Chatham House COP26 diplomatic briefing: Climate change and development

Promoting green, resilient and inclusive growth in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Research event Invitation only
11 March 2021 — 9:00AM TO 10:30AM

Climate disruption is a major development challenge, which threatens to push millions more people into poverty, undo decades of developmental gains, and derail the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Rapid reductions of greenhouse gas emissions are key to keeping the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement in sight. The burning of fossil fuels has historically been an important enabler of economic development across the world. What strategies can low- and middle-income countries deploy to build resilience to climate change impacts they are already facing whilst growing their economies, creating jobs, and reducing poverty in ways that help them achieve the SDGs and implement the Paris Agreement?

The 11th event in the Chatham House COP26 Diplomatic Briefing Series will focus on this important question. In addition to looking at more long-term development models, the event will discuss how a green and resilient economic recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19 can be brought about in low- and middle-income countries, focusing especially on the issue of debt.

This event is part of the Chatham House COP26 Diplomatic Briefing Series and is open to any diplomat or government official. If you wish to attend the meeting but have not received an invitation, you are welcome to email Anna Aberg


H.E. Dr Farah Faizal, High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the United Kingdom

Isatou Camara, Principal Development Planner in the Gambian Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

Mohamed Adow, Director of Power Shift Africa

Paul Steele, Chief Economist at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Chair: Farhana Yamin, Associate Fellow at Chatham House; Adviser for the Climate Vulnerable Forum; Senior Adviser at SYSTEMIQ

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