Monday, December 2

China-US High Level Dialogue Event

Time: 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM
Location: China Pavilion
Organizer(s): WRI
Speakers: Kevin Kennedy, David Waskow
WRI Contact: Kevin Kennedy, David Waskow

Tuesday, December 3

Enhancing NDCs: Opportunities in Forests, Power, Agriculture & Transport

Countries can incorporate or strengthen targets and policies in their NDCs across a wide range of sectors to curb emissions while delivering substantial economic and development benefits. At this event, WRI launches a series of papers offering guidance to countries on how to take advantage of opportunities in specific sectors.

Time: 10:30 — 11:30 AM
Location: NDC Partnership Pavilion
Organizer(s): WRI/UNDP
Speakers: TBC
WRI Contact: Taryn Fransen and David Waskow

Enhancing NDCs to Close the Emissions Gap

An overview of the latest findings from this year’s UNEP Emissions Gap Report, with options for how countries can help close the gap by stepping up the ambition of their NDCs. Speakers will offer guidance on opportunities for NDC enhancement in key sectors, such as forests, power, and transport. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

Time: 4:30 — 6:00 PM
Location: EU Pavilion
Organizer(s): WRI-UNEP DTU
Speakers: TBC
WRI Contact: Taryn Fransen

Wednesday, December 4

UK-India Collaboration to Catalyze Low Carbon Leadership by Indian Businesses

The event will present results and learning from working with Indian business to stimulate investments and initiatives to boost renewables, electric mobility, and improve energy efficiency. It will also explore how UK collaboration is helping to build the readiness of a range of businesses to scale-up low-carbon solutions (including through knowledge, technology, finance) to contribute to India’s climate goals.

Event will include introductory remarks by Mr. John Murton, COP 26 Envoy, a presentation on the Corporate Green Leadership Alliance by Mr Chirag Gajjar (WRI), and a panel discussion

Time: 5:30 PM — 6:30 PM
Location: UK Pavilion
Organizer(s): British High Commission


  • Mr. Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra (TBC)
  • Mr. Richard Abel, Managing Director, UK Climate Investments (UKCI)
  • Chirag Gajjar, Lead-Mitigation, Climate Program, WRI
  • Ritu Bharadwaj, Senior Climate Expert, IIED
  • Mr. Luca Lo Re, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Chaired and moderated by Mr. John Murton, COP 26 Envoy

WRI Contact: Chirag Gajjar

Science Based Targets: Progress in Driving Ambitious Climate Action

This event at COP25 will dive into the key findings and messages of a new report on the advance of companies setting science-based targets. A panel discussion will explore the initiative’s impact to date, and next steps for driving forward transformative climate action from the private sector. A livestream of the event will be broadcast.

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Location: WWF Pavilion, Blue Zone
Organizer(s): WWF


  • Alexander Farsan, Global Lead – Science Based Targets, WWF International
  • Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Director – Science Based Targets, CDP
  • Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, Novosymes
  • Dr Hans-Jörn Weddige, Group Coordinator Energy, Climate and Environment Policies, thyssenkrupp AG
  • Helen Mountford, Vice President – Climate and Economics, WRI
  • Jeff Turner, Vice-President Global Sustainability, DSM
  • Karol Gobczynski, Head of Climate & Energy, IKEA Group
  • Marie-Pierre Bousquet, Science-Based Targets Implementation Director, Danone
  • Reitumetse Molotsane, Programme Manager: Climate and Energy, National Business Initiative
  • Venessa Pérez-Cirera, Global Deputy – Climate & Energy, WWF International

WRI Contact: Yelena Akopian

Thursday, December 5

Agri-Food Roundtable: Advancing Climate Actions on Resilient & Sustainable Agriculture Food Chains for a 1.5° Net Zero World

The Global Commission on Adaptation is a partner on the event. This roundtable will directly address the UNCAS Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience and The Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Manifesto and the implementation of the number of specific initiatives on food and agriculture. The purpose is to increase the ambition for climate action in agriculture and food value chains to deliver inclusive, resilient and sustainable systems. This event will discuss the implementation of specific initiatives on food and agriculture including the Global Commission on Adaptation's Action Track on Agriculture and Food Security for small-scale food producers. GRP is the co-lead on resilience and adaptation under the Marrakech Partnership on Global Climate Action (MPGCA).

Time: 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM
Location: Marrakech Partnership Pavilion
Organizer(s): "Global Resilience Partnership and FAO with A2R"
Speakers: TBC
WRI Contact: Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

Climate Action and Land Use - Opportunities and Risks

This event will explore what governments and businesses can do to improve land use management with special focus on forestry and agriculture and the food, materials and fuels they provide.

Time: 12:30 PM — 2:00 PM
Location: EU Pavilion
Organizer(s): Inter IKEA Group, UNDP, FAO


  • Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply and Forest Manager, IKEA Range & Supply
  • Pankaj Bhatia, WRI
  • Others TBC

WRI Contact: Beth Elliott

Institutional Arrangements & Engagement of Stakeholders

As part of Transparency Day at the Capacity-Building Hub, WRI will highlight the importance of non-state and subnational contributions to generating high quality climate data and tracking progress toward the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Time: 1:30 — 2:45 PM
Location: Capacity Building Hub
Organizer(s): WRI, PATPA, LEDS GP
Speakers: Cynthia Elliott, others TBC
WRI Contact: Nathan Cogswell

Open Up Guide on Climate Change Data: Strengthening Transparency from the Open Data Perspective

A collaborative approach to data collection, management and disclosure can build public awareness, engage national stakeholders, and support cross-governmental coordination in developing and tracking climate responses while fulfilling Articles 12 and 13 of the Paris Agreement. This event will highlight the experiences of Uruguay and Chile in implementing a pilot of an “Open Up Guide to Climate Change Data”, including the process of identifying high priority data types, reducing fragmentation, and the potential benefits making these data open, accessible, and reusable. Discussions will touch on issues of capacity building, institutional arrangements and incentives to enhance information sharing across government and with non-state actors.

Time: 3:30 PM — 4:30 PM
Location: IFEMA, Pavilion of the Americas (IDB) - Blue Zone
Organizer(s): IDB, Open Data Charter, WRI


  • Uruguay
  • Chile (TBC)
  • Federico Brusa, IDB
  • Gabriela Burdiles, FIMA
  • Natalia Carfi, Open Data Charter
  • Jesse Worker

WRI Contact: Jesse Worker

Friday, December 6

Transport Day 2019

Transport Day 2019 is hosted by the COP25 Presidency at the Chilean Pavilion and co-organized by GIZ and SLoCaT on behalf of PPMC. Sergio will speak at this event, which is meant to gather key stakeholders on transport and climate. The event will begin with an official welcome and opening remarks by COP25 President H.E. Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment of Chile.

Time: 8:30 AM — 1:30 PM
Location: Chilean Pavilion
Organizer(s): GIZ and SLoCaT on behalf of PPMC
Speakers: Sergio Avelleda
WRI Contact: Ben Welle

Approaches, Opportunities and Options for Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

In this event, participants will discuss effective approaches to identifying opportunities for enhancing NDCs as well as challenges and strategies to overcome them. It will also discuss how insights from the preparatory process of implementing existing NDCs could inform NDC enhancement.

Time: 1:30 — 3:00 PM
Location: Japan Pavilion
Organizer(s): WRI, JICA, UNDP


  • Jun Ichihara, JICA Chief Advisor/Expert to SPI-NAMA Project in Vietnam, JICA
  • Kimberly Todd, Technical Specialist, Climate and Forests Team, UNDP
  • Representative of Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Vietnam TBC

WRI Contact: Ichiro Sato

Saturday, December 7

MPGCA Transport: More Ambitious Climate Actions for Low Carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Transport

This transport action event will showcase the efforts made by various transport stakeholders to create the building blocks for a low carbon, sustainable pathway to 2050. Discussing ways to maintain momentum through 2020 and beyond, the event will focus on both mitigation and adaptation measures, as well as cross-cutting issues such as gender and accessibility. Ben will speak about NDC enhancement in the transport sector, presenting a WRI working paper on this topic.

Time: 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Location: Blue Zone, COP25
Organizer(s): Marrakech Partnership, ITF, SLoCaT
Speakers: Ben Welle
WRI Contact: Ben Welle

Building the Resilience of the Ocean Economy

This side event will launch a new scientific paper commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy that provides first of its kind analysis of the projected impacts of climate change across reef tourism, wild capture fisheries and mariculture at the country and regional level. These projections provide the foundation for a set of solutions to build the resilience of these sectors and ensure their continued viability for future generations.

Time: 11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Location: Pacific Building
Organizer(s): High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Speakers: High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy Expert Group

  • Taholo Kami, Figi
  • Maria Damanaki, TNC
  • Peter Thompson , UN Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Manuel Barange, FAO

WRI Contact: Eliza Northrop

Unfolding the Tools that will Accelerate the Energy Transition

This side event will bring together a variety of policymakers and private sector leaders to focus on how policies and technology solutions available today can cost-effectively support the decarbonization of our energy systems. To achieve climate neutrality, we must cut energy consumption and cover the remaining demand with renewables. Jennifer Layke will speak on how the Three Percent Club is working to identify and implement energy efficiency solutions.

Time: 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Location: Nordic Pavilion
Organizer(s): Danfoss
Speakers: Jennifer Layke
WRI Contact: Jennifer Layke

The Urban Opportunity: Transformative Climate Action in Practice

Drawing on new evidence from the Coalition for Urban Transitions’ Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity Report, and best practices from the C40 Cities Finance Facility and C40 Climate Action Planning Programme, this event will demonstrate why seizing the urban opportunity is critical to our future prosperity and to tackling the climate crisis. Looking at the importance of national government and local government action, the event will start with a keynote address that explores the vital importance of urban climate action and the immense social and economic benefits of creating compact, connected and clean cities. This will be followed by a panel discussion with examples of transformative climate action in cities, including developing and implementing climate action plans and financing sustainable urban infrastructure.

Time: 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM, followed by a reception
Location: UK Pavilion
Organizer(s): the Coalition for Urban Transitions, C40 Climate Action Planning Programme, C40 Cities Finance Facility


  • Helen Mountford, Vice President for Climate & Economics, WRI
  • Vera Scholz, Director, Climate, Environment & Infrastructure Division Climate, Environment, GIZ
  • Mario Silva, Director General, Metropolitan Planning Institute of Guadalajara (IMEPLAN)
  • Dr. Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy InitiativeCPI
  • Ramón Rodríguez, Urban Energy Lead, Arup
  • Kate Hughes, Deputy Director, International Climate and Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

WRI Contact: Georgina Short

Building Ambition: From Energy Efficiency to Decarbonized Buildings

Buildings and construction contribute 39% of energy-related carbon emissions globally. Emissions from buildings have risen for the last two years, but in fact the building sector must decarbonize by 2050 if countries are to meet the targets set out in the Paris agreement. This event will highlight the importance of the building sector in meeting national and global climate goals. The event will describe how several global initiatives seek to support ambitious action by cities and countries, including 5 years of experience with the Building Efficiency Accelerator as well as two initiatives newly launched at the UN Climate Action Summit: the Three Percent Club on Energy Efficiency and the Zero Carbon Buildings for All initiative

Time: 6:15 PM — 7:45 PM
Location: GEF/GCF Pavilion
Organizer(s): GEF, GCF
Speakers: Jennifer Layke
WRI Contact: Debbie Weyl

Sunday, December 8

Development and Climate Day

This event is a day of informal discussion and dialogue linking climate change and development. World Resources Institute is a contributing partner of D&C day. The World Resources Institute Climate Resilience Practice and Global Commission on Adaptation teams have assisted in organizing and planning panel sessions on Agriculture, Finance, and Infrastructure in correspondence with the Commission's Action Tracks, and integrating the cross-cutting element of the Locally Led Action Track. This event welcomes everyone at the frontline of sustainable development and climate agendas to join, including practitioners, NGOs, grassroots organization representatives, national climate leaders and policymakers at all levels.

Time: 9:00 AM — 6:15 PM
Location: Hilton Madrid Airport Hotel
Organizer(s): Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, International Institute for Environment and Development, WRI
Speakers: TBC
WRI Contact: Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

Monday, December 9

Land Matters: How Do We Get to Zero in Corporate Climate Targets?

Time: 9:30 AM — 11:00 AM
Location: IETA Pavilion
Organizer(s): Mars, Gold Standard, WWF


  • Margaret Kim, CEO, Gold Standard
  • Ashley Allen, Mars Incorporated
  • Tim Juliani, WWF
  • Pankaj Bhatia, WRI

WRI Contact: Beth Elliott

Means of Implementation Day

The Global Commission on Adaptation is co-hosting this event and co-leading on the development of the session with the GRP. Carter Brandon, Nisha Krishnan, and Dominic Molloy (Managing Partners, WRI and Global Center on Adaptation) will be speaking over the course of the panel and discussion, largely on the Commission's Finance Action Track TA Program.

Time: 11:00 AM — 12:30 PM
Location: COP Venue, Capacity Building Hub
Organizer(s): Paris Committee on Capacity-Building (PCCB)
Speakers: Nisha Krishnan, Carter Brandon
WRI Contact: Nisha Krishnan, Carter Brandon

How Can Considering Public Health and Air Pollution Issues Raise Ambition on Climate Change?

This event will discuss how countries from around the world can integrate actions to mitigate climate change with solutions to public health challenges, like air pollution, in ways that will simultaneously boost NDC ambition and achieve public health goals.

Time: 1:15 PM — 2:45 PM
Location: Room 4
Organizer(s): Organized by Imperial College London and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition


  • Dr. Johan Kuylentstierna, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Dr. Amparo Martinez, INECC, Mexico
  • Mr. Ange Benjam Brida, CIAPOL, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Prof. Paolo Vineis, Imperial College London
  • Prof. George Thurston, NYU School of Medicine
  • Ms. Katie Ross, WRI

WRI Contact: Katie Ross

Tackling Social Inequality While Enhancing Climate Ambition: Opportunities, Lessons Learned and Guidance

Climate action presents massive opportunities to reduce social inequalities, but those remain largely untapped. Lower income and disadvantaged groups often bear a disproportionate cost of current efforts and an insufficient share in their benefits. Enhancing ambition and equity of climate action are two imperatives of social justice that go hand in hand and should guide countries as they revise their climate targets by 2020 and ramp up implementation. This events will highlight pitfalls to avoid and shares examples of national examples and recommendations to step up equitable and just transitions by 2020.

Time: 1:30 — 2:45 PM
Location: IDFC Pavilion
Organizer(s): WRI, France, Peru, Spain, Uganda, UNICEF


  • Ms. Fabiola Muñoz, Minister of Environment, Peru
  • Ms. Laura Martín Murillo, Advisor on Employment and Just Transition, Minstry for Ecological Transition, Spain
  • Dr. Tom Okurut, Executive Director, Environment Management Agency, Uganda
  • Ms. Isabel Blanco, Associate Director, Lead Economist leading with Green Just Transition, EBRD
  • Ms. Zahra Abu Taha, Youth Representative, Founder of Greener, Jordan
  • Moderated by Helen Mountford, Vice-President for Climate and Economics, WRI

WRI Contact: Mathilde Bouye

Tuesday, December 10

Joint Global Environment Facility - Global Commission on Adaptation Event: "Adaptation: A Business Imperative"

This event, created in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation and the Global Environment Facility, will bridge the gap between the private sector and the adaptation community. It will allow for the establishment of the private sector as a co-actor with government in scaling up adaptation in critical systems, as identified in the Global Commission on Adaptation's (GCA) Flagship Report and Action Tracks such as the Agriculture and Infrastructure Action Tracks. GCA Commissioners as well as private sector leaders will highlight adaptation as a business imperative and share opportunities and ideas to catalyze adaptation action.

Time: 9:00 AM — 10:30 AM
Location: COP Venue, GEF/GCF Pavilion
Organizer(s): Global Environment Facility & Global Commission on Adaptation


  • Andrew Steer, CEO and President of World Resources Institute; GCA Commissioner
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility; GCA Commissioner
  • Chris Brown, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam International
  • Pierre Buffet, Director of Analysis and Strategy, CEO Office, ACCIONA
  • Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director, Climate & Energy, Cities & Mobility and Circular Economy, WBCSD
  • Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service & Communications for Fiji; GCA Commissioner
  • Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change for Canada; GCA Commissioner
  • Deon Nel, CEO, Global Resilience Partnership

WRI Contact: Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor – A New Cooperative Initiative That Targets the Most Vulnerable

This event will discuss the Building the Climate Resilience for the Urban Poor (BCRUP) initiative, developed by the Governments of Kenya and Brazil in collaboration with UN Habitat. The initiative will focus on building the resilience of 150 million slum and informal-settlement dwellers in 140 ‘hotspot’ cities in 50 developing countries, by 2023, identified according to informality and climate hazard criteria. By 2030, it will be scaled up to reach the estimated 600 million slum dwellers at risk of the impacts of climate change. This Initiative was identified as a priority action by the Global Commission on Adaptation in their flagship report. Commissioner Sheela Patel will give the event's keynote speech.

Time: 9:00 AM — 10:30 AM
Location: COP Venue, Turkish Pavilion
Organizer(s): UN-Habitat


  • Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Co-Manager, Global Commission on Adaptation, Action Tracks
  • Sheela Patel, GCA Commissioner

WRI Contact: Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

Sustainable Innovation Forum

The 10th annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019 in Madrid, Spain, will facilitate direct engagement between private and public sector leaders to accelerate action on issues like clean energy, energy access and climate change. World Resources Institute is a Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019 Programme Partner.

On the first day, Jennifer Layke will moderate the panel "Transitioning Toward a Cleaner, Smarter Energy System of the Future" on new technologies, business models, regulation and policy frameworks to drive a secure, cost-effective clean energy transition. On the second day, Ben Welle will host a roundtable discussion on sustainable mobility.

Time: December 10 – 11, 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Location: Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones
Organizer(s): Climate Action

Speakers: Ben Welle, Jennifer Layke
WRI Contact: Ben Welle, Jennifer Layke

Pricing Climate Risk into Investment Decision Making: The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment

It is widely accepted that Physical Climate Risks (PCRs) are not properly priced into different investment decision-making processes. However, investors are now recognizing the financial materiality of PCRs to all asset classes and investments and are seeking solutions to address these risks. Launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in September, the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) aims to foster a more accurate integration of physical climate risks into investment decision-making, driving a shift toward a more climate resilient economy for all countries, including the most vulnerable.

It is widely accepted that physical climate risks are not properly priced into different investment decision-making processes. However, investors are seeking solutions to address these risks. Launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in September, the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment aims to foster a more accurate integration of physical climate risks into investment decision-making, driving a shift toward a more climate resilient economy for all countries, including the most vulnerable.

The Global Commission on Adaptation, as a co-host of this event, will connect this work to its Finance Action Track, and Commissioners Emma Howard Boyd and Peter Damgaard Jensen will speak at the event. A Green Finance Institute reception will follow the event.

Time: 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Location: COP venue, UK pavilion
Organizer(s): Willis Towers Watson, Global Commission on Adaptation, WEF, UK


  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, UK
  • Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO, PKA Ltd

WRI Contact: Nisha Krishnan, Carter Brandon

Addressing Climate Change with “Nature-Based Solutions:” Best Practices and Cooperation Opportunity

Representatives from governmental organizations, international NGOs, research institutes, as well as environmental foundations are invited to discuss good practices of NBS in the process of addressing the climate change and pursuing sustainable development. The event is aimed to facilitate the dialogue and knowledge sharing on NBS; to consolidate the achievements of the Climate Action Summit and to improve international cooperation on NBS for a more sustainable world.

Carter Brandon, Senior Distinguished Fellow for the Global Commission on Adaptation at WRI, is a keynote speaker for this event and will discuss the work of the Global Commission on Adaptation's Action Track on Nature-Based Solutions.

Time: 11:00 AM — 12:30 PM
Location: COP Venue, China Pavilion
Organizer(s): National Center for Climate Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China
Speakers: Carter Brandon (WRI), Mr. Zhao Yingmin (Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment of China)
WRI Contact: Carter Brandon

Accelerating America's Pledge Report Launch

Launch of Accelerating America's Pledge. The event will include a discussion of the report findings and panels featuring U.S. and international subnational leaders discussing the role of strong subnational action in supporting national and global ambition. public

Time: 1:00 — 4:00 PM
Location: U.S. Climate Action Pavilion
Organizer(s): America's Pledge & Bloomberg Philanthropies


  • Kevin Kennedy, WRI
  • Nate Hultman, UMD
  • Carla Frisch, RMI

WRI Contact: Kevin Kennedy

Going Net Zero: In Long-Term Strategies and the Ambitious NDCs and Robust Governance to Get Us There

This high-level side event taking place at COP25 in Madrid, Spain will focus on the growing international momentum around net-zero targets, and how this can drive more ambitious national climate action in line with the science and decreasing costs of clean technologies. Government representatives and experts will also explore how governance frameworks for delivering net-zero goals, like the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, can be effective tools for driving action.

Watch the Livestream and follow on @WRIClimate

Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Location: Room 1
Organizers: UK and WRI


  • Claire Perry O’Neill, COP26 President-Designate, UK
  • Lord Ian Duncan, Minister for Climate Change, UK
  • Joao Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment, Portugal
  • James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, Minister of Statistics, and Associate Minister of Finance, New Zealand
  • Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Economy, Fiji
  • Tina Stege, Climate Envoy to the President, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Andrea Meza, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, WRI
  • Lola Vallejo, Climate Programme Director, IDDRI
  • Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform

WRI Contact: David Waskow, Katie Ross

Hashtags: #GoingNetZero #TimeforAction

Wednesday, December 11

Mainstreaming Low Carbon Development Economy Into Policy Planning: Country Experiences

The Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) is a major undertaking by the Government of Indonesia with support from NCE and WRI Indonesia. The LCDI analysis informed recommendations for low-carbon, sustainable development policies, interventions, and investment strategies based on feedback relationship between climate systems, the environment and the socio-economy. Further, it provides analytical inputs to Indonesia’s Medium Term Development Plan and to the Country’s Long Term Development Vision known as Indonesia Vision 2045. This event will highlight those results and share country experiences from Indonesia and other emerging economies about mainstreaming low-carbon development into policy planning.

Time: 9:00 — 10:30 AM
Location: Indonesia Pavilion
Organizer(s): BAPPENAS
Speakers: Lord Nick Stern (TBC), other speakers
WRI Contact: Egi Suarga

Vision and Strategy of Adaptation to Climate Change

Co-hosted by National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Global Center on Adaptation, and World Resources Institute, this event will invite domestic and international government officials and experts to discuss national strategies, policy mechanisms, actions and practices of climate change adaptation, to raise people's awareness and help building capacity to adapt to climate change and call on all sectors of the society to take active actions. Andrew Steer will be a keynote speaker at this event.

Time: 11:00 AM — 12:30 PM
Location: China Pavilion
Organizer(s): National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Global Center on Adaptation, and World Resources Institute


  • Andrew Steer, CEO and President, WRI
  • Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister, Ministry of Ecology and Environment
  • Xu Huaqing, Director, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation

WRI Contact: Rebecca Carter

Community Resilience Partnership Program: Scaling Up Investments in Local Adaptation

This session will introduce the Community Resilience Partnership Program (CRPP), aimed at supporting governments in Asia-Pacific region to scale up investments in adaptation through pro-poor development approaches. Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Action Track Co-Manager for the Global Commission on Adaptation at WRI, will moderate this event. The event will link the work of the CRPP to the Global Commission on Adaptation's Action Track on Locally Led Action.

Time: 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM
Location: Room 1
Organizer(s): Asian Development Bank


  • Woochung Um, Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank
  • Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC
  • Arghya Sinha Roy, UNECLAC
  • Representatives from Govt of Cambodia
  • Representatives from Govt of Tonga
  • IIED
  • ADB

WRI Contact: Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

Informal Dialogue on Adaptation: Closing the Implementation Gap

This event will allow NDC Partnership members and other countries and stakeholders to highlight opportunities to put adaptation planning into motion and show that implementation is happening. It will be an in-depth conversation on links between planning and implementation of adaptation on two critical topics: building coastal resilience and mainstreaming adaptation for human health.

Time: 3:00 — 4:00 PM
Location: NDCP Pavilion
Organizer(s): WRI, NAP Global Network, NDC Partnership


  • Anne Hammill, Director, NAP Global Network (moderator)
  • Dr. Rebecca Carter, Deputy Director, Climate Resilience Practice, WRI
  • Antwi Boasiako Amoah, Principal Programme Officer, Climate Vulnerabilities and Adaptation, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana
  • Shivanal Kumar, Climate Change Specialist, Ministry of Economy, Fiji
  • Shaila Shahid, Senior Advisor, Climate Change, DRR and Gender, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh

WRI Contact: Rebecca Carter

Accelerating Action on Nature-Based Solutions Together in 2020: Launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation's Nature-based Solutions Action Track

This high-level event will launch the Global Commission on Adaptation’s Action Track on Nature-Based Solutions. The Global Commission on Adaptation calls for climate risks to be reduced for hundreds of millions of people by 2030, including through nature-based solutions (NBS) and increased ecological resilience. The purpose of the event is to translate the outcomes of the Climate Action Summit into an action agenda for 2020. The event will link ambitious aspirations for 2030 that set the compass for NBS over the coming decade, with the concrete actions that can take place in 2020. To do so, it will frame the NBS process and provide an overview of the substantive NBS elements and key milestones that will be taken forward during 2020.

The event will feature rolling panels with high level representatives from governments, international organizations, civil society, private sector, youth groups and indigenous peoples, moderated by UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen.

Time: 4:30 PM — 6:30 PM
Location: IDB Pavilion
Organizer(s): Global Commission on Adaptation, Government of Canada, Government of Mexico, UNEP
Speakers: Inger Andersen
WRI Contact: Jonathan Cook

Advancing Climate Action in Agriculture and Food Systems

At this event, WRI, Oxfam, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition will launch a new paper promoting ambitious and directed inclusion of agriculture and food systems in enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions. High-level speakers will stress that resilient, productive and efficient food systems create multiple benefits over the long-term, including for adaptation and mitigation.

Time: 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM
Location: Room 6
Organizer(s): Government of New Zealand, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), WRI
Speakers: Representatives from Costa Rica, Nigeria, New Zealand, FAO, Oxfam and WRI
WRI Contact: Katie Ross

Thursday, December 12

Partnership to Strengthen Transparency for Co-Innovation in ASEAN: Climate Action Toward Increasing Corporate Value

Time: 11:30 AM — 12:45 PM
Location: Japan Pavilion
Organizer(s): Ministry of Environment Japan; PaSTI
Speakers: TBC
WRI Contact: Mima Mendoza

Indonesia’s Adaptation Plan

This event will focus on Indonesia's Adaptation Plan, drawing from country experiences for a rich discussion on emerging economies' adaptation strategies.

Time: 12:10 — 1:30 PM
Location: Indonesia Pavilion
Organizer(s): BAPPENA
Speakers: TBC
WRI Contact: Egi Suarga

Advancing the Objectives of the Paris Agreement Through Environmental Democracy in Latin America (Avanzar en los Objetivos del Acuerdo de París a Través de la Democracia Ambiental en América Latina)

The event discusses how the Escazú Agreement supports the implementation of the Paris Agreement and ensures that climate policies are shaped by and benefit those most affected by climate change, including vulnerable and marginalized populations. Adopted by 24 Caribbean and Latin American governments in 2018, it is the first legally binding regional agreement designed to ensure the rights to environmental information, public participation in environmental decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. Because environmental defenders who expose ecological destruction and human rights abuses are at particular risk — more than three such defenders were murdered each week last year — the Agreement provides special protection for them across the region to ensure the greatest number of people can play a part in addressing climate change.

Time: 1:00 — 2:45 PM
Location: Room 3
Organizers: DAR, CEPAL, CIVICUS, COICA, Escazú Agreement, FARN, FIMA, Principle 10 Latin American and Caribbean Countries, Chilean Civil Society for Climate Action (SCAC), The Access Initiative, The Elders, WRI


  • Alicia Bárcena, Secretaria Ejecutiva, CEPAL de las Naciones Unidas
  • Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland
  • Alicia Barcena, UNECLAC
  • Aida Gamboa, DAR
  • Gabriela Burdiles, FIMA
  • TBC, WRI
  • Lyndal Rowlands, Civicus
  • Moderated by Enrique Konstantinidis, FARN

WRI Contact: Jesse Worker