Press release

Moving to a Low Carbon Development Pathway

December 12, 2009

Media Advisory

IISD Side Event: Moving to a Low Carbon Development Pathway

Monday, December 14, 2009, 09:00-10:15 CET (GMT +1)
Koncerthuset (The Concert House), DR Byen (Two Metro stops from the Bella Centre)
UNFCCC COP15, Copenhagen

This session will assess the challenges and opportunities to support the transition of developing countries to a low carbon development pathway, by mobilizing private sector investment for emerging market-based mechanisms.

There is positive momentum towards the establishment of national appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and sector-based approaches to greenhouse gas reductions, at the international level. While this creates new opportunities, the degree to which any international agreement will be able to meet its climate change and sustainable development objectives will depend on its translation to real action at the national and sub-national level.

Private sector investment will also play a critical role in this process.

(Please see more about IISD at COP15 and related commentaries .)

Moderated by John Drexhage, IISD

  • Kim Chan-Woo, Director General , Ministry of Environment, South Korea
  • Erik Haites, Margaree Consultants, Canada
  • Samuel Nnah, Centre for Environment and Development, Cameroon
  • Syamsidar Thamrin, Deputy Director Climate Change, Environment Directorate, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Indonesia
  • Suzanna Kahn Ribeiro, Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Each participant will be invited to give 10 minutes of remarks, followed by a facilitated discussion.  

For more information, please contact IISD media and communication officer Nona Pelletier 
Cell: +1-(204)-962-1303.
(For local calls during COP15 in Copenhagen, please phone 53 97 61 23 until December 18, 2009)

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.