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How to Spend It (If We Had It): Priorities for Allocating International Climate Change Finance

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 9:00am to 6:30pm

A Conference Co-Hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD), the Korean Development Institute (KDI), and the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Mobilizing and allocating finance to address the global public goods dimensions of climate change—both emissions reductions and resilience—is one of the great policy challenges of our age. Within the development and climate finance policy communities, most of the attention has focused, understandably, on how to raise the hundreds of billions of dollars that will be needed. After all, if you can’t raise it you can’t spend it. However, one major obstacle in mobilizing climate finance has been a lack of consensus on how new public climate money would be best spent.

The October 9th, 2013, conference, “How to Spend It (If We Had It): Priorities for Allocating International Climate Change Finance” jointly organized by Center for Global Development, the Korean Development Institute (KDI), and the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), will showcase perspectives from technical experts and policymakers on how to make the best use of international public climate finance. This day-long conference is designed to provide potential solutions to address challenges such as evaluating criteria for country allocations, identifying priorities among sectors and approaches, establishing effective disbursement mechanisms, and exploring innovative financing techniques that can successfully leverage public funds for climate change finance.

Keynote Panel: Balancing Country Ownership and Funder Priorities
Session I: Spending Climate Finance to Create Low-Cost Zero-Carbon Technologies
Session II: How Can Public Funding Catalyze Large-Scale Private Investment?
Lunchtime Keynote: “Why Forests, Why Now?”
Session III: Policy Reform: Reducing Costs, Ensuring Effective Use of Resources
Session IV: Early Lessons in Allocating Public Climate Finance

Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development
Patricia Bliss-Guest, Climate Investment Funds, World Bank
Artur Cardoso de Lacerda, Ministry of Finance, Brazil
Howard Herzog, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ken Lay, The Rock Creek Group
Michael Levi, Council on Foreign Relations
John Morton, Overseas Private Investment Council
Billy Pizer, Duke University
Frances Seymour, Center for Global Development
Vikram Widge, International Finance Corporation
and more…

See the Agenda for Full Speaker Line-Up

Speaker presentations:
How can the focus shift from cutting emissions to generating technology? -- Arvind Subramanian, CGD
How to make CCS an affordable reality in developing countries? -- Howard Herzog, MIT
Eliminating Fossil Fuel Subsidies for Cost-Effective Energy Access -- Ian Parry, IMF
Allocating Adaptation Finance: Learning from Failures of Development Assistance -- Michele de Nevers, CGD
Forests: What have we learned from REDD+? -- Jonah Busch, CGD

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Photo of Arvind Subramanian
Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow
Photo of Michele de Nevers
Non-Resident Fellow
Photo of Nancy Birdsall
Senior Fellow, President Emeritus

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
Reception to Follow