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Business, finance and cities: climate action for Paris

Time (GMT +00) 09:30 12:30
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James Cameron - Chair, ODI and Chairman and Co-Founder, Climate Change Capital (CCC)

Keynote speaker

Mary Robinson - President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change


Arunabha Ghosh - Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India 

Yacob Mulugetta - Professor of Energy and Development Policy at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL)

Ian Simm - Chief Executive Officer, Impax Asset Management

Namita Vikas - Senior President & Chief sustainability Officer, YES BANK

Shelagh Whitley - Research Fellow, Climate and Environment, ODI




​2015 is a key year for international climate negotiations.  In December in Paris, States will be asked to sign a new universal and legally binding treaty to tackle climate change. If successful, it will be the first time in over 20 years that there has been a new international agreement on climate.


But while much of the focus will be on States’ obligations, non-state actors – the financial services, businesses and major city municipalities - are already responding to the challenge of climate change. They are developing sustainable ways of working, investing in innovative green technology, and building carbon-friendly transport systems, amongst others.  Totalled up, their existing commitments already add up to many billions of dollars.


Looking ahead to Paris, what role will these non-state actors play? What contributions can they make? What coalitions between public and private actors are forming? How are the private sector and civil society collaborating to further net zero emissions?


Keynote speech by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation and UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Climate Change.

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