High-level event on accelerating climate action

The high-level champions, Ambassador Laurence Tubiana and Minister-Delegate Hakima El Haite presented to Parties and non-Party Stakeholders their proposed approach for accelerating climate action in the period 2017–2020.

Further information on the programme can be found at http://climateaction.unfccc.int/event-calendar/events/cop22-gca-hle/

Opening ceremony

  • President of COP 22, H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar
  • President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, H.E. Ms. Hilda Heine
  • Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Session 1: Nature-based solutions


  • Forests: H. E. Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Minister for Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Water: Mr. Loïc Fachon, Honorary President of the World Water Council
  • Oceans: H.E. Mr. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change, Seychelles
  • Agriculture and food security: Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization


  • Mr. Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Head, Climate and Energy, WWF
  • Mr. Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever
  • H.E. Mr. Stephane le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, France
  • Ms. Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Announcements from the floor:

  • New Zealand: Honourable Ms. Paula Bennet, Minister for Climate Change Issues

Session 2: Sustainable infrastructure


  • Business and Industry: Mr. Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP
  • Transport: Ms. Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute
  • Cities and human settlements: Mr. Ulrich Sumptoh, City Mayor of Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • Energy: Dr. Nawal Al Hosany, Executive Director of Sustainability, Masdar and Director, Zayed Future Energy Prize


  • H.E. Ms. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment, Canada
  • H.E. Ms. Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
  • Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Announcements from the floor:

  • European Union: H.E. Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
  • Maldives: H.E. Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy
  • Spain: H.E. Ms. Isabel García-Tejerina, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment
  • SE4All: Ms. Rache Kyte, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All

Providing and mobilizing finance for climate action

Key note:

  • Mr. Nicolas Stern, Commissioner, New Climate Economy

  • Mr. Nizar Baraka, President of the Scientific Committee of COP 22
  • H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates
  • Mr. John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group
  • Ms. Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven Director-General, Department for Global issues, sector policies and programs, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Mr. Jay Koh, Founder and Chair of the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment Working Group
  • Ms. Chizuru Aoki, Lead Environment Specialist, Global Environmental Facility

Closing remarks