Climate change poses a major challenge for developing countries. Yet despite growing evidence to support low-carbon and climate-resilient strategies, many countries have yet to mainstream climate change within their national development plans.
Seeking to bridge the gap between climate research and development policy, the UNU-WIDER conference on “Climate Change and Development Policy”, to be held in Helsinki on 28–29 September 2012, aims to reflect the diverse range of perspectives on how to balance climate and development objectives. The conference will evaluate how research can inform development policy and identify existing knowledge gaps.
Those interested in presenting original research are invited to submit an extended abstract (1-2 pages) by 10 June 2012. Regional, country and sectoral studies are welcome, as are analyses that consider uncertainty in future climate outcomes.
The conference will focus on both low-carbon development (mitigation) and climate-resilient (adaptation) strategies. Emphasis will be given to studies that (i) link climate change to socioeconomic outcomes and identify policy responses, and (ii) evaluate how adaptation and/or mitigation policies influence development processes and policies. The conference is intended primarily for researchers and policymakers.
Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the UNU-WIDER Working Paper series, and possibly in a conference proceedings.
Accommodation and meals of one person per presented paper will be covered during the conference period. There is no conference fee.
Participants from developing countries are particularly encouraged. All participants may be requested to serve as discussants. (Please note that those wishing to attend without presenting — e.g., PhD students, policymakers and journalists — must also apply.)
For more details on the conference and submission requirements, please visit the Call for Papers page on the UNU-WIDER website.