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Events in the Nordic Pavilion at COP23

Nov 06, 2017

10:00 - 11:30

Youth and Climate Change - from local experience to action

Young people share their experiences of climate change impacts, what paved their way to get empowered, and what they have done to combat climate change, both locally and on a national level.

13:00 - 14:30

Role of State-Actors and Non-State Actors in Climate Change Education

What can governments do to foster the engagement of Youth, NGO, and businesses to take an active role in awareness raising and mainstreaming climate change into education, and to promote relevant education in schools?

15:00 - 16:30

Youth Empowerment for Climate Action

What kind of support/resources do young people need in order to take meaningful and rewarding climate action? All relevant stakeholders need to take action and share resources for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Agenda2030 Sustainable Development Goals. How can social and technological innovation and globally coordinated resource mobilization help to empower youth to lead the transition to a low carbon future on local level in their cities and local communities? Presentation of concrete youth engagement and empowerment solutions and action oriented interactive discussion with young climate action leaders, civil society, private sector and national and international public sector representatives.

17:00 - 17:30

Afternoon brief

Summary of what has been happening during the day in the Nordic Pavilion and at COP23.

18:00 - 22:00

Evening event: Who is #Generation2030? (the Nordic Council of Ministers)

As the launch of #Generation2030 – a Nordic program for implementing the SDGs, we invite youth delegates to network and discuss with policy makers and business leaders. Departing from the question “Who is #Generation2030?” we want to engage the participants in discussions about issues such as the responsibility and roles of the different generations in reaching the SDGs, especially SDG 12 & 13, and how to include and support youth as change makers. A short video/photo slideshow will “reveal” #Generation2030, followed by a very short presentation of the program and an introduction of policy makers and business leaders present at the event, including the youth organisations represented. Thereafter, we open the floor to mingle and network.

Nov 07, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

Morning talk: Martin Larsen

Martin Larsen has co-written the report "Bumps on the Road to 2030", where Nordic challenges to reaching the SDG:s are exposed.

10:00 - 11:30

Green public procurement in practice: demand and supply of low-carbon building materials and transportation (The Bellona Foundation)

World-wide 557,000 cities and communities spend roughly €4 trillion per year; the equivalent of 10% of global GDP’. Green public procurement (GPP) is a key tool public authorities can use to build trust in and stimulate demand for low- and zero-emission technologies. This event takes a closer look at the role of GPP in boosting demand and supply of low-carbon building materials and transportation.

13:00 - 14:30

Opportunity Lab: Turning Nordic SDG challenges into opportunities (Sustainia)

High-paced innovation workshop focused on changing mindsets and developing new ideas for how to turn the Nordic’s SDG challenges into opportunities for improving our societies, engaging citizens and creating profitable business ventures. Through a combination of mind exercise, brainstorm, round-table discussion and plenary presentation, participants transform a challenge (i.e. SDG 12) into ideas for how to address it. The focus could for instance be on how to engage citizens or on incentivising the private sector to develop new areas of business with SDGs at the core.

15:00 - 16:30

Business models and stakeholder involvement for sustainable land use management in the Nordics: from small scale peri-urban initiatives to technical innovation within remote sensing (Climate-KIC)

During this session we will discuss how new business models for sustainable land use are central to developing long term profitability and sustainability in land use management.

17:00 - 17:30

Afternoon brief

Summary of what has been happening during the day in the Nordic Pavilion and at COP23.

Nov 08, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

Morning talk: Visions, Challenges and Opportunities with the Nordic Bioeconomy

10:00 - 11:30

25 Cases for Sustainable Change - One Year After (the Nordic Council of Ministers)

One year ago we analysed 25 cases of Nordic Bioeconomy and came out with a powerful message: Sustainable bioeconomy is characterized by four thematic approaches, namely REPLACE – UPGRADE – CIRCULATE – COLLOBORATE. Meet some of the case-owners from our successful publication 25 Cases for Sustainable Change (, and learn from their experiences. Are they still on track? How have the cases contributed to a more sustainable future? What are the main obstacles?

12:30 - 14:00

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Bioeconomy* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) - Speed Date an Expert (the Nordic Council of Ministers)

We provide the experts – you come with the questions. It doesn’t get any simpler! What is bioeconomy all about? Is bioeconomy really sustainable? How could you avoid green washing in the bioeconomy? What happens if we run out of our natural resources? How is the bioeconomy linked to the SDGs? How could the Nordic bioeconomy contribute in a global context? How do we avoid producing more than we need? … [ insert your question here ]

14:30 - 15:30

Nordic Forest Innovations – Cascading use of wood in construction and other high value products (Climate-KIC)

This event will highlight different perspective on how Nordic forest innovation can cascading use of wood in construction and other high value products. The long-term and sustainable management of forests is considered a core-value of Nordic societies. However, latest policy initiatives in Norden have been challenged by the scientific community. Under which conditions do value chains, from forest growth to wood-based products in construction, can essentially be interpreted as carbon sinks or sources? The event will bring together scientists, economic analysts, private sector actors and policy-makers, and cast light on the sensitive aspects of the issue to open for possible ways forward to use of wood in construction and other high value products. The format of the event will consist of a moderated policy debate where active participation of the audience will be stimulated.

15:45 - 16:45

Are there limits to the Bioeconomy? Discussion on the future potential of a biobased economy from both a resource and socioeconomic perspective (NordForsk and Nordregio)

Is a new biobased economy the solution to the climate crisis? The Nordic countries are frontrunners when it comes to decoupling growth and emissions, but will we be able to create fossil free growth for all in the future? And what are actually the social impacts of a biobased economy? What might a biobased society look like and what are the limits when it comes to this new economy?

17:00 - 17:30

Afternoon brief: Next Steps of the Bioeconomy

Lessons learned and take-home messages.

Nov 09, 2017

09:00 - 09:20

Morning talk: Food Can Fix It! with Dr. Gunhild Stordalen

The morning talk will explore how the Nordic region can drive knowledge, innovation and policies to change the global food system for the better. This session is co-organised with EAT Foundation.

10:30 - 11:45

Food Policies on the Menu (the Nordic Council of Ministers)

We need policies to ignite change, provide fresh solutions and shatter the status quo. During this session, we will explore stories of transformation and how policy can bring significant change. Over the past ten years, the Nordic experience shows that policies based on collaborative, positive and non-invasive approaches can catalyze and transform food systems. Our ambition is to start a global discussion on how to implement policies that do not meet resistance but are still leading towards a more sustainable food system. This includes several close-to-the-consumer-policies on changing diets and food culture. In this session, we will provide a toolbox for policy makers and platform to highlight top-down and bottom-up approaches to the development and implementation of policies for more sustainable food systems. This session is co-organised with EAT Foundation.

13:15 - 14:45

New Normal: kale, insects, seaweed..? (the Nordic Council of Ministers)

As our climate changes, so must our diets. We can no longer eat without considering the environmental impact that our food has on the planet. Some of the most environmentally sustainable foods are those with the longest traditions behind them. Consider, for example, kale, seaweed, wild foraged plants and insects – foods that have been consumed for thousands of years throughout the world. These foods have taken on a new significance in a modern context as they are not only nutritious but also have a lower impact on the environment. At the same time, other stakeholders are developing innovative new ways to produce food more sustainably through, for example, the production of lab-grown meat. In the Nordic region, as well as in many countries of the Global North, we must curb excessive meat consumption to reduce the environmental impact of animal source food consumption. How we can accomplish this will be through a combination of policies, paradigm shifts and education. Over the past 15 years, we’ve experienced a radical shift in consumption habits, with increasing vegetable consumption and declining meat consumption. Change is possible. However, when it comes to introducing new foods to our diets and altering the way we eat, we cannot dismiss the importance of deliciousness. This session will explore tasty and tangible ways to change our food system and the way we eat for the better.

15:30 - 16:45

Eat what's worth saving (the Nordic Council of Ministers)

Our consumption patterns have a significant effect on the ecology of our food systems. Diversity in our food systems can also improve the variety of diets, and, in turn, improve nutrition and health. Biodiversity is an essential part of strengthening resilience to climate change. During this session, we will discuss how consumer-driven choices can help to prevent the loss of traditional foods, safeguard agricultural biodiversity and support sustainable consumer choices. We will also discuss how gastronomy can help promote and protect indigenous foods and how plant breeding can bring more diversity to our dinner tables. We will then turn to the cities to look for future consumption trends and the spillover effects that urban consumption patterns have on society. According to many actors, cities can accelerate sustainable consumption patterns and can use their first-mover status to positively influence food systems. This session is co-organised with EAT Foundation.

16:45 - 17:05

Afternoon brief: The Way Forward with Ms. Denise Loga

We will wrap up the day by linking food and policy to the ongoing climate negotiations.

Nov 10, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

Morning talk: Anna Gran

Anna Gran is the Chief Advisor, Climate and Air Pollution Group, Nordic Council of Ministers.

10:30 - 12:00

The blue trinity: climate change, freshwater and oceans (SIWI)

Freshwater and Oceans - how can SDG 6 & 14 contribute to Climate Change adaptation? Water is the primary medium through which climate change impacts will be felt. To meet challenges such as water scarcity, pollution and extreme weather events the connection between upstream development activities (SDG 6) and the impacts experienced downstream (SDG 14) calls for integrated efforts, especially at the coastal city level (SDG11).

13:00 - 14:30

Arctic Ocean Resilience: Can critical tipping points still be avoided? (Government of Sweden)

The Arctic is often thought of as a distant and isolated region, yet it is also a bellwether of global change. Newspaper headlines and scientific publications over the past year chronical a speed and breadth of ecological and social change that is even greater than many other regions of the planet. These changes are often dramatic: new record lows for sea ice extent, temperatures dramatically above seasonal norms, permafrost thaw, eroding coastlines and acidification of the Arctic Ocean at roughly twice the rate for the world’s oceans in general.

15:00 - 16:30

Arctic self-determination in a changing climate – What are the connections between natural resource management, community development and climate change? (NordForsk and Nordregio) - Science & Cocktail

This event will focus on both the demographic changes in the Arctic region in a climate perspective as well as the challenges involved when new large-scale resource based industries are introduced to boost regional development in remote areas. Strategies for how local involvement can be developed as part of managing natural resources will be discussed and research considering the position of Arctic people in decision making in relation to natural resource management will be presented.

17:00 - 17:30

Afternoon brief

Summary of what has been happening during the day in the Nordic Pavilion and at COP23.

18:00 - 22:00

Evening event: Tinder for Technologies - Matchmaking for adaptation and mitigation solutions (CTCN)

The United Nations’ Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and Norwegian strategic partner, DNV GL, will bring country representatives together with technology and finance providers with the aim of identifying potential areas for collaboration at this reception.

Nov 11, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

Morning talk: Nikolaj Sveistrup

Nikolaj Sveistrup is the programme manager for BUILD&CITIES, Dansk Arkitektur Center.

10:00 - 11:30

Small Towns Solving Big Problems (Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Norway)

The workshop will present the network “Attractive Towns and Regions“ under the Nordic Council of Ministers and involve participants in a co-creation session on how small and medium sized towns can become the pioneers on climate change & sustainable development.

11:45 - 12:45

Urban-rural relations: win-win situation or zero-sum game? (Nordregio)

In what ways are urban and rural areas different when it comes to sustainability? How do we create stronger linkages between the urban and the rural parts of our regions? What are the synergies and what are the obstacles?

13:00 - 14:30

Greenhouse gas mitigation in the waste sector with composting, enhanced MRV systems and CO2 capture (NOAK, the Bellona Foundation)

In rapidly urbanizing world, solid waste management and GHG reductions are key challenges facing all the world’s cities. This side event explains the role of waste in Oslo’s and Peru’s climate strategies and presents different technologies for mitigation.

15:15 - 16:45

Sustainable Urban Development (Swedish Embassy and Business Sweden, Berlin)

Today more than half of the world population lives in towns and cities. Most of the environmental challenges facing our societies are concentrated to urban areas. But cities also bring together commitments, innovation and solutions. In this event the Swedish Government’s approach to a fossil free society is introduced. Thereafter the Nordic capitals Stockholm and Oslo - Green Capitals of Europe 2010 and 2019 respectively - present their recipes for a sustainable urban development and discuss with experts from the private sector how business and cities together can contribute to a successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.

17:00 - 17:30

Afternoon brief

Summary of what has been happening during the day in the Nordic Pavilion and at COP23.

Nov 13, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

Morning talk: Jukka Uosukainen

Jukka Uosukainen is the Director of the UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). Gain insight into the unique technology transfer work of the CTCN and learn how developing countries are accessing innovative technologies through linkages with private sector, civil society and finance organizations. Mr. Jukka Uosukainen will speak about the critical role that technology plays in addressing climate change and discuss technology trends, opportunities for matchmaking, and the outlook for technology negotiations at COP23.

10:00 - 11:30

Green City Finance: Common avenues and Concrete Approaches (Climate-KIC)

Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. Rapid urbanisation across the globe is exacerbating the challenges cities face in providing services for growing populations while also working to diminish the causes of climate change and protect themselves from its impacts. At the heart of these overlapping challenges is a funding gap and a finance innovation challenge; municipalities will need significant investments to improve the efficiency, climate-impacts and climate-resilience of their infrastructure, in particular in the transport, water, waste, and building sectors. This side event will engage key Nordic cities that face similar challenges and facilitate discussion, aiming to identify common avenues and concrete approaches for replicating green finance initiatives and approaches in other Nordic cities.

12:00 - 13:00

International Cooperative Climate Initiatives and Nordic participation (NOAK)

This side event takes stock of the current situation and global coverage of international cooperative climate initiatives. We will discuss which initiatives the Nordic countries could endorse, in which way the Climate Initiatives Platform (CIP) and UNFCCC's Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) platforms can promote the initiatives and how they could help to enhance NDCs.

13:30 - 14:30

Nordic Green to Scale: Emissions savings potential of scaling up proven low-carbon solutions (Sitra)

How much emissions could be reduced, if proven climate solutions were scaled up in selected countries? This session presents preliminary results from a project under the Nordic Prime Ministers Initiative. Nordic Green to Scale analyses the emissions savings potential and scalability of Nordic climate solutions in East Europe and East Africa. Opening keynote will be delivered by The Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland, Kimmo Tiilikainen.

15:00 - 16:30

Blended finance for climate action: how to mobilise commercial finance at scale (OECD)

Blended finance has helped drive the clean energy agenda, with strong leadership and innovation in climate finance from the Nordic countries. But delivering on the Paris agreement requires these initiatives to be replicated many times over, especially in riskier sectors and geographies. What is the opportunity for unlocking private sector financing at scale in this space? And is the use of blended finance structures the answer to mobilising more private capital into less traditional investments and more challenging environments?

17:00 - 17:30

Afternoon brief

Summary of what has been happening during the day in the Nordic Pavilion and at COP23.

Nov 14, 2017

09:00 - 09:15

Morning talk: Satu Hassi

Head of Communications at NIB Jukka Ahonen will interview Finnish parliamentarian Satu Hassi about how politicians perceive the significance of funding for a sustainable development. Hassi is a former Member of the European Parliament and Finnish Minister of Environment.

10:00 - 11:30

Mobilising green investments for smart solutions (NEFCO)

How can we bridge the financing gaps and accelerate green investments through smart climate solutions? By providing relevant financing instruments for feasibility studies, pilot installations and capacity building, we can offer cost-efficient mechanisms for scaling up investments in green technologies. This side event will also highlight innovative Nordic solutions related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate adaptation that are being implemented in both developed and emerging economies.

13:00 - 14:30

Financing the green transition: What’s the colour of money? (NIB)

Current investment levels are not sufficient to reach agreed 2030 targets to reduce GHG emissions, increase energy efficiency and renewable energy. Still, financial markets are slow to react and green bonds represent only a small proportion of global investors' portfolios. What could be done to improve this? What are the roles of public and private sectors to mobilise finance flows towards a sustainable economy? What’s the colour of money? The event includes a moderated discussion involving four expert panellists followed by an open discussion.

15:00 - 16:30

Delivering on SDGs and NDCs in Africa: Clean Energy Investments Through Public Private Collaboration (NDF)

The event will focus on the broad theme of leveraging public-private collaboration and blended financing toward achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) staking out intended climate actions of each country.

16:45 - 17:30

Afternoon brief

Senior Advisor Oras Tynkkynen from Sitra will interview Chief negotiator Outi Honkatukia from Finland about the progress in the negotiations at COP23 as well as her view about mobilising finance for climate investments.

17:30 - 19:00

Evening event: Nordic green finance solutions - networking with NDF, NEFCO and NIB

The three Nordic multilateral finance institutions NDF, NEFCO and NIB offer complementary financing and competences under the same roof in Helsinki, Finland. This networking event at the Nordic Pavilion will feature short presentations from all three.

Nov 15, 2017

09:30 - 10:00

From Vision to Reality: Sahara Forest Project in Jordan – an integrated approach to Water-Energy-Food production and revegetating of desert areas (NEF)

This event will highlight the public-private partnership between Jordan, Norway, EU, USAID and business stakeholders behind the realization of the operational Sahara Forest Project facility in Aqaba, Jordan. Sahara Forest Project offers integrated solutions and concepts solving Water-Energy-Food Nexus challenges in dry regions of the world by exploring and implementing new ways of farming that curb emissions, restore the land, combat desertification and protect forests.

10:30 - 12:00

Tracking progress in the development and deployment of clean energy technology (NEF and IEA)

Energy system transformation is underway: tracking progress is essential to assessing progress toward long-term goals. Energy metrics can help unpack what clean energy transition means and how it can be measured. The IEA’s annual Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) report highlights the overall status and recent progress in developing and deploying key clean-energy technologies. The 2018 edition will seek to expand on this by developing tracking of forward-looking indicators of energy system transformation, enhanced tracking of energy RD&D, and tracking progress at regional levels. Speakers will discuss the value of tracking frameworks for domestic and international action, as well as future challenges.

12:30 - 13:25

Taking the Electric Revolution to the Seas (NEF and the Bellona Foundation)

Nordic countries - Norway in particular- have during the last three years experienced a surge in newbuilds and orders for ships powered by batteries. This session will explain how policy frameworks and green procurement practices have fostered the establishment of maritime battery production and a massive electrification of ferries.

13:30 - 15:00

China Renewable Outlook 2017 (NEF)

China Renewable Energy Outlook (CREO 2017) is the China National Renewable Energy Centres (CNREC) outlook for the development of renewable energy in China. The outlook describes the need for energy transition in China, energy system scenarios from 2017 to 2030, and policy measures to implement ambitious target for renewable energy. This publication is supported by IEA, IRENA, CIFF and the Danish Energy Agency.

15:30 - 17:00

The role of Renewable Energy in Industry (NEF and IEA)

This session will present a new IEA report and provide examples of increased use of renewable in the Nordic industrial sector.

17:00 - 17:30

Afternoon brief

Summary of what has been happening during the day in the Nordic Pavilion and at COP23.

17:40 - 18:10

Climate Clever Parliamentarians

In order to avoid serious climate change the world needs more engaged parliamentarians? The Nordic Council assigned Mr. Steen Gade, a former member of parliament in Denmark and the Nordic Council, to compile a handbook on climate legislation and the role of parliamentarians. The handbook will be presented by the au-thor. Comments by Britt Lundberg, MP and President of the Nordic Council and Mr. Saber Chowdhury , MP Bangladesh, former President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (tbc).

Nov 16, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

Morning talk: Britt Lundberg

Britt Lundberg is the President of the Nordic Council.

10:00 - 11:00

Clever Climate Legislation (Government of Sweden and the Nordic Council)

Sweden has recently adopted new climate legislation that is based on a broad agreement between government and opposition parties. Through this new legal framework, Sweden aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2045 at latest. Can the experiences in Sweden in developing the new legislation be useful for other countries that are on the course to live up to the Paris Agreement?

11:15 - 12:00

Nordic-German Dialog on Solutions for Sustainable Cities (Nordic Embassies in Berlin and the Nordic Council)

The technical solutions for developing our cities towards sustainability are not the problem. However, the right policy-mix that is needed for implementing the solutions appears to be a major challenge. Nordic and German MP exchange views and interact with a panel Berlin, including Jonas Freist-Held from UN-HABITAT.

13:30 - 15:00

Policy coherence in electric infrastructure on land and at sea: plugging into a cleaner, cheaper and more climate friendly mobility system (The Bellona Foundation and the Nordic Council)

Ensuring compatible technologies and setting common standards are key to kick starting Europe’s electric revolution. But the market is changing fast. This calls for a fine balance between standardisation and leaving room for innovation. This event will highlight infrastructure needs, synergies between land and sea transport infrastructure, and policy coherence.

16:00 - 17:30

In-depth presentation of World Energy Outlook 2017 (the Nordic Council, NEF and IEA)

This event features the most comprehensive presentation of the 2017 edition of the WEO at COP 23. It will be presented by IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol and followed by a high-level panel discussion.

17:45 - 18:05

Afternoon brief

Member of Nordic Parliament sums up what has been happening during the day in the Nordic Pavilion and at COP23.

Nov 17, 2017

09:00 - 09:30

Morning talk: Åsa Persson

Åsa Persson is Senior Research Fellow at SEI Stockholm and leader of the global SEI research theme Transforming Governance.

10:00 - 11:30

Connections between climate change, Agenda 2030 and national development priorities – Future directions for the SIDS (Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))

With a focus on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), this event will highlight the links between climate change and sustainable development and their connection to national development priorities. It will visually present findings with help from the NDC-SDG Connections Tool where activities in countries’ NDCs have been coded against SDG targets, and climate actions. Through an interactive Q&A session with country representatives from three SIDS countries, the event will then discuss the experiences of these vulnerable countries. Following this, a panel discussion with SIDS regional organisations, Lars Ronnås (Swedish Climate Ambassador) and Bernd Hackmann (UNFCCC Secretariat) will discuss the overall implications of climate and sustainable development agendas for SIDS in the context of future directions for national priorities and international development.