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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Thailand solar panels

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ODI On... 2013 climate change conference in Warsaw

11 - 22 November 2013
The international community convened in Warsaw, from 11 to 22 November 2013, for the annual conference on climate change. The meeting was a key marker on the road to 2015, when major agreements on both development and climate change are expected and hoped for. Any climate deal must deliver for the planet and for the poor. This Autumn, ODI’s work on climate change has focused on informing three major public and policy debates.

Audio interviews at COP19

Opinion - Podcasts and audio - 19 November 2013

Recorded at COP 19 climate change conference in Warsaw, ODI's Jonathan Tanner and Sam Barnard ask delegates to reflect on the climate change negotiations and any progress made thus far. Interviews feature: Former Irish President Mary Robinson, Stacy Swann from the World Bank, and ODI's Shelagh Whitley, among many others.

Kevin Watkins

We came to Warsaw but we did not conquer: these climate change talks are not fit for purpose

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 18 November 2013
'We cannot afford the inertia on display in Warsaw. Future generations will look at images of the devastated city of Tacloban in the Philippines. They’ll look at the evidence of climate science. And they’ll ask how we allowed a generation of political leaders to stand-by and do nothing. There is an alternative. But time is running out.'

Ten things to know about climate finance in 2013

Publication - Infographic - 18 November 2013
This infographic explores the numbers on climate finance, offering an annual analysis of data from the world’s only comprehensive public climate finance commitment tracker – Climate Funds Update. In 2013, it finds that pledges through multilateral climate funds have fallen by 71% on last year, but Europe remains a leader.

Rolling up the sleeves for the Green Climate Fund: expectations and experience regarding Green Climate Fund readiness

Event - Public event - 15 November 2013 19:00 - 21:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
​The Green Climate Fund (GCF) continues to take shape. Activities to prepare countries have started. What are the needs and expectations? What’s controversial? What are the initial lessons learnt? What kind of readiness do we need for effective climate finance with transformational impact? This event, held at the climate change conference in Warsaw, explores.
Bangui Bay Windmills, Philippines, Energy
Bangui Bay Windmills, Philippines, Energy

Alison Evans delivers a keynote speech to delegates at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, 2011.
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Climate finance: charting the road to Paris

Event - Public event - 14 November 2013 22:15 - 23:15 (GMT+02)
​What role could the delivery of effective climate finance play in securing an ambitious deal to avoid catastrophic climate change? This side event at the COP 19 will reflect on progress in deploying climate finance, and options for scaling up and using finance to support low carbon climate resilient development.

The plumbing of adaptation finance: accountability, transparency and accessibility at the local level

Publication - Briefing papers - 11 November 2013
Pieter Terpstra, Annaka Peterson Carvalho and Emily Wilkinson
'Adaptation is local but reaching the local level is not always easy. This paper explores the challenges of reaching the most vulnerable people with adaptation finance. It identifies opportunities for improvement and proposes a framework to assess delivery of adaptation finance focusing on transparency, ownership, responsiveness and equity.'

Mobilising international climate finance: lessons from the fast-start finance period

Publication - Research reports and studies - 11 November 2013
Smita Nakhooda, Taryn Fransen, Takeshi Kuramochi, Alice Caravani, Annalisa Prizzon, Noriko Shimizu, Helen Tilley, Aidy Halimanjaya, Bryn Welham
This report reviews donor country commitments during the 2010-12 'Fast-Start Finance' period. While donors appear to have surpassed their initial commitments, concrete comparisons are restricted by definitional and operational biases.
Smita Nakhooda

3 lessons for long-term climate finance

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 11 November 2013
'Developed countries pledged to deliver US$ 100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing nations mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Mobilizing this finance —and securing more climate finance in the future—are two topics high on the COP 19 agenda this week.'
Tom Mitchell

The climate emergency

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 11 November 2013

With the full picture of devastation only now unfolding in the Philippines provinces of Leyte and Samar, the sheer scale of the relief and recovery effort is becoming evident. The typhoon disaster may well turn out to be the most expensive in the history of the Philippines, in terms of both human lives and economic damage. For a country that prides itself on the quality of its disaster-risk management, this is a bitter blow and undoubtedly people will ask what went wrong. For the rest of us there is a risk that this may be a sign of things to

Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo - São Paulo Stock Exchange
Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo - São Paulo Stock Exchange

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How to pay for a greener future?

Event - Public event - 7 November 2013 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+00)
Ahead of the next round of UN global climate talks in Warsaw, in November, the UK's Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Guardian's Global Development site are hosting a global conversation on climate change to explore what's at stake for poor countries. What can be expected from the COP19 talks and how is the world responding – or not – to climate change?  Who's put money behind mitigation and adaptation efforts – and where is it going? What are the particular challenges facing developing countries?

Play the fossil fuel subsidies game

Opinion - Films and videos - 7 November 2013
​Did you know that over half a trillion dollars is spent on subsiding fossil-fuels every year? A new report by the Overseas Development Institute shows how the rules of the game are biased in favour of dirty energy. Here’s a game to help you find out more. To start, pick a number...
Smita Nakhooda

Who’s ready for climate finance?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 1 November 2013
'Is it a bird or is it a plane? The question of what ‘readiness’ for climate finance involves has attracted a great deal of attention and debate, particularly since the Green Climate Fund is supposed to channel $100 billion a year by 2020 for climate action and policy in developing countries.'
Floods cover house in rural Mozambique
Floods cover house in rural Mozambique

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Report launch: The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030

Event - Public event - 16 October 2013 10:00 - 12:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
This event, attended by Ms.Margareta Wahlström the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), is designed to bring together different stakeholders from development and humanitarian agencies, the media, government departments, research organisations and private sector bodies to discuss the ODI-Met Office-RMS joint report titled The Geography of Poverty, Disasters and Climate Extremes in 2030.  What impact will climate change have on hazards in the next 15 years and what effect might this have on efforts to eradicate poverty?

The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030

Publication - Research reports and studies - 16 October 2013

This report examines the relationship between disasters and poverty. It concludes that, without concerted action, there could be up to 325 million extremely poor people living in the 49 countries most exposed to the full range of natural hazards and climate extremes in 2030.

The international community convened in Warsaw, from 11 to 22 November 2013, for the annual conference on climate change. The meeting, formally known as the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), was a key marker on the road to 2015, when major agreements on both development and climate change are expected and hoped for. Any climate deal must deliver for the planet and for the poor. This Autumn, ODI’s work on climate change has focused on informing three major public and policy debates:
  • Our report on the geography of poverty and disasters, released in October, highlights how extreme weather linked to climate change is increasing and will likely cause more disasters. Such disasters, especially those linked to drought, can be the most important cause of impoverishment, cancelling progress on poverty reduction.
  • Our report on fossil fuel subsidies calls for governments to 'change the game' on fossil fuel subsidies, which now top half a trillion dollars globally and are creating perverse incentives favouring investment in carbon-intensive energy.
  • Our report on climate finance assesses the state of funding to help developing countries mitigate against, and adapt to, the effects of climate change – and proposes a road map for climate finance to 2015. It is accompanied by 10 things to know about clmate finance in 2013 - an infographic presenting the state of the funds.

These three flagship reports (and the many other pieces of research ODI is releasing on climate change this November) aim to build global knowledge around the major issues of climate finance and the economics of climate change – and to build consensus on the way forward.

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