COP26, Glasgow

NOW’s partners are participating in COP26
Glasgow Oct 31-Nov 12 2021

The time is NOW to move from talk into urgently needed action. At COP26, there is the opportunity to build commitment and plans toward concrete action to curb climate change and reframe the future of business, economies and global systems. Let’s turn that opportunity into action.

Below is a summary of the participation of individual partners from NOW Partners and their affiliated organizations that are active both in COP26 preparations and events and who are participating on-site and virtually. 

Among partners involved are Monica A. Altamirano, Tom Cummings, Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Maja Groff, David Hodgson, Tia Kansara, Sanjay Khanna, Helena Leurent, Hunter Lovins, James Vaccaro and others. Detailed info below.


Emergence from emergency – the road to a nature-positive future by 2030? A fireside chat

NOW partners involved: Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Hunter Lovins
Event details: Monday 1 November 19:00-21:00 GMT, Organized by Club of Rome’s Planetary Emergency Partnership
Location: Blue Zone, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Hall 4 at the Nature + Newsroom (opposite the main entrance to COP26).

Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Johan Rockström will engage in a fireside chat reflecting on nearly two years of the Planetary Emergency Partnership. Have we come closer to emerging from emergency? What is the relevance of the Planetary Emergency Plan two years later? We invite our partners to join us underneath the Nature Zone tree, for a fishbowl conversation on what is next for the Partnership. The evening will be wrapped up by a welcome reception and drinks to celebrate this first in-person meeting that the Partnership is hosting. The Planetary Emergency Partnership (PEP) brings together more than 350 Partners from across the climate, biodiversity and health communities to raise awareness for an integrated, systemic approach that addresses the convergence of climate, biodiversity and health tipping points.

Speakers include: Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Co-President, The Club of Rome), Johan Rockström (Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), James Lloyd (Director, Nature4Climate)


Reinventing Finance for a Regenerative Future: Focus on triggering paradigm shift in the global financial system towards equitable and inclusive outcomes serving the interest of nature.

NOW partner involved: James Vaccaro
Event details: Nov 2, 12 GMT Online and in-person event, ‘Beyond Bretton Woods’ organized by Potsdam Climate Institute, Stockholm Resilience Center, Club of Rome, NAEC (in collaboration with OECD), Middlebury College (US), Sustainable Finance lab (NL), RE:Pattern, Bridging Ventures, the Predistribution Initiative, Bank FwD and, Bancor Foundation.  

This collaborative effort aims to lay the foundations for a fair, equitable, nature-centric, healing and regenerative international financial architecture. The focus will be on triggering a radical paradigm shift in the purpose, principles and practices that underpin the systems and institutions that collectively make up the international financial architecture to best serve the interests of humanity and nature, ensuring inclusive and equitable outcomes, as well as quality of life for all.

Registration & Info from organizers here.


Resilience Lab for the UNFCCC – Resilience Frontiers Initiative

NOW partner involved: Tia Kansara
Details: Blue Zone, Resilience Lab. Replenish Earth is launching the UNFCCC’s Resilience Frontiers, foresight lab at COP26. Every morning 10.30-11.30am Dr Kansara will be launching a pathway (there are 8). Follow Replenish Earth to find out more about the programme. 


Live From Glasgow: COP26 Special Edition Wake-Up Call

NOW partner involved: Tia Kansara
Details: Event organized by futur/io, Nov 2, 2021 5 – 6 am PDT
Futur/io will go live with a special edition Wake-Up-Call on day one of COP26. We will host foresight and moonshot thinkers to shine a light on how we can imagine desirable futures for our planet. We will share voices of the people and their pledges for Before This Decade Is Out – our purpose driven mission. In addition, we will publish an expert white paper, as an invitation to co-create a new understanding of leadership as we venture into this planetary metamorphosis of the anthropocene.
More info: Event link


Nature Tech: Accelerating a Nature-Positive Economy

NOW partner involved: David Hodgson
Event details: Nov 2nd, 2021, 17.00-18.30 GMT Organized by Nature4Climate, In-person and virtual.
Hear from leading scientists and entrepreneurs on why there is huge potential for the growth of companies that apply technology advances and other forms of innovation – whether that’s satellite monitoring, drone technology, AI, genomic sequencing, block chain and new business models – to unlock the potential of nature-based solutions and help us move towards a nature-positive future.
More info: Registration and info here. 


Launch of Regen10

NOW partner involved: Hunter Lovins
Initiative details: Regen10 will work with over 500 million farmers to scale regenerative food production by 2030. The WBCSD describes, “Today at COP26, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and 12 partners announced Regen10, an ambitious collective action plan to scale regenerative food production systems, worldwide, in a decade. 
The initiative, with farmers at its heart, will work with over 500 million farmers to apply regenerative production methods and transform agricultural systems, as well as ensure roughly USD $60 billion per year is deployed to finance the transition. By 2030, it is hoped that over 50% of the world’s food can be produced in a way that drives positive outcomes for people, for nature, and for climate.”
More info: WBCSD


Partners for a Planetary Emergency

NOW partners involved: Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Hunter Lovins
Initiative details: About the Club of Rome’s Planetary Emergency Partnership – “By bringing together civil society organisations, academics, scientists, business leaders and public officials from across the globe, the partnership provides one of the largest, unbranded civil society coordination platforms to help build for a successful ‘triple crown’ of the UN Food Systems Summit, CBD COP15 and COP26 summits in 2021.”


Food Forward – Achieving Climate Goals through Food System Transformation (WWF Panda Pavilion)

NOW partners involved: Sandrine Dixson-Decleve
Event details: Nov 10, 2021 9:30am – 11:00am. 

The event is hosted by WWF, EAT, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), CARE, Club of Rome and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). This event (blue zone area, badge required) will demonstrate the food systems transformation is not only a prerequisite for meeting climate goals but a win-win for policymakers to also address nature, hunger, health, resilience, and livelihoods.

The event aims to showcase and discuss the most impactful solutions for food system transformation coming out of the UN Food Systems Summit and to present an early thinking behind the “Food Forward” Consortium, a joint, inclusive effort by the UN Food Systems Summit Action Track organizations to align efforts and accelerate action.

Speakers include: Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Co-President, Club of Rome, Joao Campari, Global Leader, Food Practice, WWF, Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Martin Frick, Director, World Food Programme, Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa, IFPRI, Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT Foundation, Christine Campeau, Senior Advisor – Food Systems, CARE, Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD).

More Info: Register here.


Climate Markets and Investors Association (CMIA)

NOW partner involved: Monica A. Altamirano
Details: CMIA delegation member, also active in the Benelux Pavilion, Blue Zone. 
More Info: Related report launched during London Climate Action Week: Mobilising Private Finance for Adaptation: The Case for a Fair Transition


UNFCCC COP26 Official Side Event with IEA, EBRD, & CMIA: Financing a Green Transition and Reaching Net Zero: The Role of Long Term Strategies on Market Developments

NOW partner involved: Monica A. Altamirano 
Event details: Thursday, 11th November. Venue: Strangford Lough. Time: 15:00 – 16:15 GMT Organized by IEA, CMIA and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Long-term strategies (LTSs) are key to meeting the Paris Agreement objectives as they set out how countries will achieve net-zero emissions by a target date, whilst considering climate resilience, just transition as well as sustainable development. Join us as we co-host this session with IEA & EBRD exploring how LTSs can help assess Paris alignment of investments and how they inform market developments by the private sector. The session will further focus on the multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international organizations like the IEA in further facilitating these strategies.