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Workshop on Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development


Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development

Juan Pablo Bonilla
Executive Chief Advisor, Executive Vice President’s Office
Inter-American Development Bank

Friday, April 8; 5:30-7:30PM & Saturday, April 9; 8:30AM-4:30PM

This workshop* will discuss how to mainstream climate change into economic and social development. It will introduce the main outcomes from the Conference of the Parties in Cancun (COP16) in terms of challenges and opportunities, within the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region and discuss the financing structure proposed for climate change mitigation and adaptation. It will discuss the topics of Multilateral Development Banks in financing and scaling up investment in climate change, the role of the public and private sectors and bilateral cooperation, and institutional frameworks for incorporating climate change mitigation and adaptation into development policy. The workshop will conclude with a group exercise in stakeholder analysis about mainstreaming climate change into the public/private sector of a LAC country.

Juan Pablo Bonilla was appointed Executive Chief Advisor of the Executive Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in February 2011. Previously, Dr. Bonilla was the Chief of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit at the IDB where he coordinated the activities related to Climate Change (Mitigation and Adaptation). Before joining the IDB, Dr. Bonilla was Senior Environmental and Sustainable Development Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, and Member of the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board to the United Nations. In his country, Colombia, Dr. Bonilla had the following positions: Deputy Minister of Environment, acting Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development; principal advisor to the Vice President of Colombia, Executive Director of Fundesarrollo (Foundation for the Development of the Caribbean of Colombia), and National Environmental Manager of ANDI (National Industry Association). He graduated with a BA in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and holds a MSc in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and a PhD in Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University.

For more information or to register please contact Desmond Beirne at djb2104@columbia.edu, 212-854-0149.

* Part of CERC’s Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability; it can also be taken separately.

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