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25 April 2024, 12:45 - 13:45 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

Meeting Room H, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
CS80 Side Event: Accelerating financing

The 80th Session of the Commission Side Event, titled "Accelerating financing for climate action: Progress across the Asia-Pacific region," will be hosted by Finland and co-sponsored by the Netherlands in conjunction with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). This event is a follow-up to a similar side event held during the 78th Commission session in 2022. The focus will be on examining the perspectives of ESCAP member states regarding the possibilities and challenges of executing the Helsinki Principles in the region. Furthermore, the event will explore how regional cooperation and peer learning could help to expedite the financing of climate action.

The objective of the event is to establish the best practices by Ministries of Finance in the Asia-Pacific region for financing climate action. It aims to discuss the recommendations of the Independent High-Level Expert Group on Climate Finance for reforming the international financial architecture in the region and explore the potential and challenges in implementing the Helsinki Principles in the context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Additionally, the event will discuss the work of the Coalition and its synergies with the Independent High-Level Expert Group and ESCAP to further regional cooperation and accelerate climate finance.

Registration: All participants attending side events in person must register online at Please select Registration for Others (Side events, Exhibition, etc.) when you register. Kindly note that side event organizers and participants will obtain the badges to access only meeting rooms designated for the side events. Individuals registered as accredited representatives to attend the 80th Commission Session are not required to register again.

25 Apr 2024
Coffee Break and Welcome Reception
Meeting Room H, UNCC
Opening Remarks
  • H.E. Mr. Remco van Wijngaarden, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand and Permanent Representative to ESCAP
Presentations and Panel Discussion

This session will include a presentation from the Coalition and the Independent High-Level Expert Group to provide the context for a panel discussion on the possible pathways to accelerate climate financing.

  • Mr. Pekka Morén, Special Representative of Finance Ministry, Finland and Co-Founder of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
  • Mr. Amar Bhattacharya, Executive Secretary, Independent High-Level Expert Group on Climate Finance and Senior Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
  • Ms. Yedda Marie Diaz, Senior Policy Counsel of the Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Undersecretary of the Climate Finance Policy Group, Department of Finance, the Philippines
  • Ms. Lieske van Hemert, Policy Advisor for the Dutch Co-Chair of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, Ministry of Finance, the Netherlands
  • Ms. Suba Sivakumaran, Section Chief, Financing for Development Section, ESCAP

Moderator: Mr. Hamza Ali Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP

Closing Remarks
  • Ms. Lin Yang, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP

for more information, please contact

Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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