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  1. 10:00 – 10:05 CEST
    Welcome by moderator
  2. 10:05 – 10:15 CEST
    Opening address

    Ursula von der Leyen (President of the European Commission)

  3. 10:15 – 10:20 CEST
    Keynote address

    António Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

  4. 10:20 – 10:25 CEST
    Global challenges to tackle climate change

    H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA))

  5. 10:30 -11:30 CEST
    Climate action: partnering for global success

    This session will provide an overview of EU actions and the regulatory frameworks put in place since 2018 to foster sustainable finance. The EU is fully committed to developing the market for sustainable finance, also as an issuer of Green Bonds, to finance the EU’s economic recovery. International investors increasingly focus on assets that are aligned with environmental, social and governance objectives. This will be an opportunity to discuss how European and international frameworks, such as the EU Taxonomy or the upcoming European Green Bond Standard, can help mobilise finance for ‘proven’ sustainable investments, and how they can contribute to setting global standards. What will it take to set harmonised standards globally?

    Valdis Dombrovskis (Executive Vice-President of the European Commission)

    Francine Lacqua in conversation with:
    Michael R. Bloomberg (UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions)

    Panel discussion with:
    Mairead McGuinness (Commissioner for Financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union, European Commission)
    Werner Hoyer (President of the European Investment Bank)
    Roberto Cingolani (Minister for Ecological Transition, Italy)
    H.E. Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, African Union Commission)
    Frank Elderson (Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank)

  6. 11:30 – 11:40 CEST
  7. 11:40 -11:45 CEST
    Initiatives changing people’s lives

    Carmen Hijosa (Founder and Chief Creative & Innovation Officer, Ananas Anam Ltd)

  8. 11:45 - 12:35 CEST
    Investing in and for the Next Generation

    This session will discuss sectors’ priorities and investment needs during the recovery period and beyond. This will be the opportunity to look at strategic investments and alliances led by the public and private sectors. Where do we need to invest? What are the strategic investments for the EU to make it the first climate neutral continent? Which strategic investments are needed globally? Who is ready to invest?

    Paolo Gentiloni (Commissioner for the Economy, European Commission)

    Keynote address:
    Kristalina Georgieva (Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund)

    Panel discussion with:
    Kevin Kariuki (Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth of the African Development Bank)
    Pavan Sukhdev (President, WWF International)
    Carine Smith Ihenacho (Chief Governance and compliance officer, Norges Bank Investment Management)
    Carl-Erik Lagercrantz (Chairman, Northvolt)

  9. 12:35 - 13:00 CEST
    Thematic lunch session:

    Public-Private Partnerships: lessons learned and the way forward to mobilise private investments for public goods with:
    Ashok Lavasa (Vice-President for Private Sector Operations and Public-Private Partnerships, Asian Development Bank)
    Philippe Donnet (Group CEO of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. )
    Stephanie Pfeifer (CEO, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change)
    Moderated by Daniel Ferrie (Spokesperson, European Commission)

  10. 13:00 – 14:00 CEST
    Lunch break
  11. 14:00 – 14:05 CEST
    Welcome back by moderator
  12. 14:05 – 14:10 CEST
    Keynote address

    Elizabeth Wathuti (Environmentalist and climate activist, Founder of Green Generation Initiative)

  13. 14:10 – 14:15 CEST
    Keynote address

    Yi Gang (Governor of the People's Bank of China)

  14. 14:15 - 15:05 CEST
    Climate neutrality: Make it happen

    In the current context of high market liquidity, the challenge is to develop a robust pipeline of investment projects for the European Green Deal. The availability of investment projects that are compatible with the expectations and requirements of investors does not yet match the demand. How can we make new technologies and innovative projects attractive for investors? How can we increase the deal flow in Europe and globally?

    Elisa Ferreira (Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, European Commission)

    Keynote address:
    Andrej Šircelj (Minister of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia)

    Panel discussion with:
    Odile Renaud-Basso (President of EBRD)
    Diego Pavia (CEO, EIT InnoEnergy)
    Vanisha Mittal Bhatia (Non-independent Director, ArcelorMittal)
    Pascal Canfin (Member of the European Parliament)

  15. 15:05 - 15:50 CEST
    Open your mind: new ways to mobilise finance for impact

    In this panel, new ways to mobilise finance sustainable investments will be explored, involving actors such as Fintechs, collective initiatives, digital and crowdfunding platforms. The advantages and downsides of new avenues of capital mobilisation will be discussed, as an alternative to more traditional ways of finance.

    Keynote address:
    Bill Gates
    (Founder, Breakthrough Energy and Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

    Panel discussion with:
    Bernard Bayot (Managing Director of Financité and President of NewB)
    Joseph Chandler (CEO and Executive Creative Director, Abundance Holdings)
    Carola Carazzone (Secretary General of Assifero and chair of the Dafne-Donors and Foundations Networks board in Europe)
    Roger Havenith (Deputy Chief Executive, European Investment Fund)

  16. 15:50 - 16:00 CEST
    Wrap up by moderators
  17. 16:00 – 16:20 CEST
    The road to COP26

    Closing fireside discussion with Frans Timmermans (Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Green Deal) and John Kerry (U.S Special Presidential Envoy for Climate)