Conférence interactive

The Action Agenda: alliances for climate

Co-organised with the Negociation Team COP21/CMP11 |

1. How can the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) strengthen multi-actor international cooperation against climate change and support the achievement of an ambitious agreement during the COP21?
2. Within the framework of the Action Agenda, how can non-state actors take action alongside governments to make concrete, ambitious and inclusive commitments in favor of the fight against climate change?
3. What are the fields of action in which the potential decrease of carbon emissions and resilience reinforcement are the greatest?

Conférence interactive

Beyond GDP: towards a more integrated definition of growth?

1. What are the challenges related to redefining growth?
2. How can economic, social and environmental progress be measured? Can we overcome the difficulties of integrating externalities when it comes to measuring growth?
3. What indicators should be implemented? How can indicators of life quality, environment, access to technology, etc. be integrated?

Conférence interactive

Ensuring the long-term success of a social business: how to make a business model evolve

Session co-organised with L’Atelier - Regional Resource Centre for Developing Social Entreprise and a Responsible Economy |

1. How to develop a social enterprise whilst staying committed to the initial social goal?
2. How to successfully pass all the stages of the development cycle?
3. Which strategies should be implemented to diversify company resources?
4. How to access European social funds?

Conférence interactive

Vulnerable populations, key development actors: what leverages for which perspectives?

Session co-organised with UNHCR |

1. Capacity-building and leverage for the empowerment of vulnerable populations: lessons from past and present experience
2. How can development actors make forced displacement a funding and national development plan priority?
3. How can international organizations and their partners improve cooperation with local civil society to support host communities, IDPs and refugees?
4. How to use innovative approaches to promote effective use of aid and identify, assist and protect the most vulnerable?

Atelier dynamique

Innovation and crisis management: innovation for better management of humanitarian crises in the field

Session co-organised with the Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology |

1. How can innovation accelerate decision-making and action in favour of target populations in crisis situations in the field?
2. Is emergency humanitarian relief compatible with innovative user-centred practice?
3. How can collaboration between all parties involved in developing emergency response be promoted (from humanitarian aid to the authorities and local representatives)?

Atelier dynamique

Social performance standards: learning from the microfinance experience

Session co-organised with Grameen Crédit Agricole Microcredit Foundation |

1. Measuring social performance in the microfinance sector: are we heading towards a universal standard?
2. How is the convergence between stakeholders contributing to strengthening social performance? What kind of support (technical assistance, training) needs to be implemented?
3. From evaluation to action: how to move from social performance evaluation to an action plan for improvement?
4. How can these lessons be applied to sectors other than microfinance?

Conférence interactive

Financing zero carbon development models

Session co-organised with the French Agency for Development (AFD) |

1. Zero poverty and zero carbon: what are the funds available to simultaneously reach these two objectives ?
2. What are the types of climate funding that currently exist (public and private)? To what extent do they cover low carbon investment needs and in what ways do they enable economies to adapt?
3. How can existing investment flows be redirected towards green funding to limit climate change?
4. What legal frameworks and tax and regulatory incentives can be put in place?

Conférence interactive

Africa , the 21st century continent? Utopia or reality around the corner?

Session co-organsied with Terres d'Afrique |

1. Economic growth and fragilities: how can sustainable growth be ensured in Africa?
2. Following and together with China, will Africa be the world’s workshop in 2040?
3. How can public development aid and private investments contribute to a greener and more sustainable growth for Africa?
4. Energy and digital technology: two sectors on the rise. Through what means and which actors?
5. What impact will the rise of entrepreneurship and civil society have in Africa?
6. Which innovative initiatives can be shared between European civil society and Africa? In which ways can diasporas serve as bridge between Europe and Africa?

Conférence interactive

Financing the SDGs: how to make the best possible use of all financial flows and tools?

1. Results of the Addis Abeba conference: how to catalyse all major financial flows? What is the future for Official Development Assistance (ODA)?
2. What role for the public sector: fighting tax evasion and speculation, tax incentives, etc.
3. What contribution can corporations bring to the new development agenda?
4. How to better mobilise migrant transfers and local savings in favour of development?

Conférence interactive

Humanitarian action: operational and financial models towards 2025

Session co-organised with Fondation de France |

1. Funding, logistical support, expertise or security: what should the development and humanitarian sector prioritize?
2. Financing humanitarian action: what are the challenges linked to the emergence of new financial sources in addition to traditional aid?
3. How to face the emergence of new norms within humanitarian regulation?
4. Life expectancy of French NGOs: how many will still be around in 10 years?

Conférence interactive

How does the microfinance experience shed light on the key issues and challenges at stake in impact investing?

Session co-organised with Proparco |

1. How can the problems faced by microfinance (in terms of governance, risk analysis, market size, social performance management, etc.) enlighten the development of impact investing?
2. Which mechanisms have led to the success of microfinance? Can they be applied to impact investing and social business?
3. Impact investing and social business: what are the instruments and innovation that can foster their development?

Conférence interactive

Green microfinance: the microfinance institution response to climate change

1. What do we know about the environmental impact of micro-entrepreneurs?
2. Can microfinance play a role in the fight against climate change? What are its limits and its advantages?
3. What are the relevant criteria and indicators to design a green project? What kind of training and mentoring services should be developed to raise client awareness on climate issues?
4. The green microfinance ecosystem

Atelier dynamique

Impact investing and environmental performance: developing global standards

Session co-organised with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) |

1. What are the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for targeting and measuring the non-financial impacts of investments?
2. What practical steps can impact investors take to successfully integrate both social and environmental impact considerations into their investment approaches?
3. What are current approaches to measuring and communicating both the social impacts of primarily environmental investments, and the environmental impacts of primarily social investments?

Conférence interactive

Principles, values and ethics: guidelines for humanitarian action

Session co-organised with the French Red Cross Fund |

1. Humanitarian action: what does it mean?
2. Are humanitarian principles outdated?
3. Ethical principles as guidelines for humanitarian action
4. Transition between humanitarian action, social policy and development

Conférence interactive

Inclusive and social business: strategy and impact for business

Session co-organised with the World Forum for a Responsible Economy |

1. What are the companies’ motivations for taking on these new economic models?
2. What are the challenges faces when implementing models with high social and/or environmental impact in a company?
3. How are these models leading to innovation, to the mobilisation of new talents and to the development of new opportunities?
4. Challenges for implementing new business models: how to scale up and measure their impact?

Conférence interactive

Funding the development of business with social and territorial impact: a European challenge?

Session co-organised by France Active |

1. How to duplicate innovative models to fund social businesses ?
2. What role can public and private actors play in these models?
How can economic synergies be created between these
3. How can these models be replicated at a European level?

Conférence interactive

Index-based agricultural insurance: an innovative response to food insecurity and climate change challenges

1. What is the impact of innovative agricultural insurance schemes, triggered by meteorological and return indicators, on food security in the South?
2. How do new technologies help expand these schemes and improve their reliability and granularity?
3. The delivery channels helping small farming businesses benefit from these innovative schemes
4. What are the public policies that can ensure access to index-based insurances for the large majority of small family farms in developing countries?
5. How can insurance companies and reinsurance groups take part in the transfer of part of the agricultural risk to the market?

Atelier dynamique

Service economy: why and how should it be integrated in corporate strategy?

1. How does service economy empower producers? Is it a solution to planned obsolescence?
2. Implementation issues: which instruments, which partners and what are the challenges?
3. What kind of leverage can the public sector activate (regulations, incentives...)?
4. Which innovative models can be replicated?

Atelier dynamique

Fab Labs and Open Source: production in the collaborative era

1. How can the development of collaborative production be facilitated?
2. How to lead companies towards open source projects / collaborative models?
3. How can non-profit organisations capitalize on these new trends?
4. Collaborative cities: building “maker” communities to trigger a new form of local citizenship

Session plénière

Youth We Can! Evening

Youth We Can! is a Convergences key event, which gathered over 900 young people in 2014. The fourth edition of this special evening will be dedicated to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will highlight 3 young social entrepreneurs and 3 inspiring personalities who will share their experience as actors of change.
The evening will then unfold into a festive event with speed meetings, a job board and a MKS Room which will mix live artistic shows and open-micro for willing participants.

Conférence interactive

Convergences Awards Nominees

Session co-organised with C3D |

The 2015 Convergences Award Nominees will come on stage to introduce their projects.

Conférence interactive

Local Innovation and How it Contributes to Tackling Unemployment in Europe

1. Which instruments can be used to tackle unemployment in Europe’s most vulnerable regions?
2. Activating passive spending: an efficient method for tackling long-term unemployment?
3. Multi-stakeholder partnership models to tackle unemployment in Europe

Conférence interactive

Making solidarity projects coming from civil society arise and ensure their sustainability

Session co-organised by ACTED Lab / La Guilde / Agence Micro Projets |
1. What lessons can be drawn from existing experiences for the arising of solidarity projects through micro-projects?
2. What lessons can be drawn in terms of needs and approaches?
3. How to best answer their sustainability needs: financing, structuring, development?
4. How to draw new partnerships with the private sector? What innovative business models could be envisaged?
5. Is there potential to replicate these projects on a larger scale? What role could the Internet play?

Conférence interactive

Seizing the global opportunity: Partnerships for better growth and a better climate

Session co-organised with The New Climate Economy |

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and its
flagship project “The New Climate Economy”, were set up to help
governments, businesses and society make better-informed decisions
on how to achieve economic prosperity and development
while also addressing climate change. This programme of work
was commissioned in 2013 by the governments of seven countries:
Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden
and the United Kingdom. The Commission is chaired by Felipe
Calderón, Former President of Mexico and co-chaired by
Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Chair of Economics and Government,
London School of Economics, who is also the author of the Stern
Review on the Economics of Climate Change, a report released for
the British government in 2006. The 2015 report, Seizing the
Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better
Climate, released by the Global Commission identifies ten key
economic opportunities that could close up to 96 percent of the
gap between business-as-usual emissions and the level needed to
limit dangerous climate change. The report calls for stronger cooperation
between governments, businesses, investors, cities and
communities to drive economic growth in the emerging low-carbon

Conférence interactive

Climate finance: achievements and boundaries of the new financial mechanisms

1. How can new financial mechanisms be used to tackle climate change at a large scale?
2. Which innovations can meet the challenge?
3. How can impact certification mechanisms contribute to climate change reduction? What are the implications for Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) populations?

Conférence interactive

What role for business post COP21?

1. What role can business play in enhancing the development of climate policy under a new global framework?
2. How can better engage business on climate issues (beyond the usual sustainability leaders?)
3. How do we tackle climate change in a way consistent with promoting growth and jobs?
4. What role for public private partnerships?

Conférence interactive

Partnerships and the SDGs: the leverage and impact of multi-actor alliances

1. How to create partnerships between different stakeholders for the implementation of the SDGs?
2. What role for local actors in the implementation of the SDGs?
3. How to mobilise the knowledge and capacity of universities and civil society in favour of the SDGs?
4. How to promote the exchange of best practices and solutions to promote sustainable development?

Conférence interactive

Crowdfunding: potential for development

1. What are the key issues and potential for development?
2. Which market and instruments?
3. What are the main challenges and obstacles for the development of crowdfunding?
4. What is the impact of crowdfunding on the main development aid donors?

Conférence interactive

Combining Adaptation and Mitigation in the South: Innovation in the Value Chain and Fair Trade

Session co-organised with Max Havelaar France |

1. The dangers of inaction: what challenges do small producers face because of climate change?
2. Which synergies should be developed between mitigation and adaptation in local agriculture? How can innovation facilitate synergies?
3. How can fair trade help small producers in the South face these issues?

Conférence interactive

Humanitarian action and the climate change challenge

Session co-organised with ACTED |

1. How can the humanitarian system shift towards an approach that manages disaster risks to which people are vulnerable (mitigation and adaptation) rather than responding to disaster after they occur?
2. How to better work across the “traditional” humanitarian/development divide to enhance contingency plans, early warning systems, partnerships and better coordination?
3. What synergies between humanitarian and development actors, public institutions, local communities and private sector in the response to the challenge of climate change?

Atelier dynamique

From production to consumption: innovation to change behaviours and promote sustainable consumption

Session co-organised with Unilever |

1. How to change consumer habits towards more “climate-responsible” behaviour
2. The role of marketing and communications in promoting change and co-benefits for the consumer?
3. How to increase company accountability and provoke a shift towards more responsible production and consumption
4. How can climate change issues be integrated in the functioning of the supply chain of consumption goods? Which long-term vision should we endorse to take into account future consumers?

Conférence interactive

The key challenges and future of humanitarian action

Session co-organised with Coordination Humanitaire et Développement |

1. Humanitarian principles and access to crisis victims: what are the key issues?
2. Efficiency, quality and innovation: how to improve humanitarian aid for populations at risk?
3. Emergency – reconstruction – development: what stage are we at in the operationalization of the process?
4. Multi-actor humanitarian partnerships: how to improve the relationship between international humanitarian organizations and populations in crisis situations? What is the relationship between communities and national actors?
5. Improving the response capacity to disasters: the importance of knowledge and preparedness to risks.

Conférence interactive

Startups and Small and Medium Enterprises: Creating an Ecosystem That Favours Their Development

1. Accessing finance: which mechanisms enable access to capital?
2. What kind of strategic and technical support do Small and Micro Enterprises need?
3. How can procedures be simplified for more intelligent and intelligible regulations?
4. How to facilitate Small and Micro Enterprise access to European and international markets?
5. Incubation of Small and Microenterprises by major corporations: lessons learned

Conférence interactive

Microfinance and technology: the impact of digital innovation on the sector

1. What is the structural impact of digital technologies on microfinance institutions and banks? To what extent are these innovations transforming the traditional banking sector?
2. What is the impact of digital microfinance on clients? What is the outreach to people excluded from traditional microfinance?
3. What are the obstacles for implementing digital microfinance?
4. Microfinance Plus: how does technology strengthen links with other sectors (health, education, food, etc.)?

Atelier dynamique

Incubators: how can the emergence and consolidation of new business models be supported?

Session co-organised with Danone.communities |

1. Incubator mapping: where can they be found, what do they do and what results do they achieve?
2. How do they contribute to the consolidation of new models and project funding?
3. How do they support the creation of multi-actor communities and create an ecosystem in favour of social entrepreneurship?
4. How can the collaboration between incubators and investors be promoted?

Conférence interactive

Sustainable energy and transport: digital technology and tackling climate change

Session co-organised with Fondation Agir Contre l'Exclusion (FACE) |

1. Private/public stakeholder synergies: tackling fuel insecurity in an innovative way
2. What kind of innovations for which public?
3. How to make new technologies related to energy available to all?
4. Energy insecurity: a “social” or an “energy” problem?
5. Do connected devices have an influence on consumer behaviours?

Atelier dynamique

Fighting deforestation and climate change: are sustainable commodity chains the solution?

Session co-organised with The French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil |

1. How to manage supply risks linked to deforestation?
2. Traceability, certification and auditing: how to ensure that commitments are applied by companies in the field?
3. Africa, the new Eldorado for investors: how to preserve the last forests?
4. Local producers: how to work together towards responsible practices?
5. Animal species threatened by deforestation: how to reconcile preservation of their natural habitat and productivity?
6. Informing consumers: how to communicate on sustainable commodity chains whilst avoiding “greenwashing”?

Conférence interactive

Why hold a World Humanitarian Summit in 2016?

Session co-organised with the FEH (Forum Espace Humanitaire) |

1. What are the challenges of co-constructing well balanced North-South multi-actor humanitarian action?
2. Transparency, access and security: who assumes the risks and what are the impacts?
3. What distribution of responsibilities between traditional and new stakeholders in both North and South?
4. Sovereignty: how to empower beneficiary populations?

Conférence interactive

Tools and mode of action for development: renewal and innovation

Session co-organised with UNICEF France |

1. What are the new approaches?
2. Factors for success in multi-actor cooperation: success stories
3. What can digital technology bring to fieldwork? Co-construction and pooling of resources

Conférence interactive

Supporting solidarity organisations: learning from our mistakes and achievements

Session co-organised with Le RAMEAU |

1. From patronage to strategic partnerships between companies and non-profit actors: what are the support models?
2. Analysing the viability of a social project: according to what criteria and with which tools should projects be selected and monitored?
3. How can social enterprises and their dual objective of professionalization and empowerment be supported?

Conférence interactive

Food and climate: what role can foundations play to help local initiatives scale up?

Session co-organised with Fondation de France |

1. How can foundations create an environment conducive to scaling up local initiatives?
2. How to capitalise on local projects that have demonstrated success? What is the role of research in providing them with the necessary legitimacy?
3. From expansion to growth at a national level: the impact of scaling up

Atelier dynamique

What is a responsible business model?

Session co-organised with the French Agency for Development (AFD) |

1. What is a responsible business model? By which principles should organisations abide to ensure the successful implementation of a responsible business model?
2. The diversity of responsible business models
3. What are the “strengths and weaknesses” of responsible models? To what extent are they a source of innovation?

Session plénière

Media that changes the world

With over 800 participants in 2014, the Media Evening is one of the Forum’s high points. Co-organised with Sparknews, Convergences and Forum RSE médias, it is dedicated to the media’s role in constructing a fair and sustainable world.

In 2015, the Media Evening will take place on 8th September, and will bring together 20 Editors-in-Chief from across the world to share their experiences of “impact journalism”. During the second half of the evening, a competition will reward the best projects fighting climate change through articles in national and international newspapers.
The event will take place in two parts. First, opinion leaders of the international media will speak about programs they have put into place to transform their media outlets into agents of change (Sunday Times Changemakers, CNN Impact Your World, El Mashrou3 : a successful, positive Egyptian reality show, etc.). Next, the “Spark Show”: in an entertaining format, five individuals will pitch their projects to a jury of 10 journalists in three minutes. This will be the best way to allow these innovative projects to gain visibility and for the media to discover new subjects to cover.

Launch of the web documentaire ‘Small is powerful’’

Conférence interactive

Venture philanthropy and social impact investment: results and prospects

Session co-organised with European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) |

1. How can financial performance and social innovation be combined?
2. How can private wealth investment be encouraged? How can foundations transition from reactivity to proactivity?
3. Impact measurement: how to make it work

Conférence interactive

Urban and rural areas facing the climate change challenge

Session co-organised with the IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) |

1 What dynamics can be created between urban and rural territories to provide an integrated response to the climate change challenge?
2. What are the challenges that need to be overcome to encourage these synergies?
3. Stakeholder coalitions to favour the development of territorial innovation
4. What instruments and platforms can contribute to the strengthening of these dynamics? What perspectives and input can research provide?

Atelier dynamique

Speed-meeting & consulting for social entrepreneurs

Session co-organised with Societality & 1001pact |
This session will provide a moment dedicated to dialogue and
exchange. Social entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to
test their ideas and get advice from experts, to pitch their projects
to investors and to meet and network with professionals. This
session, open to all, will be organized as follows:
10:00 - 11:00 Expert Insight round table
11:00 - 12:20 Social entrepreneurs – investors/experts
speed meetings & advice:
• 10 minute one to one
speed-meeting sessions
(by registration only)
• Thematic group meetings
12:20 - 12:30 Conclusion (plenary session)

Session plénière

Convergences Awards Ceremony

The Convergences Awards reward the best partnerships between one solidarity actor and one private and/or public actor for an economically sustainable project with strong social and environmental impact. This Ceremony will award a prize to the European Laureate Award and the International Laureate Award, among three nominees for each category.

Conférence interactive

Citizen action: how to engage citizens in the ecological transition

1. Which platforms and instruments can be implemented by the main stakeholders (public, private and non-profit) to engage ordinary citizens in the ecological transition?
2. What are the perceptions of young citizens?
3. “Citizen to citizen”: raising awareness through civil society

Conférence interactive

SDGs, cities and climate: articulating and implementing agendas

Session co-organised with Comité 21 / Club France Développement Durable |

1. What are the converging goals of these three agendas: SDGs, climate change and urban development?
2. Monitoring mechanisms to ensure the efficient implementation of these 3 agendas
3. Non-state actors and international commitments: implementing, financing and taking ownership of the agendas

Conférence interactive

YWC! Plea 2015: young people taking action against climate change!

The screening of a short video about innovative solutions to the fight against climate change will constitute a starting shot for the discussion. Over the course of the session, a spokesperson for the French J7 Delegation and a member of CliMates will describe their views on the recommendations of young people to combat climate change and on the importance of advocacy in this context. A member of the YWC! collective will act as spokesperson for the questions and contributions collected at the YWC! Evening on Monday, 7th September and through UNICEF’s Voices of Youth platform.

Conférence interactive

Circular economy: an opportunity to co-create value at a local scale

1. What value does circular economy create and how can it be measured?
2. Is circular economy most effective at a local scale? What synergies exist between different stakeholders in this business model?
3. Open source and information sharing towards the scaling up of circular economy: what is at stake?
4. Frugal innovation, “producing better with less”: what can the North learn from developing countries?

Atelier dynamique

First Lab Laboo New Economy: Contribution or threat to the common good?

The first Lab Laboo taking place at the Hôtel de Ville of Paris, digital
capital, brings together and fosters synergies between actors of the
traditional economy and representatives of the new economy and innovation,
to work towards new paradigm of action and solutions aimed at
Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty.

In what ways is digital technology disrupting traditional economic
2. Is this digital revolution in favour of a more sustainable and
fair world? How can digital technology become a tool for social
3. What convergences can be made possible between actors of
the new economy, traditional economic stakeholders and social
and solidarity actors?

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