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Lead, Climate Compatible Development Policy

Lead, Climate Compatible Development Policy

Talking Transformation Ltd, acted as the CDKN Global Lead for Policy, CDKN Global Lead for Policy, responsible for commissioning DFID and Dutch government funding for policy work to achieve scale and impact, working with our teams across Africa, Asia and Latin America; with a specific focus on mainstreaming climate change in development planning and large-scale investment decisions. Prior to this, I was responsible for the Latin America and Caribbean regional strategy that encompassed work in 4 deep engagement countries and support to a regional policy for climate resilience in the Caribbean. Responsible for commissioning approx. 4 million UK pounds a year of world-class research and technical assistance and media support, working together with local partners in the design of complex policies and plans, such as the Amazon trans-boundary climate security project; climate-proofing key investment projects in the water sector in the Caribbean; and the multi-stakeholder negotiated scenario-building for low carbon development and INDC in Peru. Management of a multi-disciplinary team of experts within the region, and member of senior global management team based out of London.

Lead, Monitoring and Impact Evaluation for Global Programme

Evaluation for Global Programme

From 20I3-2014, Talking Transformation was responsible for overseeing the Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment programme, through which Pippa Heylings helped develop the CDKN global theory of change for policy and advocacy and manage the team responsible for on-going monitoring and reporting and case study analysis of policy change. In 2014-2015, I worked with DFID and DECC to oversee the independent external evaluation of CDKN’s five year programme, which has provided rich reflection on the multiple theories of change for advocacy and policy change, as well as the kind of indicators and data gathering that can be used to monitor effectiveness in a complex policy-oriented programme working in multiple countries with diverse cultures and contexts.

Facilitator, « UN CBD Harnesses the power of dialogue and professional facilitation workshop»

Facilitator Workshops

Talking Transformation facilitated the UN CBD Dialogue workshop, a space to harness the power of dialogue and professional facilitation to allow for critical reflection and ‘out of the box’ thinking in the lead up to intergovernmental negotiations – with a focus on scaling up implementation and ambition.

As with climate change, the results of the global assessment of biodiversity show that there is a mismatch between the global targets and the aggregate sum of national targets and commitments.  To reach the 2020 Aichi Targets for Biodiversity (now aligned with the SDGs), all Parties have recognised the urgent need to scale up implementation – and ratchet up ambition – at the national level. This is the focus of the recently created intergovernmental Subsidiary Body for Implementation, which meets for the first time in May 2016 in Montreal. Given that there are commitments by all Parties to update the national plans (NBSAPs) and that there are new guidelines for national reporting – is there added value in also bringing the soft powers of the Convention to play through adopting a review system to assess progress and so enhance implementation of the Convention? Can the CBD build on the experiences with intergovernmental dialogue sessions at SBSTTA 17 to empower the reviews?  This is something that will be decided at the forthcoming SBI meeting, and the Secretariat had been asked to put forward proposals.

Facilitator, “Friends of the UN CBD” dialogue workshop on mechanisms for review of implementation of the CBD)

Friends of the UN CBD

The Secretariat of the UN CBD contracted Pippa Heylings, CEO of Talking Transformation, to facilitate the dialogue workshop of the Friends of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 21 to 23 March 2016 in Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland. The workshop brought together 45 participants and provided a unique opportunity for representatives from governments, organizations, conventions, non-governmental organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities as well as experts to contribute their views, experiences and processes in enhancing review of implementation.

The workshop was held in preparation for the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) and focused on enhancing mechanisms to support review of implementation. The objective of the workshop was to explore, in an informal setting, possible approaches to enhance review of implementation of the Convention. The workshop drew from the experiences of review mechanisms of: other biodiversity-related conventions, protocols and, relevant international processes, such as UNFCCC, OECD and WTO; as well as national experiences to identify ways for strengthening implementation. The workshop also discussed the key elements of review mechanisms, including the voluntary peer review (VPR) of the NBSAPs, exploring the merits of establishing new processes. The meeting was carried out in the spirit of the Chatham House Rule and managed by a professional facilitator, Pippa Heylings, CEO of Talking Transformation, through interactive panel discussions, followed by targeted group work that allowed for critical reflection.

Facilitator, International CDB Dialogues on Scaling Up Biodiversity Finance

International CBD Dialogues

Secretariat for Convention on Biological Diversity, IUCN-Sur and Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The Quito I and Quito II International CBD dialogues “Scaling up biodiversity finance – with a focus on the value of biodiversity for policy choices, mainstreaming and funding”, held in Quito in 2012 and 2014, co-hosted by COP Presidents of India and Japan together with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and SwedBio of SRC.

The issue of innovative finance mechanisms for biodiversity turned out to be the most difficult points for negotiations at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. For the first time in the history of CBD, a whole decision was deleted in the last hours of a COP. Parties could not reach agreement because on the one hand, some Parties considered that the institutional frameworks, regulations of markets and safeguards were not elaborated enough; while on the other hand a lack of trust and an absence of dialogue between actors with different political views prevailed.

The Quito Dialogue:

The issue of innovative finance mechanisms for biodiversity turned out to be the most difficult points for negotiations at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. For the first time in the history of CBD, a whole decision was deleted in the last hours of a COP. Parties could not reach agreement because on the one hand, some Parties considered that the institutional frameworks, regulations of markets and safeguards were not elaborated enough; while on the other hand a lack of trust and an absence of dialogue between actors with different political views prevailed.

The co-chairs report from the meeting became an official information document to the CBD negotiations and the Quito dialogue was referred to in the negotiation texts. At COP 11 several negotiators referred to the Quito dialogue and said that most important was that the it did not just bring content to the discussion and contributed to better understanding of opportunities and challenges with different financial mechanisms, but also created a better atmosphere and trust for the negotiations.