Join us for the 15th Development & Climate Days at COP23

News, 14 September 2017
Registrations have opened for Development & Climate Days 2017, which will explore four key themes towards climate resilience for all at COP23.

The logo for Development and Climate Days 2017

This year's D&C days will aim to influence the 'ambition mechanism' processes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – particularly the facilitative dialogue and global stocktake – and to inform climate action on all levels.

D&C Days 2017 will take place on 11-12 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany during the middle weekend of this year's UN climate change talks, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23).

This year's D&C Days programme (PDF) will focus on four themes:

  • Resilience through empowerment and access: exploring the effective pathways to address poverty and climate vulnerability and manage climate risk, to consider how engagement in decision making, equitable access to resources, and the provision of goods, services and innovation can be enhanced (download the background paper (PDF))
     
  • Valuing lived experience, and local knowledge: highlighting the importance of creating space and voice for those at the development and climate frontline in all discussions related to climate and development (download the background paper (PDF))
     
  • Transparency and downward accountability: examining the ways in which decisions are made, climate responses are prioritised and climate finance is directed (download the background paper (PDF))
     
  • Shared resilience: recognising we live in an interconnected world with complex intercontinental supply chains, global financial flows, and decision making shared between the international, national and local levels, strategies for managing risk and building resilience must be designed and implemented together (download the background paper (PDF))

Within these themes, D&C Days will be tackling big questions, seeking effective and practical answers, and working together on fair solutions. Through creative activities and interactive discussion, we will consider a series of complex questions, including:

  • How can gender responsive climate action lead to resilient communities?
  • How can we build resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, where many of the world’s most vulnerable people live?
  • How should we decipher the politics of how the UNFCCC is addressing the issues of transparency and downward accountability?
  • What actions can companies take to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience in the communities along their supply chains?

IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq initiated D&C Days in 2002. He said: "With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose hitting the Caribbean islands and floods hitting Nepal, India and Bangladesh, COP23 under the presidency of Fiji will be the time to discuss how to protect the most vulnerable countries and communities from the ravages of climate change that are already happening.

"The discussions at D&C Days always have a big impact and influence beyond the room, and I look forward to hearing from climate change practitioners about their experiences on the ground and the solutions they have found."

About the organisers

This year's event is organised by a partnership between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre; IIED; the International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR); the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ)We Mean Business (WMB); the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); and the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Contributing partners to this year's event are Action on Climate Today, Oxford Policy Management (ACT, OPM); the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); the Adaptation Network; the NAP Global Network; the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); and the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).

Event details

Date: Saturday, 11 November to Sunday, 12 November 2017
Venue: Kameha Grand, Am Bonner Bogen 1, 53227 Bonn, Germany
How to register: D&C Days is free and open to anyone interested. To attend, register via Eventbrite
Agenda: Download the agenda (PDF)

Background to D&C Days

D&C Days started in 2002, and has since become a popular part of COP, providing an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and negotiators to meet informally for honest and open discussions on news, ideas and solutions on climate change and development. 

Last year's theme was 'Global ambition. Local action. Climate resilience for all.' The event encouraged participants to interact, challenge existing thinking, and showed the impact and expertise of climate change practitioners working on the ground

Background to COP23

The UNFCCC binds nearly 200 countries to tackle the global issue of climate change. The parties to the UNFCCC meet each year at the Conference of Parties (COP) to review progress. COP23 is due to take place from 6-17 November 2017 in Bonn.

The ambition mechanism is the process set up as part of the Paris Agreement to ensure that action on climate change increases over time. 

The ambition mechanism requires a global stocktake to be undertaken every five years to review progress and set a forward course. The first global stocktake will be in 2023. 

In 2018 parties to the agreement will gather to take stock of action to date. This meeting is referred to as the 'facilitative dialogue 2018'. 

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016 and has been ratified by 160 countries. The Bonn conference aims to finish the guidelines for implementation of the Paris Agreement and will prepare for the 2018 global stocktake.  

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