You will find below the list of IDDRI side events during COP25, as well as the publications that may be associated with them.

These events are classified by the following themes:

  • Long-term strategies
  • Ocean and climate, Biodiversity and climate
  • Loss and damage, adaptation
  • External action
  • Climate finance
  • Climate and law


Friday, December 13
: The decarbonization of the Italian economy: challenge and opportunity

Location: Italian Pavillion
Organisation: Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea, ISPRA, Ricerca Sistema Energetico (RSE), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), ENEA, Politecnico di Milano

  • Lola Vallejo - Climate Programme Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
  • Maria Gaeta - Senior Researcher -RSE
  • Emanuele Peschi - Senior Researcher - ISPRA
  • Ramiro Parrado- Senior Researcher CMCC; Cristina Tomassino- Senior Researcher -ENEA
  • Mario Motta - Professor - Politecnico di Milano
  • Johannes Eckstein - Senior Researcher- Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets- Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Friday, December 13
: Acceleration of innovation for reducing CO2 emissions

Location: Room 1, Hall 4
Organisation: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (Japan), Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany), The Carbon Trust (UK), Griha Council (India)

  • Introduction of NEDO and ICEF(Innovation for Cool Earth Forum)
  • Hiroshi Oikawa, President, NEDO
  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
  • Lukas Hermwille, Project Coordinator of Energy, Transport, and Climate Policy Division, Wuppertal Institute
  • Jan Matthiesen, Director Programmes and Innovation, The Carbon Trust
  • R.R. Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow and Programme Director, TERI

Related publication: Putting industrial transformation at the heart of the European Green Deal


Thursday, December 12
3pm-4:30pm: Breaking new ground: Advancing Loss and Damage governance and finance mechanisms

Participants will further discuss linkages between loss and damage policy choices and the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

Location: Room 3
Organisation: German Development Institute (DIE) ; Action by Churches Together (ACT Alliance) ; Bread for the World

  • Alpha Kalonga (WIM ExCom, Guinea)(tbc)
  • Lola Vallejo (IDDRI); Christoph von Stechow (WIM ExCom & BMZ, Germany)(tbc)
  • Le-Anne Roper (WIM ExCom, Jamaica)(tbc)
  • Mariya Aleksandrova (DIE); Reinhard Mechler (IIASA) (tbc)
  • Rudelmar Bueno de Faria (ACT Alliance)
  • Sabine Minninger (Bread for the World)

Related publication: Loss and Damage under the UNFCCC: ways forward for the Warsaw International Mechanism



      Tuesday, December 3
      1pm-3pm (lunch will be provided): Getting to Net-Zero Emissions: Necessary, Beneficial and Doable

      Many countries in Latin America and Caribbean are leading on the development of long-term strategies and plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Long-term decarbonization strategies demonstrate that achieving net zero emissions is possible and beneficial for sustainable development. The strategies can help to harness economic opportunities to improve lives and ensure an inclusive and just transition. They have great potential to guide the revision of the Nationally Determined Contributions and lead to increasing ambition by 2020.

      In this session, the IDB and its partners from the 2050 Pathways Platform, the AFD and IDDRI and will launch its report Getting to Net Zero Emissions, making the case for why these strategies are essential for confronting the climate crisis and achieving sustainable development and some LAC countries will present their recent or ongoing efforts to build long-term decarbonization strategies.

      The report will be presented again on Dec. 9th 11:30-12:30 (IDFC Pavilion) (see below).

      Location: IaDB Pavilion
      Organisation: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), 2050 Pathways Platform, AFD, IDDRI
      Speakers and programme:

      • Juan Pablo Bonilla, Manager of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector at Inter-American Development Bank, Moderator
      • Amal-Lee Amin, Head of the Climate Change and Sustainability division, Inter-American Development Bank. Overview of the Getting to Zero Report. (10 min)
      • Andrea Meza, Climate Change Director, Costa Rica. Costa Rica Nacional Decarbonization Plan (10min)
      • Ivan Valencia, Coordinator of the Colombian Strategy for Low-Carbon Development. Building a long-term strategy for Colombia (10 min).
      • Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform. State and trends of long-term strategies globally (10 min)
      • Lola Vallejo, Climate Programme Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Programme. (10min)
      • AFD (tbc)
      • QnAs and informal exchanges (1h)

      Tuesday, December 3
      3pm-4:30pm: Informing the revision of NDCs: What can long-term strategies brings to NDCs?

      This session seeks to review how long-term strategies (LTS) inform NDCs and influence near-term measures and investments consistent with a deep decarbonisation of the economy. Many transformative measures require early investments and policy planning.

      Location: Room 3
      Organisation: IDDRI, NewClimate Institute

      • Juan Pablo Bonilla, Climate Change & Sustainable Development Director
        Inter-American Development Bank
      • Emma Rachmawaty, Director of Mitigation, Environment Ministry, Indonesia
      • Emilio La Rovere, DDP Brazil lead and IPCC author, COPPE, Brazil
      • Red Constantino, ICSC, Philippines

      Related publication: Enhancing the ambition and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions using Long-Term Strategies

      Tuesday, December 3
      4:45pm: Collaborative Action for Higher Ambition: Linking Government, Non-Party Actors, & Analysis

      Participants from a range of countries and backgrounds will share analytically-informed equitable approaches and policy solutions for economy-wide deep decarbonization, aimed at raising ambition through active collaboration between non-Party actors, governments, & civil society.

      Location: Room 5, Pavilion 4
      Organisation: Union of Concerned Scientists

      • Emilio Lèbre La Rovere, head of the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro;
      • Marta Torres-Gunfaus, senior researcher on climate and energy at IDDRI, and leader of in-country policy dialogues for the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project;
      • Nate Hultman, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and director of the Center for Global Sustainability;
      • Pedro Faria, Strategic Advisor at CDP;
      • Siddharth Pathak, Director of Partnerships at the 2050 Pathways Platform
      • Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists

      Saturday, December 7
      3pm-5pm : Raising the ambition of NDCs : through long-term sectoral deep decarbonization analysis (Freight) and engagement with the private sector

      Raising collective ambition on climate change requires countries to submit by the end of next year higher commitments to reduce emissions over the coming decade.
      This special event will discuss two ways to contribute to build a higher commitment through the design of national long-term strategy for low-carbon development (LTS) with deep sectoral analysis and a better engagement of the private sector.
      At the end, the ACT initiative and DDP initiative will launch the ACT-DDP project for more ambition in Brazil and Mexico in specific sectors.

      Lieu : Pavillion France
      Organisation: IDDRI

      • Lola Vallejo (IDDRI)
      • Yann Briand (IDDRI)
      • Sita Holtslag, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (
      • Rocio Caicedo Torrado, ADEME
      • Stéphanie Bouziges Eschmann, Executive Director, FFEM
      • Stephanie Croguennec, French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (MTES) (à confirmer)

      Saturday, December 7
      6pm-7pm, followed by drinks: The upward revision of the NDC and the need for a global long-term vision of climate and economy in Africa

      Location: NDC Partnership Pavilion
      Organisation: UNDP Tunisia, Tunisian Energy Management Agency, IDDRI

      • Madeleine Diouff Sarr, Head of the Climate Change Division at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal
      • Afef Jaafar, National Agency for Energy Management of Tunisia
      • Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair, IPCC
      • Peter Tarfa, Head of the Climate Change Division at the Ministry of Environment of Nigeria
      • Lola Vallejo (IDDRI)

      Monday, December 9
      9h30 - 11h30:
      Decarbonizing our Economy: Energy System Transformation

      Location: IPCC Pavilion
      Organisation: IPCC

      • Welcome & Introduce IPCC Chair - Monica Araya
      • Opening statement - IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee
      • Youba Sokona, IPCC Vice Chair
      • Leon Clarke, University of Maryland, Center for Global Sustainability
      • Daniel Kammen, University of California Berkeley
      • Marta Torres-Gunfaus, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationals (IDDRI)
      • Glenn Pierce-Oroz, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
      • Vicky Sins, World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)

      Monday, December 9
      11:30am-12:30: Deep Decarbonization Pathways in Latin America

      Location: IDFC Pavillion
      Organisation: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

      • Dr. Amal-Lee Amin, Head of the Climate Change and Sustainability division, Inter-American Development Bank
      • Damien Navizet, Head of Climate division, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
      • Laura Secada Daly, Director General of Climate Change and Desertification, Ministry of Environment, Peru
      • Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform
      • Sebastian Treyer, Director, IDDRI
      • Costa Rica (TBC)

      Tuesday, December 10
      15:00-16:30: Going Net-Zero - Long-term Strategies—and the Ambitious NDCs and Robust Governance to Get Us There

      Location: COP25 IFEMA Conference Center Room 1, Hall 4
      Organisation: UK COP26 President designate and World Resources Institute
      Speakers, Segment 1 (15.00 – 16.00)

      • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute
      • Carolina Schmidt, COP25 President, Chilean Government
      • Claire Perry O’Neill, COP26 President designate, UK Government
      • Hilda Nakabyue, Fridays for Future
      • Lord Duncan, UK Minister for Climate Change
      • Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Economy, Fiji
      • James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, Minister of Statistics, and Associate Minister of Finance, New Zealand
      • Joao Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment, Portugal
      • Tina Stege, Climate Envoy to the President, Republic of the Marshall Islands
      • Gonzalo Munoz, Climate Champion Chile

      Speakers, Segment 2 (16.00 – 16.30)

      • Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform
      • Helen Mountford, Vice-President Climate and Economics, WRI
      • Lola Vallejo, Climate Programme Director, IDDRI
      • Andrea Meza, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica


      Tuesday, December 3
      4:45pm-6:15pm: Nature-based solutions & Global Climate Action: Strengthening synergies beyond 2020

      Location: Room 6
      Organisation: York University, German Development Institute (DIE), Bocconi University, Grupo Boticario Foundation, SPVS

      • Idil Boran, York University, Canada
      • Sander Chan, DIE
      • Niclas Svenningsen, UNFCCC Secretariat (TBC)
      • Chantal Robichaud, UNCBD Secretariat
      • Edoardo Croci, GREEN Bocconi University
      • Miriam Garcia, University of São Paulo
      • Alexandra Deprez, Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

      Related publication: Towards a climate change ambition that (better) integrates biodiversity and land use

      Wednesday, December 4
      4:30pm-6pm: Moving from Science to Action: Ocean-Climate Policy Recommendations

      At COP25, the Ocean and Climate Platform will release its policy recommendations.
      This document addresses the urgent actions needed to sustain the ocean-climate-biodiversity nexus around 4 key areas: Mitigation; Adaptation; Science; and Sustainable Finance.
      This side-event aims at explaining the rationale behind the recommendations, using concrete scientific and/or on-the-ground work and experience.

      Location: Room Helsinki, EU Pavilion
      Organisation: Ocean Climate Platform, with: Because the Ocean initiative; CNRS; Ocean Acidification Alliance; Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; Scripps; Tara Ocean Foundation

      • Jean-Pierre Gattuso (IDDRI, CNRS, Sorbonne University)
      • Patricia Ricard, VP, Ocean and Climate Platform
      • Gonzalo Munoz, High-Level Climate Action Champion, Chile (TBC)
      • Raphaël Cuvelier, Senior Adviser, FPA2
      • Joachim Claudet, Research Director, CNRS / OCP Scientific Committee
      • Anna Zivian, Senior Research Fellow, Ocean Conservancy
      • Emily Pidgeon, Senior Director - Strategic Marine Initiatives, Conservation International
      • Lisa Levin, Distinguished Professor, Scripps
      • Torsten Thiele, Founder, Global Ocean Trust
      • Romain Troublé, President, OCP
      • Valvanera Ulargui, Director, Office of Climate Change, Spain

      Related publication: Opportunities for increasing ocean action in climate strategies

      Friday, December 6

      10:30 -12:00am: Unpacking the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate - SROCC Special Event

      Location: IPCC Pavilion
      Organisation :
      Speakers :

      • Jean-Pierre Gattuso (IDDRI, CNRS, Sorbonne Université)
      • Katja Mintenbeck (TSU)
      • Karina von Schuckmann
      • Beth Holland
      • Martin Sommerkorn

      Saturday, December 7
      9:15-10:45am: Ocean-based solutions for climate action: feedback and contributions from marine sciences

      A wide range of ocean-based solutions exist to limit climate change and its impacts on marine ecosystems, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation. The contributions of science and feedback from field experiences are essential to their translation into actions, so that global warming can be maintained well below 2°C, and societies and ecosystems can adapt. What are these solutions and what opportunities do they represent for climate action?

      Location: French Pavilion
      Organisation: The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), IDDRI, TARA Oceans Foundation

      • Mrs Haydée Rodriguez, Deputy Minister of the Environment of Costa Rica
      • Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Group 2
      • Jean-Pierre Gattuso, CNRS/Sorbonne University/IDDRI
      • Janique Étienne, Head of Oceans and Nature-based Solutions Projects at FFEM
      • André Abreu, TARA Oceans Foundation
      • Jorge JIMENEZ, Marviva
      • Raphaël Cuvelier, Prince Albert II Foundation
      • Lorely Picourt, Ocean and Climate Platform
      • Cameron Diver, Deputy Executive Director, Pacific Community
      • Maina Sage, Member of the Board of Directors of AFB, Member of the National Assembly for French Polynesia

      Related publication: Opportunities for increasing ocean action in climate strategies

      Saturday, December 7
      11:15 - 12:45 : Oceans and Climate: from science to policy

      Location: EU Pavilion
      Organisation: EU Ocean Day event

      • Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
      • Veronika Veits, Director International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
      • Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum
      • Hans-Otto Pörtner (Co Chair IPCC WGII & the Alfred Wagner Institute, GER)
      • Manuel Barange (Director Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division (FIA) of the FAO)
      • Faisal Dilrosun (Expert on Oceans, Curaçao’s government)
      • Pablo Lopez-Herrerias (Coordinator, OCTA secretariat)
      • Ana M Queirós (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)
      • Sebastien Soleille (Head of Energy Transition at BNP Paribas)
      • Jean-Pierre Gattuso (Research Director, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS, Sorbonne Université and IDDRI, FR)
      • Loreley Picourt (Ocean and Climate Platform)

      Saturday, December 7
      2:45-3:45pm: Ocean Action Day Session #2 - Incorporating ocean-related options in NDCs

      Location: Japanese Pavilion

      • Jean-Pierre Gattuso, (IDDRI, CNRS, Sorbonne-Université)
      • Rémi Parmentier, Secretary General, Because of the Ocean initiative
      • Lisa Levin, UC San Diego, Scripps Oceanographic Institution
      • Joachim Claudet, Research Director, National Center for Scientific Research: MPAs and Ecosystem Services
      • Emily Pidgeon, Senior Director Strategic Marine Initiatives, Conservation International: Blue Carbon
      • Karen Sack, Managing Director, Ocean Unite: Tourism and Fisheries
      • Rémi Collombet-Gourdon, Policy Officer, Ocean Energy Europe: Blue Energy
      • Monica Verbeek, Executive Director, Seas at Risk: Greening the shipping sector
      • Marc Van Peteghem, Naval Architect, Co-Founder & CEO of VPLP Design

        Related publication: Opportunities for increasing ocean action in climate strategies


        Monday, December 9
        14:30-16:00 and 16:30-18:00: Reimagining adaptation - Opportunities to manage risk and build resilience in an interconnected world

        Location: COP25, Resilience Lab
        Organisation: Adaptation Without Borders

        It is 2030 – COP36. The Sustainable Development Goals have been met. The Paris Agreement implemented. The world is successfully adapting to the climate crisis. And the Rolling Stones are still on tour. But how does the adaptation of tomorrow differ to the adaptation of today? How do countries cooperate in this world? How are the risks of common concern addressed? How are the benefits and opportunities shared? And what needs to happen to usher in this new era of global cooperation? In this session, we’ll reimagine adaptation to meet the challenges of an interconnected world.


        Tuesday, December 10
        2pm-3:15pm: Asia-Europe cooperation on low carbon development

        Location: Korea Pavillion
        Organisation: Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Center for Climate and Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLAP), Climate Change Center, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

        • Ms Grażyna PULAWSKA, Senior Project Manager, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
        • Ms Young Sook YOO, Co-President of Climate Change Center & former Minister of Ministry of Environment of Republic of Korea
        • Amb. Yeonchul YOO, Climate Change Ambassador of Republic of Korea
        • Ms Susanne PEDERSEN, Assistant Director-General of GGGI
        • Mr Suh-Yong CHUNG, Professor of Korea University & Director of CSDLAP
        • Ms Lola VALLEJO, IDDRI
        • Mr Kilaparti RAMAKRISHNA, Head of Strategy and Planning of Green Climate Fund (GCF)
        • Ms Sarwat CHOWDHURY, Policy Specialist of UNDP Seoul Policy Centre
        • Ms Xiaolu ZHAO, Senior Manager of China Climate Initiative of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
        • Mr Minho LEE, Senior Fellow of CSDLAP & former Deputy Minister of Environmental Policy of Republic of Korea

        Wednesday, December 11
        12:30-2pm: The EU’s external cooperation post-2020: boosting ambitious and coherent climate action

        Location: EU Pavillion
        Organisation: German Development Institute (DIE); Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO); IDDRI

        • Director for Planet and Prosperity (European Commission)
        • DG DEVCO
        • Commissioner for Climate Policy and Climate Financing at BMZ
        • IPCC
        • International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
        • DIE
        • IDDRI


        Tuesday, December 3
        11:00-12:30: IDFC Climate Facility – A catalyst for climate finance

        Location: IDFC Pavillion
        Organisation: International Development Finance Club (IDFC)

        • Lola Vallejo (IDDRI)
        • Béryl Bouteille (IDFC Secretariat)
        • Rémy Rioux (AFD, President of IDFC)
        • N.N. (UNFCCC; TBC)
        • N.N. (GCF; TBC)
        • David Ryfisch (Germanwatch)
        • Jens Sedemund (OECD)
        • N.N. (Representative of an IDFC Bank; TBC)


        Monday, December 2
        12:30 - 2pm: Fighting climate change: the legislative response

        Location: Room Brussels, EU Pavilion
        Organisation: International Institute for Law and the Environment (IIDMA)

        • Ana Barreira, Director, IIDMA
        • Oisin Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland
        • Lola Vallejo, Climate Programme Director, IDDRI
        • Malte Hentschke, Deputy Manager, Klima Allianz Deutschland (Climate-Alliance Germany)

        Wednesday, December 11
        9h00 - 10h30 : Justice and climate equity - Plural aspects in the perspective of the Paris Agreement

        Location: Espace de l’Organisation internationale de la francophonie et de l’Institut de la francophie pour le développement durable (Green Zone)
        Organisation: ClimaLex - Changement climatique et dialogue interdisciplinaire

        • Marta Torre-Schaub, CNRS Research Director, Director of ClimaLex, Law and Climate Change Network
        • Matthieu Wemaere, lawyer, associate researcher at IDDRI
        • Yann Robiou du Pont, PhD and researcher at IDDRI
        • Agnès Michelot, Lecturer in Public Law HDR at the University of La Rochelle, President of the SFDE
        • Sébastien Duyck, lawyer, member of CIEL