UNDP at COP23 – Week 2


Monday, 13 November

10:30-12:00 – Delivering Climate Finance through National Climate Funds. Location: UNDP Pavilion (ACCESS)

National climate funds (NCFs) is an important tool for the implementation of NDCs. This event provides a tour of UNDP’s NCF guidebook and corresponding website, as well as drawing on lessons learned from NCF managers and insights from key partners.

10:45-11:45 – Revolutionizing climate change adaptation through risk-informing development. Location: Fiji Pavilion

Demonstrating how adaption in the Pacific can be revolutionized through risk-informing development. This is primarily based on experiences in Fiji through the UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) supported by DFAT.

Time: 11:30 - 13: 00 Zhenjiang’s Commitment to Addressing Climate Change. Location China Pavilion Bonn Zone

This event is co-organized by NDRC, UNDP, California State, Zhenjiang gov, and Jiangsu DRC. It aims at introducing good practice of Zhenjiang in low carbon development to international society and explore international cooperation.

13:30-15:00 – High Level Panel of the NDC Side Event for Zimbabwe's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Location: IETA’s Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Presenting technical context of developing the implementation framework for Zimbabwe's NDC and the Implementation Roadmap. Presentation will be followed by a high-level discussion.

14:30-16:00 – Promoting Sustainable Development in Suriname through REDD+. Location: UNDP Pavilion (PLAN)

With 93% of its landmass covered by forest, Suriname is a biodiversity hotspot. Is REDD+, an important element of Suriname’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), a tool for sustainable management of Suriname’s natural assets and will logging and small-scale gold mining, as the key drivers of deforestation, be controlled to ensure a low deforestation pathway?

16:45pm - 18:15pm– Scaling up implementation for accessing REDD+ payments. Location: GCA event, Room 10, Bonn Zone

This high-level event will feature a Ministerial dialogue exploring how REDD+ and other initiatives have and will continue to scale up implementation for accessing results based payments.

16:30-18:00 – Leveraging Financial Resources for NAPS. Location: UNDP Pavilion (PLAN)

National adaptation plans (NAP), committed to under the Paris Agreement, integrate climate change adaptation into planning processes. In this event, UNDP will draw on lessons to provide suggestions on designing effective funding proposals to leverage finance for NAP.

18:30-20:00 – The DRC in transition to results-based payments. Location: TBD

In this event the DRC will introduce key aspects of its REDD+ forest reference Level, take stock of the investments mobilized to address deforestation, and consider the remaining investment gap needed to deflect emission trends.  


Tuesday, 14 November

9:00-15:30 Best Practice of China's Emission Trading System. Location China Pavilion @ COP23 Bonn Zone

This event is organized by NDRC and will be opened by Mr. Xie Zhenhha, China's Climate Change Ambassador. It aims at sharing China's best practices on how to realize win-win of economy and low carbon development and to maintain emission trading sustainable.

10:30-12:00 – ODS y Cambio Climatico - Argentina CO event. Location: UNDP Pavilion (PLAN)

The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development together with UNDP will present the work done within the framework of the National Climate Cabinet. This institutional space highlights one of the fundamental pillars on which the government of Argentina has adapted the goals of the ODS to the national policies, indivisibility and integrity of the ODS. Achieving sustainable development requires combined efforts to achieve them by articulating the work of the different responsible authorities and institutions.

12:30-14:00 – Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) in the High Mountain Snow Leopard Landscapes.  Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (PLAN)

UNDP along with partners founded the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Programme (GSLEP). In this event, UNDP present the partner countries’ utility of ecosystem-based adaptation approaches into leopard conservation and sustainable development initiatives.

13:15-14:45 – Strategies to scale-up private investment for NDC implementation. Location: Meeting Room 9

The public sector plays a key role in unlocking private investments in low-carbon and resilience projects, key to NDC goals. This event showcases government’s work to strengthen policies to support private sector investments in low-carbon technologies. Co-Organizers: Govt of Kenya, co-hosted by LEDS GP, the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement, UNDP, NDC Partnership, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), and the New Climate Institute (NCI)

14:30-16:00 – Climate and Fragility Risks: The Case of Iraq. Location: UNDP Pavilion (PLAN)

The nexus between climate change and fragility is well captured in Iraq’s INDC, which highlights the complexity of addressing the climate crisis alongside the crisis of conflict and displacement gripping the nation. This COP23 side event will shed a spotlight on the growing convergence of climate risks with crisis prevention and recovery challenges in Iraq and debate solutions for a sustainable and resilience future in Iraq.

16:30-18:00 – Building Island and Community Resilience. Location: UNDP Pavilion, Bonn Zone (DELIVER)

This event is based on ongoing strong partnerships led by GLIPSA and UNDP to build island resilience including integrated approaches to climate adaptation, preparedness for extreme events, early warning systems, women’s empowerment and mobilizing and leveraging resources to support action. During the event, a launch of a new initiative and commitment to build resilient and sustainable island communities will be made. The event focus is the Island Resilience Initiative (IRI), supported by Fiji, Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands. The IRI forges a framework to set locally appropriate goals that align with international agreements such as, the Paris Agreement, the SDG’s and the SAMOA Pathway.

18:30-19:30 – Champions for Climate Action: The NDC Partnership. Location: German Pavilion

Organized by the NDC Partnership, this event celebrates a year of climate progress and prepares for ambitious action ahead, spotlighting success stories in different regions of the world, and honouring the one-year anniversary of the NDC Partnership, which now has more than 70 members.


Wednesday, 15 November

09:00-16:30 High-Level Forum on South-South Cooperation on Climate Change. Location China Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The high level forum will be opened by a subset of Opening Remarks and Keynote Speech followed by a ministerial session on New Leadership for Climate Momentum: Actions and Cooperation among Developing Countries and a key note session on Collaboration on Climate-Friendly and Sustainable Development: Asian Pacific Developing Countries in Action. Following lunch two panel discussions on 1) Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration on Capacity Building for Financing Climate Actions of the Global South and 2) Pragmatic South-South Cooperation on Renewable Energy for the Green and Low Carbon “Belt & Road” will be held.

10:30-12:00 – Trade, Transport and Climate Change. Location: UNDP Pavilion. (PLAN)

Panel Discussion on "Sustainable Low Carbon Transport for Greener Trade: Towards Achieving SDG 13 (Climate Action)". The side event is about low-carbon transport and green trade with SDG co-benefits including SDG13 on climate change. The side event will highlight recent trade initiatives by ISDB and partners to assist in achieving SDGs and inclusive growth in member countries. It will also explore the role of innovation, and how can LDCs take advantage of low carbon transport opportunities for increasing sustainable development. The role of the IDB Group institutions in achieving SDG 13 will be also highlighted in the side event.

12:30-14:00 – Integrating Sustainable Supply Chain Initiatives and REDD+ Finance at the National Scale. Location: UNDP Pavilion (DELIVER)

The event will provide a forum for UNDP supported countries to showcase how they are planning and/or implementing integrated approaches, bringing together commodity supply chain initiatives, domestic policies and finance, and international REDD+ finance, into a coherent set of policies to increase food production, reduce GHG emissions and conserve forests. Country experiences to be highlighted include Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ecuador. Private sector will also share experiences with sustainable supply chain initiatives.

13:15-14:45 – Promoting ambitious climate action through circular economy strategies. Location: Meeting Room 4

Circular economy opens novel GHG mitigation options, currently under-utilised in the pursuit of Paris Agreement commitments. This UNFCCC event explores options on how circular economy strategies can produce tangible climate action results in developing countries, including a case study from Laos supported by UNDP.

17:00-19:00 – High Level Launch of UNDP’s NDC Support Programme (includes reception). Location: UNDP Pavilion (DELIVER)

Together with the European Union and the Governments of Germany and Spain, UNDP will officially launch its new NDC Support Programme. The programme will help countries deliver on the commitments outlined in their NDCs and, through this, on the Paris Agreement and beyond to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, 16 November

00:90-10:30 – Central African Forest Initiative: first real results from a region with enormous climate potential and under aggravating threats. Location: French Pavilion

The event will highlight the importance of forests/land use in the climate agenda, launch a documentary film and summarize CAFI achievements. Norway will hand-over presidency to France and private sector interests in investing in Central Africa will be outlined.

10:30-12:00 – Climate Box - Interactive Learning Toolkit on Climate Change. Location: UNDP Pavilion (DELIVER)

The Climate Box Learning Tool, developed by UNDP, is available in English, Russian, Kazakh and Kyrgyz, and will soon be available in 7 ECIS countries, it will be presented by authors and partners who will share experiences of engaging with school children on climate change.

12:30-14:00 – How REDD+ can contribute to achieving SDGs and delivering NDC goals: Experiences from three contrasting countries in Asia/Pacific. Location: UNDP Pavilion (PLAN)

Myanmar, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea will present experiences on how REDD+ can achieve net reductions in GHG emissions and contribute to NDCs, while ensuring the preservation of ecosystem and the economic services provided by the forests..

13:30-14:00 Managing the NDC Process: Lessons from national approaches to NDC governance. Location: German Pavilion

This interactive event will focus on governance and institutional structures to support the implementation of NDCs. Drawing upon experiences from two countries, participants will work in groups to discuss improving legislative frameworks and enhancing institutional coordination with sub-national and non-state actors. The session will also draw on lessons gleaned from UNDP's NDC regional technical dialogues and the IKI NDC Support Cluster.

14:30-16:00 High Level Launch of the National REDD+ Strategies for Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. Location: UNDP Pavilion (PLAN)

The event will focus on the REDD+ strategies of Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. REDD+ is integrated into these countries’ NDCs, but political, strategic and financial support will be needed to reduce deforestation and achieve their ambitious emissions targets.

18:30-20:00 – Award Ceremony of the Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2017. Location: Meeting Room 6, Bonn Zone

The ceremony will feature winning videos and deliver awards of the Video Competition organized by UNDP GEF Small Grants Program, UNFCCC and other partners, showcasing the power of young people as key players in reaching innovative and ambitious solutions to combat climate change. Distinguished speakers will address the audience and present awards to the winners of the two categories, Climate Friendly and Resilient Cities, and Oceans and Climate Change.

18:30-20:00 – How NDC Implementation and Transparency Framework Enhance Climate Action. Location: German Pavilion.

The event provides a space for peer exchange of early successes and lessons learned in NDC implementation and builds on the key messages of the Global NDC Conference 2017 related to integrated governance, finance, transparency, and engagement of the private sector. Organised by GIZ, UNDP and LEDS GP for the IKI NDC Support Cluster.


Friday, 17 November

13:15-14:45 – Building partnerships for climate-resilient community development in Least Developed Countries. Location: Meeting Room 10 (200)

The event focuses on two projects funded by the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), part of the wider National Adaption Programme of Action (NAPA) of Timor-Leste and Lao PDR, supported by UNDP, as examples of building community-resilience to adapt to climate change hazards.


6 -17 November

Throughout COP23, UNV in cooperation with ILO and UN Women, will run an exhibition booth on climate change, gender and SDG5. Location: UN System exhibition in Bonn Zone

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