International Order & Conflict

Roundtable on Governance for Climate Action

As global efforts are focused on recovering from the fallout of COVID-19, of equal concern has been how to make the recovery process greener, in line with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A number of governments have begun to put in place such efforts and more have made ambitious pledges toward net-zero goals. There are also prospects of new leadership and coalitions in different parts of our world. However, the fact remains that we are far behind to achieve Paris Agreement goals—much more needs to be done.

This Roundtable will explore the climate governance gap but also possibilities for scaling-up climate action towards COP26 and beyond. The role of Korea as the host of the next P4G Summit will be highlighted, reflecting on how to gather yet more political will over the coming year. Financing for innovative climate action will be another important agenda item to explore, as we seek to close the already wide gap between our goals and the current reality.

Cohosted by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Global Challenges Foundation


Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the National Council on Climate and Air Quality of Korea, President & Chair of GGGI, Eighth UN Secretary-General

Lee Tae-ho, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea

Yoo Yeon-chul, Ambassador and Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea

Chung Keeyong, Director-General, Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Scientific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea

Siila Watt Cloutier, Former International Chair for Inuit Circumpolar Council, Author of The Right to be Cold and Winner of the Right Livelihood Award

Kim Joo-Hong, Principal Research Scientist, Korea Polar Research Institute

Magnus Jiborn, Head of Research, Global Challenges Foundation

Maja Groff Convenor of Climate Governance Commission, International Lawyer, Leiden University

Richard Ponzio, Director of Just Security 2020 Program and Senior Fellow, Stimson Center

Johan Falk, Founder of the Exponential Roadmap Initiative

Ian de Cruz, Global Director of P4G

Kim Sungwoo, Head of Environment & Energy Research Institute, Kim & Chang

Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute

Shiva Dustdar, Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank

Wanjira Mathai, Vice-President & Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute

Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water 

Ahn Wook Sang, Head of Climate Finance Team of KDB Bank

Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Former President of the UN General Assembly, former Foreign and Defense Minister of Ecuador

Oyun Sanjaasuren, Director of External Affairs, Green Climate Fund


1:00-1:10 am Opening Remarks

1:10-1:20 am Keynote Speech: Global State of Climate Governance

  • What the Arctic Tells Us
  • Perspectives on Tackling the Global Governance Gap

1:20-2:30 am Session 1. Building on the P4G Summit: “Towards a Successful COP26 with Mission-Driven Exponential Climate Action”

2:30-2:50 am Break Time

2:50-4:00 am Session 2. International Financing for Innovation and Exponential Climate Action: “The Role of Finance Governance and Best Practices for Green Innovation”

4:00-4:10 am Concluding Remarks

Part of the Strengthening Global Governance Project  and the Climate Governance Commission Project .
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