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October 28, 2005 Hamburg Institute of International Economics

Climate or development?

International conference: Climate or development? Codified in the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals, poverty reduction has become the single major objective of development activities. International donor agencies and developing country governments alike try to demonstrate their efforts to focus on this joint objective. At least at first glance fully unrelated to this objective, however, climate policy, driven by the dynamics of the Kyoto Protocol has evolved to become one of the most prospering areas of bilateral development cooperation.

Themes: Is there a hidden relationship between poverty alleviation and climate policy in developing countries? Is poverty alleviation simply a lip service of development policy while other policies, in the interest of private CDM investors or local climate negotiators dominate in practice? Which kind of interests could be involved and could one imagine institutional structures, both within developing countries and at the level of donor agencies that would foster a true synergy between climate policy and poverty alleviation? Which would be the climate policy related activities which could create most synergies? Does the CDM in its current practice really foster development? How can adaptation reach the poor? To what extent is cooperation in climate policy truly additional to other development finance?

Contact: Suenje Callsen
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Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) Research Programme on International Climate Policy Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20347 Hamburg (Germany) Phone: +49 40 42834-349 E-Mail: suenje.callsen@hwwa.de

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