On 23-25 February 2010, the World Resources Institute International Financial Flows and Environment project hosted a civil society climate finance strategy session at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The objective of the meeting was to generate a shared understanding of the “climate finance” landscape. Participants came from both developed and developing countries, and from a range of backgrounds in climate change, finance, and global governance.
The discussion focused on three critical aspects of the climate finance challenge:
1. where to find the funds necessary to respond on a global scale,
2. how to build the institutions that would manage and disburse these funds, and
3. how to spend the funds in an effective way.
WRI produced a conference report that provides an overview of the civil society strategy meeting. The report does not capture the entirety of the discussion, nor does it represent a consensus of the participants. Rather, it is intended to introduce a range of views on the critical issues that surround the climate finance debate:
- What is climate finance?
- What are the challenges of financing a global response to climate change?
- Find It: Mobilizing innovative sources to scale up climate finance
- Build It: Creating legitimate institutions for climate finance
- Spend It: Using scarce resources effectively
- Civil society strategies for moving forward
Background Paper : A background paper outlining the current climate finance landscape was prepared by Jon Sohn of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP for the retreat.
Background Documents on Innovative Financial Sources for Climate Finance
Several participants presented on various topics throughout the retreat. Please find their presentations below:
- Emily Chessin, Project Coordinator
Emily Chessin is the Project Coordinator for the International Financial Flows & the Environment project(IFFE) and the external relations liaison for the Institutions and Governance Program.