Climate finance seminar: A Greens/EFA meeting in Paris ahead of COP21

Friday, 27 Nov 2015 10:00

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Programme

WARMING UP

10:00-10:10
Welcome and introduction

Rebecca Harms or Philippe Lamberts, Co-President of the Greens/EFA

10:10-10.30
Impacts of climate change: findings of the Tara project

Romain Troublé, Executive Director of Tara Expeditions

10:30-11:30
CLIMATE FINANCE

Safeguarding a clear, reliable and predictable pathway to climate finance might just be the game changer for these negotiations. How much money is needed? Where should it go to? Where should it come from? These and many more questions will be addressed by the following speakers:

  • Strategic importance of climate finance at COP21
    Monica Araya, think thank Nivela and former Costa Rican head of negotiations
  • The French government's climate finance strategy
    Alix Mazounie, international policy coordinator at CAN France
  • Global QE - where there is a will there is a way
    Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP and green economist
  • A de-risking instrument to lower capital cost of renewables and energy efficiency
    Claude Turmes, Green MEP
  • Allocating and employing climate finance in developing countries
    Isabella Lövin, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation

Questions, remarks and suggestions

Moderated by MEP Bas Eickhout

Coffee break

11:45-12:50
POSSIBLE OUTCOMES, COMMUNICATION, AND FOLLOW-UP

No one can predict the future, but an exchange of view on the possible COP21 outcomes allows us to think about different communication strategies. What are the key issues for this COP? What should be our Green demands? What happens after Paris? NGOs and Greens active in national/regional governments give their opinion:

  • Main issues to be solved at COP21
    Wendel Trio, director of CAN Europe
  • Demands and expectations of cities in the COP21 debate
    Tine Heyse, alderman Environment, Energy & Climate for Gent (Belgium)
  • The EU's role during the Paris negotiations and possible outcomes
    Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourgish minister of Environment
  • Life after Paris
    Susann Scherbarth, campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe

Questions, remarks and suggestions  

Moderated by MEP Yannick Jadot

12:50-13:30
LET'S GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS - A JOURNALIST'S OPINION ON THE COP

Love it or hate it, but public opinion sets the political agenda. Nothing has as much influence on public opinion as the media, or is it the other way around? Whichever it is, no one will deny the large role that the media can play in the fight against climate change. Two key journalists discuss how the Green message can be made visible in the press:  

  • Selling climate change in Poland
    Karolina Zbytniewska, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director EurActiv Poland
  • Climate journalism over the years
    Fiona Harvey, Environment correspondent at The Guardian

Discussion and goodbye

Moderated by MEP Bas Eickhout

The Greens/European Free Alliance