Global Policy Event

The GCCA’s second global event took place from 18 to 20 September 2013 and brought together over 150 international development and climate change practitioners with those responsible for negotiating international agreements in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Our aim was to inform the international climate debate by linking development and climate practitioners with negotiators on issues of common interest ahead of the next Conference of the Parties, when the 195 Parties to the UNFCCC will meet.

Partner country climate change negotiators and experts joined lead development partners, European Union Member State representatives and European Commission staff for three days of discussion and dialogue in Brussels, where they extracted lessons learned from the GCCA’s experiences to date to inform the international climate change debate. Participants also included representatives from regional organisations involved in the GCCA, the African Caribbean Pacific Secretariat and EU Delegations (see list of participants).

Wednesday 18th September 2013: Opening, Climate change mainstreaming and climate finance effectiveness
Morning session

09:00 to 09:10

Welcome and Opening

Chair: Dr. Cristiana Pasca-Palmer, Head of Unit C2 - Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources, Water, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, European Commission

09:10 to 09:40

EU Climate Policy at European and International Levels

Mr. Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, Directorate A, International & Climate Strategy, Directorate-General Climate Action, European Commission

09:40 to 10:00

Key developments of the GCCA

Mr. Paul Renier, Deputy Head of Unit C2, Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources, Water, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, European Commission

10:00 to 10:20

The intra-ACP GCCA support programme

Mr. Olusola Ojo, Expert Rural Development, Food Security and Environment, ACP Secretariat

10:20 to 10:50

Questions & Answers

Facilitated by Dr. Cristiana Pasca-Palmer

10:50 to 11:00

Global Policy Event: organisation of the meeting

Dr. Mark Futter, Team Leader, GCCA Support Facility

11:25 to 11:30

Presentation of thematic experts

Chair: Professor Elisabeth Holland, Director of Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, Professor of Climate Change, UNiversity of South Pacific

11:30 to 11:55

From NAPAs to NAPs and LEDS, Green LECRDS to NAMAs – Frameworks to scale-up, coordinate and mainstream climate action

Mr. Stephen Gold, Principal Technical Adviser, UNDP-GEF

11:55 to 12:05

Video presentation: The Jamaica climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction project

Introduced by Mr. Hopeton Peterson, Manager - Sustainable Development and Regional Planning, Planning Institute of Jamaica

12:05 to 12:30

Making climate finance effective: strengthening national public financial management and budgetary systems

Mr. Neil Bird, Research Fellow, Climate Change, Environment and Forests, Overseas Development Institute

12:30 to 13:00

Questions & Answers

Facilitated by Professor Elisabeth Holland

Afternoon session

14:15to 17:30

Working Group 1: From NAPAs to NAPs, NAMAs, LEDS and DRR strategies; the role of country-led climate and disaster risk reduction mainstreaming

 

Working Group 2: Making climate finance effective: strengthening national public financial management and budgetary systems

Wednesday 18th September 2013: Side event on the upcoming Loss and Damage Report from the World Bank

17:45 to 19:15

Discussion/Consultation on Climate and Disaster Resilient Development: a Contribution to the Loss and Damage Agenda

Ms. Habiba Gitay, Senior Environmental Specialist, Climate Policy and Finance Unit, World Bank and Mr Daniel Kull, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank

Thursday 19th September 2013: Forests and Sustainable Land Management, and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification
Morning session

09:00 to 09:15

Presentation of thematic experts and planning for the day

Chair: Professor Mizan Khan, Dept. of Environmental Science and Management, North-South University, Bangladesh.

09:15 to 09:30

From forests to sustainable land management: creating synergies between adaptation and mitigation.

Mr. Peter Wehrheim, Head of Unit, Climate Finance and Deforestation, Directorate-General Climate Action, European Commission.

09:40 to 09:50

Video: The GCCA supported Rwanda Land Registration Programme

Introduced by Mr. Patrick Mugabo, Climate Change Adaptation Officer, Rwanda Environment Management Authority.

09:50 to 10:15

Monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV): what are the implications for strengthening climate information and national monitoring systems?

Mr. Simon Anderson, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

10:15 to 10:45

Questions & Answers

Facilitated by Professor Mizan Khan

11:15 to 15:45 (through lunch)

Working Group 3: From forests to sustainable land management: creating synergies between adaptation and mitigation

Working Group 4: Monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV): what are the implications for strengthening climate information and national monitoring systems?

16:15 to 16:45

Your space preparation: “The Market Place”

Mr. Peter Brinn, GCCA Support Facility

16:45 to 16:50

Working group reporting back and discussion in plenary session

Chair: Mr. Premhans Jhugroo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mauritius.

16:50 to 17:00

From NAPAs to NAPs, NAMAs, LEDs and disaster risk reduction strategies: the role of country-led climate and DRR mainstreaming

Mr. Stephen Gold, Principal Technical Adviser Green Low Emission Climate Resilient Development Strategies, UNDP-GEF

17:00 to 17:10

Making climate finance effective: strengthening national public financial management and budgetary systems

Mr. Neil Bird, Research Fellow, Climate Change, Environment and Forests, Overseas Development Institute

17:10 to 17:20

From forests to sustainable land management: creating synergies between adaptation and mitigation

Mr. Michael Bucki, Climate Finance and Deforestation, DG CLIMA

17:20 to 17:30

Monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV): what are the implications for strengthening climate information and national monitoring systems?

Mr. Simon Anderson, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

17:30 to 18:00

Questions and Answers

Facilitated by Mr. Premhans Jhugroo

18:00 to 19:30

Drinks reception at the Global Policy Event venue

Friday 20th September 2013: Open space, High-Level Panel and Close
Morning session

09:00 to 09:05

Planning for the day

Chair: Mr. Edmund Jackson, ACP Secretariat

09:05 to 09:25

Services available under the GCCA

Dr. Mark Futter, GCCA Support Facility
Dr. Pendo Maro, Intra-ACP GCCA Programme

09:25 to 09:50

Strengthening the GCCA community

Ms. Sarah Simpson and Ms. Soraya Khosravi, Communication Team, GCCA Support Facility

09:50 to 10:00

Questions and Answers

Facilitated by Mr. Edmund Jackson

10:00 to 10:30

Implementing Your Space

Mr. Peter Brinn, GCCA Support Facility

10:30 to 11:15

Breakout sessions for Your Space

Concerned delegates

11:45 to 12:30

Breakout sessions for Your Space

Concerned delegates

Afternoon session

14:00 to 14:30

Summary of Key Technical and Policy Conclusions of Event

Ms. Catherine Paul, GCCA Support Facility

14:30 to 16:15

High-Level Panel : “Response to key policy and technical conclusions from the event”

Moderated by the Chair: Mr. Tony Juniper (independent environment and sustainability consultant), with Q&A opportunity.
Panellists included a balance of negotiators and practitioners:

  • Mr. Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belize
  • Mr Roberto Ridolfi, Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, European Commission
  • Ms Litara Tauleaolo, Climate resilience/finance coordinator, Ministry of Finance, Samoa
  • Dr. Nguyen Huong Thuy PHAN, Climate Change Adaptation Initiative, Programme Coordinator, Mekong River Commission Secretariat.
  • Mme Madeleine DIOUF SARR, Chef de division changement climatique et érosion côtière, chargée du suivi du projet de GCCA Sénégal.
  • Mr. Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, Directorate A, International & Climate Strategy, Directorate-General Climate Action, European Commission

16:30 to 16:45

Closing Remarks

Mr. Robert Ridolfi, Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, European Commission