30 November - 11 December 2015

Paris, France

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP11) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol will take place from 30 November - 11 December 2015. The conference will be held in Le Bourget, France. Located at the Paris-Le Bourget site, the COP is made up of three spaces: the Conference Center, the Climate Generations areas and the Gallery.

At this global gathering, ICIMOD will draw the world community’s attention to a range of climate change-related issues and their impact on the ecosystem of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. ICIMOD, in partnership with the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), will be hosting two side events on the theme of REDD+, and Himalayan Ecosystem. ICIMOD will also have an Exhibit booth that will display scientific information on climate change impacts, vulnerability and policy measures and adaptation actions with a special focus on mountains, in addition to showing videos and documentaries of relevant thematic issues.

David Molden, director general of ICIMOD, will lead the delegation which will include senior managers and staff from programme and knowledge management and communication units. As an intergovernmental organisation with observer status accorded by the UNFCCC, ICIMOD will closely observe the main proceedings and negotiations that take place during the plenary sessions.

Events and Activity Timeline


Event Name


29 Nov


Venue: Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, 93350 Le Bourget, France

Second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action



30 Nov – 11 Dec

(All day)

Venue: Le Bourget, Paris, France

ICIMOD Exhibit Booth


30 Nov

(18:00 – 20:30)

Venue:Meeting room 3 (Hall number 6), Le Bourget Conference venue, Paris

9th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change

NWP, UN Climate Change Secretariat

1 – 3 Dec

(All day)

Venue: International New York Times Offices, Place des Vosges and COP21 Press Centre, Le Bourget

Paris COP21 Journalist Workshop: Understanding the COP Process

Organized by The Climate News Network, with support from the Open University, GRID-Arendal, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and the international New York Times.

3 Dec

(10:00 – 11:30)

Venue: Japan Pavilion, Area 2

Making an Integrated Approach to Air Pollution and Climate Change a Reality in Asia

Chair: Eric Zusman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Sunday Leonard, Climate Change and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

Mark Lawrence, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Sciences (IASS)

Eklabya Sharma, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Munjurul Khan, Ministry of Environment, Bangladesh

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

3 Dec

(10:00 – 11:30)

Venue: TBD

Climate-Air Linkages in Asia

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

5 – 6 Dec

Venue: Palais des Congrès de Paris, 2 place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

Global Landscape Forum (GLF)

Launching the new climate and development agenda

The Forum is organised by a cross-sectoral consortium of leading international organisations led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Over 100 organisations from across the globe will host Discussion Forums, Launchpads, and Landscapes Labs and be part of a Thematic pavillion.

5 Dec

(12:15 – 13:45)

Venue: Room 252A

Palais des Congrès de Paris, 2 place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris

Climate Smart Agriculture for healthy landscapes and livelihoods

(part of the GLF event)

The session will present examples of how AIRCA members have developed different aspects of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and how this has contributed to healthy landscapes and improved livelihoods.

Hosts:  Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA), Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

5 Dec

(13 :00 – 13 :45)

Venue : GLF venue

Launch of ‘Little Book of Sustainable Landscapes’

A White Paper on Transboundary Landscape Management and Sustainable Development Goals

(The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative is one case study within the book. Both the documents have embedded ICIMOD’s Kailash Initiative)

Landscape for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN)

6 Dec

(13:00 - 18:00)

Venue: Le Bourget Park&suites, 158-164 avenue du 8 mai 1945, 93150 Blanc Mesnil

PSC meeting SMD4GC


6 Dec

(18:00 20:00)

Venue: CDG Mercure Hotel (Google Map)

CCAC Steering Committee Meeting

CCAC Secretariat, 

Hosted by the UNEP

7 Dec

(16:00 – 17:00)

Venue: Meeting Room Sisley 110, Hyatt Regency Paris Etoille

Launch of Paris Declaration on Agricultural Diversification

Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD)

Crops For the Future (CFF)

7 – 8 Dec

Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France (North Paris, Gate E)

Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) 2015 at UNFCCC COP21

(UNEP’s official event at COP21)

CLIMATE ACTION (in partnership with UNEP)

7 Dec

19:00 – 16:00

Venue: Mercure CDG Hotel (approx. 15 mins by car from COP21 (Google Map)

CCAC Working Group Meeting (Climate and Clean Air Coalition)

CCAC Secretariat, 

Hosted by the UNEP

8 Dec

Time: 15:00 onwards

Venue: Plenary Hall, COP21

Statement from ICIMOD at the High-Level Segment (HLS)

National statements and statements from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations

Click here for the list of speakers for the HLS


8 Dec 2015

16:00 hrs

Venue: Peruvian Pavilion - Blue Zone at Le Bourge, COP21 venue

Side event:

SDG, iNDCs and Mountain Ecosystems: progress for climatically responsible development


8 Dec 2015

(15:00 - 17:00)

Venue: Blue zone of the COP21

High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

8 Dec 2015

(15:00 to 17:00)

Venue: India Pavilion at COP21


Getting ready for 2020 REDD: What are Himalayan countries doing?


9 Dec 2015

(15:00 to 17:00)

Venue: India Pavilion at COP21

ICFRE-ICIMOD Side Event 2:

Scientific Evidences of Impact of Climate Change in Himalayan Ecosystems


10 Dec


Venue: TBD

Climate change and mountain livelihoods – sharing experiences from Central Asia and from the Andes, requested by the Government of Tajikistan and Asociación Civil Oikos

Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MP)

11 Dec


Venue: TBD

Adapting and building resilience to climate change in mountain communities, requested by the Government of Lesotho, Colorado State University and The Mountain Institute

Mountain Partnership Secretariat

11 Dec

(10:00 – 11:30)

Venue: Peruvian Pavilion at COP21

High level event

International Mountain Day

“Celebrating international cooperation on CCA in mountain environments - from Rio to Lima to Paris”

Launch of the HKH Water Atlas produced by ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal and CICERO

Government of Peru (MINAM)

Organized by:

CONDESAN, UNEP, GRID-Arendal, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), in cooperation with ICIMOD, UNESCO/IHP, ARCOS, Regional Mountain Centre for Central Asia (RMCCA)


Udayan Mishra
Knowledge management and networking officer

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