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The 13th Development & Climate Days at 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 here and on Twitter: search for #DCDays.

Event details

D&C Days will feature dynamic, interactive discussion, including participatory games, lightning talks, role-play discussions, two high-level panels, and more.

Participants will explore ways to integrate climate and poverty targets, influence the UNFCCC negotiations and identify agreements that continue momentum towards achieving zero-zero.

D&C Days is free and open to anyone interested, but attendees need to register in advance as places are limited. Registrations will no longer be accepted after 2 December.

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

How to register

For security reasons, ALL participants MUST be registered by Wednesday, December 2, in order to be allowed into the D&C Days venue. Please register using the name as it appears on your official ID, and bring your official ID to the event. We ask all participants to arrive early to allow extra time for check in and registration.

History of the D&C days

The hugely popular D&C Days fringe event was first initiated in 2002 at the COP 8 UN climate talks by the Saleemul Huq of the International Institute for Environment and Development in Delhi (IIED), when adaptation to climate change was at best a marginal issue.

Over the years it has brought together policy-makers, scientists and development practitioners to debate the now-central theme – helping to place adaptation centre-stage with climate policies and programmes worldwide.

In 2014 the D&C Days event alongside COP 20 took place in the Peruvian capital, Lima. ODI filmed sessions over the two days, and the event was captured graphically by artist Jorge Martin. ODI’s Susan Nicolai and Katy Harris provided reflections on the key takeways from the 2014 D&C days discussions, while CDKN’s Mairi Dupar wrote a two-part blog exploring the possibility of coherence among the 2015 development, climate, and risk reduction frameworks.

The Climate Centre also reported on an cooperative project to create solar-powered, lighter-than-air sculptures at the Lima D&C Days, challenging people to rethink approaches to tackling climate and poverty.