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Climate and development: getting to zero poverty and zero emissions

Time (GMT +01) 15:00 16:30
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Simon Maxwell - Chair, European Think Tanks Group/ Senior research associate, ODI


Amina Mohammed - Environment Minister, Nigeria - Federal Ministry of Environment

Miguel Arias Cañete - Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission

Patrick Ignatius Gomes - Secretary General, ACP Group

Stephanie J. Miller - Director: Western Europe, International Finance Corporation

Teresa Ribera - Director, Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales

Joselin Manzanares Nuñez - Young Leader - Climate Change, Nicaragua


The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, is a major breakthrough in our joint fight against climate change. In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it will be the main instrument to reach SDG 13: 'Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.' Approaches such as the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project show how this could be accomplished. The Paris Agreement also foresees ensuring that finance flows contribute to the path of low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development.

In the race against the clock on climate change, important challenges remain, including access to investment finance, technology transfer and capacity development. 

This high-level panel at the European Development Days in Brussels, organised by ODI and its partners in the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the European Commission's DG CLIMA, brings together policymakers, practitioners and opinion leaders to reflect on these challenges and offer insights into opportunities generated by the Paris Agreement. Panelists share best practices with a view to jump-starting the implementation of the agreement.

For more information, contact Elize Hefer ([email protected]).

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