For developing countries, the consequences of the climate change debate are of crucial importance to their development aspirations. Any active participation on their part, in a post-Kyoto agreement, has to reconcile their development needs with climate related action. This is also reflected in the Bali Action Plan under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that there are good opportunities for integrating development and climate strategies. These opportunities are now widely discussed in the international climate change negotiations.The symposium 'Development dimensions of a new global climate change agreement' was held in the Haque on the 25th of september, 2008.
The aim of this public symposium was to present and discuss ways forward for integrating development and climate policies on the way to a new global climate agreement. The focus has been on practical solutions that can create mutual benefits at national and international levels, between development and climate change policies. This symposium has been organised to mark the occasion of the retirement of dr. ir. Bert Metz (co-chair of IPCC working group III on Mitigation) from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).
Speakers and panellists were asked to present their opinions and provide innovative ideas, which could become input in the ongoing negotiations. One way to do this is through sector agreements. This was discussed in an international workshop held just before the symposium: 'Where development meets climate: development related mitigation options for a global climate change agreement'.
- Welcome and opening by professor Hans Opschoor, Institute of Social Studies (chair)
- General overview of post-Bali negotiation process (mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC)
- Contribution towards integrated development and climate approaches for reaching an agreement related to reducing vulnerability to climate change (Dr. John Christensen, Head UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development)
- Contribution towards integrated development and climate approaches for reaching an agreement related to achieving a low carbon economy (Dr. Bert Metz, IPCC co-chair Working Group III on Mitigation)
- Panel discussion with international negotiators from UNFCCC and Dutch policy makers, including Dr. O. Davidson (Sierra Leone), Dr. F. Tudela (Mexico), Ambassador H. Bamsey (Australia), Mr. H. von Meijenfeldt (Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment)