ICLEI World CongressICLEI Local Governments for SustainabilityCity of São Paulo
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Unlocking innovative finance at the city scale

Stage 6 (Upper level)
21/06/2024, 11:00 - 12:30

As local governments and city networks seek to advance sustainable development initiatives, access to climate finance remains a critical challenge. This session offers a platform for participants to learn from tangible good practices, successful case studies, and expert perspectives on financing sustainable projects at the city scale.

Through inspiring examples from around the world, attendees are presented with innovative approaches to sustainable development financing and the integration of equitable principles into project implementation. Panel discussions featuring experts and government representatives are going to highlight the importance of just transition principles and climate considerations in investment planning and decision-making. Attendees will get valuable insights and tools to navigate the complexities of financing sustainable projects in their communities, as well as a deeper understanding of sustainable development finance mechanisms and practical strategies for mobilizing resources for city-scale projects.


  • Alicia Lerner, Resilience Programme Coordinator, Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI)
  • Carlos de Freitas, Executive Director, Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV)
  • Cristina Dengel, Knowledge Management Team Lead, Adaptation Fund, World Bank
  • Liao Xiaosheng, Director of Bureau of Financial Affairs, Guangzhou Nansha Economic and Technological Development Zone, China
  • Merlina Panganiban, Head of Urban Development Department, City of Makati, Philippines
  • Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor, Chefchaouen Municipality, Morocco; Vice President, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Rafael Greca, Mayor, City of Curitiba, Brazil


Rodrigo Perpétuo, Executive Secretary, ICLEI South America Secretariat
Togo Uchida, Executive Director, ICLEI Japan Office

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