The Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim

Lunch debate on climate and the fight against poverty

Last updated: 07/03/2011 // The Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim, will discuss how climate and financing polices can contribute to the fight against poverty during an open meeting in Brussels 14 March.

The debate is organized by the think tank “Friends of Europe” in collaboration with the Mission of Norway to the European Union as a part of the “Café Crossfire” series.

The world’s rich nations will need to invest $100 billon every year if they are to help developing countries mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to them. If the investments are directed in a right manner they may contribute to both environmental effectiveness and to reduce poverty.

The discussion will revolve around what kind of instruments European governments and the EU do have to ensure that climate funds are used in a sustainable and equitable manner. The question about whether private climate finance for poor countries as well as the proposed African Green Fund can help developing countries leapfrog to a climate-resilient and resource efficient growth model will also be discussed. 

In addition to Mr Solheim, the panel of speakers includes Jos Delbeke, European Commission Director for Climate Change, Sigrid Kaag, Director of the Partnershios Bureau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Marc Pallemaerts, Senior Fellow and Head of Environment Governance Program, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).
Further information about the lunch debate and registration can be found on Friends of Europe’s web site.

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