Climate Change on the post 2015 agenda. Which role for developing countries?

Date: 14 October 2014

Venue: Stadscampus R.001 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB and USOS

Short description: Debate in the 'Debating Development' series - a platform for reflection on current topics in the field of development to a broad public.

  • Andrew Scott (Research fellow, ODI, UK)
  • Maeve McLynn (Climate & Development Policy Coordinator, Climate Action Network Europe)
  • Moderator:  Jean Hugé (postdoctoral research fellow, ULB, Systems Ecology & Resource Management Lab)

Different studies show that the poor are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.  Developing countries are experiencing  gradual sea-level rises, stronger cyclones, warmer days and nights, more unpredictable rains, and larger and longer heatwaves. These processes generate direct and indirect effects on the quality of life and on the developmental capacity of millions of people in the South. Actions to address these processes will also influence development outcomes. Additionally,  climate change will determine whether the development outcomes already achieved can be sustained. There is thus a clear link between climate change and development. But how can climate action be included in the post-2015 agenda? How can the efforts of developing countries and developed countries be defined and shared?  And how to ensure outcomes that are beneficial for both climate change and development?

As from the 1st of February 2012, Andrew Bradley heads the Office of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) to the EU in Brussels, Belgium.  He joined the senior management of the Institute in Stockholm, Sweden during May 2010 as the Director of Global Programmes. He was previously the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Human Development of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, where he was responsible for the maintenance of ACP-EU relations, bi- and multi-lateral negotiations, migration, human and social development, conflict prevention and resolution, and the promotion of democracy, human rights, governance and the rule of law. Prior to that, he was a diplomat and served in South African Embassies and Missions in Canada, Switzerland and Belgium. In this capacity, he participated in the negotiations for South Africa’s accession to the ACP Group and the Lomé Convention (now Cotonou Agreement), and acted as member of the South African Negotiating Team for the South Africa-EU Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA).  In his service to the ACP Group, he participated in the first phase (all ACP) of negotiations for ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), took part in the successful 2005 revision of the Cotonou Agreement, and was the ACP Group’s coordinator for the 2010 revision of the Agreement. He served on the Results Management Council (RMC) and Consultative Group (GC) of the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). His academic qualifications include graduate and post-graduate degrees and diplomas in Political Sciences, Strategic Studies, International Marketing and International Politics.

Maeve McLynn is a policy coordinator for climate change and development at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe secretariat, based in Brussels. She follows EU and international policy processes around climate finance, the post-2015 sustainable development framework and finance for development.  She has been working at CAN Europe for two and half years. Before joining CAN Europe she was a campaigns assistant at the European Coalition for Corporate Justice, and had previously volunteered as a campaigner for Irish development NGO Trócaire. More recently, Maeve has started research on fossil fuel subsidies from the perspective of climate finance and sustainable development.

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