Binding emission reductions were not agreed at Copenhagen. However, significant new pledges were made to support developing countries respond to climate change. This collection of materials from ODI focuses on the challenges that such countries will face as they continue to seek economic growth and a reduction in poverty.
ODI’s research explores the relationship between climate change and development. It is a broad agenda: how to secure low carbon growth; the ways and means of raising new and additional finance to tackle climate change; the role of forests in national mitigation strategies. Research tools such as scenario planning can provide important insights, and the role of knowledge intermediaries in bridging the gap between the research and policy communities is becoming ever more important. We also need to better understand the terms of international agreements if we are to see a stronger outcome for developing countries at the next COP meeting in Mexico City in November 2010. All these papers offer important new insights to help secure this goal.