Programme

Held over two days, the Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue and action among business, investors, civil society, the UN and Government officials. The second day for the Forum will feature a High-level meeting on corporate climate leadership convening chief and senior business executives, Ministers and Heads of government delegations. Nearly 300 participants are expected to attend, with the UN Secretary-General participating in key aspects of the event.

 

8 December

The first day of the Forum will consist of focused sessions on themes related to the UNFCCC agenda covering mitigation, adaptation, technology, finance and other cross-cutting issues such as carbon pricing, responsible policy engagement and long-term goal setting aligned with climate science. These themes have been identified based on their relevance to business and their capacity to provide substantive contributions to the work of Caring for Climate and its partners. Sessions will be organized by the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNEP Finance Initiative, UNFCCC secretariat and in collaboration with Caring for Climate strategic partners.

Day one venue: Jockey Club del Perú in the “Voices for Climate” space 

Please see preliminary agenda below. Sessions are subject to change. Please visit the Forum’s website regularly for updates. Download Complete Programme.

8:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Opening Plenary: Caring for Climate Business Forum

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Nick Nuttall, Head, Communications and Outreach, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Video: WHAT’S POSSIBLE: The U.N. Climate Summit Film

Welcome Remarks 
– Ms. Lila Karbassi, Head, Environment and Climate, UN Global Compact and Head, Caring for Climate

Opening Addresses
– H.E. Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru and COP20/CMP10 President
– Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
– Mr. Adolfo Heeren, Chief Executive Officer, Cálidda

9:30-10:30 Interactive Panel Discussion: Accelerating Climate Action and Impact

Markets around the world are already adapting to climate change impacts and further action from Governments will only accelerate and amplify business innovation, ambition and collaboration towards a low-carbon, high-resilient economy. The interactive panel discussion will provide insight on how Caring for Climate companies are turning the climate challenge into new opportunities and on key actions that business can implement to show more ambition in climate in the lead up to COP21 in Paris.

Introductory Remarks by the Moderator
– Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

Panel Participants
– Mr. Kunihiko Shimada, Vice-Chair, Technology Executive Committee, UNFCCC
– Ms. Joanne Yawitch, Chief Executive Officer, National Business Initiative South Africa
– Mr. Charles Anderson, Director, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative
– Ms. Margaret Mussoi L. Groff, Chief Financial Officer, Itaipu Binacional

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Thematic Breakout Session

Main Auditorium: How Can Business Responsibly Shape the Climate Policy Agenda?

Convener:

UNFCCC and UN Global Compact

Theme:

Responsible Corporate Engagement In Climate Policy

Speakers:

See speakers list here.
Corporate leadership needs to engage with decision makers, at national and international levels, to effect incentives, mechanisms and policies that are aligned with their sustainable business goals and with the ultimate objective of transitioning towards a low-carbon society. There are successful examples of pro-climate advocacy by businesses that have led to policies that address climate change and create business opportunities. With corporate input and endorsement, decision makers can deliver bold and meaningful climate policies that are consistent with climate-oriented strategies of the business sector. By articulating the impacts of climate change and through their own actions, companies, large and small, have the opportunity to shape the perception of their larger industry. This session will feature effective engagements of businesses in public climate policy. It will also explore the benefits of businesses’ contributions in shaping the national and international climate agenda.

Vivero Auditorium: How Can Business, Finance, and Policy Interact to Decarbonize the Global Economy?

Convener:

UNEP / UNEP-FI

Theme:

Finance, Mitigation

Speakers:

See speakers list here.
Decarbonizing the global economy requires a rapid and at-scale replacement of carbon-intensive with low-carbon technologies, infrastructure, and lifestyles. What is needed is an unprecedented re-channeling of investment from today´s economy into the low-carbon economy of tomorrow, which, in turn, requires bold leadership from corporations, investors, regulators, and legislators alike. This session will feature the most ambitious private sector, investor and financial leadership on climate change and it will highlight the critical role of how public policies and public finance, at both national, bilateral and multilateral level, are needed to grow today’s leadership into tomorrow’s new normal. The leadership examples will span the following key areas: replacing fossil-fuel with low-carbon energy infrastructure; step-changes in energy efficiency; phasing out deforestation from commodity and financial supply chains; and aligning the financial sector with the low-carbon economy.

12:30-14:15 Lunch & Networking

Lunch Panel: The Climate Has Changed in Latin America and the Caribbean

Convened by the We Mean Business coalition

14:15-15:45 Thematic Breakout Session

Main Auditorium: How Are You Aligning Your Emission Reduction Targets with Climate Science?

Convener:

UN Global Compact

Theme:

Mitigation

Speakers:

See speakers here.
Accelerating ambitious corporate climate long-term targets and commitments to drive ambition for a low-carbon economy is critical. From the perspective of the international community, strengthening corporate target-setting is a scalable tool to engage a broad group of global business as part of the solution, creating transparency and accountability around the contribution of business to addressing climate change. While a couple of decades ago, only a handful of forward-looking companies were measuring and disclosing their greenhouse gas emissions; today, it is common practice for businesses not only to report their annual emissions but also to undertake efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. However, climate science shows that these current efforts are setting us on a path that will likely exceed 4 degrees of global warming by the end of the century with the well-known consequences for our ecosystems, vulnerable communities, infrastructure and economy. This session will introduce science-based approaches to help companies set emission reduction targets based on the decarbonisation pathway recommended by the IPCC to keep temperature rise below 2 °C. It will highlight target setting efforts of select companies and illustrate good practices on how to implement low-carbon strategies.

Vivero Auditorium: How Do We Advance the Business Case for Climate Resilience?

Convener:

UNEP

Theme:

Adaptation

Speakers:

See speakers here.
Several factors are vital to catalyse increased action of businesses in resilience. Among these, is a general need to increase the awareness among businesses of the potential benefits of integrating climate change risks and opportunities in their operations and decision processes, and to provide the knowledge and tools to do so in practice. Governments also have role in facilitating and incentivizing business action that supports vulnerable countries and population groups adapt and build resilience. Partnerships between business and universities, research organisations, civil society organisations, investors and government agencies are recognised as a key success factor to bring about new, innovative approaches and solutions to adaptation and climate resilience. The session will feature on the ground examples of business actions in resilience and showcase examples of ongoing work to support business action by key institutions and initiatives. The session will also provide insights into the climate negotiation process with regards to adaptation and to associated mechanisms of relevance to the private sector. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how to catalyse larger action in resilience to climate change adaptation.

15:45-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-17:00 Closing Plenary

The Closing Plenary will distil leading climate practices, innovations and collaborations and identify promising business actions and commitments across Forum themes: mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology including key outcomes from the thematic sessions. The session will also provide opportunities for new commitments and partnerships that would bring greater scale and quality to climate action, especially ahead of COP21/CMP11 in December in Paris.

- Mr. Hugh Sealy, Chair, Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism*
– Mr. Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, WBCSD
– Mr. Kerry Adler, Chief Executive Officer, SkyPower Global
– Mr. Brice Lalonde, Special Advisor, Sustainable Development, UN Global Compact
– Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

17:00-19:00 Cocktail Reception

* Invited

 

 9 December

Chief Executives and senior representatives of Caring for Climate signatories will engage in a high-level meeting together with Government representatives, including representatives of relevant institutions established under the UNFCCC. The high-level meeting will distil the outcomes from the first day – including examples of leading climate practices, innovations, collaborations and commitments to action across key climate change themes – and put forward key recommendations for Government actions that would help bring greater scale and quality to corporate climate leadership globally.

Following welcoming remarks, participants will engage in discussions focused on accelerating climate action. The event will conclude with a report-back segment, announcement of new commitments to action.

Day two venue: COP Venue, Army General Headquarters

Please note that the second day of the Forum is open only to Chief Executives and senior representatives of Caring for Climate signatory companies.

13:00-13:10 Welcome Remarks by Master of Ceremonies

- Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

13:00-13:10 Perspectives  from  the  Climate  Process

- H.E. Mr. Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru and  COP20/CMP10 President

13:20-13:30 Business Forum Highlights

Business and investor perspective on the key outcomes from the Business Forum with focus on scaling ambition, innovation and collaboration at the global and local levels. 

- Mr. Mats Andersson, Chief Executive Officer, AP4
– Mr. Huang Wensheng, Vice President, Secretary to the Board of Directors and Director General of the Board Secretariat, Sinopec

13:25-14:05 Interactive Discussion: Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing

Brief remarks by government representative and facilitated interactive discussion on ways to  accelerate business leadership on carbon pricing including wider adoption of the Caring for Climate  Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing. 

- Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh, Co‐Chair of the Ad‐hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action

Lead Discussants

- Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
– Mr. Jorge Soto, Sustainable Development Director, Braskem
– Ms. Claude Nahon, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development, EDF Group

14:25-14:40 New Announcements and Commitments to Action

- Mr. Luan Jun, Executive Vice President, State Grid Corporation of China
– Mr. Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
– Mr. Jose Manuel Entrecanales Domecq, Chief Executive Officer and President, Acciona

14:40-15:00 Concluding Remarks

- Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive  Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
– H.E. Mr. Laurent Fabius,  Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development , France and Incoming COP21/CMP11 President*
– H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

* Invited