2 June 2022; 09:00 – 10:30 AM

Venue: Tonino Lamborghini International Convention Center Sharm El Sheikh (Suez Canal Hall)


Climate impacts are worsening and the window of opportunity for action is closing rapidly, posing risks to sustainable development, with over three billion people living in vulnerable hotspots globally, many of whom are in developing countries. Adaptation and sustainable development are inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing. Despite progress on adaptation planning, widening gaps persist between planning and implementation. Adaptation action remains fragmented, incremental, unequally distributed, and takes place at small scales and short time horizons. Global temperatures are likely to reach or exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels in the next 20 years, breaking the target set under the Paris Agreement. While IsDB MCs are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, countries have already begun adaptation actions. However, they are in need of more tailored support matching their national context and a stronger engagement of private actors.


  1. How can countries move beyond incremental progress to achieve “transformational adaptation”?
  2. What is needed to close the adaptation financing gap and how can this be better linked to local and national planning, access to finance, capacity building support as well as broader public and private investment?
  3. How can actions on loss and damage, including cross border development, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian communities, be made more coherent?
  4. What are the challenges, best practices, and next steps for implementing commitments from the Glasgow Climate Pact and related declarations and pledges for key emitting sectors?
  5. How can COP27 accelerate the alignment of financing flows from all sources to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, in the context of developing countries’ needs?
  • Speakers:
    • H.E. Hala Helmy El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development

      is the Egyptian Minister of Planning and Economic Development and the IsDB Governor. She is a prominent female banking figure, as a member of the Central Bank's Board of Directors and previously as an Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute.

    • HE Sameh Shokry

      HE Sameh Shokry is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

    • H.E. Nadia Fettah

      HE Nadia Fettah is the Minister of Economy and Finance IsDB Governor, Morocco. Nadia Fettah was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI as the first female Minister of Economy and Finance of Morocco. Graduated from HEC Paris, she was Managing Director of Sanlam PanAfrica group. She won the African CEO of the Year Award in 2018.

    • H.E. Suharso Monoarfa

      Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning and Chairman of National Development Planning Agency. Started career as a businessman. After showing some successful results in business field, Suharso became professional politician. Previously, he was trusted as The Minister of Public Housing and member of Presidential Advisory Council. 

    • Fatima Yasmin

      Fatima Yasmin is the Secretary Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, she joined the Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance as Secretary in February 2020. Prior to this position, she was Vice-Chairman, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Ministry of Commerce, and Director General, Institute of Public Finance (IPF), Ministry of Finance.

    • H.E. Mahmoud Mohieldin

      is an Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund and UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Development Agenda.

      He was Egypt’s Minister of Investment from 2004-2010, and recently appointed by Egypt’s Government as the country’s Climate Action Champion.

    • Mohamed Ashraf Rashed

      Mohamed Ashraf Rashed is currently the Chairperson of the National APRM Commission of Egypt. He is also the Chairperson of the COMESA Committee of Elders. He served as Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs, as well as Ambassador of Egypt to Ireland, Italy, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome.

    • Christel Alvergne

      Christel Alvergne is the Regional Coordinator for Africa, UNCDF. She worked for 20 years on fiscal decentralization and municipal finance in developing countries. She is a former academic professor, published several books on territorial policies, fiscal decentralization and urban development analyzing the evolutions in Europe, the US, Canada and across Africa.

    • Mallé Fofana

      Mallé Fofana is the Africa Director & Head of Programs at Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).  

      Malle is previously GGGI’s Country Director for Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire. Prior to joining GGGI, Mallé worked for Dalberg and RMDA as Africa Managing Director focusing on development issues in Africa, defining, leading, and implementing a range of economic and social development initiatives throughout the Africa region.