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Climate change and global poverty are the key global justice challenges of our times. Both are serious challenges to the future health and prosperity of our planet. They must be combated simultaneously; we cannot take care of one before addressing the other. An effective attack on poverty and the ill-effects of climate change requires taking comprehensive action that encompasses both issues. We cannot fight climate change without considering the rising energy needs of developing countries, nor can we effectively address global poverty without accounting for the impacts of climate change on agriculture, disease patterns, and violent weather events, all of which particularly impact least developed countries.

Climate change presents significant threats to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals especially those related to eliminating poverty and hunger and promoting environmental sustainability. An increasing body of evidence (e.g. the Stern and the IPCC Reports) are pointing to the disproportionate negative impact climate change will have on the poorest nations, those nations who have contributed least to the problem. Climate change threatens to significantly set back countries’ efforts to improve the lives of their citizens and to meet the Millennium Goals.

The fight against poverty and the fight against the effects of climate change must be seen as interrelated efforts. They must reinforce each other and success must be achieved on both fronts jointly.

  • How can this joint success be achieved and what role can the Millennium Development Goals play in this success?
  • How can we keep policy makers on track on their MDG commitments while pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies?
  • How can we ensure that adaptation policies and practices can at the same time secure and catalyze the achievements of MDGs?
  • How can we ensure that mitigation efforts are also creating poverty reduction opportunities while considering the energy need of the poor to reach their MDGs?
  • These questions and a range of other key issues will be discussed at a side event organised by the Indonesian National Planning Board (BAPPENAS) in collaboration with United Nations Millennium Campaign.

When: December 11, 2007 at 6 – 8 pm.

Where: Bali International Convention Centre, December 11, 2007 at 6 – 8 pm.

Who: Speakers will include Bert Koenders, the Netherland’s Minister for Development Cooperation; Salil Shetty, UN Millennium Campaign Director, and other confirmed delegates to the COP 13.

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