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Update from WRI's Civil Society Climate Finance Strategy Meeting

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

Full Report

Other Materials

PowerPoint Presentations

Several participants presented on various topics throughout the retreat. Please find their presentations below:

For more information please contact Emily Chessin,

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