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'Ice funeral' ceremony by indigenous peoples

The RCP at UNFCCC COP21 convened as ‘Day of Action,’ on 8 December 2015, in Paris, France, hosted by UNDP. The morning opened with a session titled ‘Adapting from the Ground Up: A New Perspective on Private Sector Engagement and Resilience,’ where participants heard keynote speeches from Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, and Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI), which was followed by a panel discussion. The panel addressed, inter alia, the role of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in agriculture, PPPs, and regional cooperation.

The afternoon began with a session, describing the ‘Pole to Paris’ project. Project leaders and climate change researchers, Erlend Moster Knudsen and Daniel Price, shared their respective journeys, to run from the North Pole, and cycle from the South Pole, respectively. They reunited in Paris, France, on 5 December 2015, to draw attention to call on world leaders to act on climate change at UNFCCC COP21.

In the afternoon, panel sessions took place on: aggregating finance for low-carbon energy; and strengthening climate policies through the UNFCCC’ s reporting tools. The panel session on ‘Aggregating finance for low-carbon energy’ began with keynotes from Helen Clark, and Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF, and was followed with a discussion regarding a platform created by the UNDP and the GEF to bundle small low-carbon energy projects together to make them more attractive for financing at scale. Participants addressed the role of green bonds, legal regimes needed, associated risk, and resilience and governance issues. The final session of the day discussed the reporting tools available to member states to facilitate the country reporting obligations for the UNFCCC with lessons learned, regarding the process of country reporting, shared by several country examples.

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Day of Action: Implementing the Paris Agreement

Adapting from the Ground Up: A New Perspective on Private Sector Engagement and Resilience

Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, UNDP

Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

Andrew Steer, President and CEO, WRI

Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, introduced ‘Adapting from the Ground Up,’ a report produced with WRI

Robert Rutaagi, Chairperson, Uganda National Meteorological Authority

Heather McGray, WRI

Alan Miller, International Finance Corporation

Ponlok Tin, Secretary General, Cambodia National Council for Sustainable Development

Francine Stevens, Vodafone Global Enterprises

Theo de Jager, President, Pan African Farmers’ Organization, and President, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions

Ewan McDonald, Co-Chair, Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board

Abdoulkarim Mohamed, Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, Comoros


Pole to Paris

Erlend Moster Knudsen and Daniel Price shared their journeys on film, running from the North Pole, and cycling
from the South Pole to Paris, respectively

Erlend Moster Knudsen, Deputy-Director, and Northern Runner, Pole to Paris

Daniel Price, Founder, Director, and Southern Cyclist, Pole to Paris


Aggregating Finance for Low-Carbon Energy

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF

Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

L-R: Martin Berg, European Investment Bank (EIB); Arjun Batra, Lendable; Michael Eckhart, Citigroup;
Christopher Kaminker, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and,
Henning Wuester, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Christopher Kaminker, OECD

Henning Wuester, IRENA

Martin Berg, EIB

Michael Eckhart, Citigroup

Arjun Batra, Lendable

Strengthening Climate Policies Through The Convention’s Reporting Tools:
National Communications and Biennial Update Reports

L-R: Rawleston Moore, GEF; John Christensen, UNEP; and, Yamil Bonduki, UNDP

Verania Chao, UNDP

Damiano Borgogno, UNDP

Lea Kai, Ministry of Environment, Lebanon

Nguyen Van Anh, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,
Viet Nam

L-R: Daniel Tutu Benefoh, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana; Ramón Méndez, Ministry of Housing,
Land Planning and Environment, Uruguay; Lea Kai, Ministry of Environment, Lebanon; and, Nguyen Van Anh,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam

Funding for coverage of RCP has been provided by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)