Join us for the 17th Development & Climate Days at COP25

News, 21 September 2019
Registrations have opened for Development & Climate Days 2019 at COP25.

Logo for D&C Days 2019, strapline reads Global ambition, Local action, Climate resistance for all #DCdays19

D&C Days 2019 will take place on Sunday, 8 December 2019 in Madrid during the middle weekend of this year's UN climate change talks.

This year’s D&C Days will look ahead to 2020, when countries are due to report on how they will meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement. We will explore the ambitious plans and transformational systems that are needed to deliver climate resilience for all. We will highlight thinking from diverse sectors, ranging from food and agriculture, to finance, cities and infrastructure and biodiversity. All of these sectors are aware of the need for cross-cutting collaboration to ensure resilience.

Innovative approaches

At D&C Days we share learning experiences by engaging, being productive and having fun. This dynamic format encourages dialogue on issues that link policy, knowledge and practice. Our innovative approaches encourage participants to interact, challenge existing thinking and generate new ideas to ensure no one is left behind.

We welcome everyone at the frontline of sustainable development and climate agendas to join us at D&C Days, including practitioners, NGOs, grassroots organisation representatives, national climate leaders and policymakers at all levels.

Five themes

The 17th annual D&C Days will carry forward conversations from the one day-event entitled 'Building a Resilient Future' that was held during the September UN Climate Action Summit. D&C Days will further develop five themes:

  1. Building resilient food and agriculture systemsTransformative actions are urgently needed within the agriculture and food systems. From smallholders to large agri-food businesses, field to fork, actions must include the entire food value chain. This theme will explore how to build capacities, track progress and support more climate-resilient agriculture and food systems.
  2. Early warning, early action to leave no one behind: Recognising that the poorest, most vulnerable people are also most at risk of being left behind by national efforts to adapt, this theme showcases how we can improve the financing, flexibility and effectiveness of early warning, early action systems.
  3. Financing a resilient future: Climate finance must reach the local level, where climate impacts are felt most acutely. With this goal, this theme asks how can we strengthen resilience, using effective finance mechanisms that respond to the needs and challenges of climate change impacts?
  4. Establishing resilient cities and infrastructure: Join us to reimagine the climate-resilient cities of the future. We will explore local examples of resilient planning, innovative approaches for developing cities, and the potential of climate-resilient infrastructure; all of which we can take to city planners to promote risk-informed policy and establish resilient systems and infrastructure.
  5. Working with nature to build resilience: This theme explores the importance of working with nature to build a resilient future in areas including agriculture systems, cities and infrastructure networks. As support for and uptake of nature-based solutions in climate policy grows, we will look at the opportunities and challenges around scaling-up solutions based on lessons learnt on the ground.

Within each theme, we will tackle big questions, seek effective and practical answers, and work together on fair solutions that leave no one behind. Click on the theme links above to learn more about each individual theme.

Throughout the event, we will consider how transformation of systems, gender equity, lived experience and local knowledge, and transparency and downward accountability can help deliver a resilient future.

Following D&C Days online

In the build-up to D&C Days, you can follow on Twitter via #DCdays19, and we will also be providing comprehensive coverage of the event on the day itself.

The opening and closing plenary sessions will be live-streamed on Facebook, where those following online will also have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation. We will share the Facebook Live link on the day.

About the organisers

This year’s event is organised by a partnership by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), EIT Climate-KIC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the V20/G20 InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance.

With contributions from: Asian Development Bank (ADB)International Centre for Climate Change and DevelopmentMercy Corps, NAP Global NetworkRIMISP – Latin American Center for Rural Development and World Resources Institute.

Background to D&C Days

Held each year alongside the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), D&C Days is developing as a strategic partnership platform, with the host partners aiming to influence the ‘ambition mechanism’ processes under the UNFCCC.

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

Event details and sustainability statement

The event location was switched to Madrid following Chile's decision to pull out of hosting the climate talks in Santiago.

Location: Hilton Madrid Airport, Av de la Hispanidad, 2-4 Madrid, 28042, Spain
Date: Sunday, 8 December 2019

D&C Days partners are committed to promoting sustainable development and working to reduce the environmental impact of this event. 
The event will be delivered in collaboration with suppliers and contractors that also carefully consider their own carbon footprint and endeavour to reduce their environmental impact, in line with D&C Days values. This includes reducing waste wherever possible, which is why there will be no printed programmes or branded gifts, ensuring all our event materials are recycled and choosing a vegetarian menu. 

To reduce the environmental impact of this event we are strongly encouraging participants to share transport where possible and avoid distribution of printed publications, taking advantage of increased electronic distribution, where appropriate.


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