2° or 4° Climate Change? Consequences for Development

Bilderleiste International Conference, 2.6.2014

Output of the Germanwatch International Conference, 2nd June 2014 in Bonn

Recent scientific findings, as summarized in the latest assessment report of IPCC Working Group II, shows that uncurbed climate change is likely to have disruptive impacts on food production, population pressure and development potentials of future generations. The conference highlighted these consequences for development (the problem) and considered existing and emerging examples of action on the ground that promote development while adapting to climate change and reducing emissions (the practice). Furthermore, experts from different countries discussed the policy frameworks needed to scale up these practices and set the world on a pathway to low-carbon climate-resilient development (the policy). At the outset of the annual UNFCCC climate meeting in Bonn, the event provided experts from academia, civil society and decision makers with a space for discussion, exchange and strategizing. A particular focus was: how can the development and environment community most effectively use the major political opportunities in 2014 and 2015.

Overview - 2° or 4° Climate Change? Consequences for Development

SESSION 1 The Fundamentals: Consequences of a 4° world

SESSION 2 Insights from Communities of Practice

Discussion 1: It's Getting Brighter: Delivering Clean Energy for Development

Discussion 2: Seriously Uncoal: Decommissioning Coal Power Worldwide

  • Germanwatch Resource Expedition (Martin Fliegner, Thomas Rahne)

  • Mona Bricke, Klima Allianz Deutschland, European Coordination

  • Pinar Aksogan, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Mediterranean

  • With video-input from: Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club, Washington Office; Lina Li, Greenovation Hub, China

Discussion 3: Strengthening Adaptation: Improving the Established Governance Architecture

SESSION 3: Policy responses to the climate crisis


Discussion 1: The 2015 Climate Agreement: Opportunity, Gaps & Risks

  • Seyni Nafo, African climate negotiator for the ADP

  • Nicole Wilke, International Climate Policy, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

  • Wael Hmaidan, Director Climate Action Network – International (CAN-I)

  • Srinivas Krishnaswami, Director Vasudha Foundation, India

Discussion 2: Climate Risks: Reshaping Foreign Policy?

  • Ronny Jumeau, Climate Change Ambassador (Seychelles)

  • Martin Frick, Special Envoy Germany Forgein Policy

Discussion 3: Sustainable Development Agenda: Towards a New Paradigm? What Role for Climate?

  • Bernadette Fischler, WWF UK

  • Steffen Bauer, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik

  • Vositha Wijenayake, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator - CANSA