SouthSouthNorth (SSN) looks forward to COP27

SSN will be present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) again this year, which is taking place from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. SSN’s focus at COP27 will be on unlocking finance for locally-led climate action. We look forward to showcasing our work as an organisation, as well as the work of our various programmes, in the events and exhibits outlined below.

7-9 November 2022


UNFCCC Official Exhibit: Building Resilience by Supporting Locally-Led Climate Action


Time: 08:00-17:00

Exhibit hosts: SouthSouthNorth (SSN) and Humana

Venue: Adaptation, Resilience and Loss & Damage cluster (Blue Zone)


SSN, together with Humana, will be showcasing our work at our official UNFCCC exhibition booth at COP27. If you are at COP27, please come and talk to our knowledgeable representatives or have a look at our pin board for more information on the work we do.  



8 November 2022


Bridging Adaptation Action and Research: Experiences from the ARA


Time: 12:00-13:00

Session host: Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) – Secretariat hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: Resilience Hub (Blue Zone) (Registration link for online engagements)

Speakers: Anand Patwardhan, Rosalind West and Jesse DeMaria-Kinney (ARA); Joanes Atela (Africa Research and Impact Network, ARIN); and Victoria Matusevich (Avina)

Live streaming link


Learn how the ARA is delivering impact by bridging adaptation research and action on the ground. The event will reflect on key learnings from 25 micro-grants delivered by organisations in developing countries to look at burning issues impacting their communities, as well as a consultative process on financing locally-led resilience. These initiatives and others have shaped the ARA’s submission to the Global Stocktake, which is based on views from on the ground practitioners. The event will conclude with the launch of a second round of Grassroots Action–Research Grants for local organisations in the global South as well as other exciting announcements from ARA members. 



Virtual Networking Event: Locally-Led Climate Action


Time: 13:00-14:00

Session host: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) – a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: Virtual (Registration link)

Speakers: Networking event, with brief introduction by the CDKN team


This event will be very interactive to encourage attendees to engage with each other, debate different ideas, and ultimately build relationships. Partnerships formed at the networking event will be encouraged to apply for the catalytic grant provided by the Global Resilience Partnership hub to take forward their ideas and solutions discussed during the event.

Participants will need to register for the Resilience Hub, and navigate to the networking session as follows: Register > Go to “Networking” > Go to “Regional Hubs” > Follow the instructions to join the networking virtual room.  



9 November 2022


UNFCCC Future Lab on Radical Collaboration to Accelerate Climate Action


Time: 10:00-11:30

Session hosts: Climate Champions Team and Leaders’ Quest, Reos Partners, World Resources Institute

Venue: Room 1, Climate Action Zone (Blue Zone) (Register here for online engagements)

Speakers: Shehnaaz Moosa (SouthSouthNorth, South Africa), Kirsten Dunlop (Climate-KIC, Netherlands), Jorge Gastelumendi (Atlantic Council, United States), Antonia Gawel (World Economic Forum, Switzerland), Nathanial Matthews (Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance and Global Resilience Partnership, United Kingdom), Gonzalo Muñoz (Climate Champions Team, Chile), Sheela Patel (Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC) and Slum Dwellers International (SDI), India), Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (WWF International, Peru), Mitzi Jonelle Tan (Fridays for Future, Philippines)


We are pleased to join Leaders’​ Quest and World Resources Institute at COP27 to present the Radical Collaboration Futures Lab – a capacity-building and networking session to help climate actors to collaborate with diverse others and deliver results with increased speed, scale, and justice. You can attend this session live at Sharm el Sheikh, Wednesday 9 November 2022, or take part virtually. Learn more here.



UNFCCC Official Side Event: The New Collective and Quantified Goal (NCQG) and Finance for Local Climate Action


Time: 12:00-13:00

Session host: Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) – a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: Hall A (Green Zone) (Registration link)

Speakers: Dr Shehnaaz Moosa (Director, SouthSouthNorth), Ms. Lumonya Faith (Akina Mama wa Afrika), Chief Bunda Bunda (Traditional leader and climate activist, Zambia), Mr. Alpha Ndungu (Climate Justice & Innovation Officer, Hivos), Mr David Kaluba (Ministry of Green Economy and Environment, Zambia), Mr Andrés Mogro (Coordinador en Ecuador del Proyecto Regional Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático), Mr. Hillary Korir (Senior Economist and Climate Finance Expert, The National Treasury of Kenya), Dr Thandiwe Chikomo (Director, VCA)


This side event explores the opportunities for shared strategies for mobilising finance for local climate action. The discussion seeks to identify opportunities for unlocking finance for local climate action through the new collective and quantified goal (NCQG) for climate finance. It is based on the Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) alliance submission on the NCQG to CM.4. The submission is anchored on the call for the ad hoc programme to consider including a quantitative subgoal of the NCQG on finance for local climate solutions. In addition, concrete targets should be set for climate finance to reach the local level to finance climate solutions driven by local communities, including priority rights holders like youth, indigenous peoples, migrants, women, etc.



11 November 2022


Science-Policy-Implementation Interface for Food Systems Transformation and NAP Implementation in the Middle East and Africa


Time: 11:45-13:00

Session hosts: International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Venue: SDG Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Dr Shehnaaz Moosa (Director, SouthSouthNorth), others TBC


One of the key messages of the MENA Climate Week is the importance of science-based solutions for informing climate policies and scaling up NDCs and NAPs implementation. To take this priority forward, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) together with UNDP Regional Hub for Arab States are seeking to organise a joint side event at COP27, aiming to discuss the challenges faced at the boundaries between science and policy, and highlight how collective actions might be deployed to manage growing risks of climate change on food security. Science-led policies and actions can play a critical role in strengthening communities’ ability to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and can transform the food systems towards more resilient systems in Africa and the Middle East – already food insecure regions, highly affected by climate change and global food supply disruption.



UNFCCC Official Side Event: Unlocking Finance for Locally-Led climate Action


Time: 16:45-18:15

Session hosts: SouthSouthNorth (SSN), Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) and Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG)

Venue: Hatshepsut Room (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Dr Shehnaaz Moosa (Director, SSN), Dr Shiraz Wajih (President, GEAG), Samson Mbewe (Programme Manager, SSN), Ms Olga Galindo (Head of Colombian Water Fund), Mr Karl Aribeb (Director of Operations, Namibia Environmental Investment Fund), Ms Nivedita Mani (GEAG), Mr Ashish Tiwari (Secretary, Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Uttar Pradesh), Ms Lindsay Doyle (Climate Adaptation Specialist and Localization Expert, USAID)

Live streaming link


Locally-led climate action requires a significant increase in finance and changes to delivery mechanisms, including making existing development investments resilient. This event shares strategies from Africa, South Asia and Latin America to unlock finance for gender-responsive community-led adaptation.

Live streaming sessions for all COP27 side events will be pre-scheduled in the COP27 side events playlist on the secretariat’s YouTube channel in due course. Prescheduled live streaming sessions will be marked as “UPCOMING” on YouTube.  



12 November 2022


Locally-Led Adaptation: Bringing the Local Agenda Forward


Time: 09:30-11:00

Session hosts: Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) and Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) – programmes of SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: EIB/Benelux Pavillion (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Dr Shehnaaz Moosa (SSN), Thandiwe Chikomo (VCA), Sheela Patel (SDI), Esperanza Karaho (Adaptation Consortium), Chief Bunda Bunda, Dr Laode Syari (Kemitraan), Alana Manchineri (COIAB)

Live streaming link


Climate change and the loss of nature are two of the most pressing and urgent issues of our time. Their impacts are deeply unequal, with the world’s poorest and most marginalised groups such as women, children, Indigenous Peoples and local communities who often rely directly on nature resources for their survival, being the hardest hit. It is critical, now more than ever, for these local actors to be central to decision-making and efforts to combat these crises. 

Recognising the importance of local actors and their extensive local, intergenerational, indigenous, traditional and cultural knowledge, over 80 organisations (including the Dutch government) endorsed the Principles of Locally Led Adaptation (LLA) at COP26 in 2021. This session aims to bring the local agenda forward by providing a space for those directly involved in LLA to share their experiences. It will therefore draw on lessons learned, address key barriers and identify opportunities to moving this critical agenda forward.



Understanding Urban Risk


Time: 11:30-12:30

Session host: Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) – Secretariat hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: IDFC Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Jesse DeMaria-Kinney (ARA), Aditya Bahadur (ARA), Rosalind West (ARA)

Pitching: Charles Tonui (Indian Institute for Human Settlements), Ericka Lynne Nava (Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives) ONLINE, Alice McClure (University of Cape Town) ONLINE and Shiraz Wajih, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG)

Adjudicating: Sheela Patel (SPARC) and Mark Harvey (Resurgence) 


The ARA will showcase effective approaches for understanding climate risks faced in urban areas, drawing on learning from ARA members.



ARA 1 Year On


Time: 17:00-18:00

Session host: Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) – Secretariat hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: UK Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Rosalind West (ARA), Anand Patwardhan (ARA), Jenny Frankel-Redd (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Judy Omumbo (African Science Foundation), Akanksha Sharma (GSMA)


The Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) is celebrating its first year! The ARA will showcase how it is delivering impact by bridging adaptation research and action. Key highlights include the launch of the Co-creation Space to scope new programmes and a second round of Grassroots Action–Research Grants for local organisations in the global South.  



14 November 2022


Driving Gender Equality through Climate Action


Time: 09:00-10:00

Session host: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Venue: Canada Pavilion (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Shehnaaz Moosa (CDKN), Erin Tansey l (IDRC), René van Hell (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), Kanchan Lama (Forest Action Nepal), Laure Tall (IPAR Senegal), Parfait Blalogue (CREDEL), Beatriz Muriel (INESAD), Zeinabou Maman Noura (ANSEN)


This event will announce ‘Step Change’ and the next phase (2022-27) of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN). Step Change is a  CAD $28 million Canada-Netherlands partnership on adaptation and gender equality through which CDKN will be implemented. The session will focus on forward-looking insights on meaningfully integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into climate adaptation and mitigation interventions in the Global South, drawing on lessons and experiences of IDRC-supported Southern practitioners and researchers. The event will emphasise themes such as gender-inclusive research, locally-led climate action (LLA), and mobilising Southern knowledge for climate policy. CDKN will also share a new policy brief on women’s economic empowerment in low carbon plans and actions.



UNFCCC Official Side Event: Climate Finance & Long Term Strategies (LTS)


Time: 13:15-14:45

Event host: Fundación Torcuato di Tella (FTDT)

Session host: DecarBOOST – a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: Memphis Room (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Ms. Micaela Carlino (Fundacion Torcuato di Tella – FTDT) for DecarBOOST and representatives from Finance Ministries in Latin America, Inter-American Development Bank, Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE), Climate Action Network Latin America (CAN-LA), Grupo de Financiamiento Climático para Latinoamérica y el Caribe (GFLAC), public or private financial institution coalition.


This session will focus on financing the transition towards low-carbon and climate-resilient economies in developing countries. Countries are now drafting their Long Term Strategies (LTS), which raises the question of how these will be financed. This side event will present solutions that facilitate financing the transition and the roles of various stakeholders, such as finance ministries, and public and private institutions.  



15 November 2022


Reaching Resilience: African Solutions for the African Continent


Time: 09:00-10:00

Session host: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) – a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: Resilience Hub (Blue Zone) (Registration link for online engagements)

Speakers: Dr Shehnaaz Moosa (CEO of CDKN), Michelle du Toit (Director of Africa & Regional Implementation, CDKN), Amanda April (Africa Project Manager), Esperanza Karaho (ADA Consortium)

Live streaming link


This session will share the key messages on resilience-strengthening that arose from the Africa Regional Resilience Hub that took place in the lead-up to COP27. We will hear from resilience experts from the continent on how the climate resilience agenda should be learning from, collaborating with and supporting Africans for improved and increased resilience in Africa. This is particularly necessary given the additional burden of climate change impacts on a continent already facing the repercussions of long-standing structural injustice.


Participants can also engage with the Africa Regional Resilience Hub online by visiting the Africa Hub’s booth on the Resilience Hub’s virtual venue. Please navigate to the booth as follows: Register > Go to “Exhibition Halls” > Go to “Regional Hubs” > Click on the Africa Hub’s booth for a closer look.



Capacities for Building Climate Resilience: Insights and Learning from 3 Global Initiatives


Time: 11:15-12:30

Session hosts: Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA) – Secretariat hosted by SouthSouthNorth (SSN), UN Environment Programme (UNEP),  UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA

Venue: Paris Committee on Capacity-Building (PCCB) Hub (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Dr. Aditya V. Bahadur (IIED/ARA), Ms. Taylor Martin (Co-water international), Dr. Tarek Sadek (UN-ESCWA), Ms. Maha Balbaa (The British University of Egypt), Dr. Nuttavikhom (Kay) Phanthuwongpakdee (Thammasat University, Research Unit in Urban Futures and Policy)

Live streaming link


This session aims to showcase climate adaptation capacity-building practices among different stakeholders through three components: bridging adaptation knowledge to action, closing adaptation knowledge gaps in subregions and countries, and building youth capacity for climate action through city-university partnerships. The panellists will discuss what the main areas of knowledge gaps and capacity-building needs are, and highlight specific challenges, learnings, experiences and best practices from their initiatives.



UNFCCC Official Side Event: Climate Finance & Long Term Strategies (LTS) 


Time: 13:15-14:45

Event host: Libelula (Peru)

Session host: DecarBOOST – a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: Tutankhamun Room (Blue Zone)

Speakers: Pia Zevellos (Libelula) for DecarBOOST and Representatives from Perú Ministry of Environment, Chile Ministry of Environment, Colombia Ministry of Environment, Argentina Ministry of Environment, Climate Promise, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), NDC Partnership, 2050 Pathways, and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)


This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges in the development of Long Term Strategies (LTS) in Latin America and the role of finance. We will share progress and good practices in the development of LTS in Latin America, and discuss the role of climate finance to accelerate climate resilience and decarbonisation, highlighting the Peruvian experience.  



16 November 2022


Amplifying Stories on Loss and Damage and Climate Action


Time: 11:00-12:00

Session host: Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) – a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN) and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

Venue: Resilience Hub (Blue Zone) (Registration link)

Speakers: Dr Shehnaaz Moosa (SSN), Dr. Saleemul Huq (ICCCAD), Nusrat Naushin (ICCCAD), Joan Jamisolamin (Samdhana), Angela Mendes (Chico Mendes Committee), Juliet Nangamba (Community Technology Development Trust)


The session will showcase local experiences, voices and perspectives through storytelling, media and representation from local spokespersons. The first half of the session will have speakers from a range of countries sharing experiences of loss and damage. In the second half, speakers will share stories of local climate solutions led by local actors in two different countries.  



17 November 2022


LAM Climate Action: Enabling Financial Instruments and Carbon Pricing to Boost Offset Markets in Latin America and Launch of the Green Hydrogen Project


Time: 14:30-15:30

Event hosts: Instituto de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa de Engenharia (COPPE) & Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) 

Session host: DecarBOOST– a programme of SouthSouthNorth (SSN)

Venue: Brazilian Climate Hub (Green Zone)

Speakers: Andrea Santos and Emílio La Rovere (Instituto de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa de Engenharia – COPPE/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, Brazil), Micaela Carlino (Fundación Torcuato di Tella, FTDT, Argentina), Blanca Rengifo (Libelula, Peru)


This event, organised by COPPE/UFRJ, aims to promote a discussion on financial instruments and carbon pricing to boost offset markets in Latin America and officially launch the Green Hydrogen Project, which focuses on renewable hydrogen production, compression, storage and utilisation in energy and mobility systems. Discussions will be guided by the results of the DecarBOOST programme, supported by IKI in Argentina, Brazil and Peru, and by the research work carried out by COPPE/UFRJ, supported by GIZ in Brazil.