IIED at London Climate Action Week, June/July 2022


IIED and partners hosted and participated in several events at the 2022 London Climate Action Week from 25 June to 3 July.

In-person, online and hybrid
Last updated 03 July 2022
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A woman in Guinea tends the leaves of a vitamin-rich tree called Moringa. Used as medicine or a dietary supplement by societies around the world, Moringa also supports biodiversity and prevents soil erosion (Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

London Climate Action Week (LCAW) is an annual event, founded in 2019, that brings together world-leading climate professionals and communities across London and beyond to find practical solutions to climate change. In 2022, it took place from 25 June to 3 July.

Throughout the week, there were digital, in-person and hybrid events falling under the categories of ‘'Driving green, fair and resilient climate transitions', 'The road to COP27 on adaptation and ambition', 'Whole-of-society climate mobilisation' and 'Creating a sustainable, net zero London by 2030'.

This year IIED hosted a flagship LCAW event under the theme of ‘The road to COP27 on adaptation and ambition’. See below for full details.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

CBA16 and locally led adaptation: an interactive dialogue

Online flagship event

Venue: Online
Hosted by: IIED 
Partners: Practical Action, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), Friendship, CARE, Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), and Irish Aid.

This interactive session brought together local actors with the global endorsers of the locally led adaptation (LLA) principles to explore these issues in more depth.

At this event, we created a space for community-based local actors to discuss the LLA principles, showed how local experiences and priorities can inform how they are put into practice. We drew on audience perspectives to inform the discussion, along with videos of local adapters sharing their perspectives on local climate action. 

These perspectives fed a facilitated dialogue between two local actors at the frontline of climate action and two high level speakers directly engaged in climate negotiations.

Related reading: Principles for locally led adaptation

Friday, 1 July 2022

Leveraging the G7 for international climate action in 2022

Online event

Venue: Online
Hosted by: E3G and the German Embassy in the UK

IIED’s director of climate change, Clare Shakya, joined this event co-hosted by E3G and the German Embassy in the UK to discuss how to leverage the G7 for international climate action in 2022. 

The world is looking to Germany, Indonesia and Egypt to maintain momentum the momentum of COP26 and switch to implementing the high ambition pledges and commitments made across last year’s multilateral milestones. 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrown uncertainty into the multilateral agenda and added energy and food security crises to a growing list of challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the urgency of the climate crisis reiterated in the IPCC’s sixth assessment report means climate action cannot wait.

Enhanced Direct Access to climate finance: "I wish I knew that at the start!"

Online event

Venue: Online
Hosted by: IIED

There is a significant need for climate finance to reach the local level so that communities, sub-national entities and local NGOs are equipped to act on their own priorities to adapt to climate change.

Climate funds like the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are a crucial source of finance under the Paris Agreement, but the process of gaining accreditation, developing project proposals and gaining approval is prohibitively long. A process called Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) describes a way in which countries can claim some decision-making power back from the board of the GCF and from the Adaptation Fund.

This event brought together a panel of experts from entities that have managed the EDA approach, capitalising on the lessons they've learned and what they wished they knew at the start. They discussed challenges and how to overcome barriers to access – highlighting their lessons in planning for EDA, getting accredited to the funds, and project development and implementation.