Highlights and images for 12 March 2021



Panelists during the final session of the event

Mozaharul Alam, Head, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) Secretariat, and Regional Coordinator, Climate Change Programme, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), welcomed participants to the last day of the Forum. Desiree Llanos Dee, Co-Founder of Tofu Creatives, presented the artistic summary of the fourth day of the Forum. 

Mozaharul Alam, Regional Coordinator, Climate Change Sub-programme at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Mozaharul Alam, Regional Coordinator, Climate Change Sub-programme, UNEP

Saleem Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and Independent University, Bangladesh


Participants joined a plenary session on “Finance and Investment,” which was followed by four parallel technical sessions. Antoinette Taus, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador for the Philippines and Founder of Communities Organized for Resource Allocation (CORA), moderated the closing session, including its three segments: Forum summary; high-level closing plenary; and APAN partner commitments.

Antoinette Taus Goodwill Ambassador at UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)

Antoinette Taus, Goodwill Ambassador, UNEP

Tiza Mafira, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative, Indonesia 

Takayuki Hagiwara, Regional Programme Lead, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Taus performed a song and rap about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Youseff Nassef, Director, Adaptation Division, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), then presented a summary of the Forum under five enabling conditions, including:

  • On climate governance, the need for a whole-of-society approach to resilience; 
  • On planning and processes, an emphasis on putting people at the center, political will and leadership;
  • On science and assessment, the need for a bottom-up approach to innovation and solutions in adaptation and strengthening regional and transboundary cooperation; and
  • On finance and investment, the need to integrate climate change into development finance and private sector investment.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity


Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

During the high-level closing plenary, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity, emphasized that building resilience through nature-based solutions is critical. Tina Birmpili, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification, stressed that “land is life.” Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, emphasized that the focus of the Convention in 2021 will be on implementation. 

Mozaharul Alam closed the Forum, thanking participants. 

Following the closure of the meeting, participants gathered for a virtual happy hour and karaoke.

Rico Hizon

Rico Hizon, Senior Anchor and Director for Content Development at CNN Philippines

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