SOTP2016 - The Climate Change-Development Nexus

George Carter presenting during The Climate Change-Development Nexus session at SOTP2016. Image SSGM

Despite the divergence of climate change policies amongst nations on the road to Paris Climate Change Agreement 2015, including Australia and the rest of the Pacific, the agreement marks a new era of climate collaboration. This panel explores what the Agreement means for the Pacific Islands post 2015 and the work of regional organisations in the climate change space, whether it be in regional governance response, or how the agreement has opened opportunities to forge new climate partnerships. These climate partnerships are built upon and dependent upon climate finance of a climate industry. Despite a global target of no less than $100 billion to address climate change resilience, there continues to be barriers that challenge Pacific islands from directly accessing these funds. Ultimately, while the Agreement has provided a guide for a global response to fight climate change over the next decade, it has also created open-ended questions and debates on implementation both regionally and nationally; these have both climate-development nexus policy implications, and impact regional climate politics.

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