Skip to main content

  • 3/24/2021
  • 2:00 PM CET
  • Online
  • 28 Speakers

Investing in Climate Action WATCH NOW

The make-or-break decade has begun. The steps taken between now and 2030 will determine whether we can avert the most devastating effects of climate change in the future. If we act in the right way, this undertaking will yield high returns: a sustainable and resilient economy that delivers prosperity, fairness, and quality of life for all.

The climate challenge demands determined action and significant investment – going far beyond current levels. But the costs of not acting will be far greater. Investing in climate mitigation and resilience will support the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and lay the foundation for a sustainable future.

Join us as we outline what instruments can already be deployed to support the global decarbonization effort. Our task is to determine how public and private investment mechanisms can be used to achieve a just transition to a “net-zero” emissions economy, both in the European Union and around the world. Genuine climate leadership is more urgent than ever before.

Investing in Climate Action: The Make-or-Break Decade is a live virtual event, organized by Project Syndicate, the European Investment Bank, and the European Commission, that is taking place March 24, 2021. You can find the agenda and registration form below.

In Partnership With: 

Speakers

  1. Oliver Bäte

    Oliver Bäte

    Chairman of the Board of Management of Allianz SE

  2. Yann Arthus-Bertrand

    Yann Arthus-Bertrand

    Environmentalist and Photographer

  3. Michael R. Bloomberg

    Michael R. Bloomberg

    UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions

  4. Jo Coburn

    Jo Coburn

    Presenter of BBC Politics Live

  5. Teresa Czerwińska

    Teresa Czerwińska

    Vice President of the European Investment Bank

  6. Valdis Dombrovskis

    Valdis Dombrovskis

    Executive Vice President of the European Commission

  7. Patricia Espinosa

    Patricia Espinosa

    Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

  8. Ambroise Fayolle

    Ambroise Fayolle

    Vice President of the European Investment Bank

  9. João Pedro Matos Fernandes

    João Pedro Matos Fernandes

    Minister of the Environment of Portugal

  10. Kristalina Georgieva

    Kristalina Georgieva

    Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

  11. Werner Hoyer

    Werner Hoyer

    President of the European Investment Bank

  12. Christopher Hurst

    Christopher Hurst

    Director-General of the Projects Directorate at the European Investment Bank

  13. John Kerry

    John Kerry

    United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

  14. Eila Kreivi

    Eila Kreivi

    Director of Capital Markets at the European Investment Bank

  15. Christine Lagarde

    Christine Lagarde

    President of the European Central Bank

  16. Ma Jun

    Ma Jun

    Chairman of China’s Green Finance Committee

  17. Mairead McGuinness

    Mairead McGuinness

    European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability, and the Capital Markets Union

  18. Amina J. Mohammed

    Amina J. Mohammed

    Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

  19. Mauro Petriccione

    Mauro Petriccione

    Director-General for Climate Action at the European Commission

  20. Fiona Reynolds

    Fiona Reynolds

    CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment

  21. Samantha Smith

    Samantha Smith

    Director of the Just Transition Centre at the International Trade Union Confederation

  22. Andrew Steer

    Andrew Steer

    President and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund

  23. Achim Steiner

    Achim Steiner

    Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

  24. Frans Timmermans

    Frans Timmermans

    Executive Vice President of the European Commission

  25. Irene Tinagli

    Irene Tinagli

    Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament

  26. Laurence Tubiana

    Laurence Tubiana

    CEO of the European Climate Foundation

  27. Maarten Verwey

    Maarten Verwey

    Director-General of Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) at the European Commission

  28. Ursula  von der Leyen

    Ursula von der Leyen

    President of the European Commission

  29. Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti

    Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti

    Founder of the Green Generation Initiative

  30. Sean Whelan

    Sean Whelan

    London Correspondent for RTÉ News

Agenda

  1. Moderators: Jo Coburn & Sean Whelan
  2. Opening Session
    1. 2:00PM – Opening Remarks
      1. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
      2. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
      3. Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission
    2. Keynote Address: Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions
  3. Session One – Getting Our Hands Green: Climate Action for the Critical Decade
    With the EU and many others preparing or having already submitted updated emissions-reduction targets as outlined in the Paris agreement, there is no shortage of ambitious climate commitments on the table. The question now is how to make climate action a reality through concrete policies – and without leaving anyone behind. Are current approaches to regulation, taxation, investment, and other forms of policymaking sufficient, or are more robust and innovative strategies needed?

    1. 2:20PM – Keynote Address: Laurence Tubiana, Chair of the European Climate Foundation
    2. 2:25PM – Call to Action: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Environmentalist and Photographer
    3. 2:30PM – Panel Discussion:
      1. João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of the Environment of Portugal
      2. Christopher Hurst, Director-General of the Projects Directorate at the European Investment Bank
      3. Ma Jun, Chairman of China’s Green Finance Committee
      4. Mauro Petriccione, Director-General for Climate Action at the European Commission
      5. Samantha Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre at the International Trade Union Confederation
    4. 3:20PM – Keynote Address: Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, Founder of the Green Generation Initiative
    5. 3:25PM – Closing Remarks: Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the European Investment Bank
    6. 3:30PM – Break
  4. Session Two – A New Green Boom: Revolutionizing Sustainable Investment
    Key to the global fight against climate change will be a revolution in finance to align market incentives and public funding with sectoral and global net-zero targets. With the financial industry already moving in a greener direction, what can governments, investment banks, and multilateral organizations do to accelerate this necessary re-orientation and make the most of the new opportunities on offer?

    1. 3:40PM – Opening Remarks: Teresa Czerwińska, Vice President of the European Investment Bank
    2. 3:45PM – Keynote Address: Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability, and the Capital Markets Union
    3. 3:50PM – Panel Discussion: 
      1. Oliver Bäte, Chairman of the Board of Management of Allianz SE
      2. Eila Kreivi, Director of Capital Markets at the European Investment Bank
      3. Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment
      4. Irene Tinagli, Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament
      5. Maarten Verwey, Director-General of Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) at the European Commission
    4. 4:40PM – Keynote Address: Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute
    5. 4:45PM – Keynote Address: Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
    6. 4:50PM – Break
  5. Session Three – Climate Action Goes Global: Toward a Greener Multilateralism
    After years in the wilderness, international cooperation is taking root once again. While the United States re-engages constructively with the rest of the world, Europeans have started to unite behind a shared climate agenda, and both have recognized climate as not just an environmental but a geopolitical issue. What forms will – and should – international climate engagement and diplomacy take in the years ahead?

    1. 5:00PM – Opening Remarks: John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
    2. 5:05PM – Fireside Chat
      1. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
      2. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
      3. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme 
    3. 5:45PM – Keynote Address: Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations 
    4. 5:50PM – Fireside Chat
      1. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
      2. Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission
    5. 6:25PM – Closing Remarks: Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission

Our Partners

Edit Newsletter Preferences

Set up Notification

To receive email updates regarding this {entity_type}, please enter your email below.

If you are not already registered, this will create a PS account for you. You should receive an activation email shortly.