Session descriptions

Day 1
09:00 - 12:15
Plenary Sessions
Welcome
Introductory remarks from Mr. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco, Mustapha Bakkoury, President of Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) and Mafalda Duarte, Head of Climate Investment Funds (CIF).
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 09:00-09:40

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Keynote
Keynote speech by Mr. Abdalah Mokssit, Secretary of the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 09:40-09:50

Speaker: Abdalah Mokssit, Secretary of the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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Opening Plenary
High-level Ministerial panel discussion on the case for climate action at the highest level of government, as well as the need for strong partnerships to meet climate challenges.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 09:50-10:50

Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council

Speakers:

  • Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director-General, Department for Global Issues, BMZ
  • John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank
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CIF@10 Documentary Screening
This documentary highlights key climate projects that have delivered positive change to local and regional communities around the world.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 10:45-11:15

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Launch of Transformational Change Reports (Evaluation and Evidence Synthesis) 
The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) aims to create transformational change in the programs it supports. To assess its contribution and levels of success, two independent studies were commissioned, the results of which will be officially launched during this session.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 11:15-12:15

Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council

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13:15 - 16:30
Breakout sessions
The Solar Revolution
Leaders from the solar industry and multilateral institutions showcasing extraordinary progress in renewable energy development, including concentrated solar power (CSP), and the role of solar energy in the global energy transition.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 13:15-14:15

Speakers:

  • Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and President of ACWA Power International
  • Rohit Khanna, Program Manager, World Bank
  • Kandeh Yumkella, Former United Nations Under Secretary General and Founding CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
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The Voice of Indigenous People: Because it Matters
The Dedicated Grant Mechanism (DGM) has been called the CIF’s “best kept secret”. This session will explore the DGM experience, lessons learned, and what this means for Indigenous People and Local Communities involvement in the future of climate action.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 14:15-15:15

Moderator: David Fairman, CBI

Speakers: 

  • Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Minister, Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, Ghana
  • Grace Balawag, Former DGM Global Co-Chair, Philippines
  • Iddrisa Zeba, Executive Director, Naturama
  • John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank
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The Unfinished Business: Universal Energy Access
What is it like to live without access to electricity? This panel discussion will immerse the audience in challenges of life lived in the dark, and the opportunities for change.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 15:30-16:30

Moderator: Kandeh Yumkella, Former UN Under Secretary General and founding CEO, SEforALL

Speakers: 

  • Brig. Gen. Emeldah Chola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Zambia
  • Dr. Teuea Toatu, Minister, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Kiribati
  • Rohit Khanna, Program Manager, World Bank
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Transformational Change Breakout: Resilience
Building on the findings of the Transformational Change report, this session will examine resilience-related findings and recommendations. After a brief presentation of the main findings, speakers will discuss their key-takeaways, and the application of recommendations in their contexts.
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Room: Noor Room (Ground Floor)

Time: 13:15-14:15

Moderator: Anna Williams, TCLP Project Director, CIF AU

Speakers:

  • Jessica Kyle, Director, Climate Change and Sustainability, ICF International
  • Chitembo K Chunga, PPCR Acting National Coordinator, Ministry Of National Development Planning, Zambia
  • Zafar Makhmudov, Program Manager, Committee for Environment Protection, Tajikistan
  • Kazi Fateha Ahmed, PPCR Focal Point, World Bank
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Transformational Change Breakout: Energy
Building on the findings of the Transformational Change report, this session will examine energy-related findings and recommendations. After a brief presentation of the main findings, speakers will discuss their key-takeaways, and the application of recommendations in their contexts.
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Room: Noor Room (Ground Floor)

Time: 14:15-15:15

Moderator: Claudio Alatorre, Lead Climate Change Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Speakers: 

  • Matthew Savage , Director, Oxford Consulting Partners
  • Peace Kalissa, Donor Coordinator, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda
  • Abdelilah Chami, Sustainability and CSV Manager for Morocco, Enel Green Power
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Transformational Change Breakout: Forestry
Building on the findings of the Transformational Change report, this session will examine the forestry-related findings and recommendations. After a brief presentation of the main findings, speakers will discuss their key-takeaways, and the application of recommendations in their contexts.
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Room: Ouarzazate (Upper Floor)

Time: 15:30-16:30

Moderator: David Fairman

Speakers: 

  • Neil Bird, Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Gloria Visconti, Lead Climate Change Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Eurico da Cruz, MozFIP Coordinator, Mozambique
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Launch of the Global Delivery Initiative Case Studies: What Have We Learned?
What has CIF learned from implementing multiple projects over the past decade? This session will feature case studies on the lessons learned - from inception, to delivery challenges and solutions.
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Room: Open space on second floor. Participants can meet outside the Ouarzazate Room (Upper Floor)

Time: 14:15-15:15

 

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What Have We Learned From Implementing the CIF Programmatic Approach?
This session will aim to demystify CIF's programmatic approach by featuring a discussion on key findings from the Independent Evaluation of the CIF Programmatic Approach. Following a discussion on findings, speakers from CIF countries will describe their experience of this approach and its relevance going forward for the CIF as well as the wider climate finance sector.
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Room: Noor Room (Ground Floor)

Time: 15:30-16:30

Moderator: Joseph Dickman, Senior Evaluation and Learning Specialist, CIF AU

Speakers: 

  • Jessica Kyle, Director, Climate Change and Sustainability, ICF International
  • Leandro Azevedo, Senior Climate Finance Officer, African Development Bank (AFDB)
  • Diana Nacibe Chemor Salas, Chief of Financing, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), Mexico
  • Chaibou Dan Bakoye, Monitoring and Assessment Expert, Ministry of Planning, Niger
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16:30 - 17:30
Plenary Session
Looking Ahead at the Future Climate Finance Architecture
High-level panel discussion on the future role of CIF, and a successful climate finance architecture.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 16:30-17:30

Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council

Speakers:

  • Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and President of ACWA Power International
  • H.E. Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Ministry of Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, Ghana
  • Kate Hughes, Director for Policy and Finance, International Climate Change, BEIS
  • Amal-Lee Amin, Chief Climate Change and Sustainability Division, IDB
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19:00 -
Reception
The reception will be held at the Le Berbère Palace Hotel.
Day 2
09:30 - 10:00
Plenary Sessions
Opening Remarks on the Future of Climate Action
Opening remarks on the future of climate action.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 09:30-09:45

 

 

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Keynote
Keynote speech by Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 09:45-10:00

Speaker: Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit

 

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10:00 - 16:00
Breakout Sessions
The Future of Climate Action
A discussion on the future of climate action, featuring a wide-range of experts from fields including technology, media, finance, and the arts.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 10:00-10:45

Moderator: Mafalda Duarte – Manager, Climate Investment Funds

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Concessional Finance in Clean Energy: Lessons Learned and New Frontiers
CIF and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) have been working closely on a report looking at concessional financing for the Clean Technology Fund (CTF). Ethan Zindler from BNEF will launch the report, and then host a fireside chat with practitioners to discuss how concessional finance can help them move into new markets, at a larger scale, and faster.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 11:00-11:45

Moderator: Ethan Zindler, Head of North America, BloombergNEF

Speakers: 

  • Martin Spicer, Director, Blended Finance, International Finance Corporation
  • Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and President of ACWA Power International
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Moving the Climate Needle: New Technologies and Business Models
The private sector is going play a key role in delivering climate action, and not just Fortune 500 companies - new ideas and ways of working are vital. Come and hear firsthand from entrepreneurs who are already helping to move the climate needle: through carbon-free recycling in Nigeria; user-friendly solar power in Tanzania; climate education in Switzerland; sustainable wood production in Laos. Closing remarks will be given by Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, the UN Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 12:00-12:45

Moderator: Wolfgang Lehmacher

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Innovation for Urban Resilience: A Forward Look on Adaptation
This presentation will highlight some of the development challenges in cities, and how climate change makes these challenges more difficult to address. It will showcase how some of the world’s megacities took on the challenge, as well as the promising potential areas to promote urban resilience.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 13:00-13:45

Moderator: Gloria Visconti, Climate Change Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

Speaker:

  • Robert Muggah, Research Director and Co-founder, Igarapé Institute
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Scaling up Climate Finance through Financial Intermediaries
This session aims to bring together leading financial intermediaries from both public and private sectors and hear about their experience, priorities and strategies to meet their climate change goals, and also learn about how they see the sector evolve moving forward, as they explore previously untapped sources of financing.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 14:00-15:00

Moderator: Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante, Senior Manager, Blended Finance, IFC

Speakers: 

  • Aki Jain, Senior Financial Officer, World Bank
  • Amal-Lee Amin, Chief Climate Change and Sustainability Division, IDB
  • Preety Bhandari, Director, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department – Asian Development Bank
  • Jan-Willem van de Ven, Head of Climate Finance and Carbon Markets, EBRD
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Urban and Climate Finance: New Frontiers
By 2050, around 70% of the global population will live in cities, and over 90% of this growth will occur in developing countries. In these talks, experts will share their insights on solving challenges from both the private and public perspective.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 15:00-16:00

Moderator: Robert Muggah, Researcher and Co-founder, Igarapé Institute

Speakers: 

  • Kruskaia Sierra Escalante, Senior Manager, Blended Finance, International Finance Corporation
  • Anthea Stevens, City Resilience Program of the South African National Treasury
  • Mohammed Amine El Hajhouj, Director General of Société d’Aménagement Zenata
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Transformative Change Through Gender and Social Inclusion
This session will explore country cases where gender-responsive approaches have been mainstreamed successfully into government, institutional and market processes, and what can be done to further advance women’s climate leadership from local to national levels.
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R0om: Noor Room (Ground Floor)

Time: 11:00-11:45

Moderator: Mil Niepold, Mara Partners

Speakers:

  • Hon. Alexander Chiteme, Minister of National Development and Planning, Government of Zambia
  • Preety Bhandari, Director, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Prof. Jesse Ribot, Guggenheim Fellow, NYU Wagner School of Government
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The Future of Climate Action Workshop
This workshop puts participants in the driving seat - asking you to consider the eight zones of opportunity identified by CIF and IFTF, and discuss what you can do in your role to do within each zone for climate action. The session will be highly interactive, seeking ideas and solutions from the expertise of those present.
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Room: Noor Room (Ground Floor)

Time: 12:30-13:30

Facilitator: Anna Williams, CIF Administrative Unit

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Transparency: The Pathway to Leadership for Carbon Intensive Businesses - A Reuters Report
A sneak peak into the latest report from Reuters presented by the Founder and Managing Editor of Sustainability at Thomson Reuters, Tim Nixon.
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Room: Noor Room (Ground Floor)

Time: 14:15-14:45

Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, Adjunct Professor and Vice Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council

Speaker: Tim Nixon, Founder and Managing Editor of Sustainability, Thomson Reuters

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Clean Transport: Where Do We Go From Here?
The World Resource Institute has estimated that in order to keep temperatures from rising no more than 2 degrees Celsius, $2 trillion of sustainable transport infrastructure investment will be needed annually. This discussion will look at what the climate finance architecture needs to do to address the emerging challenges in this sector.
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Room: Noor Room (Ground Floor)

Time: 15:00-16:00

Moderator: Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum

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Building Resilience of the Vulnerable
This session will showcase essential elements of successful adaptation and resilience building initiatives with a focus on sector and community-based solutions. The discussion will focus on how integrating top-down and bottom-up approaches in designing and implementing adaptation projects brings transformational change particularly for the water and agriculture sector and the communities that relies on these sectors for livelihoods and basic human needs. It will also highlight the importance of stakeholder engagement and improving adaptive capacity to enable adaptation and drive resilience.
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Room: Ouarzazate Room (Upper Floor)

Time: 10:00-11:00

Moderator: Matthew Harris, AfDB

Speakers: 

  • Chitembo Chunga, Zambia
  • Zafar Makhmudov, ELMARL, Tajikistan
  • Long Thim, Community Leader, Kraing Serei Community Forestry Organization, Cambodia
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Reverse Auctions - Unlocking New Renewable Energy Regions and Driving Down Costs
This session will showcase essential elements of successful reverse auction and renewable energy park initiatives with a focus on roles for sovereign and non-sovereign activities. The session will look at how reverse auctions and renewable energy parks can help unlock new areas with high renewable energy potential.
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Room: Ouarzazate Room (Upper Floor)

Time: 11:30-12:30

Moderator: Tristan Knowles, Asian Development Bank

Speakers:

  • Pradeep Tharakan, Asian Development Bank
  • Daniel Wiedmer, Asian Development Bank
  • Andrey Shlyakhtenko, International Finance Corporation
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Forests – Critical for Climate, the Foundation for Rural Development
This session will discuss the multiple roles that forests can play in the fight against climate change and poverty, while maintaining ecosystem services and delivering profitable business models that are becoming increasingly attractive to mainstream investors.
16:00 - 17:00
Plenary Session
Closing Plenary
High-level panel discussion.
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Room: Auditorium

Time: 16:00-17:00

Speakers:

  • H.E. Aziz Rebbah, Minister for Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco
  • H.E. Al Moustapha Garba, Ministry of Environment, Urban Safety and Sustainable Development, Niger
  • John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank
  • Fiu Mataese Elisara, Executive Director, Ole Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI), Samoa
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