UNU-WIDER Conference on Climate Change and Development Policy, Helsinki, Finland
28 September 2012 - 29 September 2012
Climate change poses a major challenge for developing countries. Despite growing evidence to support low-carbon and climate-resilient strategies, many countries have yet to mainstream climate change within their national development plans. Bridging the gap between climate research and development policy is crucial. The UNU-WIDER conference on 'Climate Change and Development Policy' aims to reflect the diverse range of perspectives on how to balance climate and development objectives. The conference will evaluate how research can inform development policy and identify existing knowledge gaps. Researchers and policy makers will be brought together to advance knowledge of development and climate change.
The conference focuses on both low-carbon development (mitigation) and climate-resilient strategies (adaptation). Emphasis is given to studies that (i) link climate change to socioeconomic outcomes and identify policy responses, and (ii) evaluate how adaptation and/or mitigation policies influence development processes and policies. Regional, country and sectoral studies are welcome, as are analyses that consider uncertainty in future climate outcomes.
The conference is intended primarily for researchers and policy makers. Participants from developing countries are particularly encouraged. All participants may be requested to serve as discussants.