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FIDIC COP24 presentations

Towards a low-carbon and energy efficient built environment to reach the Paris Agreement, European Union side event, 5 Dec 2018: Presentation PDF

Unlocking the potential of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to transform the buildings and construction sector, 6 Dec 2018: Presentation PDF

Urban frameworks reinforcing cultural heritage as a driver for climate innovation and sustainability, European Union side event, 14 Dec 2018: Presentation PDF

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Working Group on Adaptation and Climate ChangeKick-off meeting, 5 Dec 2018


The UN Climate Change Conference (Katowice, Poland; 2–14 December 2018) organised by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  hosted the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) as well as sessions dealing with the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14), parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1.3), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 49), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 49), and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1.7).

From the point of view of urban sustainability management, attention was drawn to the events listed below. The selection aimed to reflect current activities related to ISO 37101 (see summary).

Lists are available for:

  • COP24 side events, see PDF
  • European Union pavilion side events, see PDF
  • Marrakesh Partnership (under the guidance of the High-Level Champions) action events (Human settlements, 7 December 2018, 10.00 - 13.00; Industry, 7 December 2018, 10.00 - 13.00; Transport, 7 December 2018, 15.00 - 18.00; Water, 7 December 2018, 15.00 - 18.00; Energy, 8 December 2018, 10.00 - 13.00; Land use, 8 December 2018, 15.00 - 18.00)


Thriving in a hotter world: Extreme heat and how Mediterranean regions are moving forward

Tuesday, 4 December 2018; Room 2

Organisers: Pomona College; Israel

Mediterranean regions face extreme heat events and associated impacts on public health. 6 billion people are expected to live in urban areas by 2050. We will hear from climate experts sharing successful tools and measures for confronting heat, water scarcity and urban adaptation.

  • A. Pearson, Social Climate Science and Applications
  • A. Zask (Israel), Adapting Israel water sector to climate change
  • Orna Matzner  (Israel, Heat impacts on public health in Israel 
  • B. Mnis (Cape Town), Heat Impacts on biodiversity and land in South Africa 
  • B. Norman (AU), Extreme heat in Megacities 
  • Laurel Hunt, UCLA (Moderator)


Construction Day

Nordic Pavilion Side Event 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018; 9.30 – 16.45

9.30 – 10.00: Morning talk

10.15 – 11.30: Circular economy in the built environment – good practices from the Nordic Countries, Europe and globally (Green Building Council Finland)

12.15 – 13.15:  Zero emissions for construction sites and construction material (Climate-KIC)

13.30 – 14.45: Greener buildings for a low-carbon Nordic region – the need for more rapid building retrofitting (Nordregio)

15.00 – 16.00: Wood in construction (Climate-KIC)

16.15 – 16.45: Afternoon Briefing


Towards a low-carbon and energy efficient built environment to reach the Paris Agreement

European Union side event

Wednesday, 5 December 2018; 13.00 – 15.30; Vienna Room, EU Pavilion

Organisers: The European Cement Association (CEMBUREAU); European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA); VELUX A/S; Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania; Polish Institute of Passive Construction; International Passive House Association; Public Investment  Development Agency, Lithuania

Session 1: Presentations and discussion 

Challenges for a low-carbon and energy-efficient built environment – where are we? 

  • Kurt Emil Eriksen, VELUX A/S
  • Peter Boswell, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
  • Justinas Bučys, Public Investment Development Agency, Lithuania
  • James Drinkwater, World Green Building Council

Session 2: Presentations and discussion 

Towards near-zero emissions building to reach the Paris Agreement : Realising the full potential of built environment as a carbon sink; The EU Level(s) programme.

  • Vagner Maringolo, CEMBUREAU 
  • Ronny Andersson, Cementa AB Methodology
  • Idriss Kathrada, EFCA 
  • Manuela Ojan, Heidelberg Cement
  • Kamil Wisniewski, Polish Institute of Passive Construction 
  • Giorgia Tzar, International Passive House Association

For the built environment, and buildings especially, there is an increasing attention to energy use and other impacts over the entire life cycle, from design to construction to renovation or demolition. A reinforced common effort across all sectors is needed to achieve the Paris Agreement objectives. 

This side event will compare and consolidate experience gained to learn about the implications of using life-cycle approaches for reduced impacts and energy at different project and life-cycle stages. 

The European Union is requesting users to test methodologies such as Level(s) that could be further enhanced to account for decarbonisation potential. 

At the same time, the existing building stock such as heat-intensive apartment complexes require renovation. Initiatives generally call for the types of innovative financing solutions that are currently being explored to implement standards and legislation. 

Nevertheless, these actions should have at heart the interests and well-being of users.


Circularity for a sustainable future Case studies: solid waste management and low-carbon construction

Wednesday, 5 December 2008; 15.00 — 16.30; Room 1

Organisers: Development Alternatives; Chatham House; International Solid Waste Association

  • Felix Preston, Deputy Research Director and Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House
  • Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives
  • Representative from GIZ
  • Representative from ISWA

Circular economy practices in W&R management and construction offer huge opportunities to reduce GHG emissions. Recognizing this, almost 70% of low-and middle-income countries consider W&R management in their NDCs. We will discuss opportunities for increased CE action to promote sustainable growth.


Decarbonizing the cities and communities through distributed energy resources and transition

Wednesday, 5 December 2018; 15.00 – 16.30; Room 4

Organisers: Delta Electronics Foundation; Renewable Energy Institute

  • Shan-Shan Guo, Executive Director, Delta Electronics Foundation
  • Dave Ribeiro, Senior Researcher, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Yuko Nishida, Manager, Renewable Energy Institute, Urban Pathways/UN-Habitat

Innovative energy efficiency and distributed energy resources empower cities to lead the fight against climate change. The session will focus on relevant urban policies and practices that facilitate decarbonization and resilience in the building and the transport sector.


Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Working Group on Adaptation and Climate Change

Kick-off meeting

Wednesday, 5 December 2018; 15.30 – 18.30

Hotel Diament Plazza, Dworcowa 9, 40-012 Katowice

By invitation

Peter Boswell (FIDIC) and Idriss Kathrada (EFCA) will participate.


Clean and affordable energy for sustainable urbanization and development

Wednesday, 5 December 2018; 18.30 – 20.00; Room 2

Organiser: IAEA

Reliable access to energy in smart and mega cities requires transitions based on cost-effective, low-carbon pathways. Energy solutions necessary for sustainable development of urban centres must include energy efficiency improvements, growth of e-commerce, and modernization of industrial zones.

UN country partners and representatives from cites, including from Asia and Africa, will describe challenges posed by rapid urbanization and the resulting growth in energy demand. UN Agencies will discuss efforts undertaken to bridge SDGs 7 and 11, and the lessons learnt from their work.


Marrakech Partnership Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Opening event and Press briefing

Thursday, 6 December 2018; 10.30 – 11.30


Unlocking the potential of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to transform the buildings and construction sector

Off-site action event

Thursday, 6 December 2018; 11.00 – 16.30

University of Silesia, Bankowa 12, 40-007, Katowice

Organised by UN Environment Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and the Marrakech Partnership

Session 1: GlobalABC Guidance Tool on Incorporating Buildings Sector Climate Actions in Nationally Determined Contribution

  • International Energy Agency
  • Peter Graham, GBPN & PAN
  • Majida, Morocco
  • Christine Lemaitre, DGNB (Moderator)

Panel 1: Sustainable materials and the “embodied carbon” in the building sector – best practices from around the world  

  • Ibtissem Bouattay, Ministry of Housing and Land Use Planning, Tunisia
  • Zamba Batjargal, Mongolia
  • Qingqin Wang,  China Building Research Academy, PRC
  • Papa Lamine Diouf, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal
  • Simon Sturgis, Sturgis Carbon Profiling
  • Victoria Burrows, World Green Building Council (Moderator)

Panel 2: Building resilience beyond standard conditions – successful cases and stories

  • Peter Boswell, Special Advisor, FIDIC
  • Peter Graham, Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Institute (GBPN)
  • Soraya Khalil, Director of Quality and Technical Affairs, Ministry of Land Use Planning of Morocco
  • Emmanuel Normant, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, Saint-Gobain
  • Huy Luong Quang, Head, Division of GHG emission reduction, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam
  • Emma Rachmawaty, Director, Mitigation of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • Sherif Abdelrahim, Head, Climate Change Central Department, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Egypt
  • Oriane Cebile, Observatoire de l’Immobilier Durable, France (Moderator)

Panel 3: High-efficiency and low-carbon buildings - financing options 

  • Yves-Laurent Sapoval, Directorate for Housing, Urban Development and Landscapes, France
  • Christian Broadhag,  Construction21, France
  • Mitchell Schouchana, Agence Agence Française de Développement, France
  • Zamba Batjargal, UNFCCC/IPCC/GCF, Mongolia
  • Kurt Emil Eriksen,  Velux, Denmark
  • Ibtissem Bouattay, Ministry of Housing and Land Use Planning, Tunisia
  • Marcene Mitchell, IFC Climate Business Department, World Bank Group
  • Lucas di Pietro,  National Direction on Climate Change, Argentina
  • Luca De Giovanetti, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (Moderator)

Session 2: Meaningful NDCs for a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector: What is next?

  • Peter Graham,  GBPN & PAN
  • Nora Steurer, GABC, UN Environment


Enhancing land use role in climate mitigation and adaptation

European Union side event

Thursday, 6 December 2018; 14.30 – 16:00; Vienna Room, EU Pavilion

Organisers: EIT Climate-KIC; Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE); Netherlands Red-Cross Society

Justin Adams; Claudine Foucherot; Olivier Gleizes; Julia Grimault; Benoit Leguet; Laure Mandaron; Thandie Mwape Villadsen; Vicky West; Anders Wijkman; Daniel Zimmer

The session will highlight the key role that land use activities can and need to play in addressing climate change. It will particularly focus on the needs for better accounting mechanisms and on the opportunities to develop financial mechanisms such as voluntary carbon credits that can enhance this role. 

To take the right decisions on what investments need to be prioritized, proper carbon accounting of the land use practices and in the downstream value chains are required. Solid tools and methods required for this accounting still need to be developed and scaled. Progress on such a framework have been achieved recently in France, where a domestic MRV framework to certify emission reductions and sequestration in agricultural and forestry projects will be launched in late 2018.

The goal of this event is to discuss these issues, to present the French initiative, and to identify possible synergies with other existing European mechanisms.


Making finance flows consistent with Paris objectives: insights on operationalizing Article 2.1c

Thursday, 6 December 2018; 16.45—18.15; Room 6

Organisers: Overseas Development Institute; Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform; Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Finance negotiators (such as Belize, Colombia, Germany, UK)
  • Investor representative (such as Ceres, Investor Agenda)
  • Research institute (either ODI, E3G, RMI or WRI).

Article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement calls for finance flows to be aligned with low emissions and climate-resilient development pathways. This event will explore how this key goal can be operationalized in the Paris architecture, and the role of non-state actors in supporting the shift.


Landscape restoration for climate objectives, synergies and trade-offs across SDGs

Thursday, 6 December 2018; 18.30 – 20.00; Room 2

Organisers: International Center for Research in Agroforestry; International Plant Genetics Resources Institute

Degradation of agricultural and forest landscapes is a major concern worldwide. Restoration can deliver climate change and multiple other SDG benefits. This event explores and discusses opportunities for scaling up productive landscapes restoration, synergies and trade-offs for climate goals.

  • Lalisa Duguma, ICRAF
  • Chris Kettle, Bioversity 
  • National COP Delegate/Negotiator - Ethiopia
  • George Wamukoya, National COP Delegate/Negotiator - Kenya
  • Representative (African Union/ NEPAD)


Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

Global Status Report 2018 Launch

Friday, 7 December 2018; 09.00 – 10.00

Press Conference Room 1 MCK 1,  International Conference Center (MCK), Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166 Katowice


Urban Futures Day 

Nordic Pavilion

7 December 2018; 9.30 – 19.00   

9.30 – 10.00:  Morning talk

10.15 – 11.30: Business Perspectives on Cities’ responsibilities in the green transformation (Nordic Embassies in Poland)

12.00 – 13.00: Factors influencing the transformation of cities (Climate-KIC)

13.15 – 14.15: Climate Envoys (Nordic Council of Ministers)

14.30 – 16.00: Food and the City Policy Lab (Nordic Food Policy Lab)

16.15 – 16.45: Afternoon Brief

17.00 – 19.00: Mix and Mingle


Human Settlements Action Event

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

Friday, 7 December 2018; 10.00 – 13.00

International Conference Center (MCK), Katowice, Poland

Organised by the Human Settlements Thematic Group

Session 1: Integrated climate action for low-carbon and resilient societies 

Organizer: Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development

Session 2: Raising ambitions - Taking a deeper look at the buildings sector

Organiser: UN Environment/Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

  • Nick Nuttall, GCAS (Moderator)
  • Fatna El-K’Hiel, Ministre de l’Aménagement du Territoire National, de l’Urbanisme, de l’Habitat  et de la Politique de la Ville, Morocco
  • Jorge Wolpert, CONAVI National Housing commission
  • Franz Perrez, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
  • Eckart Wurtner, Mayor of Heidelberg 
  • Miguel Lifschitz, Mayor of Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Martín Barbieri, Environment Secretary, Entre Ríos Province, Argentina
  • Noureddine Selmi, Ministre de l'Equipement, de l'Habitat et de l'Aménagement du Territoire
  • Adam Jedrzejczak, Danfoss, Eastern Europe
  • Christine Lemaitre, German Sustainable Building Council

Session 3: Looking forward - financing multilevel action

Organiser: ICLEI

  • Stephanie Sfakianos,  BNP Paribas
  • ICLEI (Moderator)


COP24 Action Event: Industry

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

Friday, 7 December 2018; 10.00 – 13.00

Organiser: World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Session 1: Taking climate ambition to the next level – industry leadership in action

Session 2: Creating ambition loops

Session 3: Leading the decarbonising of the built environment


Powering ambition: energy & technology solutions to build low-carbon economies

Friday, 7 December 2018; 11.30 — 13.00; Room 5

Organisers: Business Council for Sustainable Energy; Alliance to Save Energy; Corn Refiners Association, U.S. Green Building Council

  • Business executives from global technology providers
  • Thought leaders from a broad cross-section of economy, to include: advanced bio-products, carbon capture storage & utilization, clean energy, corporate sustainability, emissions offsets, energy efficiency & productivity & net-zero-carbon buildings.

The private sector is driving local & national action to help countries improve energy productivity, build a diverse low-carbon electricity portfolio & net zero-carbon buildings, strengthen resilience & develop bio-based products. Hear how smart policy and investments create jobs and grow economies.


Enhancing resilience through Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)

European Union side event

Friday, 7 December 2018; 15:00 – 16:00; Vienna Room, EU Pavilion

Organiser: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

  • Greg Browder, GFDRR/World Bank
  • GCCAe
  • Daviz Simango,  Mayor of Beira, Mozambique
  • Stacey Preston, Environmental Specialist, Jamaica Social Investment Fund
  • Andrew Steer, WRI

Developing countries are on the front line of climate change and take actions to achieve resilient development by addressing the nexus of DRR, climate change and socioeconomic development by using NBS. 

NBS have multiple benefits as buffers against climate-related impacts, resilient water-related services, resource base for important economic sectors such as fisheries and tourism, and can increase the resilience of vulnerable communities that depend on natural resources through sustainable livelihoods. 

The objective is to provide an overview of state-of-the-art knowledge on NBS for DRR, water related services and socioeconomic development, showcase achievements to date illustrated by country examples from LDCs & SIDS, and propose a way forward to scale up NBS to tackle climate change. 

The latest WB/GFDRR/WRI report on NBS will set the scene and highlight the potential role of “putting nature to work” to help meet the challenges of climate adaptation and resiliency.  The event will bring together a wide array of stakeholders.


Exploring innovative approaches to building capacity for direct access to climate finance

Friday, 7 December 2018; 15.00 — 16.30; Room 2

Organisers: Asian Institute of Technology; Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies; Indigo Development and Change

  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • National Designated Authority 
  • Direct Access Entity
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Providers of readiness support

To date, direct access projects account for only one-third of the resources committed by the Green Climate Fund. In this side event, let us explore new and innovative approaches to build capacity and empower Direct Access Entities to shift the status quo away from business-as-usual.


Latin American climate change challenges, with a focus on urban mobility

European Union side event

Saturday, 8 December 2018; Brussels Room, 10:30 - 12:00; EU Pavilion

Organiser:  DEVCO G2, European Commission

Latin America is disproportionately affected by climate change, despite contributing to less than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, Latin America is among the most urbanised regions in the world, with 80% of the population already living in cities. This will increase to 86% by 2050.

Urban transport has been a sector showing a continued increase in greenhouse gas emissions, but with a high potential for decreasing them. 

Digitalisation, vehicle and ride sharing models, as well as electric mobility are the topics that are yet to be developed on a larger scale. 

EUROCLIMA+ is the EU's flagship programme supporting Latin American countries’ efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change. EUROCLIMA+ works closely with MobiliseYourCity in the implementation of urban mobility projects, but also assists governments in the region in other areas of climate change.


Human-rights based implementation of climate policies in urban areas

Saturday, 8 December 2018; 13.15 — 14.45; Room 1

Organisers: MISEREOR, German Catholic Bishops' Organisation for Development Cooperation; Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society; Human Rights Watch

  • Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing
  • Representatives of CSO from Philippines and Peru
  • Almuth Schauber, Misereor

Mitigation and adaptation are key action fields of cities. Informal settlers are particularly vulnerable group in urban areas. Climate policy measures can be an additional risk to them. How can (city) governments implement climate action and at the same time respect the human rights of all citizens?


Progress and prospects: the implementation challenge of adaptation within the Paris Agreement

Monday, 10 December 2018; 11.30 — 13.00; Room 4

Organisers: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); World Federation of Engineering Organizations

This side event looks at the status of the implementation of adaptation in the context of the Paris Agreement. By presenting promising country experiences and innovative tools, we will discuss new approaches how to further advance and meet the implementation challenge of adaptation successfully.

The focus is on the need for strong national systems with cohesive and relevant  policies and institutions, such as climate services and engineering regulatory bodies with relevant codes and standards that address climate change concerns. Experience  in Costa Rica will be used as an example. 


Innovative climate finance to escalate private sector investment in decentralised energy access

Monday, 10 December 2018; 12.00 — 13.30; Vienna Room, EU Pavilion

Organiser: Humanist Invitation for Development Cooperation; Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania; IIED; Alliance for Rural Electrification

  • Sisty Basil, Energy Change Lab, Tanzania
  • Marcus Wiemann, Alliance for Rural Electrification
  • Ben Garside, IIED
  • Felice Zaccheo, DG DEVCO, European Commission
  • Nawa Raj Dhakal, AEPC, Nepal
  • Ministry of Environment, Lithuania 
  • Louise Schneider-Moretto, DWS

Energy is central to the achievement of both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

The challenge is how to speed up the increase of access to energy, especially in rural areas. Off-grid and mini-grid RE solutions are available, but are hampered by lack of adequate finance, investment instruments and productive use of energy. 

This session will focus on how to address these barriers. New research by IIED on public climate finance and aggregation of finance will be discussed as well as experience of Lithuania on climate finance for RE. Findings from the Energy Change Lab will brought into the debate on how to stimulate PUE, thus increasing viability of off-grid investment. 

A possible outcome of the session would be to define ways to better target available climate finance for market development and off-grid RE solutions, and how to stimulate local PUE to increase viability of investments, thus bringing solutions to scale.


One UN for Climate-Compatible Cities: resilient cities driving risk-informed sustainable development

Monday, 10 December 2018; 13.15 — 14.45; Room 2

Organiser: UN

The One UN Event on Human Settlements will showcase solutions of catalytic urban climate action reducing risk and vulnerability, and will provide space for discussions on the integration of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework for DRR and the New Urban Agenda.

Speakers will include high level representatives from UN agencies, national and local governments, academia, business and finance community, NGOs, and civil society.


Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues: scaling-up NDC implementation and related climate finance

Monday, 10 December 2018; 15.00 — 16.30; Room 1

Organisers: ICLEI; EBRD

  • High level representatives of governments at all levels who took part in Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.

This side event will present the lessons learned from the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues with a view to promoting multilevel governance approaches for raising the ambition of NDCs. In-depth discussions will focus on contributions to NDC implementation and scaling-up related climate finance.


Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

Signing ceremony, new country members

Tuesday, 11 December 2018; 12.00 — 13,39; French Pavilion


The GEF-7 programming directions

Tuesday, 11 December 2018; 13.15 — 14.45; Room 6

Organiser: Global Environment Facility

  • GEF CEO and Senior Management Team

To deliver maximum Global Environmental Benefits across all of its focal areas by addressing the drivers of environmental degradation through a combination of direct focal area investments and investments in Impact Programs on Cities, Food, Land Use, Restoration, and Sustainable Forest Management.


Methods and measures for strategic urban resilience planning and implementation in Europe

European Union side event

Tuesday, 11 December 2018; 14:30 — 16:00; Vienna Room, EU Pavilion

Organiser: ICLEI European Secretariat

  • Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Jeremy Carter, Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy, University of Manchester 
  • European Commission representative

European cities are facing increasing climate related disasters. Under high-end scenarios, risks may increase considerably. Local, regional and national governments must cooperate to build resilience to border-transcending challenges: standardised, transferable methods are crucial for this. 

Political representatives of European cities will deliver combined policy recommendations arising from participation in European-funded research into strategic resilience planning in European cities, including discussion of standardised methods for climate adaptation strategies, and urban resilience experts will demonstrate the state of the art in the field. 

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability will discuss future perspectives for holistic standardised approaches to city adaptation and resilience. European Commission participation has been requested to address perspectives for future research questions on the issue.


City champions from Asia: China-Japan-Korea joint climate research initiative towards zero carbon

Tuesday, 11 December 2018; 15.00 — 16.30; Room 6

Organisers: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies; National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan); University of Technology Malaysia 

  • Minister of the Environment, Japan
  • Minister of Ecology and Environment, PRC
  • Ministry of Environment, Korea
  • Presidents: GGGI, IGES, NCSC, KEI, GTCK
  • Vice Chancellor, UTM

China, Japan and Korea Environmental Ministers agreed on promoting the joint research on cities towards decarbonization as well as carbon pricing. This side event seeks to chart the way forward for “science to action” implementation of future inclusive Asian zero-carbon cities.


Raising the bar on nature-based solutions in NDCs

Wednesday, 12 December 2018; 15.00 — 16.30; Room 2

Organisers: IUCN; Rare; The Nature Conservancy; Wetlands International; Wildlife Conservation Society

  • Senior representatives from IUCN state and non-state members and partners

A number of UNFCCC Parties have included various ecosystem-based mitigation and adaptation measures within their current NDCs. This event will take stock of these and present key recommendations to help strengthen these nature-based solutions further in the next round of NDCs.


Essential climate solutions: community-led development, renewable energy and cultural heritage

Thursday, 13 December 2018; 11.30 — 13.00; Room 2

Organisers: Global Ecovillage Network; International National Trusts Organisation; Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

  • Kosha Joubert (Global Ecovillage Network, South Africa/Scotland)
  • Sonita Mbah (Betterworld, Cameroon)
  • Luc Lutala (Espoir Pour Tous, DRC),
  • Catherine Leonard (International National Trusts Organisation, UK)
  • Oliver Maurice (International National Trusts Organisation, UK)
  • Daniele Pagani (Nordic Folkecenter, Denmark)
  • Leire Gorroño (Aalborg University, Denmark)

A Talanoa Dialogue style roundtable illustrating how community-led development and cultural heritage provide solutions addressing challenges created by climate change and energy transitions, implement the Paris Agreement and SDGs, while fostering resilient, diverse and regenerative communities.


Integrating adaptation and the SDGs — The potential of multi-level governance

Thursday, 13 December 2018; 15.00 — 16.30

Organisers: South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD). 

The event will discuss the potential of integrating adaptation and sustainable development on different governance levels. It will showcase cooperation between national and subnational governments in order to aligning the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

  • SACEP member country representatives
  • SACEP
  • nrg4SD
  • Louis Downing, SuRe Standard, Global Infrastructre Basel 


Using International Standards for driving action, performance and transition on climate change

Friday, 14 December 2018; 11.30 — 13.00; Room 3

Organisers: International Organization for Standardization; International Accreditation Forum; The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment 

  • A. Tomlinson, MS Standards
  • M. Baxter, Sector perspectives: marine
  • E. Hughesm ISO GHG quantification
  • R. Poivet, ICAO CORSIA & accredited verification
  • J. Hupe
  • C. Makino, Climate action & Sendai Framework
  • C. Makino ISO adaptation standards
  • J. Dora, Capacity building
  • N. Blyth

International Standards driving change by organisations. Use and benefits in mainstreaming, in transition and innovation. Latest ISO standards on adaptation and GHGs. Examples in renewable energy, technology, aviation, shipping. Importance of accreditation and capacity building also discussed.


Urban frameworks reinforcing cultural heritage as a driver for climate innovation and sustainability

European Union side event

Friday, 14 December 2018; 15.30 — 17.00; Brussels Room, EU Pavilion

Organisers:  EUROCITIES; ICLEI; Julie's Bicycle; Ecopreneurs for Climate; European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA)

  • The ROCK project: objectives and results achieved. How does cultural heritage contribute to innovation and sustainability in historic city centres? (Cécile Houpert, Eurocities; Jesus Iglesias Saugar, Ecopreneurs for the Climate; Lucy Latham, Julie's Bicycle)
  • How urban frameworks manage and enhance the impact of cultural heritage (Peter Boswell, EFCA)

The side event aims to explore how urban sustainability frameworks reinforce the potential and relevance of cultural heritage to drive urban development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

How do the urban sustainability frameworks launched by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility and now standardised by the  International Standards Organization incorporate cultural heritage?

Using the commonality established by frameworks, how can cities work together to boost sustainable and inclusive business innovation and entrepreneurship in cultural heritage to raise ambitions in tackling climate change?

The Horizon 2020 ROCK project will be presented as an EU flagship initiative in this realm, and a demonstrator of contributors coming from cultural heritage to an integrated framework approach to sustainable development in the urban environment.