This seminar will shed light on one of the most important and controversial aspects of United Nations climate talks: Climate Finance. Developed countries have agreed to mobilise US$100bn per year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. This is a sizeable task, but the Paris Agreement set an even more ambitious goal: to make all finance flows consistent with low-emissions, climate resilient development pathways. What is needed to achieve this transformation in global finance flows? Who are the key actors, and what tools are at their disposal? Where are the big challenges and how can they be overcome so that investment decisions align with the urgent imperative to ensure a healthy global climate system?
The seminar aims to facilitate an open, academic debate on international climate governance. Views presented are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government.
Purdie Bowden was a lead negotiator for Australia in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the lead up to and following the Paris Agreement. In 2016 she co-led development of the "Climate Finance Roadmap" on how developed countries will meet the goal of delivering US$100bn per year in climate finance to developing countries by 2020. Purdie Bowden has a Master's degree from University of Melbourne (Environmental Studies) and Law degree from Flinders University. She practised as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons before joining the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in 2012, followed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is currently on leave from DFAT.