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Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change: "The Road to Durban"

This Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change discussed key issues relevant to the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference (COP 17) in Durban in November 2011. The knowledge sharing events that took place between May and September 2011 were designed for climate experts and practitioners from developed and developing countries - to learn, reflect, ask questions and hear from others.

The series was organized jointly by the World Bank Institute’s Climate Change Practice and the World Bank country office in Pretoria, South Africa.


The objectives of the series was to help prepare participants to better understand key issues relevant for the COP 17 and generate a range of results, including lessons learned, best practices in the topic areas, and help create policy communities within and across the discussion themes.


Each videoconference session was facilitated to ensure that objectives were achieved, and that there was sufficient time for discussion and participation. Guiding questions structured the discussions, increased interaction and made optimal use of time.

Sessions typically started with an introductory presentation from a recognized international expert. They provided an overview of recent research and debates and background on the key issues related to the topic. Participants from South Africa, as hosts of the COP17, were the opening discussants. A plenary discussion followed involving all connected sites. Participation was expanded beyond those directly involved in the dialogues through live webcasts where online audiences could send in questions. 


TOPICS AND SESSION DATES                                                                                            

Climate Resilient Cities, May 26, 2011

The dialogue on Climate Resilient Cities explored best practices for cities to proactively tackle climate change impacts. The video conference was an opportunity for practitioners and technical experts to reflect on their experiences and share their knowledge on the best ways to move toward climate resilient cities. Read feature article

Adaptation, Food Security and Rural Development, June 29, 2011

This dialogue explored the impact of climate change on food security in Africa. Approaches to support and scale up climate resilient agricultural systems were discussed in order to catalyze actions for a food secure Africa. Read feature article

Climate Finance, July 6, 2011

This session has focused on the financing challenges of the transition to a climate resilient low carbon economy, and how the developing countries could mobilize financial resources from a combination of bilateral, multi-lateral and private sector sources. Among the speakers was Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Read feature article

Scaling up Mitigation Actions in Cities, July 28, 2011

This dialogue has surfaced challenges and opportunities, as well as the best practices for scaling up mitigation actions at city level.  The discussion catalyzed further actions in knowledge sharing, policy commitments, and practical program developments in the various sectors: from renewable energy and energy efficiency to public transport and urban densification. Read feature article.

Human Resources and Technology, September 8, 2011 

This dialogue has addressed the new types of education, technologies, skills, knowledge and expertise that will be required for a robust response to climate change and a transition to a green economy. The focus of the session was on the technology development and transfer strategies for developing countries as well as Industrial strategies for developing green technologies and green jobs. Read feature article

Read the Facilitator's Summary of the Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change, by Dr. Crispian Olver, Director, Linkd, and Facilitator of all GDLN sessions during the series.


World Bank Institute Urban Practice, Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), Linkd Environmental ServicesLocal Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).

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