Jun
17
Tue
Biomass for Energy: The Impacts of Climate, Biodiversity and Public Health
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm
Jun
20
Fri
The Road to Paris Goes Through New York
Jun 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Road to Paris Goes Through New York

Please join us for a webinar update on international climate opportunities.

World leaders are preparing for the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23rd, and countries are developing emissions reductions proposals to put forward early next year as a key step towards the post-2020 climate agreement to be adopted in Paris in December 2015.  This webinar will provide an overview of the state of play on these issues, and discuss the challenges and opportunities for governments, NGOs, and funders on the road to Paris.

Our presenters will include:
Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary General for Strategic Planning, who will outline the broad range of climate action initiatives being developed for the September Summit in New York, along with the set of communications strategies aimed at maximizing the impact of this gathering of world leaders focused solely on climate change;

Jennifer Morgan, Director of the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program, who will discuss the strategies being pursued by several major foundations through the International Policy and Politics Initiative, which focus on creating the conditions for an ambitious and comprehensive climate deal in Paris next year; and

Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, who will describe the activities being pursued to encourage President Obama to put forward an ambitious post-2020 U.S. emissions reduction proposal next March, as well as the effort underway to organize a massive display of public demand for climate action around the September Climate Summit in New York.

The discussion will be moderated by Irene Krarup, Executive Director of the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation.

Jan
14
Wed
After Lima and Before Paris: The architecture and landscape of climate finance
Jan 14 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
After Lima and Before Paris: The architecture and landscape of climate finance

[Time shown is Pacific]

Post-Lima, this webinar will address some of the critical questions around the landscape of climate finance; including various efforts at scaling up and mobilizing climate finance flows and citizen’s efforts to ensure the effectiveness of finance at the national level.

Climate finance is an essential element to address climate change. It enables support for developing countries to invest in large-scale, low-carbon activities that reduce GHG emissions as well as increase their resilience and adapt to the disastrous impacts of climate change. Scaling up finance for climate action is considered by all countries to be one of the critical pillars of the negotiations in the lead up to the Paris COP in 2015. Developed countries such as the European Union are trying to determine a roadmap to reaching the $100 billion target up to 2020 and continue mobilization beyond 2020. Developing countries led by the Africa group and the Alliance of Small Island states are calling for mid-term quantified financing targets and increased financing for adaptation activities.

The panel will focus on these critical issues surrounding the climate finance discourse: Who are the main actors in climate finance? What are the mechanisms in place to deliver and deploy climate finance and how effective are they? What is the role of various stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society organizations in scaling up and mobilizing climate finance? How do we collectively work towards unblocking the negotiations on long-term finance?

Speakers:

  • Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros, Director Finance Center, World Resources Institute
  • Sandra Guzman, General Coordinator, Latin American and the Caribbean Climate Finance Group (GFLAC)
  • Laetitia De Marez, Senior Climate Policy Analyst, Climate Finance, Climate Analytics

Please register here.

After your registration is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email from Consultative Group on Biological Diversity containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar is part of a series launched by International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI) that aims at bringing together funders active or interested in the international climate policy arena to learn about latest policy developments, share intelligence and identify opportunities for engagement.

Webinars are organised in collaboration with the EFC European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG) and the US-based Climate and Energy Funders Group/CGBD and Environmental Grantmakers Association.

Feb
13
Fri
The Role of China in the International Climate Talks @ webinar
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

[Time shown is Pacific]

This webinar will take a closer look at China’s position and role in the international climate talks, as well as how this relates to China’s domestic efforts and the overall emission scenarios.

Speakers:

  • Ailun Yang, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute;
  • Li Shuo, Climate & Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace China;
  • Dr. Fuqiang Yang, Senior Adviser on Climate, Energy and Environment, NRDC China Program;
  • Lynn Price, Leader of the China Energy Group of the Energy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please register here.

After your registration is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email from Consultative Group on Biological Diversity containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar is part of a series launched by International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI) that aims at bringing together funders active or interested in the international climate policy arena to learn about latest policy developments, share intelligence and identify opportunities for engagement.

Webinars are organised in collaboration with the EFC European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG) and the US-based Climate and Energy Funders Group/CGBD and Environmental Grantmakers Association.

Mar
10
Tue
Next Stop: Paris-Waypoints Along the Road @ webinar
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

[time shown is Pacific]

This webinar will provide an assessment of Lima – did it in fact help lay the groundwork for Paris? Speakers will describe important markers in the lead up to Paris, most importantly, the forthcoming Individually Determined National Commitments (IDNCs) that each nation is ‘invited’ to submit.

The ambition and full participation of the global community in the IDNCS will in part determine the success of the Paris negotiations. Speakers will offer their assessment of potential roadblocks and opportunities. Additionally, we will drill down into specific country positions and which countries need to move, are likely to lead, and are cause for concern. And, we’ll discuss what is being organized outside of the negotiating halls and opportunities to use COP 21 to shift public debate. Finally, we will all discuss the role for philanthropy, including tracking IDNCs.

Speakers:

  • Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Alix Mazounie, RAC-France
  • Halldor Thorgeirsson, Director for Strategy, UN Climate Change Secretariat

Moderator:

  • Dan Hamza-Goodacre, ClimateWorks Foundation

Please note: This webinar is for funders only.

Register here.

After your registration is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email from Consultative Group on Biological Diversity containing information about joining the webinar.

Mar
11
Wed
Arctic Ambitions: The U.S. takes the helm of the Arctic Council @ Webinar
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Arctic Ambitions: The U.S. takes the helm of the Arctic Council @ Webinar

[time shown is Pacific] Please join us to learn more about the U.S. agenda from the administration and leading practitioners on the opportunities for funders to engage in the Arctic during this historic moment.

On April 25, the United States will assume the chair of the Arctic Council, the intergovernmental forum among the eight nations with territory inside the Arctic Circle that includes active participation of the Arctic indigenous groups, with “observer nations” that range from Italy to South Korea. Secretary of State John Kerry has laid out an ambitious agenda with climate change and marine stewardship as top priorities – bringing the world’s attention to some of the most pressing issues facing the region and the globe.

From a climate change perspective, member and observer nations of the Arctic Council produce at least 60% of global black carbon emissions and over 40% of methane emissions. With U.S. leadership over the next two years, there is a real opportunity to promote full implementation of the Arctic Council Short-lived Climate Forcers Task Force to curb those emissions and build the adaptive capacity of the people living in the Arctic. At the same time, the U.S. seeks to advance a network of Marine Protected Areas and develop a Regional Seas Program to address the increased pressures and impacts from development that have come with a more accessible, ice-free ocean.

Speakers:

  • Julia Gourley, Senior Arctic Official for the Department of State heading into the US Chairmanship.
  • Rafe Pomerance, Chair, Arctic 21; member, Polar Research Board for the National Academy of Sciences; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
  • Taiya Smith, Managing Partner, Garnet Strategies, LLC.
  • Whit Sheard, Director, International Arctic Program, Ocean Conservancy.

Moderators:

  • Anne Henshaw and Leslie Harroun, Oak Foundation

Please register here. After your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email from Consultative Group on Biological Diversity with instructions and a link to access the webinar on March 11.

Jun
23
Tue
Weather Attribution: Science and Communication @ webinar
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join us for this funder-only webinar to learn about efforts underway to create the capability to provide ‘real time’ information on whether a particular storm event, drought, or other weather extreme is conclusively associated with climate change. Currently, we read about this for only specific events such as the Australian drought, but the modeling capability is advancing rapidly and within the next few years it looks likely that a number of events each year around the world might be able to be attributed fairly conclusively to climate change. This would add an important new dimension to public outreach and public perceptions around the world. Please join Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University and former head of NOAA; Dr. Heidi Cullen, Chief Scientist for Climate Central; and Dr. Stephen Pacala, Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, to discuss the science and communication dimensions around this effort. This webinar is co-sponsored with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The 11th Hour Project.

Jul
1
Wed
Divest:Invest Philanthropy-A way towards ending fossil fuels? @ webinar
Jul 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Increasing numbers of foundations around the world are making the commitment to divest from fossil fuels and invest instead in climate solutions, including renewable energy, clean technology, energy efficiency and energy access for the world’s poor. Please join us for a discussion of the financial and ethical grounds for making the commitment and an exploration of the benefits and barriers foundations have experienced. This funders-only webinar is co-sponsored with the UK Environmental Funders Network, International Policies and Politics Initiative (IPPI), the EFC European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG), the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) and the EDGE Funders Alliance.

Jul
15
Wed
Heathcare and Climate Change: An Unparalleled Opportunity @ webinar
Jul 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

“Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.”

 

That is the central finding of the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health report released in June. While climate change is threatening to undermine half a century of progress in global health, the benefits to health from phasing out fossil fuels emissions represent the greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health. The report assesses the impact of climate change and maps out the necessary policy responses to ensure high health standards for populations worldwide. The report is an update to a landmark 2009 Lancet Commission report that identified climate change as the biggest global health threat of this century.

 

This webinar will:

  • discuss the impacts of climate change on health population worldwide;
  • present adequate policy responses to tackle climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • explore challenges and opportunities in engaging the health community in the climate change debate;
  • consider the role of mobilisation in engaging worldwide communities towards better health standards leading to low carbon and strong resilient societies.

Speakers:

  • Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Team Leader on Health and Climate Change at the World Health Organization
  • Gary Cohen, President, Health Care Without Harm
  • Joanna Messing, Executive Director, Growald Family Fund
  • Nick Watts, Head of Project, 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change
Jul
16
Thu
Early Indications for COP 21 in Paris @ webinar
Jul 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

On December 13th the COP 20 negotiations concluded in Lima under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Countries agreed to put forward their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in advance of COP 21 in Paris. A number of countries (EU, USA, Russia, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, as of this writing) have submitted INDCs. These INDCs are important markers in the lead up to Paris.

Speakers will discuss and assess signals from the current submissions and anticipated ones. We will discuss which countries are leading, lagging, and are causes for hope or concern. Finally, we will discuss the role for philanthropy, including tracking INDCs, increasing the level of commitments, and what this may mean for COP 21. This webinar will be moderated by Dan Hamza-Goodacre, ClimateWorks Foundation. Speakers include:

  • Monica Araya, Founder and Executive Director, Nivela
  • Taryn Fransen, Project Director, Open Climate Network, WRI
  • Celia Gautier, EU Climate Policy Advisor, RAC-France
  • Emmanuel Guerin, Special Advisor to France Climate Change Ambassador Laurence Tubiana