Central Asia Climate Change Conference

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Central Asia Climate Change Conference:

Marking 2020 for enhanced climate actions


16-17 June 2020 | Dushanbe, Tajikistan 

Concept Note

Background

2020 is a critical year for the countries around the world and Central Asia in particular, to start fulfilling the promise of the Paris Agreement as well as to addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. As many of the elements of the Agreement are in place and already functioning, the implementation and raising ambition to the most extent depends on proactive actions of multiple stakeholders. Today, momentum is building to align national climate policies with actions and to cope with climate risks common to Central Asian countries.

The third Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2020) is organized under the framework of the “Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for the Aral Sea Basin” (CAMP4ASB)  and is a continuation of the World Bank’s initiative on climate change knowledge and regional information exchange in Central Asia launched in 2013. The events are called to foster a regional dialogue on climate change adaptation and mitigation, exploring opportunities for joint actions among Central Asia States and other key stakeholders.

The CACCC-2020 will take place on June 16-17 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, prior to the High-Level International Conference on International Decade for Actions “Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028” (also known as the International Water Conference) planned for June 18-19, 2020.  The CACCC-2020 is expected to deliver key outputs of the conference to the attention of the International Water Conference and stress the importance of enhanced climate actions in Central Asia.  

Objective

The main objective of the conference is to strengthen a regional dialogue on climate change and sustainable development by promoting information and knowledge exchange and by mobilizing finance resources to the Central Asian region.

In particular, the event will focus on the progress and achievements of the CAMP4ASB, as well as on showcasing new knowledge and products for better understanding of climate related aspects and integration into national sector-based plans and programs.

Expected results:

1.      A regional dialogue on climate change and sustainable development among the countries of Central Asia strengthened; participants of the conference are well aware about climate actions undertaken by national governments to meet the obligations under the Paris Agreement, and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

2.      Awareness of policy makers, regional stakeholders and civil society on the CAMP4ASB project achievements and ongoing progress raised, and informed the international development agencies on potential follow-up actions in Central Asia.

3.      Importance of engaging with national ministries of finance, economy and investments to keep mobilizing finance resources for enhanced climate actions in Central Asia stressed.

Target group

The conference will bring together more than 300 representatives from governmental and non-governmental agencies, academia, development partners, multilateral development banks, finance institutions, business companies and civil society that work in the area of climate change. CACCC-2020 also aims to invite the national governmental institutions, dealing with finance, economic development, investments and state budgeting, to maintain the discussion and exchange around climate finance issues.  

Structure and approach

The main approach of the third Central Asia Climate Change Conference is to keep both mitigation and adaptation in a loop. There will be four plenary sessions on: (i) Climate change impacts and policy making process in Central Asia (2) Financing climate change actions (3) Climate monitoring and climate services and (4) Role of climate-related information and knowledge in practice. Furthermore, during the Day 2 of the Conference, four Parallel Sessions will be conducted, which will add value to discussions of the Plenary.

The Outcome Document of the Conference is expected to summarize key messages of the discussions and inform other relevant stakeholder platforms about the steps undertaken by the countries of Central Asia towards implementation of the global climate commitments.

Draft Programme Agenda


Day 1 (Tuesday): 16 June 2020 
08:00 – 09:00 Registration  
09:00 – 10:30 Official opening of the Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2020) 
The CACCC-2020 will be officially opened by the Hosting Government with follow-up welcoming speeches on behalf of the World Bank, IFAS Executive Committee, CAREC and Heads of the delegations of the Central Asian countries. The work of the Conference will start with a short overview to the CAMP4ASB project and navigation to the programme agenda. 
Moderator: Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
(i) Welcoming speech (30 min)
-       Government of the Republic of Tajikistan 
-       World Bank
-       IFAS Executive Committee 
-       CAREC
(ii) Welcoming remarks from the national delegations (30 min)
(iii) Climate change in Central Asia and CAMP4ASB project: short movie (10 min)
(iv) Overview of the CACCC-2020 programme agenda: Ms. Irina Bekmirzaeva CAMP4ASB Regional Coordinator (10 min)
10:30 – 11:00  Coffee-break /Group Photo/ Press-briefing
11:00 – 13:00 Plenary Session 1: Climate change impacts and policy making process in Central Asia 
The main objective of the session is to put more focus on economic consequences of climate change and stress the importance of linking climate risks to a policy making process. The session also aims to remind the participants about key milestones of the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and expects the countries of Central Asia to navigate through kick-off actions within their national climate and “green” economy policies. The format of the session foresees both presentations and panel discussion. 
Moderator: Republic of Kazakhstan
Proposed speakers:
1.    IPCC: economic consequences of climate change (15 min) 
2.    Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR): climate induced disasters and economic losses in Central Asia (15 min)
3.    Agency on hydrometeorology (Tajikistan): Degradation of glaciers in Central Asia and potential economic consequences for the region (15 min)
4.    Panel Session: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: kicking-off climate actions in national policies and transitioning to green economy (45 min)
Discussion: 30 min
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Plenary Session 2: Financing climate change actions 
The main objective of the session is to discuss finance opportunities to support climate actions in Central Asia. The rationale behind the session is to stress the importance of all resources, available within international, public and private investment envelopes. The format of the session envisages panel discussions and presentations of national cases.  
Moderator: World Bank
 (i) International Investments
Proposed speakers:
1.    Panel Session: GCF/AF/GEF/RF: access to international (climate) funds for Central Asia (30 min)
2.    Tajikistan: access to international finance resources on climate adaptation (15 min)
Moderator: Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan
(ii) Public and Private Investments 
Proposed speakers:
3.    Kazakhstan: public investments in climate adaptation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction (15 мин)
4.    Uzbekistan: public finance support in deployment of renewable energy resources (15 min) 
5.    Turkmenistan: mobilizing climate investments to municipal sector (sustainable cities) (15 min)
Discussion: 30 min
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee-break
Award Ceremony of the Central Asia Photo Contest 
“50 images of climate change – time to act”
16:30 – 17:45 Plenary Session 2: Financing climate change actions (Cont.)
The session will continue by panel session of business companies, who will brief the participants about investments being contributed to climate resilient measures. The so-called “market” discussion foresees a targeted Q&A format of narration for international organizations and MDBs to talk more about climate finance opportunities for Central Asia in the nearest future. 
Moderator: Republic of Uzbekistan
Proposed speakers:
6.    Panel Session: Business companies (Grundfos, IKEA, BOSCH, GE, Coca-Cola Foundation): private investments to support climate actions in Central Asia (30 min)
7.    “Market” session: international organizations and MDBs: pipeline initiatives and projects on climate change in the region (45 min)
17:45 – 18:00 Wrap-up and key outputs of the Day 1. 
Moderator and speaker: Ms. Irina Bekmirzaeva, CAMP4ASB Regional Coordinator
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner 



Day 2 (Wednesday): 17 June 2020 
08:00 – 09:00 Registration 
09:00 – 10:30 Plenary Session 3: Climate monitoring and climate services 
The main objective of the session is to present latest developments in climate monitoring and climate services around the world and in Central Asia in particular. The participants will learn about the role of the CAMP4ASB project in improving climate data collection process, building the technical capacity of Hydromet Services, and in targeted upgrading of climate observation network in project participating countries.  
Moderator: Roshydromet
(i) International and regional cases
Proposed speakers:
1.   World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (15 min)
2.   Kazhydromet (15 min)
3.   Turkmenhydromet (15 min)
(ii) Targeted upgrading of climate observation network and capacity building: CAMP4ASB contribution
Proposed speakers:
4.   Tajhydromet’s case in upgrading the climate observation network, capacity building and its role in data collection and management (15 min)
5.   Uzhydromet’s case in upgrading the climate observation network, capacity building and its role in data collection and management (15 min)
Discussion: 15 min
1030 – 11:00 Coffee-break 
11:30 – 13:00 Plenary Session 4: Role of climate-related information and knowledge in practice
The session expects to present latest developments in climate-related information exchange and knowledge dissemination in Central Asia. A particular focus will be given to the introduction of the CACIP, which is one of the main knowledge products of the CAMP4ASB project. Lessons learned and best practices of other available platforms and communication channels will feed the discussion and prompt the project team to further improve the system.  
Moderator: Turkmenistan
Proposed speakers:
1.   ICARDA: Introduction of Central Asia Climate Information Platform (CACIP) (15 min)
2.   World Bank: Spatial Agent CAEWDP (15 min)
3.   NGO climate change network: Achievements in climate-related information exchange and distribution (15 min)
4.   Other cases of data bases and information platforms (Weadapt, Central Asia Regional Fast Flood Guidance) (45 min)
Discussion: 30 min
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Parallel sessions
The main objective of the parallel sessions is to add value on to the topics of the plenary sessions and dive deeper into climate monitoring and services, research and climate information. The parallel session 4 is a continuation of the CAMP4ASB project activity on improving a policy dialogue on climate change among Central Asian parliamentarians and diplomats and will invite appointed members only.  
Parallel Session 1: National Hydromet Services – information exchange on tools and methodologies on weather and climate forecasting in Central Asia. Moderator: Agency on Hydrometeorology of the Republic of Tajikistan
Parallel Session 2: Climate curricula in Central Asia: role of research and academic institutions. Moderator: CAREC
Parallel Session 3: Central Asia Climate Information Platform (CACIP): vision and needs of key target groups to access information. Moderator: CAREC
Parallel Session 4: Second Meeting of the MoFA and Parliamentarians of the Central Asian countries on climate change (by invitation only). Moderator: CAREC
 
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee-break
16:30 – 17:00 Outputs of the Parallel Sessions
Upon the completion of parallel sessions, moderators will inform the participants about key outputs of the discussions to be further integrated to the CACCC-2020 Outcome Document.
Moderator: IFAS Executive Committee
Proposed speakers:
1.   Moderator of the Parallel Session 1
2.   Moderator of the Parallel Session 2
3.   Moderator of the Parallel Session 3
4.   Moderator of the Parallel Session 4
17:00 – 17:30 Key messages of the CACCC-2020 to deliver at the International High-Level Conference “Water for Sustainable Development” 
The session is expected to present key messages of the CACCC-2020 Outcome Document, which will further inform the respective plenary session of the International High-Level Conference “Water for Sustainable Development” (18th of June 2020). 
Moderator: Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
Speaker: CAREC Executive Director
17:30 – 18:00 Closure of the third Central Asia Climate Change Conference and next steps
The final session aims to wrap-up the work of the CACCC-2020 by giving the floor to the hosting government, project donor and organizer for final concluding remarks.   
Moderator: Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
Speakers:
1.   Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
2.   World Bank
3.   CAREC