In recent years the world has witnessed the impacts of climate change rapidly intensifying with more severe, frequent and unpredictable extreme weather events, and a rising sea level that threatens communities and countries all over the world. The private sector has in many ways taken a leading role in the establishment of mitigatory efforts, but a similar business-led movement on adaptation still needs to be developed. This seminar will explore responsibilities and opportunities for businesses in climate change adaptation.

  • What are the concrete adaptation needs for countries that are already severely affected by climate change (with concrete examples such as food production, infrastructure, etc)?
  • This summer, the UN General Assembly declared that a healthy environment is a human right – what are the implications for adaptation and businesses?
  • What is the current status of adaptation issues in both international climate negotiations and policy?
  • Why do businesses need to care about adaptation?
  • Financing and risk mitigation – what opportunities and solutions exist, and what is needed to attract private capital?
  • As well as; best practices and case studies from businesses.


  • H.E. Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, The Maldives
  • Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Founder CEO, Council of Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
  • Eija Hietauvo, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Tetra Pak
  • Eric Usher, Head UNEP Finance Initiative, UNEP Finance Initiative
  • Jan Svärd, CEO EasyMining part of Ragn-Sells Group, Ragn-Sells
  • Jimena Leiva Roesch, Director of Global Initiatives and Head of Peace, Climate, and Sustainable Development, International Peace Institute
  • Linda Burenius, Head of Development, Global Challenges Foundation
  • Richard Klein, Team Leader: International Climate Risk and Adaptation; Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Victor Bernard, Program Officer, Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI)

For further updates on the agenda, please check in here or on our social media feeds on Twitter and LinkedIn . The seminar will be moderated by Linda Burenius, Head of Development, Global Challenges Foundation.

Business Sweden is hosting the event, at the Business Sweden pavilion , in the Blue Zone at COP 27 Saturday 12 November 9-10.40 am CET.

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 27 will take place 6 – 18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.