UNDP at COP23 – Week 1

Tuesday, 7 November

09:30-11:00 – The Contribution of Energy Efficiency Improvement to Global Climate Change Mitigation. Location China Pavilion, Bonn Zone (DELIVER)

The event is organized by China’s NDRC, NGOA, UNDP, UNEP, IPEEC and IEA and co-organized by GIZ, EMAC and CCEEE will discuss through two panel sessions 1) energy efficiency in the public sector and 2) international collaboration. 

13:15-14:45 – CBIT: Strengthening national capacities to reach enhanced transparency requirements. Location: Meeting Room 2 (PLAN)

This event will showcase transparency efforts through CBIT at global and national levels. Focusing on; (i) strengthening of institutional arrangements; (ii) strengthening of technical support; and (iii) improvement of transparency over time.

14:30-16:00 – The Centrality of Gender and Protection for Climate Action in the Pacific. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (DELIVER)

This event will focus on the Protection in the Pacific (ProPa) Network, established through the UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) with funding support from DFAT, to promote gender equality and protection issues relating to climate change and disasters in the Pacific.

14:30-16:00 – The Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests and the Bonn Challenge: From Commitments to Action. Location: German Pavilion

This event will see the launch of the new Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), which will be hosted by UNDP, in partnership with the Meridian Institute, Climate Advisers and Climate Focus to advance implementation of the NYDF goals. The event will highlight progress under the NYDF to date, with a particular focus on progress towards meeting Goal 5 (on restoration), in partnership with the Bonn Challenge.

16:30-18:00 – Our Climate, Our Voice, Our Change – Advancing the Roles and Responsibilities of Youth in Climate Change Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (PLAN)

In October 2017, UNDP J-CCCP co-hosted the Youth Climate Change Conference (YCCC), with 600+ participants from 8 Caribbean countries and Japan. UNDP J-CCCP seeks to advance and advocate for the increased roles and responsibilities of youth in climate change planning.

Wednesday, 8 November

10:30-12:00 – Enhancing Resilience of, and Crowding in, Public & Private Investment. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (ACCESS)

UNDP will present its current initiatives supporting the crowding in of public and private investment for climate adaptation. This will include current and future GEF and GCF projects and a panel discussion on private sector engagement (PSE).

14:30-16:00 – Building Trust & Transparency to Enhance Climate Action, Experience on the MRV Framework. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (DELIVER)

UNDP & UN Environment, in partnership with GEF and the UNFCCC Secretariat, present developing countries’ experiences with National Communications (NCs) & Biennial Update Reports (BURs), to provide lessons on the existing MRV framework.

Thursday, 9 November

10:30-12:00 – Catalysing Innovative Solutions & Transformational Adaptation to Climate Change. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (ACCESS)

UNDP will highlight experiences in designing innovative solutions to climate change impacts and transformative adaptation projects, approved by the GCF, in the context of the Paris Agreement adaptation goals. Climate finance lessons will also be discussed.

12:30-14:00 – Developing models to integrate biodiversity & climate finance at national level (BIOFIN). Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (ACCESS)

The session takes stock of recent initiatives that have integrated biodiversity and climate related financial assessment methodologies in BIOFIN countries. Presentations and panel discussion aim to provide practical ideas for participants.

13:15-14:45 – Youth Day: High Level Intergenerational Dialogue. Location: Meeting Room 2

Organized jointly by the UNFCCC and YOUNGO, the Intergenerational Inquiry aims to provide a platform for youth and decision-makers on how young people can enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The results of COY 13 will also be presented. A UN Volunteer will speak on personal experience and present key findings from the State of the World Volunteerism Report (SWVR) research with a focus on volunteering and the environment.

14:30-16:00 – Financing Renewable Energy in IsDB Member Countries. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (ACCESS)

Renewable energy has become the central pillar in international efforts to combat climate change. Nevertheless, despite increasing investments in renewables in the last decade, the rate of growth is not sufficient yet to meet the climate goals. This session will discuss opportunities and challenges in accessing financing for renewable energy to meet their NDC and development targets

16:30-18:00 – Youth and women investing in land and value addition on natural resources to mitigate climate change. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (DELIVER)

This side event focus on investment in land as an effective way to implement and upscale sustainable food security, improve natural resources products and nutrition with a focus on communities and natural resource management projects that benefit vulnerable youth and women. It features a panel discussion led by selected representatives of countries, women leaders, UNDP programme on SGP and SOS-Sahel. The focus is on community-based climate change adaptation solutions in agriculture and natural resources in drylands agro-ecological approaches. The partnerships of SOS SAHEL and UNDP/SGP will be announced while SGP will also present a publication on land degradation and agro-ecology practices experiences from across the world.

Friday, 10 November

10:30-12:00 – Unlocking the Green Climate Fund: Learning from Readiness Support Programmes. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (ACCESS)

The event will highlight the achievements and lessons from the UN Environment / UNDP / WRI GCF Readiness Programme, funded by the German Climate Initiative (BMUB-IKI) and the Climate Finance Readiness Programme, funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), featuring government representatives from six countries currently implementing Readiness Programmes as well as representatives from the GCF Board.

12:30-14:00 – Connecting Business Initiative (CBI) - transforming private sector engagement to build business and community resilience. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (DELIVER)

Private sector engagement to build resilience is growing rapidly. Through the Connecting Business initiative (CBi), and the Australian Government funded UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) national and regional Business Resilience Councils have been established to support businesses build resilience and respond to climate change and disasters.

14:30-16:00 – Low Carbon Energy Access and Transformation at Local Level: delivering sustainable results and measuring impacts. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (DELIVER)

The event will showcase effective approaches to providing low–carbon energy access and transforming energy systems at community level. The panellists, including community representatives and researchers from International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), will present lessons learned from UNDP GEF Small Grants Program and other energy investments.  The participants will discuss innovative ways of measuring the contribution of low-carbon energy access to SDGs and economic development and capturing co-benefits.

16:30-18:00 – Climate Classroom - the Espresso Shot Learning Experience. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (PLAN)

The “Climate Classroom @ COP23” is designed for COP delegates to get up-to-speed on climate change, through a series of 45-minute lessons in English or French. An expert will conduct the lesson through headphones to 20 participants in a “pop-up” style open space.

18:30-19:30 – Sharing the Vision for the Global Platform on the New York Declaration on Forests: A Reception and Networking Event (invitation only). Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone

A reception to celebrate the launch of the Global Platform for the NYDF, will be convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The NYDF Platform will be dedicated to supporting and accelerating achievement of the global goals expressed in the New York Declaration on Forests.

Saturday, 11 November

Sunday, 12 November

10:00-18:00 –  Forest Day (featuring the New York Declaration on Forests). Location: Bonn Zone (Room TBC)

High level event showcasing progress and action in the forest sector with the potential for climate, development and conservation wins, in the context of the Global Climate Action Agenda

12:00 - UN-REDD Programme and <2° Initiative Ride for Climate. Location: Cycling route tbc

To put the spotlight on the role of forests as a crucial climate mitigation measure, the UN-REDD Programme, in collaboration with the private sector-led <2° Initiative and UNFCCC/COP23 Fiji, is organizing a high-level advocacy event and photo opportunity during COP23 in Bonn.

The ride will be led by the star-studded professional cycling team Cannondale-Drapac, the driver behind the <2° Initiative and which came second in 2017 Tour de France. Bicycles will be available for riding all along the tour, or for photo ops. There will also be a stationary "Paris to Bonn" bike, which will be set up within the Bonn Zone.

12:00-14:00 TBC – Governance frameworks for NDC implementation. Location: Deutsche Welle (DELIVER). Organized by UNDP on the margins of the NDC Partnership Forum (14:00-18:00), this event will include exchanges on governance approaches that governments are considering for NDC implementation and mainstreaming.

16:15-17:45 – Session: Enabling Energy Access in the Global South at the Special Event: “Towards a Low Carbon, Green Energy Future”. Location: Hotel Koenigshof, Adenauerallee 9

The High-Level Global Renewable Energy Forum 2017 provides added value to the policy discussions at COP 23 by engaging its participants on state-of-the-art, energy transition applications and policies in the transport sector and regarding innovative, integrated systems. UNV moderates the session on “Enabling Energy Success in the Global South”, during which the Korea-UNV Partnership initiative “Green Innovation Alliance” is envisioned to be launched. The initiative builds on the Korean UNV Green Volunteers Programme and aims to mobilize volunteers for renewable energy related UN projects.

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