13th November 2016 - COP22 - Day 7 - Vision, Finance, slow Progress
As COP22 comes to the end of its first week, Tom Downing summarises the week's activity. He notes the contributions by Paul Watkinson, Chief Negotiator for France, Seyni Nafo, Chair of the African Group, Amjad Abdulla, Chief Negotiator for small island states - each championing the need for progress. Business and Industry, Non-Governmental Organizations (BINGOs) held an all-day pavilion, at which Mike Wilkins MD of S&P Global Ratings (who regularly contributes to our Oxford Adaptation Academy) spoke. It is good to see a growing momentum in this community, but Tom points out how it needs to evolve too. He also gives a few pointers to the highlights likely to be seen in this coming week.
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Prof Tom Downing is President and CEO of GCAP. Based in Oxford, England, Tom established the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP) in 2010 to promote client-driven, knowledge-based, solutions. He was the Director of the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) in Oxford, and during his career he has held a number of influential positions, including advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme and the MunichRe Foundation Chair for Social Vulnerability. He was one of the founding team for the Environmental Change Institute in the University of Oxford, including being the first director of the UK Climate Impacts Programme. His PhD was on coping with drought in Eastern and Southern Kenya. He is an internationally recognised thought leader in adaptation and has published over 100 papers, books, reports and book reviews, including the Atlas of Climate Change (with Kirstin Dow). See his Google Scholar page for more details: http://tinyurl.com/TEDowning.