UPDATED 20 February 2024


Country Perspectives : Opportunities and Challenges for International Voluntary Carbon Markets in the Context of the Paris Agreement

30 Sep 2021 - 30 Sep 2021
13:00 - 14:30 (GMT) 09:00 - 10:30 (EDT)
New-York, USA
Hosted by
World Bank

The Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), with the support of ICROA, commissioned a technical note to understand perspectives of potential host countries on the role international voluntary carbon markets might play in the context of their NDCs and the Paris Agreement. In doing so, it explored emerging issues and challenges these markets may face and clarified key aspects host country governments may need to consider in relation to their market participation.

This webinar presents the key findings of the study and discusses what it means for the development of prospective voluntary markets in the future also considering recent developments like the Voluntary Carbon Markets Taskforce, the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity (VMCI) Initiative etc. and the critical work that some countries and independent standards are doing on this.


  • Introduction and Opening Remarks by Wendy Hughes, Practice Manager, Carbon Markets & Innovation unit, World Bank
  • Presentation on the PMR study:Country Perspectives: Opportunities and challenges for international voluntary markets in the context of the Paris Agreement by Andrew Howard, Koru Climate
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Chandra Sekhar Sinha, Advisor, World Bank
  • Q & A
  • Closing Remarks
  • Chris Leeds, Head, Carbon Markets Development, Standard Chartered Bank

  • Jonathan Shopley, Co-Chair, ICROA

  • Melissa Pinfield, Executive Director, VCMI Secretariat (tbc)

  • Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer, Executive

  • Mikkel Larson, CEO, Climate Impact eXchange

  • El hadj Mbaye Diagne, Directeur Général, Afrique-Energie-Environment, Senegal

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