The Road to Paris: fourth session of “COP21 Dialogues”
In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December this year, the Embassy of France in India is organizing a monthly seminar series, entitled “The Road to Paris: COP21 Dialogues”.
New Delhi, 29 June 2015
The fourth session of this conference series, entitled “How can long-term and sustained financing be structured for mitigation and adaptation?”, took place on Monday, 29th June 2015 at the Residence of France.
This session, organized in partnership with IRADe (Integrated Research and Action for Development), was inaugurated by H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, and moderated by Dr Jyoti K Parikh, Executive Director, IRADe.
The speakers were Mr Dipak Dasgupta, Alternate Member of the Board, Green Climate Fund, Ms Namita Vikas, Senior President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Yes Bank, Mr K.S. Popli, Chairman & Managing Director, IREDA, and Mrs Rajashree Ray, Additional Economic Adviser, Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India.
Open to the public and hosted in partnership with various Indian think-tanks and NGOs, this seminar series provides a platform to address a range of themes and issues that are relevant to the upcoming negotiations in Paris: sustainable energy access; adaptation to climate impacts; technology development and transfer; financing mitigation and adaptation; climate change and health, and sustainable architecture.
The seminars seek to facilitate dialogue on these themes from the perspective of Indian stakeholders.
The Embassy of France in India is inviting speakers from various backgrounds and with different opinions to foster debate and dialogue. The conversations from the seminar series will be compiled in a report, which will be released before COP21 so as to provide greater visibility to opinions of Indian stakeholders on issues pertinent to the global climate negotiations.
The maiden session, which took place in Delhi on 23rd March 2015, was entitled “Energy for All: how can India pursue its goal of providing energy to all sustainably?”, and was moderated by Mr J.M. Mauskar, Member, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.
The second session, which took place in Kolkata on 23rd April 2015, was entitled “Supporting climate-resilient development in India”, and was moderated by Dr V. Mathur, Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
The third session, which took place in Delhi, was entitled “Could Technology Partnerships Catalyse Climate Negotiations?”, and was moderated by Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris in December this year. An effective and equitable international agreement will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degree Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate impacts. France, as the host and chair of COP21, is committed to the role of an impartial facilitator for forging an ambitious agreement at COP 21.