SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

London Climate Action Week: Scaling Up Low-Carbon and Resilient Investment in the Face of Climate Vulnerability

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Date: 3 July 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 3 July 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SALT

Type of Event: Lecture

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A London Climate Action Week event jointly organised by the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance, the V20 and the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative.

Over the last decade, climate vulnerability has cost the V20 group of climate vulnerable countries an additional US$62 billion in interest payments alone, according to a recent UN report on Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries. Additional interest payments due to climate vulnerability are projected to increase to US$168 billion over the next decade. For every US $10 paid in interest by climate vulnerable countries, an additional dollar will have to be spent due to climate vulnerability. These payments are separate from economic losses directly suffered from climate change. The problem of higher cost of capital faced by climate vulnerable countries impedes these countries’ ability to invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. As a result, sustained GDP growth and fiscal stability in climate vulnerable countries will be under threat. One element corroborating the cost of capital problem relates to the increased pressures put on V20 countries’ fiscal budgets due to sudden-onset events. In the V20 group of climate vulnerable countries, current climate risk obligations lie mainly with national and subnational governments, which reduces fiscal space and obfuscates public debt management.

To address these challenges, a new financing mechanism – the Accelerated Financing Mechanism (AFM) – has been proposed by the members of the V20. Based on an assessment of the specific sources of risk affecting capital cost, the suggested mechanism would enable appropriate risk mitigation tools to render applicant projects in V20 economies financially viable. The mechanism itself would be financed from different international and regional sources. The V20 have also been working with global partners on climate and disaster risk finance and insurance schemes as a response to an increasing exposure to climate risk.

This session will discuss both the challenges and opportunities surrounding low-carbon and resilient investment in the face of climate vulnerability, including V20 initiatives and other initiatives aimed at leveraging private sector finance and alleviating the financial burden put on governments ex-post disaster.

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Agenda:

15:05-15:10: Welcome

Baroness Valerie Amos, Director, SOAS University of London

15:10-15:20: Scaling Up Low-Carbon and Resilient Investment in the V20 Countries

Doreen de Brum, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

15:20-15:40: Short Background Presentations

Ulrich Volz, Director, SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance: Climate Vulnerability and the Cost of Capital

Sara Jane Ahmed, Finance Advisor, V20: The Accelerated Financing Mechanism

Viktoria Seifert, Project Associate, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative: The Sustainable Insurance Facility

15:40-15:55: Keynote Address

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

15:55-16:55: Panel Discussion & Q&A

Chair: Victor Murinde, Director of the Centre for Global Finance & AXA Professor in Global Finance, School of Finance and Management, SOAS University of London

Panellists:

Doreen de Brum, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
Jerry Skees, Chief Strategy Officer and Director, Global Parametrics
Soenke Kreft, Executive Director, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative
Carlos Sanchez, Director of Climate Resilience Finance, Willis Towers Watson
Dharshan Wignarajah, Team Leader – Private Sector Resource Mobilisation, UK Department for International Development

16:55-17:00: Closing Remarks

Ulrich Volz, Director, SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance

17:00: Drinks Reception

Organiser: Ulrich Volz

Contact email: uv1@soas.ac.uk

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