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.