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Close the gap: Innovative finance for urban transformation

This 60-minute high-level dialogue brings together key leaders in a session focused on the urgency and emergency to finance urban transformation. The session will build on the Glasgow Climate Pact adopted at COP26 on scaling up finance and capacity building to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change. Mayors and key finance and public institutions discuss strategies that need to be adopted in order to close the finance gap and accelerate urban climate action.


  • Maryke van Staden(Speaker)ICLEI World Secretariat, Director of Business Development & Director of carbonn Climate Center, Interim Head of Climate Action
  • Nigel Topping(Speaker)UK, High-Level Climate Champion
  • Abigail Binay(Speaker)ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member, Mayor, City of Makati, Philippines
  • Eero Ailio(Speaker)Directorate General Energy, European Commission, Adviser on Energy Transition and Local Governance
  • Nigel Jollands(Speaker)EBRD and Steering Committee of the CCFLA, Associate Director
  • Sophie de Coninck(Speaker)UNCDF, Global Manager of Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)
  • Carmen Vogt(Speaker)GIZ, Head, Cities Unit