Private Sector Models for Unlocking Climate Resilience

Join us for a discussion on how financial institutions and the private sector can embed climate resilience in their investment strategies.

The Global Resilience Partnership, in collaboration with the Yale Center for Business and Environment and UNDP’s Adaptation Innovation Marketplace (AIM), invites you to a discussion on how financial institutions and the private sector can embed climate resilience in their investment strategies. This discussion will explore viable vehicles for locally-led leadership in resilience building, and the critical role they play in blended finance approaches. Case studies from GRP and UNDP’s work on the Global Environment Facility-funded project in Africa as well as the Adaptation Innovation Marketplace (AIM) — which supports the Adaptation Fund and EU-funded ‘Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator’ (also known as the Innovation Small Grant Aggregator Programme, or ISGAP) — will inform the discussion. The aim of the evening is to explore the solutions and methods required to provide greater avenues to funders for impact through candid discussion in an appropriate and curated context.

This event will explore several key areas:

  • How can private sector funders advance resilience building?
  • What existing models can be replicated and scaled?
  • What drivers exist that can be further leveraged for funding resilience?
  • How can financing mechanisms such as blended finance and mission-related investing become more joined-up?
  • What sets of evidence or data is needed for more funds to flow?

Format of the event

The event will feature a moderated discussion between key actors in the impact finance domain including UNDP, in its role as a significant development funder, GRP as a key partner in building resilience and two institutional funders with significant balance sheets. 

Featuring Guest Speakers:

Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, United Nations Development Programme, Executive Coordinator and Director – Environmental Finance
Jesper Hörnberg, Global Resilience Partnership, Head of Innovation 
Jessica Thye, BlackRock Sustainable Investing, Director
Bérénice Lasfargues, BNP Paribas Asset management, Sustainability Integration Lead
Moderator: Clint Bartlett, Senior Consultant, UNDP AIM


18:00: Arrival
18.00 – 18.25: Networking, drinks and canapés 
18.25 – 18.30: Opening: Nathanial Matthews, CEO Global Resilience Partnership 
18.30 – 19.30: Panel discussion: How can financial institutions and the private sector embed climate resilience in their investment strategies?
19.30 – 19.35: Closing: Prof. Todd Cort, Yale Centre for Business and the Environment 
19.35 – onwards: Networking 

This is an in-person event and by invitation only.

This event is now full. Please email: to join the waitlist.

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