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DevTalk - Reframing climate justice - Low-income countries and the energy transition



Wednesday, 10th November | 16.00-17.30 CET - Register here

Reframing climate justice -
Low-income countries and the energy transition


Zainab Usman, Senior Fellow and Director of the African Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Katie Auth, Policy Director, Energy for Growth Hub

Carlos Lopes, Professor, University of Cape Town and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) 

Fatima Denton, Director of the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) 

Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Climate Change Advisor, Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank 

Moderated by Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir, Director of the OECD Development Centre


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The global response to the climate crisis must be fair to be effective. If responsibility for preventing catastrophe falls disproportionately on those who did least to cause it, or are least able to bear the cost, cooperation will collapse. Yet, international climate policies continue to risk undermining climate justice for low-income countries by prioritising near-term emission reductions over broader support for economic development and energy transformation - with comparatively little climate benefit. This approach could severely hinder poverty alleviation, development and climate resilience — the very opposite of justice.

This virtual DevTalk will examine the concept of climate justice for low-income countries, especially in Africa, through the lens of the energy transition. It will also set out the options available to development funders and financiers to ensure that the energy needs and priorities of energy-poor low-income countries can be met in ways that strengthen global responses to the climate crisis. This event is co-hosted by the OECD Development Centre and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is part of the OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion, in the framework of our DevTalks series on reshaping development.



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