Climate change 2022

What are the pathways to a climate-resilient future? Connect with senior business leaders, sustainability professionals and the investment community ahead of COP27.

4 October 2022 TO 5 October 2022 — 9:00AM TO 1:00PM
Chatham House and Online
Drone view of burning pasture in Brazil during the dry season.

Delivering a climate resilient future

Coordinated action on climate change is more important than ever. The world is on course to warm well beyond 1.5°C and climate hazards are increasing our exposure to climate risk. At the same time, the ripple effects of the conflict in Ukraine will have wide ranging economic, social and geopolitical consequences for years to come. Governments, companies and societies around the world now face a critical moment to pave the way forward for a climate-resilient world that delivers for all.

Taking place one month ahead of COP27, this annual conference returns this year as an in-person event that will be simultaneously broadcast on our LIVE virtual event platform.

Why attend?

  • Gain insight into the state of play ahead of COP27 and opportunities to accelerate sustainability progress.
  • Participate in-person in high-level discussions, spotlight sessions and networking opportunities focusing on delivering climate commitments and the loss and damage agenda.
  • Understand the rising expectations for investors and companies as climate-related financial reporting becomes mainstream.
  • Explore the future of international climate action and the potential for nature-based solutions.

Who attends

Chatham House exterior.

The venue

Chatham House is a trusted forum for debate and independent analysis. Our conferences provide access to thought leadership, market insight and influential ideas by bringing together policymakers, world leaders, senior business executives and sector specialists.

Join us at our world-famous Grade II listed home in beautiful St James Square, London.


Tuesday 4 October (timings subject to change)

International climate action in a changed world

How do we ensure climate action and diplomacy remain on track considering the war on Ukraine? How can we tackle mounting global crises? What does a climate champion look like in the current context? What more can governments and businesses do to facilitate progress on delivering climate pledges and how can we accelerate action moving forward?

Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, FAO (virtually)
Rachel Kyte, Co-Chair, Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) (virtually)
Char Love, Global Director of Advocacy, Natura & Co
Claire Maloney, Partner, Kekst CNC
Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
Chair: Anthony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House


Networking break


Mitigation and the shifting dynamics of the energy transition

What can we learn from past implementation challenges? How do we strengthen the delivery of future climate pledges? How has the energy crisis influenced the alignment of energy security, affordability and decarbonization targets? Which demand-side measures will deliver fossil-fuel reliance reduction and how should stakeholders collaborate?

Jill Duggan, 
Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund Europe
Mike Hemsley, Deputy Director, Energy Transitions Commission
Colin Mathews, UK Non-executive Chairman, EDF
Chair: Ruth Townend, Research Fellow, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House




Unlocking the potential of nature-positive approaches

What is the role of nature in addressing climate change risks and the opportunities? What will the outcomes of a global framework for biodiversity mean for businesses and investors at COP15 and how do we build the business case for nature-based solutions? How effective have initiatives such as the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures been? How do we tackle shortcomings in harvesting and integrating location specific data?  

David Craig
, Co-chair, Task Force for Nature-Related Disclosures (TNFD)
Martin Heger, Senior Economist, Environment & Natural Resources, Africa Region, The World Bank (virtually)
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Jai Shroff, Global Chief Executive Officer, UPL Ltd
Chair: Eliot Whittington, Director, Corporate Leaders Group, CISL


Networking break


Spotlight session: Climate resilient cities

In discussion with an in-person audience, experts take a deep dive into key themes from the IPCC synthesis report. This dynamic session is held under the Chatham House Rule and is exclusive to in-person participants only.

What are the most significant climate threats to urban environments? How do these intersect with global megatrends such as population growth and shifting demographics? Which are the most promising strategies to scale up decarbonization, boost climate change adaptation measures and implement circular economy approaches? How can civil society and local governments play a greater role in urban design to deliver safe, resilient cities?

Richard Dawson
, Professor, Earth Systems Engineering, Newcastle University
Jian Wei Heng, Director, Policy and Planning Division, National Climate Change Secretariat, Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office Singapore (virtually)
Xanthea Limberg, Councillor, City of Cape Town (virtually)
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor, Energy and Environment, Greater London Authority
Ben Smith, Climate and Sustainability Services Director, ARUP
Chair: Maia Kutner, Interim Global Director for Cities, States and Regions, CDP


In conversation with Kevin Rudd

The Hon Kevin Rudd AC, President and CEO, Asia Society


Networking reception


End of day one


Wednesday 5 October (timings subject to change)

Finance fit for the future

How can investment be unlocked to mobilize capital for developing countries? What is the role of blended finance and global carbon markets? What constitutes a robust and net-zero transition plan for corporates and financial institutions? Is the large-scale commitment of capital and transformation of the financial system attainable at the required pace?

Prasad Ananthakrishnan, Advisor and Unit Chief, Climate Finance Policy Unit, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund
Butch Bacani, Programme Leader, Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative, UN Environment Programme
Sagarika Chatterjee, Finance Lead, Climate Action Champions
Ingrid Holmes, Executive Director, Green Finance Institute
Chair: Bernice Lee, Research Director, Futures; Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability; Chair, Sustainability Accelerator Advisory Board, Chatham House


Adaptation and Loss and Damage

What are the priority areas for strengthening adaptation and loss and damage across different regions and how can funding be scaled up? How should the most climate vulnerable nations be supported? How can ambition and action be accelerated at COP27 and COP28? 

Jean-Paul Adam, Director, Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management Division, UNECA (virtually)
Quamrul Chowdhury, Climate Negotiator, LDCs (virtually)
Tracy Carty, Climate Change Policy and Advocacy Lead/Senior Policy Adviser, Oxfam
Samantha J. Rowe, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Emmanuel Tachie-Obeng, Deputy Director, Climate Change Unit, Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (virtually)
Chair: Anna Åberg, Research Associate, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House


Networking break


Cascading climate risks

What strategies can case studies from around the world teach us to manage cascading climate risks? Which innovative solutions to climate risks are most promising? How are businesses building resilience around the world?

Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation
Abinash Mohanty, Programme Lead, Risks and Adaptation, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) (virtually)
Will Nichols, Head of Climate and Resilience, Verisk Maplecroft
Karen Pflug, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ingka Group
Chair: Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House


End of day two



Media partners

Support a conference

Interested in sponsoring a conference? For all enquiries, please contact Amy McFie.