P12
The politics of low carbon development post Paris climate agreement

Convenors:
Chukwumerije Okereke (University of Reading)
Location:
Room 7 (Examination Schools)
Start time:
12 September, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will explore the various dimensions of the politics of low carbon development especially following the new Paris climate agreement. Specific aspects will include climate mainstreaming, adaptation and climate resilience, finance, justice and equity, human rights and public participation.

Long abstract:

Low Carbon Development and cognates terms like green economy and climate compatible development, are all now popular terminologies in international environmental and sustainable development discourses. These concepts which describe development strategies that encompass low emission and climate resilient economic growth are based on renewed aspirations that economic development can be de-coupled from environmental degradation. However, while these terms have intrinsic moral and political appeal, interpreting, planning and implementing low carbon development implicates several difficult political issues within and between states. This panel will explore the various dimensions of the politics of low carbon development especially following the new global climate agreement signed in Paris in December 2015. Specific aspects will include climate mainstreaming, the link between climate change and sustainable development, adaptation and climate resilience, finance, role of non-state actors, technology, justice and equity, human rights, capacity building and public participation.