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 Canada’s 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 Saturday 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.
Participants heard that without transformative action to slash greenhouse gas emissions, hundreds of millions of people will fall into poverty in the coming decades.
At the end of Sunday, participants heard from a high-level panel 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'.
This year's event was also captured in verse by the Climate Centre's Fleur Monasso:
The Development and Climate Days
Producing optimistic takeaways
Through applied improvisation, co-creation,
short-turn taking, we will be shaking, we will be breaking
Breaking all conventional silo-ed styles
Bringing forth our ideas on transformational trials
Robust strategies, applying new technologies
With innovative partnerships, networks and companies
In search for the deep transitional solutions,
moving ahead, despite the Paris conclusions
World Bank and ODI trying to make us see
How many people can fall straight back into poverty
By lack of a climate lens in development
Scrutinizing each obstacle and impediment
With the poor on top of the ‘shock wave’
if like this we continue to behave
Equity at the heart of each of our discussions
Calling upon the wealthy to ratchet down emissions
Our energy consumption is to go down.
But for the poorest, energy access is yet to be found.
We heard a strong plea, to not only use the apocalyptic argument,
Especially if we mean business on the African continent
Business as a dividend to humanity
Combining the wins with efforts of eradicating poverty
A declaration on coal we easily drafted
Although much more painful to get the answer crafted
To our hypothetical neighbour who lost his job in mining
Let our sympathy for those not be declining
Calling for deep, deep, deep decarbonisation
Deep transition, deep uncertainty and climate information
In short, a day full of solution driven topics with compelling pitches
Addressing good practice and their challenging glitches
City learning labs and examples with a business lens
With games we saw more emotions than in all of the entire COP side events.
Lastly we learned that big white beards stimulate radical adaptation
And bring intriguing links with social protection and migration
So, in search of poverty eradication
Options of decarbonisation
In search of in energy transition
And much higher levels of ambition
In search of the R-factor appeal
All in all, in search to further catalyse a Paris deal
Presentations and PowerPoints shown at D&C Days will shortly be made available via Dropbox here.
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.
Over the years it has brought together policy-makers, scientists and development practitioners to debate the now-central theme – helping to place adaptation centre-stage with climate policies and programmes worldwide.
In 2014 the D&C Days event alongside COP 20 took place in the Peruvian capital, Lima.