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25 August 2022, 09:00 - 17:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | By invitation only

The Forum is co-organised by incoming Egyptian Presidency of COP27 and the UN Climate Change High Level Champions for COP26 and COP27 and the secretariat of ESCAP. Bringing together key stakeholders from the public and private sector, the Forum will showcase the success stories of private sector investments in climate areas and identify investment-ready climate initiatives in the region including those in the Nationally Determined Contributions of the Asia Pacific countries. The forum will highlight current gaps in climate financing in the region and explore the potential sources of financing and how they can be accessed. The discussions will focus on implementation and delivery, helping identify major climate finance opportunities and catalyzing finance and investment for implementation.

All invitees are requested to register online as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, 23 August 2022 (23:59 hours Bangkok time). Only the names of registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

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25 Aug 2022
Asia Pacific Forum on “Catalyzing climate finance and investment flows to ramp up climate action and advance the SDGs”
Conference Room 3, UNCC + MS Teams

Time (GMT+7)


09:00 – 09:30


Session 1. Opening: Policy Framework/urgency for climate finance and action

Opening and welcoming remarks


  • H.E. Mr. Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt, President of COP27 (video)
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations (video)
  • Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27 & UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda (in person)
  • Armida Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General & Executive Secretary, ESCAP (in person)
  • Hiro Mizuno, UN Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments (video)

09:30 – 11:00


SESSION 2: Financing NDCS and national investment gaps

This session will identify illustrative examples of bankable projects and initiatives ready for implementation and/or scale-up and replication including (a) proposed technical measures in NDCs of Asia Pacific countries including priority sectors and needs that are ready for projectization and investment, particularly in LDCs, (b) priority projects from the Needs Based Finance of the UNFCCC secretariat and (c) major nationally approved investment packages and initiatives.  


Moderator: Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP (in person)





  • Mr. Heath Gibson, Executive Director- Head of Asia, ESRM, Standard Chartered Bank (online)
  • Mr. Adam Cotter, Senior Vice President, Senior Executive Banking, DZ BANK (in person)
  • Ms. Yuki Yasui, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Network, GFANZ (in person)11:00 – 12:30



























SESSION 3: Scaling up investment in climate infrastructure projects through Public Private Partnerships (PPP)


This session will showcase sustainable infrastructure projects that are bankable and aligned with their respective national SDG and climate-resilient strategy. Sample projects (with high climate impacts/benefits) drawn from the PPP network pipeline as well as suitable existing projects would serve to highlight opportunities to advance low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure through public-private partnership and promote investment interest and expertise from the private sector.  


Key institutions: Principles for Developing Climate-Resilient Projects




Moderator and Keynote

  • Mr. Woochong Um, Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank (online)




Presentation of Projects


Reference Project


Project Pipeline and Investment opportunities


Respondent: Nazmeera Moola, Chief Sustainability Officer, NinetyOne


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00



















SESSION 4: Unlocking climate finance for green grid investments


This session will discuss the need for and the role of climate finance in power system/transmission such as the Green Grids Initiative – One Sun, One World, One Grid (GGI-OSOWOG), launched at COP26, inform stakeholders about the set of principles and their application, share perspectives of investors and financial institutions on approaches, platforms and financing solutions for green grid investments, and highlight specific projects that would benefit from access to climate finance. 


Moderator: Weerawat Chantanakome, Councillor and Advisor, Ministry of Energy Thailand (in person)


Policies for promoting green grid investments


Presentation of projects

15:00 – 16:30

SESSION 5: Mobilizing green financing through capital markets


This session will look at the role of capital market instruments including equity and green, sustainable and sustainability-linked bond markets, to mobilise financing towards investment ready green and sustainable projects.  The discussion will feature a) presentations of bankable green projects which are aligned with net-zero targets; b) emerging government investment priorities and thematic bond project pipelines; c) showcase pooled funding and de-risking opportunities.   


Moderator:  Ms. Tina Jabeen, Director, Bangladesh University Urban Lab and Chair, Bangladesh Women’s Investor Network (in person)


Projects and Presentations

16:30 – 17:00

SESSION 6: Conclusions and Next Steps


The session will highlight practical next steps by participants including the public sector, private finance, development financial institutions, and philanthropists, with a focus on target sector(s) identified in the discussion. 


  • Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27 & UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda (in person)
  • Ms. Armida Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General & Executive Secretary, ESCAP (in person)
  • H.E Ambassador Wael Aboulmagd, Special Representative of COP 27 President Designate (online)



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