SB48: UNFCCC Side Event (8 May, 16:45 - 18:15)

Announcement of UNFCCC SB48 Side Event in Bonn, Germany

“Empowering developing countries to gain access to climate finance through capacity building”

Building national capacity is key to achieving a paradigm shift towards low-emission, climate-resilient development pathways and effectuating transformative change in developing countries. The shift in the climate finance regime from a donor-driven to a country-driven approach reinforces the need of developing national capacity to advance climate actions.


Building capacity of developing countries to access climate finance includes, inter alia, raising awareness on available sources of climate finance, creating enabling environments for investment, training and skills development on all aspects of funding proposal preparation, and knowledge sharing on good practices in mobilizing financial resources from public and private sectors. When equipped with knowledge, skills and expertise, developing countries will be capable of designing and implementing country-driven climate change investment activities or projects to fulfil their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.



This side event aims to exhibit and appraise various aspects of capacity-building support provided to developing countries in the area of climate finance.


Panelists, including government representatives and practitioners, will share:

  • – Experiences and lessons learned from participating in capacity-building activities
  • – Insights on effective approaches and good practices in building capacity
  • – Critical capacity gaps that hinder greater access to climate finance



8 May 2018, Tuesday, 16:45 – 18:15



Kaminzimmer, World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB)



Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC), Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ)



Government officials, UN agencies, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders



Side Event Flyer


  • Introduction
  • Moderator: Mr. Amjad Abdulla, Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board Member, Maldives
  • Presentations
  • “Empowering Developing Countries to Gain Access to Climate Finance Through Capacity-building”
  • Ms. Alla Metelitsa, Head, Climate Change Cluster, AIT
  • “Self-Empowerment though Participation in Capacity-building Activities – Experiences, Lessons Learned, and Good Practices.”
  • Mr. Jonah Auka, Climate Change and Development Authority, Papua New Guinea and Dr. Batjargal Zamba, UNFCCC Focal Point, Mongolia (former Minister of Environment)
  • “Development of Projects Triggering a Paradigm Shift: Scaling up Project Implementation Contributing Towards Enhancing NDC’s Level of Ambition”
  • Ms. Yuriko Koyanagi, Researcher, OECC
  • “Potentials on Leveraging Climate Finance for Carbon Emission Reduction Projects under the Joint Crediting Mechanism: A Case Study on a Solar Farm Project in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia”
  • Mr. Masayuki Iwai, CEO, Farmdo Co.Ltd., Japan and Mr. Jigjid Rentsendoo, President & CEO, Everyday Farm LLC, Mongolia (former Minister of Mining)
  • Panel Discussion with Q&A
  • Capacity Gaps and Interventions: Panelists will share experience on pressing capacity and other critical gaps that hinder access to climate finance in developing countries. They will also discuss potential interventions that can help fill these gaps. Experiences are shared on developing a “showcase” project which facilitated local entities’ investment and co-financing, leading to sustainable dissemination of low carbon technologies.
  • Moderator:
  • Ms. Yuriko Koyanagi, Researcher, OECC
  • Panelists:
  • – Mr. Jonah Auka, Climate Change and Development Authority, Papua New Guinea
  • – Dr. Batjargal Zamba, UNFCCC Focal Point, Mongolia
  • – Mr. Amjad Abdulla, GCF Board Member, Maldives
  • – Mr. Scott Hook, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
  • – Mr. Kazuhisa Koakutsu, Director for International Negotiations, MOEJ
  • – Mr. Masayuki Iwai, Farmdo Co. Ltd, Japan
  • – Mr. Jigjid Rentsendoo, Everyday Farm LLC, Mongolia
  • Closing


Exhibition Booth

OECC will host an exhibition booth and display the recent information related to the JCM and its supporting programs. Accordingly the electronic publications will be uploaded in the UNFCCC website.



Tuesday, 1 May – Thursday, 10 May 2018 (1st and 2nd week of the SB48)



Rhine Level, World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB)
It is located in the underground passage between the old and new WCCB buildings (from the main entrance, take the stairs down).