Event Reports

This first Wilton Park gathering on the Green Grid Initiative meeting was aimed at bringing together legislators, academic researchers, industry, and development agencies active in South Asia to discuss the specific challenges and opportunities associated with grid interconnections and to suggest next steps towards the realisation of this vision. It was held from the 28th to the 30th of March 2019 and was organized by the Wilton Park together with Climate Parliament, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Climate Parliament and GLOBE Nigeria jointly organized a regional workshop on “The Role of African Parliamentarians in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement: Challenges and Prospects.” The workshop was held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 22-23 November, 2018.

In December 2017, Climate Parliament hosted a global parliamentary roundtable in New Delhi, India, focusing on "Thinking Big" (global and regional energy interconnections and trading), "Thinking Creatively" (how can we finance the Green Grid vision?), "Thinking Smart" (smart grids and electric vehicles), "Thinking Small" (village grids and energy access) and "Thinking Collectively" (building parliamentary support for the International Solar Alliance).  


Legislators, experts and business leaders from across Asia, Africa and Latin America attended the event to share expertise about renewable energy policy and to work together to combat climate change.

This event report details the proceedings of our regional parliamentary hearing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in April, 2017 as part of the Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy (PARE) Project.

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In November 2016, the Climate Parliament hosted a parliamentary hearing on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP22 climate talks, concentrating on the remarkable opportunities presented by large-scale renewable energy for powering the global economy, fighting energy poverty, and achieving deep decarbonisation, but also the considerable roadblocks preventing further development of the grids, interconnectors and international energy trading required to achieve this goal. MPs from all over the world attended the event, and committed to climate action in their national parliaments to support the Paris climate treaty ratified earlier in 2016.

A special event report detailing the proceedings of our parliamentary hearing on climate and energy, held in Lucerne in June 2015, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The event focussed on finance and policy options for large-scale, cross-border renewable energy trading. 

In November 2014, the Climate Parliament and UNDP held the final international parliamentary forum in the 3-year Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy project, entitled Learning from Success.  The conference was held on the banks of the Dead Sea, near Amman, Jordan.

Shanghai Forum, June 2014

Our international parliamentary forum in Shanghai, China, organised with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, explored exactly what is required – in terms of new legislation, new budget priorities, and new investment – to avoid more than 2˚C of global warming this century. 

Co-hosted with the UN Development Programme, this forum focussed on what MENA MPs can do to encourage the development of renewable energy for domestic consumption, attract foreign direct investment, and advance energy trading agreements with the European Union. 

In December 2013, the Climate Parliament and UNDP co-hosted a two day event near Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, designed to bring together MPs, national Ministers, policy experts, public development agencies and leading citizens’ groups. The meeting convened legislators from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East for a debate on how MPs can attract investment for mini grids and off-grid renewable energy projects in their countries.

Our 4-day Hearing for Parliamentarians, co-organised with UNDP, focused on the challenges and opportunities for financing renewable energy around the world. The Hearing brought together legislators from developing countries which all have vast renewable energy potential, and which are all severely threatened by climate change. The MPs were joined by experts on renewable energy technology, policy, and investment.

In December 2012, over forty parliamentarians, policy experts and technical specialists came together in Doha, Qatar, for a three-day Forum on climate change, renewable energy and parliamentary action in the developing world. The Doha Forum, co-hosted by the Climate Parliament and UNDP, was timed to coincide with the latest round of the UNFCCC climate talks, and was designed to facilitate peer learning on renewable energy for parliamentarians.

In November 2012, the Climate Parliament and UNDP held the first in an ongoing series of parliamentary meetings, as part of the Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy (PARE) project. The Hearing, held in the beautiful seaside town of Wadduwa, Sri Lanka, brought together some 44 delegates, including Ministers, Committee Chairs and Members of Parliament, international policy experts, respected climate scientists and representatives of NGOs.

European Parliament Forum, March 2013

In March of 2013, the Climate Parliament held the latest in its series of parliamentary fora on renewable energy, bringing together over 160 legislators, development experts and NGO representatives for an urgent dialogue on international cooperation to promote renewable energy, expand access to electricity for the world’s poor, and accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.

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