Join us for the 14th Development & Climate Days at COP22

News, 9 September 2016
Registrations have opened for Development & Climate Days 2016. This year's event has the theme 'Global ambition. Local action. Climate resilience for all'.

The logo for the 2016 D&C Days gathering

This year's Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) will focus on how to deliver the ambition of the Paris Agreement and ensure equitable climate resilient development.

D&C Days 2016 will take place on 12-13 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco, during the middle weekend of this year's United Nations climate change summit. Registrations are now open.

At D&C Days we share learning experiences by engaging, being productive and having fun. The dynamic format encourages people to participate and share dialogue on a range of issues that link policy, knowledge and practice. 

The programme D&C Days 2016 will explore three key tracks:

  1. Action towards the Paris ambition: What are the practical and politically feasible ways to create equitable, low-carbon, climate-resilient economies? Do these approaches deliver climate justice? 
  2. Just and equitable decision-making for climate resilience: What can local communities, civil society, governments, development partners and other stakeholders do to promote transparent and accountable decision-making? And how can adaptation and climate finance reach the most vulnerable? 
  3. Managing climate risks in resilient development: How can innovative approaches to social policy, finance, and ecosystem management deliver resilient adaptation, social protection and a fairer approach to management of climate risk? 

Programme highlights

IIED and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will be leading a session on Climate Justice, looking at how to get frontline communities heard in climate decision-making. The discussion will aim to identify and share strategies that enable local people (in particular women) to participate in decision making at local, national and international level. 

The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery are leading a session on Mobility and displaced peoples, which will highlight the possibility of large numbers of people opting for migration as an alternative to adaptation. This session will look at how we can address the drivers and impacts of increased population movements resulting from climate change. 

The We Mean Business coalition has gathered more than 1,000 private sector commitments on climate change. The coalition is leading a session on Crowdsourcing adaptation commitments for the private sector, looking at how to involve businesses in building resilience – whether inside a company, across the supply chain or within vulnerable communities. 

D&C Days is known for encouraging innovative thinking. The Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre is organising a session on how to get more impact from events. Traditional events, are often dominated by presentation slides and can be dull and  uninspiring. This highly participatory session will look at how to design impactful events by drawing on diverse disciplines – from neuroscience to improvisational jazz. 

Another innovative session will look at how to communicate research in creative and energising formats. Participants will look at new ways of sparking action on climate change, with examples including selfie campaigns that inspired action to improve municipal waste collection, drone footage that drew attention to the plight of coastal communities threatened by flooding and coastal erosion, and more.

The full programme for D&C Days 2016 is available to download in PDF format. To attend, register via the D&C Days Eventbrite page. IIED will be providing coverage of D&C Days on this website and on Twitter: search for #DCDays.

About the organisers

This year's event is organised by a partnership between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, IIED, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ), Competence Centre Climate Change in Morocco (4C Maroc), and We Mean Business (WMB)

Contributing partners to this year's event include the World Resources Institute (WRI), Action on Climate Today (ACT), Partners for Resilience (PRF), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extreme Disasters (BRACED).

Event details

Dates: Saturday, 12 November to Sunday, 13 November 2016 
Venue: Kenzi Club Agdal Medina – Avenue Mohammed VI, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
How to register: D&C Days is free and open to anyone interested. To attend, register via Eventbrite.
Agenda: Download the draft event programme (PDF)

Background to D&C Days

D&C Days started in 2002, and they have since become a popular part of COP, providing an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and negotiators to meet informally to discuss news, ideas and solutions on climate change and development. 

Last year's theme was Zero Poverty, Zero Emissions. The event encouraged participants to interact, challenge existing thinking, and highlighted innovative approaches and new ideas, including innovative food sources in the Taste the Change session.

Background to COP22

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) binds nearly 200 countries to tackle the global issue of climate change. The parties to the UNFCCC meet each year at the Conference of Parties (COP) to review progress. COP22 is due to take place from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech.

At COP21 in Paris last year, parties reached a historic agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate action and investment for a sustainable low carbon future. Parties will begin preparations for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement at this year's summit. 


Simon Anderson (, senior fellow, Climate Change research group

Clair Grant-Salmon (, audience development manager, Communications

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