Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 14:30 – 16:00 (GMT) or convert time
Location: International Finance Corporation Auditorium, World Bank Group HQ & Online
- Anabel González : Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank Group
- Rachel Kyte: Vice President & Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
- Andrew Steer: President and CEO, World Resources Institute
- Kirsti Kauppi: Ambassador of Finland to the United States
Climate change has gone from If to When to Now. In the run up to the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 in Paris, there is a growing urgency and implementation of bold new actions at international and local levels.
Climate change — and the actions to address climate change — will have profound consequences for competitiveness at the national, sector and firm levels. Rapidly expanding sectors marked by technological transformation create massive new opportunities for new jobs and investment. At the same time, climate impacts on supply chains, resource costs and operating reliability force industry to operate under dramatically different circumstances that can change relative competitive positioning.
On November 19, 2015, the World Bank Group’s first Green Competitiveness event will gather private sector, governments and academia to examine more closely the intersection of climate change and competitiveness. Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, will also release a flagship report developed jointly with international partners on the potential to scale low-carbon solutions across borders.