Posted on: Oct 18th, 2022

The CCFLA at COP27

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance experts will be hosting and presenting at several events at COP27 in November 2022. These will cover adaptation and resilience in cities, net zero buildings, innovative financing mechanisms, and other topics.

Events Organized by the Alliance

How Can National and Local Governments Scale Finance for Urban Climate Adaptation and Resilience?

Saturday 12 November, 13:15 – 14:30 (EET)
Resilience Hub

The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)and UrbanShift will facilitate a dynamic discussion with city leaders, national government policymakers, and urban climate finance experts.

Ahead of the event, CCFLA will publish a call to action with key messages and information for national policymakers to consider. This event will formally launch the call and open the dialogue on how the messaging can be taken forward by inviting and engaging with national policymakers directly.

CPI’s Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director, will provide welcome remarks along with Vera Rodenhoff, Head of Division, KC1- General Issues of International Cooperation, Implementation Initiatives at Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

CPI’s Priscilla Negreiros, Manager, will moderate the event with speakers:

  • Gabriela Blatter, Principal Policy Advisor for International Environment Finance, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
  • Harry Boyd-Carpenter, Managing Director for Climate Strategy and Delivery (CSD), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Joseph Muturi, National community leader of Muungano wa Wanavijiji, Kenyan Slum Dweller Federation
  • Mayor Abigail Binay, City of Makati, Philippines, CCFLA City Ambassador (virtual)
  • Nikklas Hagelberg, Senior Programme Management Officer/Coordinator of Climate Change, United National Environment Program (in – person)

Register here to livestream the event

Net Zero Carbon Buildings in Cities: Getting the Policy Right

Thursday 17 November, 12:00 – 13:00 (EET)
Global ABC Building Pavilion

According to the IPCC, the 21st century will be the “urban century.” A population increasingly living in cities will require more urban infrastructure, and the finance to respond to these needs. This trend will have dramatic implications for our planet.

The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, has kick-started a major effort in 2022 to tackle the challenges in achieving net zero carbon buildings at scale, and highlight the importance of financing net zero carbon buildings at the city level. At COP 27, CCFLA will convene city stakeholders to discuss city-level policies and financing modalities that can facilitate public and private investment in low-carbon buildings.

This event will present the key initial findings of CCFLA’s soon-to-be-launched zero carbon building instruments city guide and reflect on the main barriers to investment and financial and non-financial/policy solutions.

Dr.Heike Henn, Director at German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ), will provide welcome remarks. Chavi Meattle, Senior Analyst at CPI, will present findings of the Zero Carbon Buildings Instruments City Guide. Priscilla Negreiros, Manager, will moderate the panel with speakers TBC.

Livestream the event here

Implementation Lab: Actionable Adaptation Plans

17 November 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 (EET)
Lotus Room, Action Zone

This lab within the Marrakech Partnership Implementation Labs, will consist of a fireside chat with high-level speakers who will present case studies of cities, states and regions that have had success in implementation of adaptation and resilience building actions, by a) understanding the challenges that cities (states and regions) face in implementation, b) showcasing the importance of using data to develop new plans or to climate proof existing plans to integrate aspects of resilience across urban planning and decision making, and c) demonstrating the importance of Multi-level Governance for enhanced collaboration and resilience building implementation.

Priscilla Negreiros, Manager of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, will participate in this event.

Events at which the Alliance will participate


Financing low carbon, resilient and inclusive cities through multi-level governance

11 November, 12:00 – 13:30 (EET)
Multi-level Action PavilionCities, regions, national governments, and investors must work together to not only increase access to finance but also target it innovatively and strategically. This event will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss and share examples of how to effectively finance low carbon, resilient, and inclusive cities through multi-level action. CPI’s Global Managing Director, Barbara Buchner, will speak during this event.

Catalyzing Finance for Strengthened Water Resilience in African Cities

14 November, 14:00 – 15:30 (EET) (TBC)
Lotus Action Room

This event, organized by WRI, will explore bold, imaginative ideas for systems change aimed at accelerating climate action and catalyzing the transition to a regenerative and just world. Adopting a roundtable format, this event will bring together high-level representatives drawn from the private sector, international development agencies, and development banks to talk about achieving meaningful progress in building resilience to the growing urban water risk in Africa.

Priscilla Negreiros, Manager of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, will participate in this event.

Leveraging Land Value Capture to Achieve Climate Goals in Cities

 14 November, 16.30 – 17.30 (EET)

Francisco Martes Porto Macedo, Program Associate for the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, will participate in this event, which will provide insights from the OECD-Lincoln Global Compendium of Land Value capture policies, which are a joint project by the OECD and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, to understand the full landscape of land value capture instruments, how they are configured and deployed across the globe in OECD countries and non-OECD economies, and what it would take to unleash their full potential as a sustainable revenue source.

How National Development Banks – NDBs can Contribute in Supporting Low Carbon and Resilient Cities and Regions?

14 November, 19:00 – 21:00 (EET)
IDFC Pavilion

Urban areas generate around 70% of the global greenhouse gas emissions and face various challenges for developing and funding/financing climate-smart projects. National development banks (NDBs), including Subnational Development Banks, are well positioned to support those projects, as they are ideally placed to de-risk or cover upfront costs, can provide local currency financing instruments, and can leverage locally adapted financial mechanisms.

However, NDBs face barriers in supporting the urban sector, among which the lack of available feasibility studies and projects pipelines coupled with the lack of favourable regulatory and institutional frameworks which limit the cities financial autonomy and planning. The NDBs can play a role in addressing these shortcomings by improving framework conditions for urban climate finance and mobilizing private sector.

Priscilla Negreiros, Manager of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, will speak at this event.

Accelerating Cities Climate Action through Innovative Solutions, Public-private Collaboration and Finance Access

15 November, 10:00 – 11:30 (EET)
French Pavilion

This event aims to underline actions being taken by public and private stakeholders to face such a finance challenge and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, competitive economy.

It will bring representatives from French cities, French companies and economic actors, as well as from the City Climate Gap Fund awarded cities and climate finance stakeholders to dialogue around the impact, learnings, and challenges of cities’ finance access to accelerate transition towards a low-emission and climate-resilient future.

Priscilla Negreiros, Manager of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, will moderate this panel event.

Supporting Cities in Preparing Climate Action Projects: Lessons Learnt from Urban Technical Assistance Facilities

15 November, 15:30 – 16:30 

Timely climate action requires finance – fast and at scale. Responding to this key COP27 ambition, the event will highlight the needs for technical assistance for cities in low and middle-income countries to develop climate action projects and will demonstrate how local climate action is already happening and being supported. Through concrete examples, it will demonstrate the activities of the City Climate Finance Gap Fund and FELICITY among other project preparation facilities. The event gives the floor to current or past local partners of the different facilities and asks them to share their challenges, where and how they have been or are being supported and what do they expect the next steps would be. In this way, it aims to inspire more climate action at the local level and show ways for cities to receive technical support to prepare their projects in view of accessing finance. A moderated panel discussion will also provide the opportunity to discuss the main challenges for making urban climate action projects bankable from the point of view of IFIs and international organisations.

Priscilla Negreiros, Manager of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, will moderate this panel event.

Resilience Indicators, Tools, and Financing Methods In and For Cities

17 November, 10:30 – 11:45
Resilience Hub

This session will take a deep dive into the tools that governments, cities, development partners and agencies use to plan, measure and finance adaptation and resilience interventions, with a focus on city-scale interventions that can act as trailblazers for resilience and climate adaptation building measures on other scales.

This technical and reflective discussion will aim to capture the importance of such efforts to the unlocking of climate finance on the city scale but also to understand the ways in which local voices can be integrated into, or lead such processes. The session will include perspectives from organizations that design and implement these tools on behalf of cities and governments as well as perspectives from government and community level partners.

Priscilla Negreiros, Manager of the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, will speak at this event.

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