As businesses and investors mingle with politicians and civil society at key climate conferences this month, we ask how can international finance be used to build resilience to the growing impacts of global warming?
Wealthy governments are stalling on how they will raise $100 billion per year by 2020 to help poorer, vulnerable nations develop cleanly and adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas.
Meanwhile, the talk in investment circles is about moving money from fossil fuel industries into renewables and energy-efficiency – the low-carbon future the world desperately needs.
But where does that leave the people in urban slums, rural villages, low-lying islands and other at-risk communities who are already bearing the brunt of droughts, floods and storms? Some are being pushed deeper into poverty, or forced to abandon their land and homes.
Who will help those groups and where will the funding come from? Our panel will examine some of the proposed solutions – and discuss options for new sources of climate finance to boost resilience where it is most needed.
• Liane Schalatek - Associate Director at Heinrich Boell Foundation North America and CSO Active Observer, Green Climate Fund
• Olha Krushelnytska - Green Finance and Private Sector Investments at Global Environment Facility and Founder of Green Finance Network
• Niranjali Amerasinghe - Senior Associate at World Resources Institute and co-Author of the report "Future of the Funds: Exploring the Architecture of Multilateral Climate Finance"
Discussant: Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead for Climate Change and Resilience, CARE International
Moderator: Megan Rowling, Zilient.org editor & Thomson Reuters Foundation journalist
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