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Dr Simon Bradshaw (Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia) - Presentation at the United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) Climate Finance: Sustainability with ...

Dr Simon Bradshaw (Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia) - Presentation at the United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) Climate Finance: Sustainability with Integrity Seminar held in Melbourne, 29 October 2012, in partnership with National Australia Bank. The seminar is part of the UNAA (Vic) Sustainability Leadership Series.

Building momentum for collective action post-Rio+20, the seminar brought together key players from government, business and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with climate finance. In particular, the seminar addressed issues of governance, transparency and accountability for climate finance, key requirements to ensure that climate finance becomes an effective driver of sustainable development.

Expert panel discussion focussed on:

- The Australian Government perspective on climate finance: current priorities, role, contributions, and commitments;
- The global Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Australia's fast-start finance contribution
Issues of transparency and accountability for climate finance governance.
- Investor perspective on climate finance: challenges and opportunities and the role of the investment community.
- Community development perspective on climate finance: achieving sustainable development objectives
- Experiences and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration

Facilitator:

- Rosemary Sainty (Former Head, Secretariat, UN Global Compact Network Australia and Adviser, Corporate Engagement, Transparency International Australia)

Guest Speakers:

- Gregory Andrews (Assistant Secretary, Finance, Forests and Development Branch, International Division, Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency)
- Graham Tupper (Director, Transparency International Australia)
- Nathan Fabian (Chief Executive, Investor Group on Climate Change)
- Dr Simon Bradshaw (Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Australia)

For more information on this or other events in the Sustainability Leadership Series please contact:
United Nations Association of Australia (Vic)
T: (+613) 9670 7878
E: sustainability@unaavictoria.org.au
www.unaavictoria.org.au

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Dr Simon Bradshaw - Oxfam Australia - Financing Adaptation Presentation 29102012 Dr Simon Bradshaw - Oxfam Australia - Financing Adaptation Presentation 29102012 Presentation Transcript

  • FinancingAdaptationMaking climate finance work for vulnerable communitiesSimon Bradshaw Monday 29 OctoberClimate Change Advocacy Coordinator Melbourne
  • Climate Change andDevelopment
  • “Left unchecked, climatechange will wipe out alldevelopment gains of the last25 years.” Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, speaking at the Lowy Institute on 24 October 2012
  • Climate change is happening and is already affectingwomen, men and children around the globe.
  • Climate change is happening and is already affectingwomen, men and children around the globe.The poorest communities in developing countries arebeing hardest hit. Why? They are more dependent onclimate-sensitive ecosystems, more likely to live in areasexposed to climate hazards and have limited capacity torespond.
  • Climate change is happening and is already affectingwomen, men and children around the globe.The poorest communities in developing countries arebeing hardest hit. Why? They are more dependent onclimate-sensitive ecosystems, more likely to live in areasexposed to climate hazards and have limited capacity torespond.If left unchecked or not addressed in a fair and equitableway, climate change will further increase poverty andundermine development gains.
  • Climate change is happening and is already affectingwomen, men and children around the globe.The poorest communities in developing countries arebeing hardest hit. Why? They are more dependent onclimate-sensitive ecosystems, more likely to live in areasexposed to climate hazards and have limited capacity torespond.If left unchecked or not addressed in a fair and equitableway, climate change will further increase poverty andundermine development gains.However, meeting the challenge of climate can provideenormous benefits and opportunities to poor people,providing stronger overall development outcomes.
  • Climate change is happening and is already affectingwomen, men and children around the globe.The poorest communities in developing countries arebeing hardest hit. Why? They are more dependent onclimate-sensitive ecosystems, more likely to live in areasexposed to climate hazards and have limited capacity torespond.If left unchecked or not addressed in a fair and equitableway, climate change will further increase poverty andundermine development gains.However, meeting the challenge of climate can provideenormous benefits and opportunities to poor people,providing stronger overall development outcomes.Read more in Oxfam Australia’s Plan of Action on climate changeavailable at www.oxfam.org.au
  • Adapt or mitigate?
  • Many communities face no choice but to adapt if they areto build a resilient future.
  • Many communities face no choice but to adapt if they areto build a resilient future.But adaptation poses very different challenges from eithermitigation or conventional aid programs.
  • Many communities face no choice but to adapt if they areto build a resilient future.But adaptation poses very different challenges from eithermitigation or conventional aid programs.While more money has been flowing to adaptation since2011, climate finance remains heavily skewed towardsmitigation – the “Adaptation gap”.
  • What does adaptationlook like?
  • “adaptive capacity”
  • Owning adaptation
  • Strengthen national governance
  • Strengthen national governanceSimplify funding mechanisms
  • Strengthen national governanceSimplify funding mechanismsBuild inclusive, meaningful partnerships that supportcollaboration among all development actors
  • Strengthen national governanceSimplify funding mechanismsBuild inclusive, meaningful partnerships that supportcollaboration among all development actorsInclude and empower those most vulnerable
  • Strengthen national governanceSimplify funding mechanismsBuild inclusive, meaningful partnerships that supportcollaboration among all development actorsInclude and empower those most vulnerableEnsure a culture of learning