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A Readout of the Climate Change and Biodiversity COPs and the World Bank New Directions in these Topics

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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Sponsored by the 1818 Society Social & Environment Thematic Group

Summary: The recent COPs in Egypt for Climate Change and Canada/China for Biodiversity pushed forward in important ways these two agendas. From an agreement to establish a Climate Loss and Damage Fund to a broad agreement to protect nature and biodiversity for future generations. We will hear from the Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy at the World Bank – Valerie Hickey – who represented the Bank at both events. It will be an informal conversation on what was achieved, the challenging discussions to reach agreements, what was left on the table for future discussions, and – very importantly – what will be the role of the World Bank in supporting the implementation of agreements reached. We will hear about new tools and approaches to biodiversity and climate change. It promises to be a fascinating conversation on critical topics for the world.

Chair: Ede Ijjasz, co-chair, Social and Environment Thematic Group


Valerie Hickey is the Global Director of Environment, Natural Resources and the Blue Economy (ENB) at the World Bank. Valerie takes this role having worked as the manager for Advisory and Operations in the Climate Change Group, where she oversaw the implementation of the World Bank’s commitments on climate change, climate mainstreaming and climate finance, and before that the Practice Manager for ENB in Latin America and the Caribbean where she managed a cross-sectoral team that supported countries and communities on issues related to climate change, sustainable forest management, integrated conservation and development, integrated coastal zone management, fisheries, pollution management and environmental health, environmental economics and environmental risk management. Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.

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February 6
9:00 am - 10:30 am


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