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COP27: The World Leaders Summit and Finance Day


The climate ‘conference of implementation’ is almost here, and whether you’re watching virtually or travelling to Egypt, this year’s COP has a huge array of events to consider.

IIGCC’s delegation will join the finance community in demonstrating how much progress has been made, and how much more can be done with ambitious policies from world leaders.

Recently we looked at the themes driving discussion at this year’s conference, but with more than 30,000 people registered to attend, planning which events to visit and when is no small task.

To help, we’ve mapped out some important moments to look out for as well as those with IIGCC speakers or affiliation. Specific events are underlined and the ‘look out for‘ sentences highlight agendas that may be of interest.

Please note that all events are Eastern European Time (+2) in line with the local time zone.

This article covers the first three days including Finance Day. Don’t forget to read part two for more ways to join from 10 to 17 November.

 7-8 November: World Leaders Summit and Plenary Sessions

The most anticipated part of the conference for many, heads of state and government are expected to unveil major climate commitments as they enter negotiations. The first day focuses on climate finance while the second focuses on the outcomes of major climate reports, such as those from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Mahesh Roy, IIGCC Investor Practices Programmes Director and UN Marrakech Partnership focal point for finance, joins the second meeting of the Technical Dialogue of the UN Global Stocktake on 8 November.

High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities, 8 November, 15:30-16:30

Members of the IIGCC delegation will join this meeting where the Secretary-General and Chair of the Group, Ms. McKenna, along with members, will present and discuss the main recommendations.

Members can watch live via the UNFCCC YouTube channel.

‘Climate Accounting, what are we still missing?’ 8 November, Blue Zone “We Mean Business” Pavilion, Auditorium A 11:30-12:30

Climate Action 100+, co-founded by IIGCC, joins Carbon Tracker and a panel of experts to unpick the findings of Carbon Tracker’s latest report ‘Still Flying Blind’. More details and how to join here.

 9 November: Finance Day

A fundamental day for investors and the global community alike, Finance Day has become even more important as the conversation evolves from mitigation – reducing total greenhouse gas emissions – to adaptation and resilience.

COP Presidency – Mobilizing Finance for Climate Action, Presidency Room 1, 10:00-10:55 

Stephanie Pfeifer, IIGCC CEO joins a panel moderated by Dr Mahmoud Mohiedin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt.

Fellow speakers include Dr Nick Stern and Dr Vera Songwe, Co-Chairs of the High-level Expert Group on scaling up investment and finance to deliver on climate ambition and development goals; Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Development Programmes Administrator; and Ambassador Wael Abouldmagd, Special Representative of the COP 27 President.

From Ambition to Action: Mobilising Finance for Climate Solutions, Adaptation and Resilience: Partnership implementation lab, Lotus Room, Blue Zone, 12:00-14:00

Last year’s Marrakech Partnership Finance Day had the highest recorded attendance and this year looks set to be even more engaging.

‘From ambition to action’ seeks to hold an honest dialogue on the successes and barriers to implementation, key information on net zero disclosures, transition planning, and meaningful pledges. Plus, there’s a deep dive into the interrelationship between data and accountability.

Stephanie Pfeifer joins a panel at 12:25 to discuss ‘delivering on net zero’ alongside Hendrik du Toit, CEO and Founder of Ninety One Asset Managers and Jessica Lopez Saffie, General Executive Manager of Banco Estado de Chile (NZBA).

Local voices from emerging markets and developing nations will feature highly; expect to hear from guest speakers including Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, the UN climate change high level champion for Egypt, the Minister of Economy and Finance from the Government of Uruguay, as well as representatives from the Government of Barbados and the African Export-Import Bank.

Members can watch live via the UNFCCC YouTube channel.

Financing Resilience: Marrakech Partnership Implementation Lab, Lotus Room, Blue Zone, 14:30-16:00

This lab explores how the private sector can implement physical climate investment risks into investment decisions and continue to innovate new ways of financing adaptation and resilience.

The aim is to mobilise $140 to $300bn of investment that will be needed across both public and private sources. IIGCC will join speakers from the coalition for climate resilient investment, as well as fintech start-up YAPU and social impact investors GAWA Capital. Live via the UNFCCC YouTube.

Finance and the built environment thematic session, Blue Zone Buildings Pavilion, 15:00-18:00

IIGCC will actively support the Building to COP (BtC) coalition across COP27 with several workshops, speaking events and roundtables on buildings and real estate.

This event with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) explores finance and built environment – expect embodied carbon to feature heavily in discussions.

Look out for: A raft of United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) events across Finance Day, running from 10:00-19:00. Full details on the UNEPFI website.

Look out for: The Climate Action Sustainable Innovation Forum, taking place 9 to 11 November, bringing together 1,500 climate leaders from government, business, cities and NGOs at the Climate Action Innovation Zone opposite the Blue Zone. Register to watch online where you are.

This list below shows how to register for many of the most relevant sessions for investors:

Part two of our ‘Guide to COP27’ series explores the remaining thematic days, more on climate resilience, and what’s next after COP.

If you’d like to know more about becoming an IIGCC member reach out to our membership manager Charlie today.