Exploring transboundary climate risks and opportunities

7 December 2018 16:00 - 17:30 GMT + 1 (CET)
Side event

Chair

James Corré - Programme Director, Wilton Park

Speakers

Rt Hon Mark Field MP @markfielduk - Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

Rebecca Nadin - Head of Risk and Resilience Programme, Overseas Development Institute

Kevin Adams @KevinM_Adams - Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute

Arianna Flores Corral @AriannaFC86 - Capacity Building Fellow, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Barney Dickson - Director, Strategy and Policy, Global Center on Adaptation

Description

Adaptation is a key challenge facing climate negotiators and policy-makers. Adopting a transboundary perspective on climate risk presents opportunities to advance global cooperation on the issue. This session explores transboundary climate risks and opportunities, drawing on case studies from around the world to explore the implications for national adaptation plans and global governance frameworks, providing an impetus for increased action, cooperation and resilience-building. 

This event, co-organised by ODI and Wilton Park, in collaboration with SEI, is hosted at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, taking place in Katowice, Poland. This event is open to all COP attendees.

Biographies

James Corré is Programme Director at Wilton Park. His programme focuses on climate and energy, refugees and humanitarian affairs, international development cooperation, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Prior to joining Wilton Park, he spent nearly ten years advising legislators and senior policymakers on climate and energy policy as part of the secretariat of Climate Parliament – a global, cross-party parliamentary network.

Rt Hon Mark Field was appointed Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 13 June 2017. He was first elected as the Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster in 2001. Throughout the 2015 to 2017 Parliament he served as the Vice Chairman (International Affairs) of the Conservative Party, a role which included extensive diplomatic contact and work alongside senior figures in sister parties across the world.

Dr. Rebecca Nadin is Head of Risk and Resilience at ODI. She leads a multi-disciplinary team of analysts to pioneer policy-driven research on emerging risk vectors and resulting opportunities to reduce vulnerability, build resilience and drive transformative and sustainable change. Before joining ODI, Rebecca was Director of the Adapting to Climate Change in China Project (ACCC Phase I and II), the largest climate risk policy project of its kind in China.

Kevin Adams joined Stockholm Environment Institute in 2017. His research focuses primarily on global climate politics, including climate adaptation, climate finance and the political economy of environmental problems. At SEI, Kevin has worked on understanding the implications of transnational climate risks for climate financing, as part of the Global Finance Initiative, where he leads a work package on multilateral climate funds, particularly the Green Climate Fund, and the Mistra Geopolitics foresight team.

Arianna Flores Corral is Capacity Building Fellow at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Before moving to Bonn, Germany, she was a Climate Change and Education for Sustainable Development Fellow in the Global Development Network based in New Delhi, India. She has worked as a consultant for UNESCO on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship, and published academic research on environmental policies in Mexico, sustainable cities in Thailand, and renewable energies in the Nordic Region.

Dr. Barney Dickson has been working on climate change adaptation for over ten years. He is currently on secondment from UN Environment and holds a dual position as Director of Strategy and Policy at the Global Center on Adaptation in Rotterdam and Co-Director of the Global Commission on Adaptation. Between 2015 and 2018 he was Head of the Climate Change Adaptation Unit at UN Environment in Nairobi . Before moving to Nairobi, he was at UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK. There he headed the Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme and was subsequently appointed Director of Programmes.