Club de Madrid to lead the Astana Economic Forum discussion on “Mobilizing Climate Finance”

The debate “Mobilizing Climate Finance. The role of the institutional investors in driven green growth and sustainable development” will focuss on the need to further mobilize private investment, particularly that of institutional investors (pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and others) to address climate change challenges through low carbon and resource efficient solutions. This discussion with high level political leaders, policy makers and business leaders will be taking place on May 22nd from 9.30 AM to 11 AM, in the Oval Hall of the Astana Economic Forum.

Date: 22 May 2013   Time: 09.30-11.00  Place: Astana Economic Forum. Palace of Independence, Oval Hall

Issues for Discussion:

  • Estimates show $1 trillion a year globally should be invested in ‘climate solutions’ by 2030 and the private sector is expected to provide the vast majority of this capital.
  • While the political economy is developing wider climate change and resource frameworks, what are the immediate opportunities for public-private partnerships that can effectively manage some of the risks faced in these investments and act as pilots for a larger scale up over the next decade or so?
  • What are the opportunities for institutional investors to invest at scale within the region and specifically in Kazakhstan and can public-private partnerships enable these investments to occur more quickly?
  • What are the major barriers for investment within the region and specifically in Kazakhstan – policy or technology?
  • Can a country like Kazakhstan be a leading example of public-private engagement on climate change investments?

Expected results:

  • Create a better understanding of the barriers faced in scaling up climate and resource efficient investments globally and, particularly, in Kazakhstan.
  • Better understand the substantive and political reasons why greater public-private coordination and partnerships are needed to mobilize climate and sustainable development financing.
  • Understand existing vehicles to scale up private investment in climate finance and the need and advantages in further developing public-private partnerships with institutional investors to address these challenges.
  • Help identify stakeholders to engage for further discussion and development of this initiative. 


Moderator and Introduction – Roger Wagner, P80 Group Foundation

Opening Words – Wim Kok, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1994-2002) and Club de Madrid President

Framing the Debate 

Minister Kapparov, Minister of Environment Protection, Republic of Kazakhstan

Duarte Henriques da Silva, Investment Specialist, Investment Funds and Special Initiatives Division, Asian Development Bank


A Political Perspective – Views from Club de Madrid Members

  • Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic (2010-2011)
  • Petre Roman, Prime Minister of Romania (1989-1991)
  • Carlos Westendorp, Secretary General of the Club de Madrid






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