Lebanon’s Low Emission Capacity Building Project Participates in a UNFCCC side events in Warsaw

Nov 14, 2013

Panel (L-R): Julio Moises Alvarez, Dominican Republic; Zitouni Ould-Dada, UNEP; Vahakn Kabakian, Lebanon; Karin Kemper, World Bank; Chizuru Aoki, The GEF during the One-UN side event

The Low Emission Capacity Building Project participated in two side events on the margins of the Annual Climate Summit (UNFCCC Conference of the Parties) in Warsaw, Poland. The One-UN side-event entitled “Towards Comprehensive Climate Finance: Capacity Building & Methodologies for Scaled-up Climate Action in Developing World”, was organized jointly by the UNDP, UNEP, UNITAR and World Bank, and moderated by the GEF. The event featured country partners illuminating the topics briefly introduced by each UN agency, followed by a moderated conversation on achieving transformational change through climate finance readiness. Lebanon’s presentation, delivered by the Project Manager, Mr. Vahakn Kabakian, covered the topic of “Enabling Environment for Low Carbon Integration in Planning Processes: Tapping into Financial Resources” shedding light on the national experience in mobilizing climate finance.

The second side-event was organized by the European Commission, Directorates General for Climate Action and Development Cooperation – EuropeAid and UNDP entitled “Addressing Barriers to Low Emission Development Strategies and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action Implementation: Experience from the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme”. This event presented the findings of a recently conducted study on the barriers to LEDS and NAMA implementation. It included experiences from three LECB countries highlighting the approaches used to address these barriers. The presentation delivered by the Project Manager, Mr. Vahakn Kabakian, entitled “Selecting the appropriate NAMAs: Work in Progress from Lebanon”, touched upon the experience of Lebanon on NAMA selection, the barriers faced during the selection process and how those barriers were overcome.

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