11th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference: Climate Change and Sustainable Investment in Natural Resources: From Consensus to Action

This Conference, which will take place one week before COP22 is chaired by the Government of Morocco, offers a high-level opportunity to explore the complex questions tied to natural resource investments in light of the Paris Agreement, the SDGs, and the real challenges facing low-income countries within the global economy. The outcomes of the Conference will provide inputs to COP22, notably the related “Low-Emissions Solutions Conference.”

The Conference’s sessions will address the necessary shifts required in natural resource investments to promote equitable climate action, including issues related to:

  • how to anticipate and implement the changing role of hydrocarbons in the global energy system, including planning for and managing hydrocarbon reserves and correlated infrastructure that will be “stranded” in the process of decarbonization;
  • how low-carbon strategies can and should be adapted to the development needs of low-income countries;
  • how to manage land use to mitigate climate and environmental impacts and to maximize benefits for development, including for local communities;
  • the role of private sector finance, including opportunities for institutional investors; and
  • the development of new international legal frameworks and improved global governance to support national-level actions on climate change and sustainable development.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia
  • Luca Cosentino, Executive Vice President, Energy Solutions, Eni
  • Penny Davies, Program Officer, Equitable Development, Ford Foundation
  • Danielle Fugere, President, As You Sow
  • Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President, New Energies, Shell
  • Hon Tim Groser, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States
  • Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Andrea Illy, President, illycaffè S.p.A.
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Chris Jochnick, President and CEO, Landesa
  • Petter Johnsen, Chief Investment Officer Equity Strategies, Norges Bank Investment Management
  • Nezha Larhrissi, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Éric Martel, President and CEO, Hydro-Québec
  • Pedro van Meurs, President, Van Meurs Corporation
  • Minister Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria
  • John Roome, Senior Director, Climate Change Group, The World Bank
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
  • Jérôme Schmidt, Senior Vice President Sustainable Development & Environment, Total
  • Ilana Solomon, Director, Responsible Trade Program, Sierra Club
  • Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager, Enel
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
  • Jim Williams, Director, Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD

For more information and to register (registration is free), please click here.


Nov 02 to 03 2016, 8:30am - 5:30pm
NY, New York, 10027, Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
EDT Eastern Daylight Time (North America) UTC−04

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