A climate of distraction: Are current efforts to integrate climate change and development misdirected?

Watch/Listen Again Wednesday 17 April 2013 17:00 to 18:30
IDS Convening Space

In parallel discussions about what replaces the Kyoto Protocol and the Millennium Development Goals after 2015, policy makers are continuing to grapple with how best to tackle the dual challenges of climate change and poverty reduction. Climate change presents opportunities as well as significant risks to development progress, but is only one of a number of drivers of change that compete for attention.

This event provides a forum to challenge current approaches to climate change and development. Should policies for climate change be integrated with those for development, as outlined in the proposal for a set of post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals? Or will efforts towards integration provide an unwelcome distraction and lead to policies that offer short-term technical fixes that fail to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, and that do not adequately reflect the needs of the communities whose livelihoods and wellbeing are most at stake?

This Sussex Development Debate, hosted by the IDS Climate Change Team, provides an opportunity to discuss how new post 2015 international frameworks can most effectively address the challenges of climate change and poverty reduction.

For a taste of the debate read this guest blog by Thomas Tanner.

Confirmed speakers include

  • Yvan Biot, Department for International Development
  • Emily Boyd, University of Reading
  • Thomas Tanner, IDS Climate Change Team
  • Nicola Ranger, Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment
  • Kate Crowley, Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser, CAFOD