Second Workshop on Long-term Finance Focuses on Creating Enabling Environments

3 October 2012: The second UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) workshop on long-term finance focused on approaches to scale-up climate finance and create enabling environments. Parties, private sector and civil society stakeholders held in-depth discussions on new and innovative sources of climate finance, various approaches and strategies to mobilize climate finance, and ways to strengthen developing countries' capacity for improved access to climate finance.

To ensure transparency and inclusiveness, plenary sessions were webcast live and on demand, and presentations were followed by brief, moderated question-and-answer sessions for all participants, whether attending in person or through the webcast and social media.

Keynote speeches were delivered via videolink by Sizwe Nxasana, CEO, FirstRand Limited, and Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission, South Africa. Three sessions were convened on: scaling up climate finance and sources; enhancing enabling conditions (policies and instruments); and enhancing enabling conditions (delivery and access).

The workshop convened from 1-3 October 2012, in Cape Town, South Africa, and was co-chaired by Zaheer Fakir (South Africa) and Georg Børsting (Norway). A Co-Chairs' report of the workshop will be forwarded to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, at the end of 2012, in Doha, Qatar. [IISD RS Coverage]