“Raising Global Level of Ambition Through Local Climate Action”



The High Level Dialogue on Financing Local Climate Action

The debate highlighted the financing priorities of local climate action and responses from national, international, global finance institutions and stakeholders.


List of Speakers

Moderator: Virginia Sonntag-O´Brien, Advisor, UNEP National Climate Finance Institutions Support Programme.

Opening statement and launch of the High Level Dialogue:

  • H.E. Philippe Martin, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France.

Mayors and Subnational Leaders:

  • Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor, Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (Pretoria), South Africa;
  • Supachai Tantikom, Advisor to the Governor, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand;
  • Frank Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, USA; Chair, ICLEI North America Regional Executive Committee; Member, ICLEI Global Executive Committee;
  • Kim Yong Bok, Director General of Climate Change, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea,
  • George Ferguson, Mayor, Bristol City Council, United Kingdom;
  • Mary Jane Ortega, Vice-President, ICLEI; Secretary General, CITYNET.

Finance Community:

  • Pierre Ducret, Chair and CEO, Caisse des Dépôts Climat (CDC);
  • Jean-Yves Grosclaude, Executive Director, Head of Strategy, Agence Française de Développement (AfD);
  • Henry Marty-Gauquié, Director Liaison with international organizations, European Investment Bank;
  • Stephen Hammer, Lead Urban Specialist - Cities and Climate Change, Urban Development and Resilience Unit, the World Bank;
  • Naoko Ishii, Chair and CEO, Global Environment Facility (GEF).


Philanthropies and alternative approaches:

  • Michael Berkowitz, Managing Director, the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Santiago Lorenzo, Head, Green Finance, World Wildlife Fund (WWF).


Closing Remarks:

  • Gérard Mestrallet, CEO, GDF-Suez, on behalf of UN Global Compact.


To see the two-day agenda, please download the PDF.