Marrakesh (Morocco) – The COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) will feature low-carbon solutions for country delegations to scale up and speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The deployment of low-carbon strategies and innovation is key to the success of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This 3-day Conference will engage a collaborative dialogue among the key stakeholders involved in climate action on the ground.

The Low-Emissions Solutions Conference brings together technical experts, world-leading scientists, engineers and innovators, from business, academia, and cities, to set common technological trajectories for a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations necessary in each sector.

Key outcomes of the Conference will be presented at the Action Agenda High-Level Event.

See a synopsis of the LESC Agenda. 500 participants are expected to join the conference.


Monday 14th of November:

  • Opening Ceremony: Speakers include Moroccan Environment Minister Hakima El Haite, Laurence Tubiana from France, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, and Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs
  • Ministerial Roundtable on Innovation led by United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, WBCSD President Peter Bakker, and 10 Ministers (EU, India, Mexico, Brazil, China-tbc) – open to press
  • Low-Carbon Strategies with key speakers from emerging economies
  • The Role of Information and Communications Technologies including Facebook VP of Sustainability Bill Weihl

Tuesday 15th of November:

  • Focus on Sustainable Cities with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Secretary General Gino Van Begin
  • Focus on Low Carbon Transport with Michelin Group Senior VP of Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition Patrick Oliva and many more innovators from the transport sector

Wednesday 16th of November:

  • Focus on Energy and Power Systems with IRENA Director Adnan Amin, International Energy Agency’s Eric Masanet, Canada BC Government
  • Focus on Industry Action and Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Panel Discussion on Low-Carbon Policies with the World Bank, IISD and the Premier of Québec
  • Closing: CEO of Solvay Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, WBCSD President Peter Bakker, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Secretary General Gino Van Begin

Thursday 17th of November:

  • Press Conference (between 9:00 and 10:00, UNFCCC media center)
  • UNFCCC Global Action Agenda High-Level event with participation from Peter Bakker (WBCSD) and selected participants of the LESC (10:00 to 13:00) – open to press

About the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) operates under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize leaders from academia, business, civil society, and other development organizations to promote problem solving and practical solutions for the pressing challenges of sustainable development. Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDSN is committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. 

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses and partners working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues. Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability, united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

About ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions in more than 100 countries committed to building a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable, low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, ICLEI impacts over 25 percent of the global urban population.