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COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action: Global Gathering on Capacity Building

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The COP26 Catalyst’s online Global Gathering on Capacity Building will be an opportunity for the members of the four thematic Action Groups to share some of the work they have been engaged in, to consult key stakeholder constituencies, and to seek practical solutions to the capacity building challenges identified through their consultations at the 2021 UN Regional Climate Weeks and subsequent deliberations. The event will include plenary sessions open to all, including presentations from our Action Groups on Adaptation Action, Access to Finance, Carbon Markets Participation, and Transparency and Reporting.

The Paris Agreement provides us with a truly global framework for climate ambition and action. To unlock the full scope of the Paris Agreement, it is important that all countries can participate to their maximum potential and that a lack of capacity does not hold them back.  

In its role as the incoming COP26 Presidency, the UK is committed to better understanding the capacity building challenges faced by developing countries and climate finance recipients, particularly those most vulnerable to climate impacts, and to provide opportunities to share positive experiences and lessons learned across the Asia-Pacific region. 

The  COP26 Catalyst is a framework to bring together key stakeholders in capacity building to discuss challenges and to catalyse action through four Action Groups on Adaptation Action, Access to Finance, Carbon Markets Participation, and Transparency and Reporting, and through wider consultation at the UN Regional Climate Weeks. 

Simultaneous interpretation in English, Spanish and French will be available for these sessions.

Tuesday 12 October 

Session name: Global plenary session: real-world solutions to capacity-building challenges 

Time: 1230-1430 BST

Session objective: To introduce the work of the COP26 Catalyst to a wider global audience, to seek feedback and reflections from a high-level panel of experts and to invite participants to participate in further thematic deep-dive sessions throughout the week of the Global Gathering.  

Target audience: Open registration session with outreach via all UNFCCC constituencies, partner organisations and Catalyst advisors, as well as to Action Group members’ suggested invitees. 

Tuesday 12 October and Thursday 14 October: Thematic Consultations 

These sessions will present in detail the key challenges identified by the Action Group, and seek advice, input and feedback from stakeholder groups and practitioners including youth, gender specialists, indigenous peoples, academics, civil society and farmers. They are open to all, with particular outreach to the UNFCCC stakeholder constituencies. 

Session name: Open consultation on Capacity Building for Adaptation 

Time: Tuesday 12 October 1500-1700 BST

Session name: Open consultation on Capacity Building for Carbon Markets Participation 

Time: Wednesday 13 October 1230-1400 BST

Session name: Open consultation on Capacity Building for Transparency 

Time: Thursday 14 October – 1600-1730 BST

Session name: Open consultation on Capacity Building for Access to Finance 

Time: Thursday 14 October – 0830-1000 BST

Wilton park reference number: WP1981


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