Speed, Scale, and Sharm El-Sheikh: Understanding the Dynamics of Climate Action in 2022


Course Format:

  • 5 weeks from start to finish
  • 2 hours of live class per week (10 hours total)
  • ~20-25 total hours of effort

Dean Rachel Kyte

Credential: Fletcher Executive Certificate of Completion

Course Dates:
Thursdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am EST
May 12 – June 9

Priority Registration Deadline:
March 15

Final Registration Deadline:
May 1

In this course, you will…

  • Analyze the implications of COP26 for climate diplomacy.
  • Understand the role of financial systems for climate action.
  • Engage with up-to-the-minute research on climate action and climate diplomacy.
  • Build your professional network.
View an introduction to the course by your faculty, Dean Rachel Kyte.

Program Description

Climate action takes place 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Long gone are the days of a summary of a climate summit. In their place, we see an urgent call to action across multiple streams and sectors of society in every country. Climate diplomacy is no longer limited to governments and state actors; climate leadership can be found in the C-suite of private companies, in the boardroom of nonprofits, in mayors’ offices and city councils, in indigenous communities, among consumers, and in the media.

This course offers a rare opportunity to work closely with Fletcher School Dean Rachel Kyte, world-renowned expert in climate action and climate diplomacy, CEO of UN Sustainable Development Goal #7 (Clean Energy), and climate advisor to the United Nations Secretary General. Join Dean Kyte this summer for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Using lectures, research-based readings, and active discussion, this class provides an understanding of the current state of climate diplomacy. In this course, we will review the results of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, analyze the stumbling blocks and barriers to climate diplomacy, and understand how we can take action in 2022 as we approach COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The course has three components:

(A) A review of the “Glasgow scorecard”: Where did the Glasgow Climate Pact succeed, where did it fall short, and what should we make of the private pledges and commitments?

(B) Examination of the African continent and its leadership in 2022: With COP27 taking place in Egypt, what does hosting COP27 on the African continent mean for African countries’ aspirations and global action. What are energy transition pathways that achieve energy access and drive clean growth? From where will investment come stem? Can African countries leapfrog to green infrastructure solutions? How will resilience, adaptation, loss and damage rise to the top of the agenda and stay there?

(C) Analysis of Climate Finance: Finance is both the most critical barrier and the strongest potential actor for climate diplomacy today. You will learn about the financial landscape of climate diplomacy, and we will discuss the new platforms, collaborations, and thinking that can bring forward finance for a transition in each country. Net-zero pledges across all economic actors are shining a spotlight on the roles of MDBs and the IMF. Agreements on carbon markets still require detailing, and pressure from investors for green assets is growing. And as regulators play catch-up, will they be aligned? Can the finance sector transform and speed change, and can it maintain high integrity absent regulation?

Who should enroll:

This course is widely applicable for professionals whose work impacts the climate or has the potential for climate action. We encourage leaders from the private sector, nonprofit sector, NGOs, and public service to register. The diversity of the learning community in this course facilitates a dynamic learning environment, and we encourage you to register regardless of your industry background.

No specific technical skills or prerequisites are required to succeed in this course.

Meet your Faculty:

Rachel Kyte
Dean of the Fletcher School

Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation responsible for ESG risk and business advisory services.

In her U.N. role and as CEO of SEforAll, a public-private platform created by the U.N. and World Bank, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, reliable and affordable energy as part of the U.N .Sustainable Development Goals. She served as co-chair of U.N. Energy.

Read her full bio here.