ESCAP at COP23: Financing Climate Action, Achieving NDCs, and Securing Sustainable Oceans and Agriculture

10 Nov 2017 to 16 Nov 2017
Bonn, Germany

The Asia-Pacific region is set to play a key role in implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement, however, is faced with substantial challenges. The region contributes to over half of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, with six out of the ten top global emitters in the Asia-Pacific region, and it is the most vulnerable region in the world to the impacts of climate change. However, these challenges also represents a significant opportunity for regional co-operation to scale up finance for climate action, to support greater take-up of carbon pricing, to use public and private partnerships for low-carbon climate-resilient infrastructure investments, to improve climate data and observations, to find disaster risk transfer and financing instruments to strengthen resilience and to move toward sustainable agriculture, energy, transport, the sustainable management of oceans and green cities.

As the regional arm of the United Nations in Asia-Pacific, UNESCAP is committed to support its 53 member States in realizing their climate change and resilience ambitions, particularly the least developed countries and small island developing States through capacity-building, policy dialogues and the sharing of experiences and information. This year, at the 23rd Conference of the Parties, UNESCAP will engage with representatives from the public and private sectors in order to discuss the challenges and subsequent solutions for the sustainable management of oceans, climate-smart agriculture, how to enhance access to capital markets to increase financial flows towards low-carbon climate-resilient investments, and progress on the Nationally Determined Contributions. The Asia-Pacific region is prepared to play its part in the global solution to climate change, and UNESCAP supports its member states to facilitate this progress and the dialogue with non-state actors in the region.

Please see below for events co-organized by ESCAP at COP23.

For further information: Laura Altinger: [email protected]
Extra additional information: Side Events & Exhibits Calendar:

“Oceans and Climate Change – Impacts and Solutions in Asia-Pacific” Endorsed event at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn

The event endorsed by the COP Presidency will provide a stage for the voice of Asia-Pacific states and beyond to shift the perspective to the ocean-climate-development nexus across all sectors to strive toward healthy oceans for climate action and sustainable development goals.

Date/time: Friday 10 November 2017, 09:30-10:30

Venue: Fiji Pavilion, Bonn Zone


  • Keynote speaker: H.E. Arif Havas Oegroseno, Deputy Minister of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Indonesia
  • Moderator: Mr. Mason Smith, Regional Director for Oceania, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Panellists:
    • H.E. Semi Koroilavesau, Minister for Fisheries, Fiji
    • Ms. Anne Jacobs-Schleithoff, Director, Coordinating office of the Federal Government Maritime Industry, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
    • Dr. Rosa Perez, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission of the Philippines
    • Dr. Elisabeth Holland, Professor of Climate Change, Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific, Suva

“Asia-Pacific Climate Action: Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda”

Thematic category: Enhancing ambition

To raise awareness about a Regional Action Agenda (RAA) for Asia-Pacific region to increase private sector finance towards low carbon climate resilient investments for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Focus on debt capital markets, market based approaches, energy access, climate risk insurance

Date/time: Thursday 16 November 2017, 11:30-13:00

Venue: China Pavilion, Bonn Zone


  • Keynote speaker: Howard Bamsey, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
  • Speakers to highlight:
    • H.E. Minister Inia Seruiratu (Fiji), High-Level Climate Champion, Marrakech Partnership; and Minister of Agriculture
    • H.E. Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa
    • Senator Loren Legarda, Chair, Senate Committees on Finance, Climate Change, and Foreign Relations, Philippines
  • Moderator: Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UNESCAP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
  • High-level Panel includes:
    • Peter Munro, Director, International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), Green Bond Principle Secretariat
    • H.E. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, Fiji
    • Mr. Jan Willem van de Ven, Head of Climate Finance, EBRD
    • Mr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    • Mr. Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Standard & Poor

“Building Smallholders’ Resilience to Climate Change through South-South Cooperation”

The programme will comprise of presentations, panel review, and open discussion. As a key outcome, the side event will issue a Joint Communique reflecting the vision for collaborative action by stakeholders. The main objectives of the side event will be to:

  1. Underscore the key role of South-South Cooperation for building smallholders’ resilience to climate change.
  2. Identify main challenges faced by developing countries and identify shared needs and priorities in context of building smallholders’ resilience.
  3. Showcase relevant successful strategies, institutional and technological models, and best practices from China.
  4. Initiate joint action for building smallholders’ resilience to climate change through South-South Cooperation.

Date/time: Thursday 16 November 2017, 14:00 – 15:30

Venue: China Pavilion, Bonn Zone


  • High-level Panel includes:
    • H.E. Mr. XIE Zhenhua, Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, China
    • Representatives from IFAD (President), FAO, WFP

“Opportunities for scaling up climate change action to implement the NDCs in the five UN regions: National perspectives and how Regional Commissions are responding”

The event explores the main opportunities for scaling up climate change action for the implementation of the NDCs in the Member States of the five UN Regional Commissions, and the role that Regional Commissions can play.

Date/time: Thursday 16 November 2017, 15:00-16:30

Venue: Room 10, Bonn Zone


  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Founder and Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Moderator: Mr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
  • High-level Panel includes:
    • Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu (Under-Secretary General and UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Countries and the Small Island Developing States)
    • Executive Secretaries from ESCAP, ECA, ESCWA
      • Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
      • Ms. Vera Songwe, Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ECA
      • Mr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of ESCWA