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Side Events & Exhibits | UN Climate Change Conference June 2019 (SB 50)

Side events for today, 2019-06-24

Adaptation and related issues
Mitigation and related issues
Cross-cutting issues
Enhancing ambition
Promoting implementation
Providing support

Time/room Organizer Title / theme / speakers Attachments
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Mr. Marlan Pillay
+49 228 8151265
Building on the existing MRV arrangements under the Convention to support the implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework
This side event is on financial, technical, and capacity-building support provided to developing countries for participation in the existing MRV arrangements under the Convention and the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement.

Speakers: UNEP-DTU (M.L. Hinostroza), ICAT (H. Wuester), UNEP/UNDP GSP (S. Mwakasonda), GEF (M. Gonzalez Vasquez), UNFCCC-GIR CASTT (Minyoung Kim) Moderator: Mr William Agyemang-Bonsu (UNFCCC secretariat)
MRV side event [1 Mb]
ICAT Presentation [1 Mb]
GEF Presentation [890 kb]
UNFCCC_GIR_CASTT Presentation [1 Mb]
UNDP GSP Partnership Presentation [1 Mb]
GSP Presentation [724 kb]
Agenda [149 kb]
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Mr. Yolando Velasco
+49 228 8151427
Needs-based Climate Finance Strategy in Melanesia
to present the outcomes of NBF-MSG and the Leaders Summit)
MSG Side Event Programme [111 kb]
International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI)
Ms. Pam Pearson
+46 70 5752257
Climate Policy Center (CPC)
Ms. Pamela Pearson
+1 802 4880991
Cryosphere: Chile COP-25 Plans, Looking towards SROCC and Implications for Intergenerational Justice
Preview by the Chilean COP Presidency on plans to highlight the IPCC SROCC and SR1.5 results in connection to polar oceans and cryosphere, especially implications for long-term impacts beyond 2100 and inter-generational justice; all of which motivate towards 1.5 degree 2020 NDC pathways.

Speakers: Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette, UMass-Amherst and Chair, U.S. Polar Research Board; Dr. Gustaf Hugelius, Bolin Centre, University of Stockholm and Chair, Permafrost and Carbon Budgets, International Permafrost Association; representatives of Chile and others
Media Advisory [56 kb]
Programme [85 kb]
Presentation Links [53 kb]
Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)
Mr. Michael Zissener
+49 228 8150249
Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC). (ICSC)
Mr. Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz
+63 2 7551043
Enhancing the impact of climate risk finance in support of the V20 Declaration on Resilience
This session will discuss how climate risk finance, including insurance, can not only protect against immediate disaster impacts, but also catalyze risk reduction and adaptation, and explore their effectiveness for resilient debt management and alleviating risks for fiscal and financial stability.

Speakers: 1. Climate Change Commission, Philippines, tbd 2. Asian Development Bank or African Development Bank, tbd 3. Republic of the Marshall Islands, tbd 4. ICSC, tbd 5. MCII, tbd
Ecologic Institute
Mr. Matthias Duwe
+49 30 86880185
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (FhG ISI)
Mr. Jakob Wachsmuth
+49 721 6809632
Increasing NDCs in 2020 - analytical inputs
This side event will present new analysis on both effort-sharing under the Paris Agreement as well as updating NDCs based on lower renewable cost projections – and discuss them with practitioners involved in supporting relevant developments.

Speakers: * Jakob Wachsmuth (Fraunhofer ISI) * Leonardo Nascimento (Climate Analytics) * Representatives from national delegations and NDC partnership (tbc)
University of Helsinki (UH)
Ms. Maria Brockhaus
+358 2941 57979
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
Mr. David Burns
+1 202 7976612
Taking stock of governance outcomes and policy learning in transnational and jurisdictional REDD+
This panel investigates opportunities and barriers to realizing –and financing– effective and equitable jurisdictional and transnational REDD+ initiatives. Which conditions and actors, public and private, enable the transformational change required to reduce deforestation and forest degradation?

Speakers: Discussants and speakers - Kiryssa Kasprzyk (NWF), Heike Schroeder (UEA), Monica Di Gregorio (ULeeds), Bob Natifu (MWE Uganda), (tbc), representative civil society (Indonesia, tbc); Moderator - Maria Brockhaus (UHelsinki).
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Ms. Lea Dünow
+49 171 7610739
World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)
Mr. Darrel Danyluk
+1 403 6890379
Policy to Action: Use of Climate Services & Risk Insurance towards Climate-Resilient Infrastructure
Case study examples from Africa, Asia, South and Central America demonstrate the complexities and pathways in addressing impacts of the changing climate in the planning, engineering, financing and insurance of critical infrastructures

Speakers: tbc
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Mr. Philip Turner
+32 477 580655
International Union of Railways (UIC)
Mme Carole ESCOLAN
+33 1 44492085
Mobilizing sustainable transport for global climate action
Sustainable transport organisations are delivering and developing strategies to scale up ambition to help trigger widespread action to decarbonize land transport. Transport stakeholders will discuss success factors and steps needed to move from concept to implementation on low carbon transport

Speakers: Speakers include representatives from national and municipal transport authorities responsible for implementing policies and mitigation activities in the urban transport sector, international finance organisation and the private sector engaged on low carbon transport.
Draft Agenda [412 kb]
Adaptation Fund Board (AFB)
Ms. Cristina Dengel
+1 202 6443848
Adaptation Fund: NIEs discuss project findings that benefit and empower the most vulnerable
National Implementing Entities of the Adaptation Fund discuss project findings that benefit and empower the most vulnerable communities such as women, youth, the elderly, indigenous populations and incorporate local and traditional knowledge

Speakers: The panel will include representatives from selected National Implementing Entities of the Adaptation Fund and staff from the AF Secretariat
Adaptation Fund side event agenda [285 kb]
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Mr. Daniel Klein
+49 228 8151113
Assisting Parties in NDC Implementation: New Developments on the ‘Law and Climate Change Toolkit
Present the latest developments on the ‘Law and Climate Change Toolkit'

Speakers: Secretariat, speaker FAO, speaker UN Habitat, speaker UN Environment, pilot country representatives (tbc), and CWS (Commonwealth Secretariat)
Programme - Background-Objective-Agenda [766 kb]
*Provisionally admitted observer organization
The official SB 50 side events and exhibits schedules have been published and are available via the following links:

SB 50 side events schedule:
SB 50 exhibits list:

All applicants have been notified of the status of their application via the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS) personal account.

The registration period for side events and exhibits at SB 50 concluded on Wednesday 27 March 2019. A full breakdown of registration timelines and the eligibility and selection criteria is available below.


(all times are in Central European Time [CET])
  • Application period: Monday 18 March 2019, 10 a.m. until Wednesday 27 March 2019, 5 p.m.
  • Authorization period: throughout the application period and until Sunday 31 March 2019, 5 p.m.
  • Consolidation period: Monday 01 April 2019, 10 a.m. until Friday 05 April, 5 p.m
  • Announcement of selection results: provisionally scheduled for second week of May 2019


  1. Observer organizations duly admitted by the Conference of the Parties are eligible to apply for one side event slot and/or one exhibit. For information on the admission process for observer organizations, please click here.
  2. Parties to the UNFCCC must partner with an observer organization in order to be eligible to apply for a side event slot and/or an exhibit slot. Please review the information note on further details for Party applicants.
  3. UN system organizations and specialized agencies.


Applications for side events and exhibits can only be received through the Side Events and Exhibits Online Registration System (SEORS) during the respective application period.

During the application period an “Apply for” button will appear on the respective SEORS conference page, which will allow users to create a personal account through which applications can be submitted. Please note that all applicants must register for a new personal account in SEORS for each session. Your user name and password from the previous sessions do not work.

SEORS does not allow submitting a 'pre-merged' application since it just shows single side events, with no initial fields for lead and co-applicants. The lead and co-applicant/s should therefore apply separately, with separate authorizations by the National Focal Point (NFP)/Designated Contact Point (DCP) of each applicant.

How to submit joint applications

Please refer to the Side events and exhibits application manual for detailed information on the application process   Side events and exhibits application manual.


  • Following criteria are taken into consideration for the selection of side events and exhibits:
    1. One application per Party/observer organization;
    2. Joint applications of as many observer organizations as possible;
    3. Applications from NGOs in Non-Annex I countries;
    4. Assessment of relevance to issues under discussion/negotiation at the particular session;
    5. Balance among observer constituencies;
    6. Balance among topic themes;
    7. Track record of side event organizers in uploading presentations and relevant documents onto their own SEORS account*;
    8. Upholding of principle of sustainable operation by agreeing to disseminate all publications in electronic format only (for both exhibits and side events) and making use of virtual participation tools such as Skype for panelists**;
    9. Track record of the gender balance among speakers at the previous side event held by the applicant.
  • Following criteria are taken into consideration for the allocation of side events and exhibits:
    1. Feasibility and preference on certain dates;
    2. Avoidance of thematic overlaps per time slot (side events only);
    3. Alignment of similar themes in the same room (side events only); and
    4. Size of the expected participation level and room size (side events only).

    * The recommendation of the Linköping University publication entitled “The function of side events at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” (ISBN 978-91-7393-765-8), as published by the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, clearly illustrates that there is a weakness in how side event outcomes are disseminated by event organizers. It is recommended that “at a bare minimum, side event presentations should be made available to participants. The secretariat could create incentives for making presentations available, by making future selections to organise side events conditional on the organisers’ track record of making information accessible.”

    ** Please specify in your application, under “Communications/Additional comments”, whether you are willing to commit to the dissemination of documentation in electronic format only at SB 48.


  • The secretariat reminds applicants that it reserves the right to reschedule or cancel side events at any time in the interest of the negotiating process.
  • The secretariat also reserves the right to reallocate or cancel exhibits that exceed the authorized space or that are not set up on the first day of the booking period without any notice to the secretariat.
  • Access to side event rooms is limited to duly registered conference participants.

For further information please refer to the FAQ and the Side events and exhibits application manual below.


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