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Climate Week NY˚C - Risk & Resiliency: Risk Transfer & Adaptation in Developing Economies

12:00AM, 20 September 2010
12:00AM, 20 September 2010
New York City, US
Climate Week NY˚C - Risk & Resiliency: Risk Transfer & Adaptation in Developing Economies

This event is Invite Only.

The first event following the launch of Climate Week 2010 will focus on climate adaptation with Swiss Re and The Climate Group proudly hosting this important discussion.

Climate change is already happening and the decisions we take in adapting to the situation will have a major impact on the continued growth and development of developing economies.

Reducing carbon emissions is essential, but alone it is insufficient to meet the challenges of climate change.The current and potential impacts of severe weather will force society to increase its resilience through both physical and financial means.

Developing countries face the greatest challenges with the least means at their disposal. Helping them to adapt involves far more than purely doing the right thing and will require a strategy driven by both business and political actions.

How can we achieve this goal? What are the roles of the public and private sectors?

Keynote Speaker

  • Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Welcoming Remarks

  • Walter Bell, Chairman Swiss Re America Holding Corp, Swiss Re


  • Andrew Steer, Special Envoy on Climate Change, World Bank
  • Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America
  • Veerle Vandeweerd, Director of Environment & Energy Group, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP
  • Matthias Weber, Group Management Board, Swiss Re
  • Mark Kenber, Deputy CEO, The Climate Group
  • Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency of International Development*


  • Milo Pearson, Chairman, Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility



  • Registration: 2:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Program begins: 2:30pm


This event will feature a high-level panel discussion led by leaders from the policy, business and international organization arenas. Specifically, panelists will consider fundamental questions relating to climate adaptation and the way forward including:

  • Can the developing world adapt successfully to climate change?
  • What is the role of the public private partnership model in tackling climate adaptation and how can it contribute to the Millennium Development Goals?
  • Is funding the only issue?
  • What is the role of risk transfer as a component of an adaptation strategy and can it deliver on both the micro and macro levels?
  • Can developing country adaptation be tackled on a commercial basis?
  • Does the industrialized world stand to gain from reducing climate risk in the developing world?
  • How can we actually move the needle?

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