Addressing environmental injustice and inequities in subnational policy

NCEL website

From 10:30-11:30 AM on 6th November

Colorado State Rep. Dominique Jackson and HI. State Sen. Chris Lee have been recognized nationally in the US for their work pursuing a just transition and defining environmental justice in state law. They will present a fireside chat to discuss the strategies behind their work and how policymakers can be better partners with underserved and historically excluded communities in addressing climate change and other environmental issues.

by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)


Speaker 1

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

Senator, Hawaii

Chris Lee was first elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2008. He represents District 25 in the Senate. He served as House Majority Whip and as the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Senator Lee was named Best Policymaker in 2016 by the US Green Building Council Center for Green Schools. He is a recipient of the Transformational Achievement in Advancing Clean Energy Award. Senator Lee has a focus on energy and environment, authoring the Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative.

Speaker 2

Dominique Jackson

Dominique Jackson

State Representative Colorado

State Representative Dominique Jackson was elected to represent House District 42 in Aurora, Colorado in November of 2016. Representative Jackson currently serves as Chair of the Transformational Housing Task Force. She is also the former Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee. In addition, Rep. Jackson is the State Lead for Colorado with the National Conference of Environmental Legislators. She also has an extensive history of serving communities in both Aurora and Denver.

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Enhancing direct access to climate finance for LLA & resilience in LDCs, SIDS & African Nations

local website

1:00-2:30 PM

6th November

What innovative approaches and best practices on direct access to vertical climate funds can be shared to increase the amount of international climate finance available for climate action, especially at the subnational level?
What are the challenges and persisting bottlenecks to financing adaptation through direct access, especially at the subnational level, and what recommendations for bold actions can be made?

LoCAL Facility & GCF

Speaker 2

Dr. Appolinaire D. GNANVI

Dr. Appolinaire D. GNANVI

Directeur General of Fonds National pour l'Environnement et le Climat, Benin

Dr. Appolinaire D. GNANVI is a key speaker for this session.

Speaker 3


Mr. Issaka OUEDRAOGO/h1>

Secrétaire Exécutif du Fonds Vert pour le Climat au Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso

Mr. Issaka OUEDRAOGO is a key speaker for this session.

Speaker 4

Dr. Mao Hak

Dr. Mao Hak

Director of the Department of Climate Change at the General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment.

Dr. Hak Mao graduated a Bachelor on Forestry Science at the Royal University of Agriculture in 2003. In 2008, he was awarded a Master of Science on Marine Environment and Ocean Management at World Maritime University in Sweden. In 2015 he completed a Ph.D. on Low Carbon Development Action in Cambodia towards 2050 and continued as a research fellow until mid-2016 in order to develop a National Strategy on A Design of Low Carbon Development Action in Cambodia towards 2050. He has also engaged with marine and coastal management and development nationally and internationally, notably with the promotion of the development of blue economy and the implementation of maritime law—Law of the Sea and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). He is currently Director of the Department of Climate Change of the General Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development/Ministry of Environment in Cambodia.

Speaker 5

Mr. Pa Ousman

Mr. Pa Ousman

Director of the Country Programming Division, GCF

Mr. Pa Ousman is a key speaker for this session.

Speaker 6

Ms. Cathy Yitong LI

Ms. Cathy Yitong LI

Youth Advocate, YOUNGO

Ms. Cathy Yitong LI is a key speaker for this session.


Ms. Sophie De Coninck

Ms. Sophie De Coninck

LoCAL Global Facility Manager, UNCDF

Sophie De Coninck brings over 20 years of international development, environment and climate change experience to her role as Global Manager for the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility, or LoCAL. Prior to joining LoCAL, Sophie worked on climate issues for the European Union. Her responsibilities included overseeing the “Global Climate Change Alliance”, with a focus was on LDCs and SIDS in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Caribbean regions. Sophie previously worked for the United Nations Environment Programme in Kenya and with the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative. Sophie also has government experience, working in various ministries in her native Belgium as well as in the private sector. Sophie holds two master’s degrees, one in engineering and another in applied economics.

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