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On the sidelines of the UN Climate Action Summit, I4CE as the Secretariat of the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative is organizing an Expert Workshop on Paris Alignment in partnership with the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) and the group of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) with support from the European Climate Foundation (ECF).

The topic of ‘Paris Alignment’ is a key area of focus of climate and sustainable investment and finance-related discussions in 2019. Institutions of all types are taking commitments and developing approaches to align their activities with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

This event is part of a series of workshops started at COP24 in Katowice and followed by discussions sessions in June 2019 in Bonn – as well as within the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative. These workshops bring together experts, financial sector practitioners and other public and private stakeholders to exchange on emerging research and approaches to date on the topic. This includes the Supporting Institutions of the Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative, members of the IDFC, the group of MDBs, commercial financial institutions, government agencies and representatives – as well as research centers, think-tanks and NGOs.

The New York workshop aims to foster exchanges on the growing body of research, expertise and approaches on Alignment with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and more broadly the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Financial institutions – including the MDBs, IDFC members and commercial institutions will share current progress and present how the background research they have conducted has informed their emerging frameworks for alignment. It will also provide the opportunity to identify the key questions, points of convergences and potential divergences today as they move forward with their roadmaps and strategies for alignment with the Paris Agreement. Discussions will be followed up to COP25 in December and into 2020.

To help frame discussions, the event will include the launch of an independent two-part study produced by I4CE and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI). This study presents a framework for defining what the process of ‘Paris Alignment’ requires as well as insights and recommendations on how development finance institutions can build on existing climate mainstreaming efforts to align their activities from today. The study was conducted with support from the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) and the European Climate Foundation (ECF).

More about the event on Climate Action in Financial Institutions Initiative website.




Program Director - Financial Institutions

Ian Cochran is Program Director – Financial Institutions. He coordinates the public-interest think tank’s work on investment, climate and decision-making support. Ian has worked in the area of climate and environmental policy for close to a decade, focusing his expertise on the mainstreaming of climate-change related issues into decision making and institutional governance. He currently supports his team’s work on a broad range of investment-related issues, including the role of public financial institutions in the low-carbon transition; the environmental integrity of financial products; climate risk perception by financial actors; international and national climate-related financial flows; and the alignment of development finance and long-term climate change objectives.

Ian holds a PhD in economics from Université Paris-Dauphine (France), a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from Sciences-Po Paris (France) and a BA in Policy Studies from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs (USA). Before joining I4CE, Ian worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2015 served as a co-reporter on the French Presidential Commission on Innovative Climate Finance “Mission Canfin-Grandjean.” Ian lectures in master-level programs at Sciences-Po Paris and Université Paris-Dauphine.


Project Manager - Finance and development

Alice research areas currently focus on mainstreaming climate in financial institutions. Alice contributes to I4CE’s role of holding the Secretariat of the ‘Climate Action in Financial Institutions’ Initiative. 
Before joining the I4CE team, Alice worked for a development NGO and was highly committed member of the board of the youth NGO CliMates. She holds a Master degree in Energy, Finance, Carbon from the University Paris Dauphine and a Master degree in Geoeconomics from IRIS Sup’ and Grenoble Ecole de Management.