Saturday, 8th June | 14:45-16:00 (Central European Summer Time)

The Bonn Room of the World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany

Hosts: The Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Climate Strategies, Stockholm Environment Institute and Plataforma CIPO 

*Please note that this is an in-person event.

As part of the official UNFCCC programme at SB60, this side event demonstrated that an integrated approach to Just Transitions — one that advances climate trade policies, adaptation and mitigation efforts, and facilitates discussions to foster cooperation — can enable ambitious climate action. 

As climate-trade policies multiply, we must strive for an international trade system that enables ambitious climate action, boosts sustainable development, increases equity and builds resilience. In short, we need to ensure that the transition to a climate-centric trade system is just.  

Background

The outcome of the first Global Stocktake recognised the importance of pursuing an open international trade system to enable ambitious climate action. Just Transitions — which foreground participation and collaboration — provide a useful framework to ensure that new trade policies accelerate climate action, support collective sustainable development and build just resilience. 

Over recent years, the intersections of climate change mitigation, adaptation and trade policy have intensified. The transition towards a climate-centric trade system is actively contributing to climate commitments by bolstering the trade of low-carbon materials, protecting domestic industries as they decarbonise, and prompting exporting countries to strengthen their own climate efforts.  

Yet as major nations ramp up their climate-trade ambitions, the impacts are increasingly felt beyond the places where these initiatives originate. The uncoordinated and unilateral implementation of climate-trade policies can engender considerable transboundary impacts: exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in developing nations, leaving people less resilient to climate change impacts, and impacting countries’ overall decarbonisation and adaptation capacities. As climate-trade policies proliferate, we need to seize this moment to build momentum for an international trade system that enables ambitious climate action, boosts sustainable development, increases equity and builds resilience. 

This event delved into a range of topics, including adaptation efforts for trade infrastructure and vulnerable export regions, the cross-border impacts and possible co-benefits of carbon pricing initiatives, and international cooperation and technology exchange for a just integration in green value chains.  

Our speakers 

Keynote Speaker

Ms Rensie Panda, Manager, International Affairs and Community Outreach with the National Energy Authority, Papua New Guinea

Rensie Panda has been in the climate change negotiations since 2011. Currently coordinates Response Measures and Just Transition on behalf of the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS). Ms Panda is also the current energy negotiator from Papua New Guinea, and one of the most senior negotiators in the PNG delegation.

Speakers

Dr. Mikael Allan Mikaelsson, MBE, Policy Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden 

Dr. Mikaelsson is a Policy Fellow with the International Climate Risk and Adaptation team at SEI headquarters, focusing on transboundary climate risks and their impact on the global economy and wider society. He is part of the European Topic Centre on Climate Change (ETC-CC) which provides thematic expertise to the European Environment Agency, and is a lead author of the recently published EU climate risk assessment. Dr. Mikaelsson has previously worked for the UK Government’s international science and innovation division under the auspices of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. In this role, Dr. Mikaelsson led the UK Government’s international science and innovation division’s work on COP26 and global collaboration on evidence-based climate policy, net-zero innovation, and research-driven climate adaptation.  In 2022, Dr. Mikaelsson was appointed as an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), conferred by Her Majesty Queen of the United Kingdom, in recognition of his service to international collaboration on climate change. 

Maiara Folly, Executive Director and Co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ

Maiara Folly is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ, a Brazil-based think tank that focuses on issues of climate, sustainable development and international relations. Folly obtained a master’s degree from the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro. 

Panellists: 

Jennie Dodson, Senior Director, Policy Advocacy & Member Mobilization & Member of the Extended Leadership Group 

Dr Jennie Dodson is Senior Director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), based in London and Switzerland. Jennie joined WBCSD in 2023. 

In her role, Jennie leads the partnership and engagement strategy to scale collective action between the world’s leading companies and governments across all the pathways and imperatives. She also manages relationships with international and civil society organizations and builds WBCSD’s presence to drive outcomes at key global summits. 

Jennie has worked at the intersections of diplomacy, innovation, and sustainable development across academia, non-profit, government and international organisations for over 15 years. Before joining WBCSD, Jennie was Head of the Secretariat for Mission Innovation, the global political action forum for clean energy innovation launched by world leaders at COP21. Since 2017, she has worked with 23 governments collectively responsible for $30 bn annual investment, to increase investments and collaboration to accelerate tipping points in the cost and scale of technologies. This included launching seven global Missions, the Global Cooling Prize and a government commitment to invest $94 bn in demonstration projects. Jennie also served as the innovation lead for COP26, where she was an architect of the Breakthrough Agenda. 

Dr Chantal Line Carpentier, Head of the Trade, Environment Climate Change & Sustainable Development Branch, UNCTAD

Dr. Carpentier, Canadian, is Head of the Trade, Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development Branch of UNCTAD’s Division on International Trade and Commodities (DTIC) advancing new economic models and partnerships to achieve resilient, inclusive, digitally connected and sustainable economies.  

She formerly ran the UNCTAD New York office, where she coordinated UNCTAD’s input and support to inter-governmental negotiations of the UN General Assembly. As Major Groups Coordinator for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, she facilitated the engagement of NGOs, women and youth groups, businesses, local authorities, etc. from around the world in the SDGs negotiations and the UN Rio+20 Conference.  

Prior to joining the UN, she Headed the North American Free Trade Agreement Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s, Environment, Economy and Trade Division (2000-2007), was an Agro-environmental policy analyst for Winrock International (1998-2000), and post-doctoral fellow/Brazil office manager for the International Food Policy Research Institute (1996-1998).  

She has a PhD. in Agro-Environmental Economics from Virginia Tech, as well as an MSc. and BSc. in agro-economics from McGill University, and is an ironman and ultramarathoner. 

Jacob Werksman, Principal Adviser to Directorate General for Climate Action in the European Commission.

Jacob Werksman focuses on the international aspects of European climate policy. He is Head of Delegation for the European Union to the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and advises and represents the Commission on the relationship between climate policy and other areas of international law and policy. He supports the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and the European External Action Service in multilateral negotiations and in strengthening bilateral relationships between the EU, major economies and other international partners.

Werksman is an international lawyer, specialising in international environmental law and international economic law. Prior to joining the Commission, he provided legal and policy advice to developed and developing country governments, NGOs and international institutions in the context of multilateral negotiations on climate change, biosafety and trade. He has taught and published widely on the international, legal dimensions of climate policy, including on the design of compliance mechanisms, climate finance and on the relationship between carbon markets and international trade and investment agreements.

Werksman is currently a visiting professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and has lectured in international environmental and economic law at the master’s level at New York University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the School of Oriental and African Studies and University College at the University of London. Prior to joining the Commission, he held posts at the World Resources Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) in London. Werksman holds degrees from Columbia
University (A.B.), the University of Michigan (J.D.) and the University of London (LL M.).

Moderated by 

  • Adriana Chavarría-Flores, Programme and Impact Manager, Climate Strategies 

Agenda

Time (CEST) Session  Speaker 
14:45 Welcome and Introduction  Adriana Chavarría-Flores, Climate Strategies  
14:50 Keynote speech Rensie Panda, Independent State of Papua New Guinea  
14:55 Research Presentation: A Just Transition for Sustainable and Resilient Supply ChainsDr. Mikael Allan Mikaelsson, SEI 
15:05 Research Presentation: Positive Incentives and Partnerships: Building a Just and Sustainable International Trade SystemMaiara Folly, Executive Director and Co-founder, Plataforma CIPÓ
15:15 Panel discussion: Equity in climate-centric trade policies: Navigating transboundary impacts while fostering resilience and Just Transitions  Jennie Dodson, Chantal Line Carpentier, and Jacob Werksman
15:45 Moderated Q&A and closing remarksAdriana Chavarría-Flores, Climate Strategies