IDRC at COP24: Southern perspectives on global climate change action

December 04, 2018

IDRC / Atul Loke

IDRC delegation joins national representatives from around the world at COP24 in Poland.

IDRC is among the agencies representing Canada at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland, from December 3-14, 2018.

Together with its grantees and partners, IDRC will participate in several sessions that highlight how investments in climate research for development can foster innovative solutions for social equity, sustainable climate financing, and contribute to evidence-based policy development with a strong Global South voice.

IDRC is also hosting several fora and workshops as part of the popular Development and Climate Days (D&C Days), of which the Centre is a long-time sponsoring partner.

IDRC and partners at COP24: Calendar of events

Tuesday, December 4 – 11:30-13:00

Contributions of the research community to climate action and implementation of the Paris Agreement

Researchers from academia, non-profits, and think tanks will highlight evidence-based case studies of practices that advance climate action and promote the effective and lasting implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Wednesday, December 5 – 11:30-13:00

Socio-cultural options to complement technical know-how to secure gender-equal land tenure rights

The session will explore how gender equity-focused solutions to climate change — including secure tenure rights to land — are critical for enhancing the sustainable, community-driven management of land and forests in a way that is inclusive of indigenous and rural women.

Development and Climate Days

Saturday, December 8 – 14:00-15:30

Venue: Hotel Diament Arsenal Palace Katowice, Cesarska room

Developing new and supporting existing strategies for scaling up public and private sector financing for climate-smart development (Session 3A)

Experts from IDRC, the International Institute for Environment and Development, and the Global Resilience Partnership discuss how to scale up finance for adaptation actions in the Global South. The focus will be on finance solutions and their degree of success when they have been replicated in different contexts. Some of the specific issues that the session will explore include the barriers to scaling up public and private sector financing for climate-smart development and the investment criteria necessary to increase financial flows in climate-smart development.

Saturday, December 8 – 16:00-17:20

Venue: Hotel Diament Arsenal Palace Katowice, Kirasjerow room

How to support transformative approaches for gender inclusive climate action (Session 4C)

The use of participatory theatre as a transformative social learning tool has proven to be a highly effective, yet underappreciated, mechanism for knowledge co-production and empowerment.

This session will begin with a performance of a play that explores aspects of gender justice in the context of climate change. A second performance of the play will follow a brief audience reflection activity, only this time spectators will interact with the actors on stage to reshape the story that’s being told. 

Saturday, December 8 – 16:00-17:20

Venue: Hotel Diament Arsenal Palace Katowice, Artyleril room

How to support transformation and raise ambition through regional and sectoral exchanges?

Focusing on the role of intra-sectoral and regional exchanges in supporting adaptation, the session convenes various economic actors (producers, traders, policymakers, donors, civil society/NGOs) of key value chains (livestock, cotton, milk, tourism) from the dryland areas of East and West Africa to exchange about the barriers and opportunities they face.