Our activities for COP 22

We are thrilled to be participating in the upcoming Conference of Parties (COP 22)>> taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, which also marks the first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).

Together with the Wuppertal Institute, you will find us at our Official COP Side Event on Friday, 18 November 2016. Full details can be found below.

If you'd like to meet up with any of our team whilst in Marrakech, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@goldstandard.org.

But if you can't make it, you can still tune in! The UNFCCC will also broadcast our side event live on YouTube.

Sustainable development and environmental integrity in post-2020 mechanisms
Co-hosted with Wuppertal Institute

Gold Standard and Wuppertal Institute explore the opportunities within the Paris Agreement to raise ambition for sustainable development and ensure environmental integrity in order to identify the most effective pathways for both within post 2020 market mechanisms.

When + Where:
Friday, 18 November 2016: 11:30—13:00
Bering Room
Nicolas Kreibich, Research Fellow, Energy, Transport and Climate Policy, Wuppertal Institute
Martin Hession, International Carbon Markets, European Commission
Aki Kachi, International Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch
Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard
Karen Holm Olsen, Senior Researcher, UNEP DTU Partnership
Workshop: Standards and the Paris Agreement
Recognizing that the Paris Agreement provides the framework but not the details for implementation of climate action, how will international voluntary standards — such as those promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO-Geneva) — help identify best practices and policy approaches for mitigation and adaptation? Can an ISO standard on climate finance help mobilize the private sector funds necessary to meet the climate change challenge? How will the ISO voluntary standards development processes coordinate with and complement UNFCCC initiatives? How are voluntary international standards and other “soft law” tools effectively utilized in legal and regulatory regimes? How will voluntary standards help developing countries advance climate action? Or do standards create unintended burdens, such as barriers to trade?
When + Where:
Friday, November 11: 15:45 – 17:00
Concurrent Experts Roundtable / Participatory Workshop Sessions (III)
Prof. Dr. Charles di Leva, World Bank
Gold Standard Speakers:
Sarah Leugers, Director of Communications, Gold Standard
Ira Feldman, Adaptation Coordinator, ISO TC 207/SC7 and Adaptation Leader, GHGMI
Tom Baumann, International Chair of SO TC 207/SC 7 and co-founder GHGMI
Massamba Thioye, Manager, Sustainable Development Mechanism Program, UNFCCC
Jeffrey Cohen, Senior VP, EOS Climate

Paris Agreement: Fostering Sustainable Development and Carbon Markets
Marcio Viegas, Managing Director, SUST4IN
  • The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Sustainable Development: an objective or another barrier for mitigation and adaptation? 
  • Sustainable Development and the Clean Development Mechanism 
  • Article 6: Sustainable Development Mechanism or Emissions Mitigation Mechanism? A CDM 2.0? 
  • Article 6: Modalities and Procedures – an early perspective
When + Where:
Tuesday, 15 November: 11:00 - 12:30
Green Zone, Room 5
Gold Standard Speakers:
Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard
Edwin Aalders, Principle Researcher, DNV GL, Verified Carbon Standards
David Hone, Chief Climate Change Adviser, Shell
Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Climate Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Andrei Marcu, Director, European Roundtable on Climate and Sustainable Transition (ERCST)
Ivo Mulder, Economics Advisor, REDD+, UNEP (confirming)
Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, Director of Climate Change Chairman's Area, Iberdrola
Grant Kirkman, Head Relations Management - Climate Finance, UNFCCC
Valvanera Ulargui, General Director, Spanish Climate Change Office (TBC)
Transforming the cooking energy sector towards modern and climate-smart energy services
This Side Event, organised by the Energising Development Partnership (EnDev), the Worldbank, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) and the GIZ project Poverty-oriented Basic Energy Service will demonstrate the role of cooking energy in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to global warming. The participants will jointly explore ways and innovative instruments to transform the cooking sector in developing countries towards a climate-friendly, clean and sustainable energy service.
When + Where:
Tuesday, 15 November: 11:00 – 12:30
Green Zone, GIZ Stand No. 308
Gold Standard panelists:
Sarah Leugers, Director of Communications, Gold Standard
Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway (Chair)
Ambuj Sagar, Professor of Policy Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology
Delhi and Co-Author of the 5th IPCC report
Wanjira Mathai, Director, Partnerships for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER), Wangari Maathai Institute
Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, DR Congo, Group of African Climate Negotiators, Member of Board of the Green Climate Fund (tbc)
Frank Fass-Metz, Deputy Director general BMZ, German Board member of the GCF (tbc)
Venkat Putti, Program Manager Climate Finance, World Bank Group
Climate Breakfast: Insetting
Gérald Maradan, Director General, EcoAct
In light of the ratification of the Paris Agreement, the contributions of the private sector will be crucial in the global effort to achieve a carbon neutral economy. This Side Event will explore the role of insetting as an effective tool for reducing companies in reducing their carbon footprint within their value chains to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. 
When + Where:
Tuesday, 15 November: 09:00 – 10:30
Riad Infinity Sea Marrakech
Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz
Gold Standard Speakers:
Marion Verles, CEO The Gold Standard
Brice Lalonde, former Minister, President of Business & Climate Summit
Simon Henry, Programme Director, International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance
Media Category: Events
Event Dates: Friday, November 18, 2016