Program 2014 with links to the presentations

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Monday May 26
Chair: Tine Sundtoft
Session 1: Setting the Stage



Welcome – Introduction

Knut M. Ore, Chair, Ny-Ålesund Symposium Board


Opening Speech

Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway



Opportunities for ambitious climate action: Low carbon resilient growth

Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy Climate Change, World Bank


How to speed up mitigation efforts – key-findings from IPCC fifth assessment report working group 3.

Rajendra Pachauri, Chair IPCC



Towards a New Climate Economy – possible ways forward.


Felipe Calderon, New Climate Economy Project, former President of Mexico


Questions and prepared comment by:
 - Burhan Gafoor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore








Tuesday May 27
Chair: William K. Reiley
Session 2: Breaking the Climate Stalemate – How International and National Action Can Create New Momentum




Breakfast in the service building




08:30 – 08:50

Finding a way forward in the climate negotiations

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC


08:50 – 09:10

Breaking the Climate Stalemate – what are the barriers and how to get around them

Farhana Yamin, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, UK


09:10 – 09:30

Carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy cuts – how to speed up the progress

Kjetil Lund, Sherpa to UNSG Special Envoy on Climate Change, Norway


09:30 – 09:50

What is required to engage private industry actively?

Jens Ulltveit-Moe, CEO and owner, Umoe Group, Norway

09:50 – 10.15

Coffee & tea




Discussions and prepared comments by
Bård Harstad, University of Oslo, Norway

 - Isabel C. Adarve, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia  

 - Marie-Hélène Aubert, Presidency of French Republic (tbc)



Lunch break



Chair: Arvid Hallén
Session 3:
Towards a New Climate Economy – the Benefits of Action



How to finance the transition to a low carbon economy – investment requirements for infrastructure development.

Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD


13:20 – 13:40

How to finance the transition to a low carbon economy – private financial sector’s role and opportunities

Andrew Howard, Founder, Didas Research, UK


13:40 – 14:00

The role of climate finance in the UNFCCC process


Jo Tyndall, Climate Change Ambassador, New Zealand


14:00 – 14:10

Coffee & tea


14:10 – 16:00

Discussions and prepared comments by:

-          Christa Clapp, CICERO, USA

-          Jacob Werksman, DG Climate Action, EU

-          Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Telenor ASA, Norway

3 prepared comments (3 minutes each)

16:00 – 16:15

Official Symposium picture to be taken outside



17:00 – 19:00


Boat trip on Kongsfjorden. Illustration of Climate Change.


19:30 -

Dinner at Mellageret


Wednesday May 28
Chair: Bjørn Haugland
Session 3: Towards a New Climate Economy – the Benefits of Action, continues


Breakfast in the service building



Coffee & tea



08:00 – 08:20

Envisioning the society of tomorrow: Pathways to prosperity

Presentation manuscript

Cecilie Hultmann, Sustainability Risk Manager,  DNV GL, Norway


08:20 – 09:30

Discussions and prepared comments by:

-           Arild Underdal, University of Oslo, Norway

-           Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC

-          Laura Storm, Sustania, Denmark


09:30 – 09:45

Closing remarks

Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway


10:30, 11:00,
12:00, 12:30

Departure to Longyearbyen – Lunch Packages provided for the two first departures.






Departure from Longyearbyen to Oslo


Last updated: Mar 25, 2014