D&C Days at COPs

The 13th Development & Climate Days (D&C Days), alongside annual UN climate talks, centred on the theme Zero Poverty, Zero Emissions: Tough talk on poverty and climate, and took place on 5 and 6 December at the venue L’Usine – Fabrique d'evenements, a renovated historic industrial site on L’avenue du President-Wilson.

It was officially opened by Andrew Norton, Director of the UK International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and Dominique Charron, Acting Director of Agriculture and Environment at Canadas International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (programme, concept note).

Calling for an end to business as usual on climate, Mr Norton said that "climate justice is a fundamental part of the history of D&C Days.

Discussions centred on the need for bold action to tackle the challenges of climate impacts on the poor, and to seize the opportunities presented by climate-compatible development, while later participants heard from a high-level panel (photo) that the world is entering a new era in which we must achieve global solidarity for climate justice.  

D&C Days is jointly organized by the Climate Centre and IIED, the UK Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the IDRC, and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

With partners IFAD, Day 2 also included Taste the change, an experiential approach to rethink our climate choices through food'.

The hugely popular D&C Days fringe event was initiated by IIED's Saleemul Huq at the COP 8 UN climate talks in 2002, when adaptation to climate change was at best a marginal issue.

In 2014 D&C Days took place in the Peruvian capital, Lima, and the COP 22 event will be held in Marrakesh, western Morocco.