The majority of the most climate-vulnerable countries received less than $20 per person per year in climate change adaptation financing from 2010 – 2017. This is symptomatic of a severely inequitable distribution of green finance and past years have seen an alarming rollback in climate finance contributions. The limited available funding often is directed towards climate mitigation rather than prevention or adaptation. This disproportionately impacts the funding of grassroots and frontline communities who often pioneer nature-based solutions. Substantial efforts are also needed to ensure that climate enterprises do not unwittingly regress land rights for Indigenous communities.
This panel of One Young World Climate Ambassadors will discuss the role of young leaders in ensuring equitable financing of climate solutions, the critical importance of funding nature-based solutions, and the pressing need for a tailored approach for developing countries to ensure effective and sustainable change.
This event forms part of the official programming for All4Climate - Italy 2021.
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Co-Founder and Executive Director, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar LLC(G)
Neeshad Shafi is an Environmentalist, Speaker and Social Change Advocate. He was distinguished as one of the ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019.' Holding a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Neeshad has over five years of experience in analyzing Global Environmental Politics and Climate Policies with a special focus on the Middle East. An active member of several global environmental youth groups and contributed actively in international summits notably United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations at COP21, COP22, COP24, COP25, World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos 2019, World Economic Forum Middle East 2019, Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019 and UN Youth Climate Summit 2019.
Associate Director - Financial Services Advisory, Grant Thornton Ireland
Aisling has over 8 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector both in Ireland and Cyprus. At present, she is an Associate Director in the Financial Services Consulting department of Grant Thornton Ireland. Aisling has worked with key clients on a number of strategic and deleveraging initiatives in both an advisory and project management capacity and her expertise covers stakeholder engagement, business process design and risk management.
Alongside this, Aisling is a co-founder of the ‘Green Team Network’ – a forum for connecting firms across the Irish Funds Industry to encourage collaboration and empower change towards a more sustainable environment. The Green Team Network aims to facilitate knowledge sharing across the industry and support member firms’ efforts to close the gap between intent, action and impact on sustainability.
Sustainability Affairs, Tourism Authority of Panama
Diwidgi "Diwi" Valiente is ethnically Guna, a community of Indigenous peoples who live on the islands just off Panama in a transnational area known as Guna Yala. Guna Yala is the first Indigenous territory in Latin America to be displaced by climate change and Diwigdi's core focus is to draw the attention of national and international authorities on this issue. As such, he is the Founder of the Burwigan project, an art collective that creates awareness, informs, and inspires actions against climate change and plastic pollution within the Panamanian population and Indigenous peoples. Alongside this, Diwigdi leads on sustainability affairs at the Ministry of Tourism in Panama. He has 9 years of experience in the government sector and has also been a consultant of hotel chains and NGOs on issues related to sustainable tourism, Indigenous peoples, and the blue economy.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Bean Voyage
Co-Founder and Executive Director at Bean Voyage, a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to eradicate the gender gap in farming communities. Women are currently doing 70-80% of the work in the coffee farming sector. Bean Voyage specifically works with women in Costa Rica, ensuring that female coffee farmers receive a thriving price for their products. They provide training and marketing access to producers to really help economically empower the women that sell coffee but end up with very little of the profit. Bean Voyage helps them grow coffee more efficiently with environmentally and agriculturally sound practices.
About All4Climate - Italy 2021
All4Climate – Italy 2021 encompasses the full lineup of climate events taking place in Italy this year. Its goal is simple: to make 2021 a landmark year for climate ambition. Launched by the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition in collaboration with the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate and with the participation of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan, All4Climate aims to foster proactive dialogue on the challenges of the climate crisis and deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement.