Tbilisi 2024: 57th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank.

Tbilisi 2024: Civil Society Program

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Note: All events are listed in Georgia time (GMT+4).

3 May, Friday

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am,
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Civil Society Program
    For civil society organizations only
    ADB senior management, headed by the ADB President, met with representatives of civil society organizations (CSO). This was followed by a Q&A covering topics related to ADB’s support for development across Asia and the Pacific and ADB’s high-level policy engagement.
  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm,
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Civil Society Program
    Civil Society Panel (with NGO Forum on ADB)
    The session presented the perspectives from communities on how ecosystems may be affected by low-carbon, cross-border energy plans and projects financed by the ADB. NGO Forum on ADB recommended alternative just energy transition models that prioritize the rights and concerns of the diverse peoples of Asia and the Pacific.
  • 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm,
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Civil Society Program
    Learning with Partners 1 (with WWF International)
    Financially viable nature-based solutions (NbS) support the development of more climate-resilient and sustainable landscapes and economies. Their bankability enables projects on the ground to accelerate scaling and replication, realizing large-scale positive impact on nature and communities. The session shared lessons on bankable NbS, which have the ability to create positive environmental returns that lead to improved biodiversity and climate goals, while also being attractive for financial institutions to invest in.
  • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm,
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Civil Society Program
    Civil Society Panel (with NGO Forum on ADB)
    Aiming to increase public awareness of CSO reflections on ADB’s new Environmental and Social Framework and the proposed changes in the bank’s safeguards policy architecture, this session discussed recommendations for safeguards that will protect project–affected people and create a platform for them to raise their concerns on issues related to climate change, indigenous peoples, gender, and conflict-affected situations.

4 May, Saturday

  • 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm,
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Civil Society Program
    Learning with Partners (ADB’s Accountability Mechanism and the Accountability Counsel)
    This session focused on what the ADB Accountability Mechanism should look like with the new standalone safeguard standard on climate change under its new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF).

5 May, Sunday

  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm,
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Civil Society Panel
    IED staff outlined five areas for collaborating with civil society organizations (CSOs) from their listening to CSO views during the Annual Meeting events: the Safeguard Policy Review; Climate Change Action Plan and Climate Risk Assessments; project performance monitoring system; assessing the situation when the projects have finished; and capturing and learning from lessons.