4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)
‘Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency’

16th – 17th August 2018

São Paulo, Brazil

Climate Strategies (CS), Instituto Clima et Sociedade (ICS), Iniciativa Climática de Mexico (ICM) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Regional Programme on Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA-KAS) held the 4th Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC)  ‘Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency‘, on the 16th and 17th of August 2018 at FGV São Paulo, Brazil.

The Paris Agreement (PA), which entered into force in early November 2016, has been recognised as a key milestone in fighting climate change. However, much support is still needed both to help countries deliver on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and strenghen current NDCs, as most are deemed insufficient to achieve the overarching objectives of the PA.

The Facilitative “Talanoa” Dialogue and the PA rulebook (processes scheduled for finalisation during the UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice in 2018) will require all countries to elaborate their NDC implementation strategies and further increase their ambition. As part of this process, the research community has a major role to play helping countries explore new ideas and approaches.


The GCPC is an annual event that brings together representatives of both the research and policy communities in different regions of the world. For the 4th edition, the conference offered an opportunity for stakeholders to identify and explore the challenges and opportunities faced as countries implement NDCs under the PA, as well as work towards the overall transition towards low-carbon development.

For 2018, the GCPC convened a vibrant debate around effective and innovative options by and for the Latin American (LATAM) region in their implementation of NDCs.

We invited researchers to submit their ideas to the GCPC, in the form of abstracts. Submitted abstracts were advised to focus on the following thematic areas:

  • Governance structures to support the implementation and progressive strengthening of NDCs;
  • Climate benefits of and emission reductions from land use, land use change and forestry;
  • Scaling up and ensuring the efficient allocation of climate finance and investment;
  • Policy frameworks to promote the deployment and sustainable integration of renewable energy;
  • Aligning climate and trade agendas at the regional and international level;
  • Advancing sustainable mobility and low-carbon public transport in megacities;
  • Strategies for robust climate adaptation and resilient infrastructure;
  • Implementing the Gender Action Plan – Methodologies for assessing gender impact on climate policy.


Contributions consisted of a mix of analyses (including of NDCs, existing policy frameworks, data availability to assess progress, capacity gaps, etc.), innovative ideas to foster implementation, and tools to support policy decisions.

The presentations for each session are available to download below.

NEW! You can find here the conference report. 


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 Photography by Ricardo Lisboa, Yantra Imagens


Day 1: Exploring Actionable Research Ideas

Session 1: Managing the Energy Transition

The session was moderated by Andrzej Błachowicz, Managing Director at Climate Strategies (CS).

Presentation 1: Co-Benefits: Increasing Chances of a Global Transition to Low Carbon Energy by Larissa Basso, REDECLIM Research Network Brazil

Presentation 2:  A Just Transition in Mexico? Considering the Social Dimension of the Energy Sector as a Means to Achieve Long Term Decarbonisation by Carlos Tornel, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México; ICM

Reaction: Philipp Hauser, Engie

Session 2: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Cities

The session was moderated by Alice Amorim,  Coordinator of Climate Policy at Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS).

Presentation 1: Towards Climate Resilient Cities in the Global South: Leveraging on Spatial Planning by Olga Chepelianskaia, UNICITI

Presentation 2: Climate Adaptation in Brazilian Cities: Governance Challengesby Fabiana Barbi, University of Campinas

Reactions: Mariana Nicolletti, GVces and David Groisman, Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires

Session 3: Leveraging Finance for Climate Ambition

The session was moderated by Jorge Villarreal, Director of Climate Policy and Transport at  Iniciativa Climática de Mexico (ICM).

Presentation 1: New Innovations for Addressing Inequitable Development and Low Electrification Rates in the Global South and Latin America through Climate Finance and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by Dumisani Chirambo, Seeds of Opportunity

Presentation 2: Defining and Assessing Transformational Impacts of Policies and Actions to Attract Finance and Raise Ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by Karen Holm Olsen, UNEP DTU Partnership

Reaction: Philippe Orliange, French Development Agency (AFD)

Session 4: Addressing the Land Use Challenge

The session was moderated by Edenise Garcia, Deputy Science Manager at The Nature Conservancy Brazil.

Presentation 1: Overcoming Barriers in Land Use Governance to Achieve Brazil’s NDC by Cristina Leme Lopes, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) Brazil

Presentation 2: Measuring, Reporting and Verifying (MRV) Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Agriculture and Forestry Sectors in Brazil by Viviane Romeiro, World Resources Institute (WRI) Brazil

Presentation 3: The Interactions and Feedbacks between Climate Change and Amazon Biosphere Change by Sihan Li, University of Oxford

Presentation 4: Climate Risk, Good Governance and Low Carbon development in the Amazon by Eduardo Viola, University of Brasilia (UnB)

Reaction: Carlos Rittl, Observatório do Clima

Day 2: Effective Implementation 

Session 5: Governance of NDC Implementation in Latin America

Presentation 1: Governance Challenges and Opportunities to Enhance Ambition and Implementation of the Brazilian NDC by Viviane Romeiro, World Resources Institute (WRI) Brazil

Presentation 2: Cost-Effective Policy Options for Achieving Mexico’s NDC and Long-Term Climate Goals by Andrés Flores Montalvo, World Resources Institute (WRI) Mexico

Presentation 3: Harnessing Research for Climate Ambition and Transparency by Marco Heredia, INECC (National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change)

Presentation 4: Colombian Talanoa Dialogue Initiative by Alejandra Cifuentes, Klimaforum Latinamerica Network (KLN)

Session 6: Can Global Trade Support Climate Policy?

The session was moderated by Karina Marzano, Project Manager at KAS-EKLA.

Presentation 1: Making the International Trade System work for Climate Change by Michael Mehling, MIT and Climate Strategies

Presentation 2: The Role of Trade in Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean by Keiji Inoue, UN ECLAC

Session 7: Innovation in Renewable Energy Policies

The session was moderated by Branca Americano, Brazilian Climate Change Forum (FBMC)

Presentation 1: Solar Leasing Policy: Lessons Learned and Implications for Latin America by Soobin Cho, KAIST South Korea

Presentation 2: Some Lessons Learned from the Chilean Experience Introducing NCRE by Carlos Finat, Chilean Association of Renewable Energies (ACERA)

Presentation 3: Innovation in Renewable Policies in Argentina by Mauro Soares, EOS Energía.