4 June 2013, 10:00-16:00
Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm
UNU-WIDER is delighted to invite you to a two-part ReCom–Research and Communication on Foreign Aid results meeting entitled ‘Aid and Our Changing Environment’.
The research results meeting will reflect on what works, and what could work in foreign aid in the pursuit of a sustainable human development agenda characterized by global environmental change and the need for planetary stewardship.
With us in Stockholm will be renowned academics, researchers, and politicians from both the South and the North, as well as high profile policy makers. The first part of the meeting (10:00-14:00) will be summing up knowledge: ‘Research results: what do we know?’. The afternoon session (14:00-16:00) ‘From research to policy: what could work?’, will be jointly organized with Sida as Development Talks and will feature presentations and an interactive panel discussion.
A few of the key results to be presented and discussed include:
- Aid resources—particularly those directed towards environmental issues—are increasingly being reallocated to cope with climate change. At the same time, the share of environmental aid delivered through bilateral channels is growing despite the creation of multi-lateral funds such as the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environmental Facility. Environment and climate change have become a key priority in foreign aid compared to other traditional objectives.
- Structural forces and needs at both national and global levels are pushing aid funding and institutions to focus on middle-income countries. These countries are currently home to about three-out-of-four of the world’s absolute poor people. Grappling with global environmental issues, particularly climate change, implies that middle-income countries take centre stage in a very different way than in past aid efforts.
- The economic and social transformations required to achieve global environmental sustainability are truly profound. Still, the world is currently failing to adequately address global environmental and climate change issues.
- The development aid system was designed to transform the lives of poor people in poor countries. The aid system was not configured to bring about the wide-ranging transformations necessary to achieve a sustainable planet.
The proceedings can also be accessed online via webcast.
Register at http://www1.wider.unu.edu/recomenvironment/home.