooperating on a forestry project as each country advances domestic plans to adapt to anticipated climate change impacts in the Mediterranean. How do these initiatives also advance the Regional Adaptation Framework being developed by the MAP?

Speakers: Dr. David Brand, Chief Forester;KKL-JNF; Representative of Montenegro Ministry of Agriculture; Gaetano Leone, Coordinator, UNEP MAP; Dr Sinaia Netanyahu, Chief Scientist, Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection

Venue: Room 5

Contacts:
Montenegro

Mr. Ranko Kankaras, ranko.kankaras@mpr.gov.me, +382 20 482272

Keren Kayemet LeIsrael/The Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF)
Ms. Karine Bolton Laor, karineb@kkl.org.il, +972 2 6707436

16:00 - 17:00
Solutions COP21

Solutions COP21 (in partnership with Beyond Ratings)
Venue: Paris

16:30
EU Side Event: Technology transfer for climate change mitigation and adaptation: Building an innovative technology bridge

The Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) and the UN Industrial Development Organization will discuss technology brokering as a response to developing country requests for climate technology support. Examples of mobilizing private sector, NGO, and research partners to provide technical assistance, information, and capacity building in collaboration with developing country partners will be provided. Participants will also learn how to join the CTCN and national governments to accelerate climate technology uptake.

Panel Members:

  • Jukka Uosukainen, CTCN Director
  • Li Yon, UNIDO Director General
  • CTCN National Designated Entities

Venue: EU Pavilion

16:45 - 18:15
The Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR) Programme

The Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR) Programme
Speakers: tbc
Venue: Room 5

18:30 - 20:00
Addressing Near-term Climate Change with Multiple Benefits

A high level panel discussion highlighting multiple benefits from reducing Short Lived Climate Pollutants, with links between climate and development work.

Venue: Observer rm 12 (300pax)

 

10:00 - 11:30
What is needed to unlock the power of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to help address the global climate challenge?

What is needed to unlock the power of Education for Sustainable
Development (ESD) to help address the global climate challenge?
Venue: IUCN Blue Pavillion
 

10:30
EU Side Event: Decision making for a climate resilient future: Climate Knowledge Brokers

The Climate Knowledge Brokers - a network of more than 150 leading climate information providers - will present the newly launched "Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto" and share how a connected climate knowledge ‘grid’ can be created to improve the quality and accessibility of climate-related information for decision making.

Panel members:

  • Climate Technology Centre and Network
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Other CKB partners (TBD)

Venue: EU Pavilion

11:00 - 13:00
FICCI side event (in partnership with FICCI)

FICCI side event (in partnership with FICCI)
Venue: Le Bourget

11:15 - 13:30
Can public procurement be an effective tool for fighting climate change?

Can public procurement be an effective tool for fighting climate change? organized in partnership with the Region Ile-de-France, UNEP and the French Department of State Procurement.

Introduction: Dr. Guillaume Cantillon, Chairman, Public procurement & sustainable development (minister of economy, France) (5 minutes)

Provisionnal Programme | Programme prévisionnel
Venue: Espace Génération Climat

 

11:30 - 13:00
Climate Change: One of the Greatest Human Rights Challenges of our Time

The severe impacts of climate change are an issue of justice and inequality for those experiencing them. These impacts — and responses taken to address them — threaten internationally recognized human rights.

Event Flyer

Venue: Hall 4, Observer Room 12

13:15 - 14:45
Human Mobility and climate change

Human Mobility and climate change
(IOM, ILO, UNHCR and UNU)
 

15:00 - 17:00
Side Event on the Canfin-Grandjean Report

Side Event on the Canfin-Grandjean Report
Venue: Le Bourget

15:30 - 17:00
Engaging the trillions – getting institutional investors into climate finance (in partnership with EIB)

Engaging the trillions – getting institutional investors into climate finance (in partnership with EIB)
Venue: Le Bourget

Action Day - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)

Action Day - Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) convened by COP-Presidencies

Global Landscapes Forum

Global Landscapes Forum
Palais de Congres de Paris (full day event)

RADIO FRANCE Concert

RADIO FRANCE Concert
 

13:15 - 14:45
District Energy and Buildings Efficiency - Cities enabling countries to meet their climate objectives

A bridge between the Buildings Day (Dec 3) and Energy Day (Dec 7) highlighting how improving energy efficiency in the heating, cooling and building sectors in the urban context can help cities and countries realise their sustainable development ambitions.

Buildings account for one third of global carbon emissions and represent the largest energy consuming sector in the economy. Sixty percent of this energy consumption is for heating and cooling which is largely met by fossil fuels. Combined together, building efficiency and modern district energy systems have the potential of addressing nearly half of the energy efficiency improvement needs to stay within the two-degree target.

Venue: OECD Pavilion (Blue zone)

13:15 - 14:45
International Shipping GHG emissions: recent trends and future projections

The event will describe the key drivers of the international shipping emissions and present the opportunities for achieving absolute emissions reductions in the sector, whilst ensuring that growth in world trade and demand for international shipping is not constrained.(269 characters).

Speakers: TBC: Niklas Höhne (NewClimate Institute), Simon Maxwell (IDO/CDKN), John Christensen (UDP), UNEP ED or DED, high-level panelists, ministers/ lead negotiators

Venue: Room 3

Contacts:

European Climate Foundation (ECF)
Ms. Alexandra Schulze, alexandra.schulze@europeanclimate.org, +49 30 847129113

Denmark
Ms. Anita Valentin, av@ens.dk, +45 33 923851

European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E)
Mr. Andrew Murphy, andrew@transportenvironment.org, +105 485 485001214

Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
Mr. Christian Kloeckner, unfccc@nabu.de, +276 10117 4903028498

13:15 - 14:45
Joint side-event of UNFCCC and UNEP: Presentation of UNEP 2015 Adaptation gap report

The side event will present UNEP's Adaptation Finance Gap report 2015, which provides an up to date assessment of the peer-reviewed literature and studies on the gap between costs and finance for adaptation, how this gap can be bridged, followed by a high-level panel discussion on the report’s implications for global climate policy and negotiations

Venue: Room 2

Contacts:
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Ms. Rojina Manandhar, rmanandhar@unfccc.int, +49 228 1633

 

13:15 - 14:45
The Adaptation Finance Gap – An Update

UNFCCC and UNEP invites all to att end our side event

Side Event Flyer

Venue: Le Bourget, Blue Zone, Room 01

14:00 - 15:30
Monitoring and Evaluation Adaptation: challenges and opportunities

The Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) has launched an initiative to strengthen the scientific basis for measuring, monitoring and evaluating adaptation. The initiative includes a number of commissioned papers that explore different aspects of monitoring and evaluation (M&E): the M&E of programmatic and institutional interventions; establishing two-way linkages between project-level indicators and national-level outcomes; drawing lessons from M&E of development interventions for climate change adaptation; and addressing the data and information needs of M&E. The side event present an opportunity to share some of the key findings, lessons learned and identified gaps.

PROVIA is also an important initiative to fill the knowledge gaps in VIA, identified in IPCC reports, and to provide a platform to coordinate policy relevant research in an efficient and cost effective manner. The side-event also provides a brief overview of the focus and trend of IPCC WGII on VIA.

Venue: Salle 2 of the Africa Pavilion

16:45 - 18:15
Defying Disasters: A Tri-Continental South-South Dialogue for Climate Change Solutions

An intercultural, interfaith forum for widespread adoption of integrated mitigation/adaptation measures in Africa, Asia Pacific and South America and the Caribbean through south-south cooperation and sustained exchange of information and best practices for effective response to climate threats

Speakers: Panel Discussants- 1) Mr. Ali Mohammed, CC Advisor to Pres. of Kenya 2) Phils. CC Comm. Heherson Alvarez; 3) Dr. Viktor Sebek, Ocean Security Intl, Colombia; 4) Mr. Rey Guarin, ADB- Climate Finance Readiness for South-South Partnerships Remarks- UNESCO/UNEP UNISDR Award for Global Playwright

Venue: Room 6

Contacts:
Earth Savers Movement (ESM)

Mr. Heherson Alvarez, hehersontalvarez@gmail.com, +63 2 5246662

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Ms. Debra Boudreaux, tzehuei@us.tzuchi.org, +1 626 4874849

Climate Institute (CI)
Mr. Nasir Khattak, nkhattak@climate.org, +1 703 5896072

17:30 - 18:45
Reducing GHG emissions through Sustainable Public Procurement

The 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) is a global platform that supports the implementation of SPP around the world. It was launched under the leadership of UNEP, ICLEI and KEITI in April 2014, and brings together 84 partners of governments, international organizations, NGOs, consultancies, private sector representatives, and experts in more than 40 different countries. The programme aims at

  • Building the case for SPP: improving the knowledge on SPP and its effectiveness as a tool to promote sustainable consumption and production, support greener economies and sustainable development
  • Supporting the implementation of SPP on the ground through increased collaboration, and better access to capacity-building tools and support through SPP experts.

Agenda | Event Flyer

Venue: Cities and Regions Pavilion - TAP 2015
Contacts:

  • UNEP: Mr. Farid Yaker, 10YFP SPP programme, UNEP [Tel: +33-1-4437-7610, Email:  farid.yaker@unep.org]
  • KEITI: Ms. Hyunju Lee, Sustainable Lifestyle Office, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute [Tel: +82-2-380-0642, E-mail: hjlee@keiti.re.kr]
  • ICLEI: Mr. Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director Europe, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre [Tel: +49-761/36892-0, E-mail: mark.hidson@iclei.org]

Global Landscapes Forum

Global Landscapes Forum
Palais de Congres de Paris (full day event)

10:00
African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)

10:00 - 13:00
China South-South cooperation

China South-South cooperation 

18:00 - 20:00
Key findings of the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report and implications for global adaptation goals and targets

In 2014 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published its first global Adaptation Gap Report (AGR 2014) (UNEP, 2014), which put forward a preliminary framework for assessing adaptation gaps along with an initial assessment in three selected areas: finance, technology and knowledge.

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Adaptation Gap Report

Venue: Room Roma, EU Pavilion, COP-20, Lima, Peru

10:00 - 21:00
Information Hub Overview - Paris COP 21/CMP 11

The Paris 2015 UN climate change conference (30 November to 11 December) is where governments will reach a new and universal climate change agreement.

Whether you will be in Paris or following the conference from elsewhere online and through the media, this information hub gives you a quick access point to find out how to participate and to navigate through the many pieces of information and news that are available.

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