November 30, 2015 to December 10, 2015

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris, France.

The expected outcome is a new international agreement that keeps global warming below 2°C, and puts the world on a path to a decarbonized global economy by the second half of the century.

It is estimated that around 40,000 participants will attend the formal climate negotiations in Le Bourget and the many associated events. 

During the COP the GEF will present the GEF Report to UNFCCC COP21.

For more information visit the UNFCCC COP21 official website.

Read GEF articles by CEO Naoko Ishii in Our Planet (UNEP) and Respond (RTCC) magazines. 



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Nov. 30

13:15 – 14:45

Investing in Resilience – Responding to the Adaptation Needs of the Most Vulnerable

Accelerated and scaled-up adaptation will be critical for achieving post-2015 development goals, and to safeguard past gains, particularly in the most vulnerable countries and communities.

This event highlighted the tremendous need for enhanced adaptation action, as well as joint efforts to scale up support for adaptation. The event also featured announcements of support by high-level representatives of developed countries; followed by a reflections from ministers from least developed countries about experiences, lessons learned as well as opportunities and challenges for adaptation moving forward.


Dec. 1

Commodities Leaders Dialogue: Cooperation – A Valuable Commodity 

This event gained strategic insight from the Panelists on how stronger cooperation between states and non-state actors can accelerate the development and deployment of climate-positive solutions at scale to capture the building momentum, and play a role in national and corporate development plans.


Rio Convention Pavillion

The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened at COP21 under the theme "Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Meeting the Climate Challenge," hosted by the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat. 


Dec. 4

Oceans Day

The Oceans Day at COP 21 will advance the climate and ocean agenda at COP 21 and beyond. 

Full Program  |  Media Advisory  |  GEF/UNDP Press Release


Dec. 5


11:00 - 12:30: Integrated Approaches to Food Security, Sustainable Cities and Commodity Supply Chains: Tackling Major Drivers of Environmental Degradation for Mitigation and Adaptation at Scale

13:00 - 14:30: Facilitating Synergies for Sustainable Development: Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the GEF

14:30 - 16:00: A Dialogue between the GEF CEO and Civil Society Organizations

16:00 - 17:00: Book Launch: Visions 2100

17:30 - 19:00 Networking Reception

Monday, Dec. 7

Equator Prize Award Ceremony


Dec. 8

Innovative Finance for Urban Resilience


Dec. 8

Beyond Grants: Innovative Blended Finance 

In order to achieve climate investment goals, new financial mechanisms with the potential for scaling need to be demonstrated and validated. Public and private sector partners are already creating innovative new mechanisms for climate finance in several sectors, including forests, agriculture, energy, and adaptation.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has a core mission to demonstrate innovative approaches and help promote adoption and scaling across our developing country partners. To further promote this mission, GEF has supported innovative blended finance options that go beyond grants, resulting in proposals from public and private sector stakeholders that are demonstrating innovative financing mechanism to promote sustainable development and global environmental benefits.

This High-Level Side-Event will bring together public and private sector leaders to discuss recent financial innovations, potential for scaling, and future opportunities to enhance the global imperative of directing private finance towards low-emission and sustainable investments. 


Dec. 9

Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot: A City-based Approach 


A Look Ahead to Achieving Agenda 2030 - Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the Face of Environmental Change

The Gender Day of the Rio Conventions Pavilion will provide a platform for discussion on the road ahead towards Agenda 2030, looking at ways to support the achievement of sustainable development goals relating to gender equality and environmental sustainability through the work of the three Rio Conventions, associated institutions and civil society.

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