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10 September: Day 1

City of Cape Town Welcome

Speaker: Alderman Ian Neilson

Climate Frontlines Testimonial

Speaker: Samia Omar Bwana, Decoalonise Kenya

Morning Plenary – Why and How Financing the Future Helps Save People and Planet

The climate crisis is increasingly urgent; only a short window of time remains to avoid massive harm.  At the same time, more than a billion people lack access to reliable energy sources and need such access to enjoy the education, healthcare, and access to opportunity that everyone deserves.  Decentralised renewable energy technologies offer less costly, more resilient solutions to energy access, and offer substantial job creation potential.

Shifting finance flows away from fossil fuels and into climate solutions represent the right way to “finance the future” as the divest invest movement and pressure on development banks have shown.  Experts will describe why these approaches are indispensable to solving the climate crisis and ensuring universal access to clean, reliable, affordable sources of energy.

Speakers: Kumi Naidoo, Ellen Dorsey, Makoma Lekalakala

Plenary Panel – Stories of Financing the Future

Around the world and in the Global South, leaders within institutions and social movements are helping shift funds away from fossil fuels and towards climate solutions, with a growing focus for many on distributed renewable solutions for those without access to energy.  Leaders within these institutions and movements, focusing on sectors including development finance, cities, faith, foundations, NGOs, and universities, will share inspirational stories about divesting, investing, and shifting financing flows.

Speakers: Coumba Toure, Rev. Henrik Grape, Tomas Insua, Craig Altemose, Todd Sack, Jerry Tinianow

Lunch, Networking, Visiting the Renewables and Investor Marketplace
Workshop Session 1

Power to the People – Stories of Community-Based, Socially Inclusive Energy Access

A growing community of social entrepreneurs, donors, investors, faith and community-based groups are working to ensure that energy access delivers electricity and many other forms of power – economic, political and more – to local communities. Learn from experts who are making energy access happen in this way, and what needs to be done to make community-first energy access the new normal.

Facilitated by Emira Woods

Speakers: Lisa Lyhne, Chinenye Anekwe, John Fay, Damian Conway

Development Banks and Climate Finance – Turning the Tide towards a Sustainable Future

In recent years, a growing number of campaigns have successfully pressured development banks and other major financial institutions to shift funding and financing away from fossil fuels and towards renewables. Leaders and activists behind some of these campaigns will share their experiences and perspectives on new horizons in the movement to press these institutions to finance a truly sustainable future.

Facilitated by Glen Tyler-Davies 

Speakers: Gaurav Madan, Gerry Arances, Mariana Paoli

What You Need to Know – the Practicalities of Divest Invest

As trustees, boards, staff and their investment managers consider divesting, they face questions about topics including fossil-free investment options, fiduciary duty, financial returns, and how to implement a divest invest program.  This session provides an opportunity for participants to share their questions and to learn from experts who have helped a range of institutions divest from fossil fuel holdings and invest in climate solutions.

Facilitated by Katelyn Kriesel

Speakers: Malcolm Gray, Tracey Davies, Clara Vondrich, Mark Correnti

Local Governments Divesting and Investing for a Sustainable Future

Major cities around the world are pledging to jettison millions in fossil fuel stocks and bonds and reinvest in renewable energy tech, C40 Cities, in partnership with London and New York City, has launched the C40 Divest/Invest Forum, a first-of-its-kind initiative to help urban leaders make the leap to effective and efficient divestment and accelerate green investment. The Forum is connecting cities including Paris, Pittsburgh, San Jose, San Francisco and Oslo, allowing leaders to share best practices, knowledge, and tools proven to accelerate divestment. Learn from leaders and participants in this historic new initiative.

Facilitated by Friederike Hanisch

Speakers: Gray Maguire, Kale Roberts

Money, Work and Life – Jobs, Health, and Divest Invest

The burning of fossil fuels creates massive harm to human health through air pollution and a range of climate impacts, leading a growing number of medical and public health associations and institutions to divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean technology. At the same time, labor unions globally are developing a vision and plans to create a clean energy economy with good paying jobs and a just transition for affected workers and communities. Learn how leaders in the healthcare field and labor movement are addressing these issues.

Speakers: James Irlam, Dave Watson, Sean Sweeney, Todd Sack, Bobby Peek, Hameda Deedat

Tea Break
Workshop Session 2

Aligning Investments with Values – Faith Communities and Divest Invest

Hundreds of faith groups – including the World Council of Churches, Catholic Archdioceses and religious orders, the Islamic Society of North America, relief agencies, and dozens of national denominations and local congregations, have divested. In addition, the faith sector holds unique potential to help end energy poverty because of its large collective investment and property holdings. . Learn from religious activists who have successfully pressed their spiritual leaders to align their investments with their deepest values by divesting and investing. A world without fossil fuels promises to reduce the chances of war and conflict, and help build peace.

Facilitated by Rev Abby Mohaupt

Speakers: Imam Saffet Catovic, Rev. Rachel Mash, Gopal Patel, Dr Jack Gorman

A World of Good – Philanthropy and Divest Invest

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, an endowment built from an oil and gas fortune, attracted global attention when it announced its divestment from fossil fuels in 2014. Over 180 philanthropic foundations have joined the divest invest movement, and have played a strategic role in the global spread of the movement. Foundation representatives from North America, Europe and Asia will discuss their experiences, and explore how foundations worldwide can advance the movement.

Facilitated by Shelagh Gastrow

Speakers: Coumba Toure, Jamison Suter, Jochen Wermuth

Best Practices in Divest Invest – Model Divest Invest Campaigns and What We Can Learn

The divest invest movement has impacted universities, cities, foundations, faith groups, banks, pension funds and more around the world, spawning a generation of highly effective organizers and activists. Leaders of notable divest invest campaigns will describe their strategies and tactics and engage with the audience about how best to raise awareness, apply pressure, and make the case for divest invest in diverse contexts.

Facilitated by Clara Vondrich.

Speakers: Janet Cox, James Buchanan, Chris Saltmarsh

Dismantling an Unholy Alliance – Government and Democracy Undermined by the Fossil Fuel Industry

The fossil fuel industry continues to receive more than $1 billion per day in government subsidies globally, and since the Paris Agreement was signed has actually received an increasing amount of bank financing for new oil and gas infrastructure. In many parts of the world, this industry has an abysmal record of human rights abuses, bribery and corruption of public and elected officials. Calling out these unacceptable realities is vital to accelerating the end of the fossil fuel era and the transition to a clean energy future. Researchers and experts who have brought these illegitimate practices to light will share their findings and their stories.

Facilitated by Mithika Mwenda.

Speakers: Thuli Makama, Vibhuti Garg, Desmond D’Sa, Steve Kretzman, Mohamed Adow

Climate Frontlines Testimonial

Speaker: Dave Archambault, Sioux Nation, Standing Rock

Plenary Session – More than Money Alone – Divest Invest as a Cultural, Political Force for Change

Around the world, movements to shift finance and the divest invest movement is not only influencing the financial sector’s views of the fossil fuel industry – it is also creating cultural and political change, and fostering a new generation of climate campaigners. This session will feature activists who are using divestment and investment to turn the tide on climate change and energy poverty as well as financial experts tracking the impact of the divest invest movement.

Speakers: Nnimmo Bassey, Dorah Marema, Tim Buckley, Steve Kretzmann

Transport to Cultural Evening
Cultural Evening and Dinner
Return to Hotels

11 September: Day 2

Climate Frontlines Testimonial

Speaker: Jacynta, Fuamatu, Community Coordinator and Pacific Climate Warrior

Morning Plenary – A New Energy Paradigm for a Flourishing Future

In the face of climate change and the urgent need for energy access for over 1 billion people and clean cooking for over 2.5 billion, the world needs a new energy and economic paradigm – one that trades reliance on fossil fuels, the “resource curse,” and extreme inequality for universally accessible renewable energy and principle-based community empowerment. Experts will describe how this vision can be realized – and how everyone can make a difference.

Facilitated by Brenda Martin.

Speakers: Mithika Mwenda, Simon Nicholas, Mohamed Adow, Ajaita Shah, Prof Mark Swilling

Plenary Panel – Postcards from the Future: Stories of People-Centered, Community-Focused Distributed Renewable Energy Development

Leaders from social enterprise, NGOs, investors and funders will share stories of successful renewable energy development in energy-impoverished regions, describing in concrete detail how this kind of development can happen and why mission driven institutions need to accelerate it – now!

Facilitated by Thuli Makama.

Speakers: Sarah Alexander, Mark Correnti

Geographic Delegation Meetings

Summit participants will gather with peers from their geographic region to connect, identify opportunities and gaps, and develop a short-list of top priorities for action in the coming year – to be shared during the closing session.

Lunch, Networking, Visiting the Renewables and Investor Marketplace
Sectoral Delegation Meetings

Summit participants will gather with peers from their sectors (philanthropy, NGO, faith, city, investor, etc) to connect, identify opportunities and gaps, and develop a short-list of top priorities for action in the coming year – to be shared during the closing session.

Tea Break
Climate Frontlines Testimonial

Speaker: Domingo Peas, Indigenous Leader from the Sacred Headwaters Initiative in the Amazon Basin

Plenary Session – Delegation Reports

Representatives from each geographic and sectoral delegation will share the priority actions they identified, painting a compelling picture of work that will transform the future. Summit Steering Committee members will offer reflection and commitments for next steps in building a truly global divest invest movement.

Closing Ceremony

The Summit will close with a reprise of key themes, a moving artistic performance, and a compelling call to action.

Summit concludes

This programme is subject to change.

Side Events happening around the Summit

Monday, 9 September,
14:00 – 17:00
Mission-Aligned Investing Seminar

Keynote address: Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund

Bringing together mission-driven leaders from across South Africa to focus on how we can finance a just, fossil fuel-free future in which everyone has access to renewable energy.

The Wallace Global Fund launched Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of over 170 foundations committed to deploying their investments to address the climate crisis and accelerate the clean energy transition. The Wallace Global Fund has been fully divested from all fossil fuel companies since 2014.

The keynote address will be followed by interactive discussions with asset managers, climate activists and frontline community leaders about ways to deploy capital towards a just and sustainable future.

RSVP to Greer Blizzard by 23 August 2019 to reserve your seat.

Thursday, 12 September
Rise to Shine: Exploring the Role of Religious Communities in Ending Energy Poverty (Invitation only)

More and more religious organizations are working to advance clean energy access for the nearly 1 billion people globally who still live without electricity. At this invitation-only event sponsored by GreenFaith, the Shine Campaign, Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute (SAFCEI), the International Climate Initiative, and the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership, faith leaders will meet with energy access experts to explore ways that the faith sector can become more active in this vital area.

With a special focus on mobilizing finance and grant-based solutions, participants will engage in structured conversations around the opportunities and challenges to drive aggressive action to end energy poverty across the continent. This interactive workshop will provide a unique opportunity to explore practical and actionable models and pathways for collaboration among faith-based organizations, non-profits, the private sector and government entities.

Friday 13 September, 08:50 – 17:00
Mini-grid Policy and Regulation 101 (Invitation only)

This workshop is targeted towards African Mini-grids Community of Practice (AMG CoP) member countries that are relative newcomers to the mini-grid sector. The objective of this “crash course” is to provide foundational mini-grid program and policy knowledge from an institutional perspective that will support new entrant countries in effectively evaluating, strategically planning, and developing successful, sustainable mini-grid programs of their own – with an eye towards mini-grid finance mobilization. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from African country government representatives who are further along in their mini-grid program design and implementation.

If you are interested in attending, please register your interest with the AfLP Secretariat at