NDF at COP26

We at NDF are all set to advocate for the Paris Agreement goals and for accelerating transformative climate action to support those who are the most vulnerable. We will put emphasis on the need to act now, provide concrete support to design, launch and scale-up of prioritised interventions. Long-term solutions for adaptation and resilience are high on our agenda.

The Nordic countries have ambitious climate goals and we strongly believe that we can do more by working together. We are all together at the Nordic Pavilion to create dialogue and knowledge sharing on climate solutions and challenges.

We welcome you to join our side events in connection to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The Summit will be hosted by the UK in Glasgow, 31 October - 12 November 2021.

Our events will bring together key climate finance actors, decision-makers, and academics from all over the world. 

In Glasgow, NDF events will be organised at the Nordic Pavilion in Hall 4, Pavilion 45 at the SEC Centre (COP26 venue). In Helsinki, NDF event will take place at the Nordic Hub (Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9). Both the Nordic Pavilion and the Nordic Hub in Helsinki are hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

No accreditation to COP26? Don’t worry. All events will be streamed online here


8 November 2021

13.15-14.00 GMT - Let's talk about adaptation

Which solutions would work best in the developing countries?

In this participatory event we get down to the roots of climate change adaptation. What are the main obstacles? How can we find the way around them? You can throw the ball to our public and private sector experts and help define the main challenges and solutions, with a focus on low income countries.

Opening remarks: Tomas Anker Christensen, Climate Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark


Amal-Lee Amin, Climate Change Director, CDC Group

Jay Koh, Founder & Managing Director, The Lightsmith Group

Arghya Sinha Roy, Principal Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Barbara Buchner, Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Closing remarks: Karin Isaksson, Managing Director, Nordic Development Fund

Location: Nordic Pavilion, COP26 Venue (Hall 4), Glasgow, 

Live streaming at Nordic Hub, Helsinki

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11 November 2021

13.15-14.15 EET - Towards a more liveable planet 

How does Nordic financing contribute to the green transition?

How are the Nordics addressing climate change and contributing to a liveable planet? Owned by the Nordic countries, NDF, Nefco and NIB showcase impactful climate actions on a global scale. In this event we discuss the role of green financing in building sustainable and competitive economies. By invitation only, streaming available for the public.

Opening remarks: Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland 


Trond Moe, Managing Director, Nefco

Karin Isaksson, Managing Director, NDF

André Küüsvek, President & CEO, Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)

Location: Nordic Hub, Helsinki,

Live streaming at Nordic Pavilion, Glasgow

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18.00-19.00 GMT - NORDIC TALKS: Green and liveable cities in Africa

How can innovative urban development unlock sustainable economic recovery?

Urbanisation is a big challenge in Africa, but a people-centred and climate-proof approach can turn this to an opportunity. Experiences from Nordic cities and businesses show that such a model can bring economic growth, jobs for youth, services and liveable neighbourhoods.

Opening remarks: Mary Gestrin, Head of Communications, Nordic Council of Ministers


Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland

Astrid Haas, Urban Adviser, African Development Bank

HE Prof Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, Governor of Kisumu county, Kisumu, Kenya

Tatiana Gallego Lizon, Chief, Housing and Urban Development Division, Climate Change and Sustainability Department, Inter-American Development Bank

Location: Nordic Pavilion, COP26 Venue (Hall 4), Glasgow 

This is event is part of 'Nordic Talks', which is a series of talks and podcast episodes addressing the biggest global challenges. 

Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and their counterparts from around the world it wants to provide a space for contemplation and to share inspiration on how to take action on sustainability issues in our everyday lives. All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges.

NORDIC TALKS is brought to you by The Nordics, a project under The Nordic Council of Ministers.

Click here to watch the online stream


Nordic Pavilion in Glasgow and the Nordic COP26 Hub in Helsinki are hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Meet NDF staff 

Check the events where NDF staff participates during COP26.


Why are we participating? How can we contribute to a successful outcome of COP26? See how we answer to key questions regarding COP26.