UNEP FI and its role at COP 21

1-9 December 2015 | Paris, France

Significant COP21 events and side events

December 1st

Financing the Transition to Zero Deforestation

Open registration – registration link
Financial institutions can play a vital role in addressing the deforestation and degradation risks inherent in the unsustainable production, trade, processing and retail of soft commodities, especially soy, palm oil and beef. Transitioning finance for a zero deforestation economy will be necessary to mitigate risks and catalyse opportunities to finance sustainable production systems. This event will build on recent research by the Natural Capital Declaration and others to showcase examples of best practice and identify, together with the finance sector, regional and global solutions to help accelerate change.

December 2nd

Achieving Zero Deforestation in Forest Risk Commodity Supply Chains Through Enhanced Transparency and Accountability Workshop

Open registration – registration link
During the event, leading investors and companies will examine ways in which greater cooperation can catalyse rapid and positive change across sectors to enhance transparency and accountability in agricultural supply chains. Join leading organisations such as BNP Paribas, CDP, and UNEP FI to discuss how to accelerate the removal of deforestation from agricultural supply chains.

Resilience Day (Lima-Paris Action Agenda)

COP21 accreditation required
UNEP FI initiative Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of Sustainable Financial System (UNEP Inquiry) intend to launch their Sustainable Insurance Policy Forum initiative amongst other Resilience Day events. Details of Resilience Day events and scheduling are yet to be finalised.

December 3rd

Buildings Day – Towards a Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

COP21 accreditation required
The first ‘Buildings Day’ will provide an opportunity to launch an unprecedented alliance of organisations collectively committed to:

  • Helping to put the buildings and construction sector on the “below 2 °C path”
  • Aligning existing initiatives, commitments and programmes to achieve greater scale and increase the pace of efficiency actions
  • Catalysing stronger collaboration and targeting sectoral and cross sectoral climate action and solutions for all

December 4th

Private Finance (Lima-Paris Action Agenda)

COP21 accreditation required
The Private Finance session will showcase the growing availability of private finance for the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. The findings of a new report prepared by the UN Secretary-General will be presented, describing the growing commitments of financial players, the shifting of financial markets, and the transforming rules in finance from the Climate Summit in 2014 to COP21.

Investor Actions on Climate Change: Building on Momentum Past Paris

Time: 15:00-16:30
Location: Climate Action Arena
COP21 accreditation required
This 90-minute side event will bring together CEOs of pension funds and asset managers from around the world who are shifting capital in support of the low-carbon transition. It will also present an opportunity to drive further activity and commitments from the mainstream investor and finance world. This event will feature two separate but reinforcing panel discussions covering both investment practices investors can adopt and the role that they must play to influence regulators, companies and others in the financial sector to align incentives in favour of a low carbon and climate resilient economy.

December 5th During COP 21, the LPAA partners will respond to the ‘Lima Call for Climate Action’ launched at COP 20 by convening a series of events that showcase actions and commitments by LPAA stakeholders. The main Action Day is scheduled for Saturday, 5 December and will feature a High Level Meeting on Climate Action. Before and after Action Day, a series of LPAA Focus high level events will highlight commitments in each of the 12 LPAA Action Areas. A schedule of events can be found here.

Action Day (LLPA) – session on capital markets

COP21 accreditation required
Action Day (LPAA) convened by COP-Presidencies

Global Landscapes Forum – Day 1

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Organised by a cross-sectoral consortium of leading international organizations led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Global Landscapes Forum will bring together 2,500 stakeholders from across the forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law and finance sectors to discuss land-use issues. UNEP FI, in collaboration with UNEP and Arcus Foundation, will host the Global Landscapes Forum event Industrial agriculture, ape conservation and climate change: More than a business case for reducing deforestation. During this event experts will address the trajectory of industrial agriculture around the globe, with emphasis on Asia, where cultivation rates fuel all aspects of this industry, and in Africa, where cultivation rates have been relatively low but are predicted to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future.

December 6th

Global Landscapes Forum – Day 2

Open registration – registration link

December 7th

United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Leaders Luncheon on Climate

Private event – by invitation only
How can capital market leaders help to deliver the forthcoming climate change agreements in Paris? How will these agreements shape capital markets in the coming years? This peer-to-peer CEO summit will provide a platform for addressing climate challenges and opportunities and sharing views on the path forward. Hosted by Mirova and Natixis, this United Nations event will welcome an exclusive group of C-level participants from stock exchanges, institutional investors, and listed companies joining public policy leaders from international organizations, national governments and regulatory bodies.

Caring for Climate Business Forum – Day 1

Invite Only – further information on participation criteria and registration here
Hosted by UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat in cooperation with the French COP21/CMP11 incoming-Presidency, the Caring for Climate Business Forum will provide a venue for business and investors to meet with governments, civil society and the UN to advance the climate agenda. With plenary and thematic sessions and high-level meetings, the Forum will serve as a platform for companies to demonstrate progress and announce new commitments to action.

Energy Day (LLPA)

COP21 accreditation required
The mobilisation of banks on energy efficiency finance co-led by EBRD and UNEP FI is to be highlighted by a panel in the blue zone (restricted area).

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015

Registration Open – registration link here
Now in its sixth year, the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) brings together world leaders, CEOs, senior executives, national, regional and city leaders, investors and industry experts to share ideas and accelerate innovative solutions to address climate change, accelerate green growth and sustainable development. With its unique informative but relaxed environment, the Sustainable Innovation Forum facilitates collaboration through networking, informal discussion and the creation of innovative partnerships for change.

REDD Day

Open registration
Associated UNEP FI staff – Iain Henderson (REDD+)

PDC press conference

Details of this flagship report launch are yet to be confirmed

BPI France side event financing energy efficiency and climate friendly projects in SMEs

Open registration
Hosted by BPI France, the event will gather financial actors and directors of SMEs to discuss the development and financing of climate friendly projects including energy efficiency. The event will take place in the space “Generations Climat” of Le Bourget, open to the general public.

“On the road to a low carbon economy. Solutions for financing the transition: the European experience”

Open registration – registration link here
Organized by Caisse des Depots, the French national promotional bank, and the European Association of Long Term Investors, the event will gather representatives from the public and private finance sector to discuss the mobilisation of massive long-term investments into low carbon projects and the need to develop innovative financial mechanisms at the European level to enable such investments. The work of the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) co-convened by UNEP FI and the European Commission with the aim of scaling-up investments in energy efficiency across the EU will be presented.

December 8th

Caring for Climate Business Forum – Day 2

Invite only – further information on participation criteria and registration here
Hosted by UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat in cooperation with the French COP21/CMP11 incoming-Presidency, the Caring for Climate Business Forum will provide a venue for business and investors to meet with governments, civil society and the UN to advance the climate agenda. With plenary and thematic sessions and high-level meetings, the Forum will serve as a platform for companies to demonstrate progress and announce new commitments to action.

CCAC High Level Assembly

COP21 accreditation required
The CCAC High Level Assembly will endorse and launch the implementation plan of the Coalition’s 5-Year Strategy 2020 as agreed in May 2015 in Geneva. Each country, company and organisation in the partnership will have the opportunity at the Assembly to share recent success and to signal the role they intend to play in reducing SLCPs at home, and globally. The Strategy and this Assembly marks the entry into a new phase of the Coalition, and will capture the range of collective and individual partner efforts towards our primary objective: widespread adoption and implementation of policies, regulations and practices to substantially reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).

December 9th

High-level Breakfast “Institutional Investors & Low-carbon Transition

Private event
Launch of Policy Perspectives on Green Banks & Green Bonds