Join us for the 13th Development & Climate Days at COP21

News, 29 October 2015
The 13th annual Development & Climate Days in Paris will focus on 'Zero poverty, zero emissions: tough talk on poverty and climate'.

The D&C Days logo

D&C Days will take place on 5-6 December in Paris, during the middle weekend of this year's critical United Nations climate change summit.

The theme for this year's event is "Zero poverty, zero emissions: tough talk on poverty and climate". Organisers say it reflects the importance of achieving an agreement on climate change that is fair, as well as ambitious.

D&C Days is an annual event, held alongside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21). First organised in 2008, D&C Days has become a much-anticipated part of COP, providing an informal space for policymakers, scientists and development practitioners to explore common concerns and strategic action. Around 500 people attended in 2014.

This year's D&C Days will open with a discussion of how climate change could jeopardise the world's ability to sustain poverty eradication beyond 2030.

Both days will feature a number of plenary and parallel interactive sessions. IIED speakers will be leading sessions on radical adaptation, disruptive change and voices from the Least Developed Countries. 

The programme also includes sessions on energy, climate finance, pastoralism and food security.

D&C Days at COP21 is being organised by IIED in partnership with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

Coverage of the event will be available on this website and on Twitter: search for #DCDays.

Event details

Dates: Saturday, 5 December to Sunday, 6 December, 2015
Venue: L'Usine, 379 Avenue du Président Wilson, 93210 Saint-Denis, Paris

How to register

D&C Days is free and open to anyone interested, but registration is no longer available.

Background to D&C Days

D&C Days was first organised at COP8 in 2002 by Saleemul Huq, now a senior fellow at IIED. Since then, D&C Days has become a popular part of each COP, providing an opportunity for the international climate change and development communities to share new approaches, explore common concerns and support adaptation efforts in developing countries.

The events balance a mixture of participatory, interactive and informal sessions with discussions of substance involving high-profile decision-makers. The 2014 D&C Days in Lima, Peru, had the theme "Zero emissions, Zero poverty within a generation".

Background to COP21

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) binds nearly 200 countries to tackle the global problem of climate change. The parties to the UNFCCC meet each year at the Conference of Parties (COP) to review progress.

The 21st session of the COP will run from 30 November to 11 December, 2015, and will be attended by a range of IIED researchers. COP21 will be a crucial summit because the parties are aiming to agree a revised treaty to keep global temperature rise below two degrees Centigrade.