Value Change: Climate-positive action in corporate value chains
Value chain or “Scope 3” emissions are often the largest source of corporate carbon footprints, yet to date they have been the lowest area of focus for most companies. Many have not yet taken direct action in their value chains due a number of barriers, ranging from uncertainty about who is responsible for these indirect emissions to limited access to supplier emissions data. Others are taking action but have lacked guidance on how to account for the reductions from investments in their supply chains. This has limited the recognition they can receive, thereby reducing their incentives to invest in meaningful change beyond their direct operations. With support from EIT Climate-KIC, Gold Standard, Science Based Targets, Danone, Mars, and Livelihoods Fund, with contributions from additional partners, have developed the Value Change Programme, featuring several practical solutions to remove barriers to addressing value chain emissions, launching at COP24.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 3, 4:30- 5:45 PM (CET)
Location Details: WWF Panda Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: Gold Standard, Science Based Targets initiative
Improving Governance Frameworks and Unlocking Ambition with Non-State and Subnational Actors
When national, regional and local governments, as well as non-state actors, take climate action in concert, their efforts reinforce each other and unlock greater climate ambition. Speakers at this event will discuss country-led actions in Latin America and the Caribbean, exploring how those policies have led to greater integration of state and non-state actors, as well as greater transparency on national commitments.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 3, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: Press Conference Room Katowice
Tuesday, December 4
Paris Agreement Rulebook: Actions, Actors, and Capacity Building for Enhanced Transparency
More and more countries, businesses, local governments and civil society groups are taking climate action. As these diverse actors now pursue enhanced climate commitments under the Paris Agreement’s mechanism for regularly increasing ambition, we must address challenges like transparency around these commitments. This event convenes an expert panel to recommend appropriate strategies for enhanced transparency.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 4, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: Room 6
Event Organizers/Partners: Council on Energy, Environment and Water; Caribbean Community Climate Change Center
Scaling up Support to Link NDC and SDG Implementation
This workshop will give NDC Partnership members the opportunity to discuss experience, challenges and needs in developing more integrated approaches to NDC and SDG implementation, and how to use the potential of the NDC Partnership to better address these needs. The workshop will explore several potential activities and the opportunity to create a thematic working group on NDC-SDG linkages under the Partnership.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 4, 9:00 AM (CET)
Location Details: NDC Partnership Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: France, Uganda, the Netherlands, UN Development Programme and WRI
Long Term Strategy as an Opportunity for Raising Ambition on Indonesia’s NDC
This event will examine the value of long-term climate strategies as a way to update and enhance Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement. WRI experts and partners from 2050 Pathways will engage with representatives from the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and from the sub-national government, to share lessons learned from a recent study.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 4, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: Indonesian Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: WRI Indonesia, WRI Climate, 2050 Pathways
Kartini Sjahrir, Advisor for Climate Change for the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Nelson Pomalingo, Head of District, Gorontalo, Indonesia
Nirarta Samadhi, Director, World Resources Institute Indonesia
Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform
Cynthia Elliot, Associate for Global Climate Program, World Resources Institute
ICAT Country Experiences with the Development of Enhanced Transparency Frameworks
Country representatives and technical experts will provide an overview of the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), an organization that provides policymakers with the tools they need to measure and assess the impacts of their climate actions. Government representatives from countries piloting the ICAT guidance will share their experiences and discuss how countries can use transparency & assessment tools to increase the effectiveness and ambition of their climate policies.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 4, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CET)
Land Use: The Untapped Opportunity in Nationally Determined Contributions
Research shows that natural climate solutions, including the restoration and conservation of forests and land, could deliver 37% of the global emissions reduction we need by 2030. This event will explore the science behind Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry (LULUCF) targets that cover carbon emissions and removal as a result of land use activities, as well as make the case for enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions with natural climate solutions.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 5, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CET)
Press Conference to Launch Global Report ‘Creating A Sustainable Food Future’
How can we feed the world without destroying it? By 2050, there will be nearly 10 billion people on the planet. As negotiators and leaders gather in Poland for the 24th UN climate change conference, a new report lays out a five-course menu of solutions to ensure we can feed everyone without increasing emissions, fueling deforestation or exacerbating poverty.
The result of six years of research and modeling, the synthesis report of the World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future – produced by WRI in partnership with the World Bank, UN Environment, UN Development Programme, and the French agricultural research agencies CIRAD and INRA -- shows there is no silver bullet. We need to produce a lot more crops, meat and milk on the same land; lower food waste and demand for beef and lamb; use innovative technologies to reduce emissions; stop deforestation and restore forests; and much more
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 5, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: COP24, Press Conference Room, Area F Theatre
Craig Hanson, Vice President for Food, Forests, Water and the Ocean (WRI)
Nicole DeSantis, Programme Specialist & Policy Advisor for the New York Declaration on Forests (UNDP)
2050 Strategies – Planning Towards a Resilient and Prosperous Future
Building on the momentum for long-term strategies over the course of 2018, this event will provide a platform for countries to show progress and demonstrate how these strategies are helping to advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 5, 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM (CET)
National Adaptation Plan in Brasil and the Role of Subnational Governments
This event will focus on sharing and discussing technical recommendations to support the Brazilian Government in implementing its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) at the city level. Our goal is to strengthen policy-making, dialogue and coordination among government ministries and different levels of government. Speakers will discuss sustainable water management in cities as an example issue.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 5, 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (CET)
Location Details: Brazilian Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, WRI Brasil
Transformative Adaptation for Agriculture in Africa
Beginning now to identify, plan for and finance transformative adaptation offers the best opportunity to enhance global food security, avoid maladaptation, and reduce risks of conflict and crisis as climate impacts intensify. This session will explore diverse perspectives on what transformative adaptation in agriculture means, what planning tools and methods will be needed, how best to target climate finance, and how to ensure that transformation in the agriculture sector is inclusive and equitable.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 6, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CET)
Location Details: Africa Development Bank Pavilion
Making Finance Flows Consistent with Paris Objectives: Insights on Operationalizing Article 2.1c
The Paris Agreement calls for finance flows to be aligned with low emissions and climate-resilient development pathways. This event will explore how to put this key goal into practice, and what governments and non-state actors are doing to support the necessary shifts in finance. It will also serve as the launch for a working paper produced by ODI, WRI, E3G and RMI on this topic. Followed by light food and drinks.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 6, 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM (CET)
Location Details: Bieszczady Room
Event Organizers/Partners: Overseas Development Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, E3G, Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform, WRI
Moderator: Paul Bodnar, (Rocky Mountain Institute)
Amal Lee Amin (Inter-American Development Bank)
Damien Navizet (Agence Française de Développement)
Lia Nicholson (Antigua and Barbuda Department of Environment)
Nick Robins (London School of Economics)
Shelagh Whitley (Overseas Development Institute)
Archie Young (United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Multilateral Development Banks and the Paris Agreement
This event will explore how multilateral development banks are progressing on aligning their investment strategies with the Paris Agreement. WRI and partners will present a new report analyzing development banks’ progress thus far, remaining challenges and recommendations for further action.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 6, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: German Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: BMZ, GIZ, Germanwatch, NewClimate Institute
Enhancing Resilience through Nature-Based Solutions
Date, Time (Time Zone): Friday, Dec 7, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: EU Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: World Bank Group, The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Resources Institute
Developing countries are at the front line of climate change. Despite this hardship, they are taking actions to achieve resilient development by addressing the nexus of disaster risk, climate change and socio-economic development by using Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). NBS have multiple benefits as buffers from climate-related impacts; resilient water-related services, resource base for important economic sectors such as fisheries and tourism; and can increase the resilience of vulnerable communities through sustainable livelihoods. This event will provide an overview of state-of-the-art knowledge on NBS for disaster risk reduction, water related services and socioeconomic development; showcase achievements to date illustrated by country examples from LDCs and SIDS; and propose a way forward to scale up NBS to tackle climate change.
Thomson Reuters Foundation climate correspondent Megan Rowling chats to World Resources Institute Vice President of Climate and Economics Helen Mountford about how negotiations in Poland have progressed in the first week. What issues still need to be untangled, and what does it all mean for the outside world?
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 7, 3:45 PM (CET)
Saturday, December 8
Setting the Paris Agreement in Motion: Key Requirements for the Implementing Guidelines
This event will analyze what’s required to craft effective guidelines for setting the Paris Agreement into motion. Speakers will focus on how the agreement can provide for transparency, flexibility, monitoring, reporting and compliance as countries implement their climate action plans. The event will also cover existing efforts to review and promote progress under the Paris Agreement, including the Transparency Framework’s review processes and the global stocktake.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 8, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM (CET)
Facebook Live - COP24: What progress has been made at the UN climate talks?
Carbon Brief talks to David Waskow, international climate director at the World Resources Institute, at the climate conference in Katowice on what is needed to keep the Paris goals on track
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 8, 4:30 PM (CET)
Transparency in Tracking Progress Towards Climate and Energy Goals
As countries approach their National Targets on climate and energy, they are setting new sights towards goals for 2030 and beyond. Transparently tracking countries’ progress towards their goals for decarbonization, energy efficiency, and expanded renewable energy will help ensure that the Paris Agreement vision for a sustainable future can actually be achieved. This session focuses on how reporting and accountability mechanisms can help countries track their progress towards climate and energy goals, fulfill their Paris Agreement transparency requirements, inform their climate policies, and enhance the ambition of their climate action.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 8, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: EU Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: European Environment Agency, WRI
A conversation with Todd Stern, former Special Envoy for Climate Change in the Obama Administration and Sue Biniaz, the former principal legal adviser on the climate negotiations for the United States, who will discuss the future of the Paris Agreement.
Date, Time (Time Zone): Monday, Dec 10, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CET)
On November 23, the U.S. federal government released its fourth National Climate Assessment. It provides arguably the most comprehensive account yet of how climate change is impacting the U.S. now, and how it will in the future. The report confirms that climate change puts at risk every region of the country, and every sector of the economy. Join some of the contributors to the report for a briefing on the key findings, a discussion with state officials on how it can be useful for policymakers and their constituents, and a review of its political reception in the U.S. so far.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CET)
UN Global Compact, UN Environment and the UNFCCC Secretariat will convene the annual High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate. Invitees include senior business and finance executives, civil society, the United Nations, and governments. Participants will discuss the role business can play in building ambition towards low carbon, resilient development, particularly in the lead up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in 2019.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CET)
Advancing Global Climate Cooperation and Action (US-China Climate & Energy Dialogue)
This event focuses on continuing cooperation on climate change and clean energy against the background of mounting political and economic uncertainty. For several years the panelists have been continuing discussion of important issues that were at the heart of the bilateral relationship between China and the United States in the run up to the Paris Agreement. Topics to be covered include, the current status of efforts in China and the U.S. to achieve the Paris targets, the future of bilateral cooperation, and the work of parties in both countries to support international climate and clean energy cooperation and action.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 10, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: China Pavilion Area E
Event Organizers/Partners: Counsellors' Office of the State Council (China), WRI
Driving transformative climate action in cities through financing for sustainable infrastructure
This event will demonstrate how enhanced support for cities – including technical assistance, capacity development, increased access to finance and active leadership by national governments and MDBs – can significantly enhance and accelerate climate action in cities. The event will start with a scene-setting keynote by Lord Stern who will emphasize the importance of getting cities right and scaling up financing for sustainable urban infrastructure, drawing on the prominent work of New Climate Economy and the Coalition for Urban Transitions. This will be followed by a high-level panel of representatives from cities, national governments, academia and civil society to share views and experiences on how cities and nations can design, plan, and finance low-carbon, climate-resilient urban infrastructure. The event will be followed by a UK Pavilion drinks reception.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 10, 5:00 PM - 6:30PM (CET)
Location: UK Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: C40 Cities, the Coalition for Urban Transitions, C40 Cities Finance Facility
Lord Nicholas Stern, Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Economy & Climate and IG Patel Professor of Economics & Government, LSE
Facebook Live: How climate leaders are reckoning with increasingly dire warming forecasts
Live from the UN's climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, Axios energy reporter Amy Harder interviews David Waskow, the International Climate Director of the World Resources Institute and asks how climate leaders are reacting to climate reports detailing the damage that will be inflicted from a warming planet — and the unlikelihood of necessary action by world leaders.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 10, 5:13PM (CET)
Long-term Strategy in Brazil
Long-term strategies are important tools for governments to integrate the Paris Agreement into development planning. This event will showcase ongoing progress made on long-term strategies in Brazil, and help build momentum for other countries in the process of undertaking long term strategies.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 10, 6:30 PM - 7:40 PM (CET)
Location Details: Brazilian Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: FBMC, WRI Brasil, Escolhas, CBEDS
The Second Annual Capacity-Building Day is an opportunity for those working to implement low-carbon, resilient development strategies around the world to network, share best practices, and learn from each other’s success stories. Professionals in diverse fields will meet to have in-depth discussions on building countries’ capacity to implement sustainable development strategies.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 11, All Day
Location Details: PCCB Exhibit Room
Event Organizers/Partners: CB-Day Planning Committee (WRI is a co-sponsor)
Investing in Low Carbon Development: Sustainable Cities and Green Energy
This ministerial event will focus on the economic potential of cities and the energy sector to shift countries toward low-carbon infrastructure. This event will be an opportunity for country representatives and partners paving the way to low-carbon development and green growth to connect and share their knowledge.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 11, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CET)
Location Details: Novotel Centrum
Event Organizers/Partners: NCE, BAPPENAS
Lord Nicholas Stern
Minister of Environment, Japan
Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro
Tony Wagey, Executive Director of ICCTF, Indonesia
Andrew Steer, President and CEO, The World Resource Institute
Tom Owen-Edmunds, Head of UKCCU, Indonesia
Moderator across the whole event: Ping Yowargana, IIASA
Arfin Rudiyanto, Deputy Minister for Maritime and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning Indonesia
India and the ISA - Developing the Global Solar Market
WRI will sign an MoU with the International Solar Alliance at COP24, committing to collaborate in coming years to accelerate the development and deployment of solar energy. The two organizations will work together facilitate sustainable solar energy programs, policies and projects in a range of geographies.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 11, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CET)
Location: India Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: International Solar Alliance, Confederation of Indian Industry
Implementing and Enhancing NDCs with a Long-Term Perspective in Mind
Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions and enhancing them by 2020 requires keeping long-term climate and development goals clearly in view. This event will explore how countries can achieve their Sustainable Development Goals, steer financial flows to low-carbon investments, and take near-term action that’s in line with their long-term goals. Speakers will provide country examples of effective approaches.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 11, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CET)
Maximizing Adaptation Finance: Building Local Level Adaptive Capacity
This panel will improve understandings of how national and subnational enabling environments, devolved and decentralized climate structures, and subnational direct access to climate funds can support increased and effective adaptation finance and facilitate participatory action.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 11, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details: African Development Bank Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: WRI, IIED, UNCDF
Yonas Gebru (Consortium for Climate Change Ethiopia)
Partnership for Strengthening Transparency for Co-Innovation (PaSTI) - Side Event
This side event will showcase the Partnership to Strengthen Transparency for co-Innovation (PaSTI). The PaSTI helps developing countries collaborate with non-state actors in developing and using low-carbon technologies. Speakers will highlight the importance of transparency and private sector engagement in achieving the Paris Agreement goals.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 11, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM (CET)
Leveraging the SDGs to Enhance NDC Implementation and Raise Ambition: Opportunities and Country Experiences
Speakers and participants at this event will explore key opportunities to leverage the Sustainable Development Goals to encourage countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement. Achim Steiner and Andrew Steer will introduce a conversation that includes interviews with ministers about their national experiences, as well as audience participation.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 11, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CET)
Adaptation: From Today’s Lessons to Tomorrow’s Transformations
Speakers, including WRI CEO Andrew Steer and GEF CEO Naoko Ishii, will discuss the urgency, scale and breadth of the climate adaptation challenge and share practical solutions.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 12, 1:15-2:45 PM (CET)
Location Details: Warmia
Event Organizers/Partners: Global Commission on Adaptation, the GEF
NCE-OECD Joint Event on Climate and Growth
The latest OECD-UN Environment-World Bank Group report, Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure, documents that only nine out of the 180 signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change have submitted to the UNFCCC their long-term low-carbon strategies for 2050. With emissions on the rise again, governments need to focus on implementing a low-carbon model and stop investing in carbon-intensive infrastructure. This event will highlight key findings of the 2018 NCE and OECD reports, with a focus on the macroeconomic aspects of low-carbon development, just transition methods, and financial sustainability.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 12, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CET)
Location Details: European Investment Bank Pavilion
This panel and discussion event will showcase the experience of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (FBMC) in presenting recommendations for the implementation of the Brazilian NDC and for the development of the Brazilian Long-Term Strategy (LTS). Both processes were conducted through a unique multi-stakeholder approach, by which FBMC engaged more that 400 organizations from government, private sector, civil society and academia.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 12, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CET)
The Global Commission on Adaptation is hosting a panel discussion in collaboration with the UNFCCC, focusing on what is required to tip the balance in favor of scaled-up action on adaptation. Commissioners will showcase their efforts in driving accelerated adaptation across both the public and private sectors.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 12, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: Pomorze Climate Action Room 1
Event Organizers/Partners: Global Commission on Adaptation, the UNFCCC
Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency UK
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environmental Facility
The Paris Agreement invites countries to release their “long-term, low-greenhouse-gas-emissions development strategies” by 2020. To date, only six countries have communicated official strategies to the UNFCCC which detail plans for to meet development goals and reduce emissions between now and 2050. This event will profile the importance of long-term strategies for providing a clear signal to the world that limiting warming to well below 2C is achievable, and that all countries are committed to doing it. This is a time for governments to signal their intent to develop ambitious long-term strategies ahead of the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in 2019,.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 13, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (CET)
Location Details: NDCP Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: WRI, South Africa's Dept of Environmental Affairs, UNDP, 2050 PP
Launch of the South Africa Biennial Update Report Explorer
The South Africa Biennial Update Report Explorer offers open data, visualizations and analysis to gather insights on South Africa’s climate progress. It is an important part of the National Climate Change Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System established as part of national efforts to track South Africa’s overall transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient society and economy. Researchers will demonstrate how to use the data explorer.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 13, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CET)
Location Details: South Africa Pavillion
Event Organizers/Partners: Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South Africa
Pankaj Bhatia, Deputy Director, Climate, World Resources Institute; Global Director, GHG Protocol
Samuel Mabena, Manager, South Africa Biennial Update Report Explorer, Department of Environmental Affairs, South African Government
Reitumetse Molotsane, Coordinator, Climate Change Near-Term Priority Flagship Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, South African Government
Unprecedented risks and unprecedented foresight: climate security, big data and the Responsibility to Prepare
This session will paint a global picture of climate and natural resource related security risks, drawing on recent examples and innovations in big data and integrated scenario-development. Speakers will discuss how global warming scenarios can affect food security, water availability as well as jobs, growth and human well-being, leading to potentially unprecedented displacement and migration. Participants can expect to discuss the roles of major players like the EU and US, what new forms of governance we need to cope with climate challenges; and the security sector's role in preventing and responding to these risks.
Date, Time (Time Zone): December 13, 12:00 - 1:30 PM (CET)
Location Details: EU Pavilion
Event Organizers/Partners: WRI, CCS, EEAS
Minister Isabella Lövin (Sweden)
Minister David Paul (Republic of the Marshall Islands,