UPDATED 26 February 2024


COP21 Events & Activities

With the climate change negotiations in Paris fast approaching, we are busy setting up meetings and working with our partners to organize some exciting and interesting events.

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It’s Time for Next Generation Standards Collaboration for Climate Neutrality and Resilience

Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 - 11:30—13:00

Official side event inside the negotiations - Room 5
Climate actions need bold next generation standards systems and enhanced stakeholder engagement. We will examine collaboration among standards setting organizations, innovative framework standards, interactive platforms for climate neutrality, resilience and sustainability in support INDCs.

  • Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI)
  • International Organization for Standardisation (ISO)
  • Gold Standard

Presentation of the Fairtrade Climate Standard: towards a more holistic and fairer carbon approach

Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 - 13:15—14:45 
Official side event inside the negotiations - Room 4
Despite the proven benefits of carbon finance projects, credibility is at risk. The Fairtrade Climate Standard could bring much needed fairness to the carbon market through access, participation and training of smallholders and extra funds to invest in climate adaptation. FairClimateFund and GERES will share their project experiences.

  • Fairtrade International,
  • Gold Standard,
  • ICCO-FairClimateFund,

Voluntary carbon offsets and their environmental and social benefits: the FairCarbon proposal

Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 - 15:00—16:30

Official side event inside the negotiations - Room 3
The focus of this event is the voluntary carbon market as instrument to both introduce innovation and technology to reduce carbon emissions and enhance local sustainable development. Some case studies will highlight the social impacts and the international collaborations of the FairCarbon projects.

  • Carbon Sink;
  • Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea;
  • EXPO;
  • Italian Climate Network;
  • ICROA;
  • Gold Standard

Adaptation investments in natural infrastructure for water management

Friday, 04 Dec 2015 – 15:45 to 17:15
IUCN Blue Zone Pavilion
Many nature based solutions are focused at project intervention level, yet the climate change impacts on hydrology will be across river basins and regions, impacting agriculture, human health, and ecosystems. Investment in water and restoring water-related ecosystems provides significant economic, social and environmental opportunities. This event will focus on the challenge of raising capital and mobilising it at a scale that has impact to cope with climate change.

  • South Pole Carbon Group (Zurich),
  • The Rockefeller Foundation,
  • GCF, 
  • Government of France,
  • BMUB-IKI, KfW,
  • The World Bank,
  • Karin Lexen,
  • Stockholm International Water institute,
  • European Investment Bank

Launch of the Fairtrade Climate Standard

Friday, 04 Dec 2015 – 16:00 to 19:30
Paris city center – Location TBC. By invitation only.
Together with Fairtrade International, project developers and commercial partners we will be showcasing the new Fairtrade Climate Standard and announcing the first commercial commitments to purchase Fairtrade Carbon Credits. There will be a panel discussion followed by a cocktail and networking event. More information to follow soon.

  • Fairtrade International,
  • Gold Standard

Global Landscape Forum: The role of agro-ecology in exploring innovative, viable adaptation measures for resilient smallholder coffee landscapes

Saturday 05 December 17:15-18:45
Palais de Congrès de Paris

We are participating in an event hosted by Hivos that looks at the role of agro-ecology for helping smallholder coffee farmers become more resilient to the effects of climate change. 

  • Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HIVOS),
  • International Coffee Organization (ICO)

Matchmaking between cities and investors

Saturday 05 December 17:30 - 18:30
Le Bourget, Green Zone, Cities and Region Pavilion, workshop room 
The workshop will elaborate on how to best create matchmaking opportunities between cities seeking access to finance for their low-carbon projects and investors that look for bankable city-level projects. The discussion will focus on a concrete public transportation project in the city of Balikpapan (Indonesia) that has been submitted under the ICLEI-led Transformative Action Program (TAP) to flag it to potential funders. South Pole and Gold Standard will present a pre-feasibility assessment for this project under the Low Carbon City Lab, and discuss the project’s suitability for result-based finance. Starting from this project, the participants will discuss lessons from TAP, the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge and a CDP project on how to enable matchmaking between investors and cities. For more information about this event.


Climate KiC,

  • South Pole,
  • WWF,
  • Gold Standard 

Sustainable Innovation Forum

7-8 December
Stade de France
We will be participating at the Sustainable Innovation Forum, which is taking place on the 7-8 December at the Stade de France, Paris.

Evaluating the Health and Climate Benefits of Clean Cooking Solutions

Tuesday 8 December, 2015; 9:00 – 16:30
Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Bâtiment le France, 190 avenue de France, 75013, Paris, Room 640

We will be participating in an event hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme that looks at how research based knowledge and pragmatic methodologies combined with right financial mechanisms can maximise implementation and optimise impact. For the full agenda.

An Introduction to Sustainable Finance for Grant Makers

Tuesday 8 December - 15:30-17:00
CGBD hosted space in Paris, the Hotel IBIS Bastille, located at 15 rue Breguet
An introductory event on the topic of sustainable climate finance. Running alongside COP 21, this presents an informal opportunity for foundations and grant makers to learn about some of the key issues from organisations working in this area.

Spotlight on climate change, human rights & sustainable development – the role of business

Friday 11 December, 2015; 10:30 – 12:00
Blue Zone under the EU program
We will discuss how business can positively contribute to an equitable and more sustainable future, addressing the interlinked global challenges of climate change and human rights, with a focus on transparency. The event will discuss best practices that enable better decision making and contributes to sustainable development.

  • Gold Standard,
  • the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights,
  • CliMates,
  • GRI

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