OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion

Reframing climate justice: Low-income countries and the energy transition

Nov 10, 2021 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


The global response to the climate crisis must be fair to be effective. If responsibility for preventing catastrophe falls disproportionately on those who did least to cause it or are least able to bear the cost, cooperation will collapse. Yet international climate policies risk undermining the imperative of climate justice for low-income countries by prioritising near-term emission reductions over broader support for economic development and energy transformation, with comparatively little climate benefit. This approach could severely hinder poverty alleviation, development and climate resilience — the very opposite of justice. This Dev Talk, a collaboration between the OECD Development Centre and the Carnegie Africa Programme, will examine the concept of climate justice for low-income countries, especially in Africa, through the lens of the energy transition. It will also set out the options available to development funders and financiers to ensure that the energy needs and priorities of energy-poor low-income countries can be met in ways that strengthen rather than undermine the global response to the climate crisis. With: • Zainab Usman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace • Katie Auth, Policy Director, Energy for Growth Hub • Carlos Lopes, Professor, University of Cape Town and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) • Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Climate Change Advisor, Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank Moderated by Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir, Director of the OECD Development Centre

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