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Climate change challenges for public bodies examined

16 July 2021

The House of Commons International Development Committee is holding the third and final evidence-taking session in its inquiry into Climate change, Development and ‘COP26’ - or the 26th ‘Conference of Parties’ United Nations climate change meeting, starting 1 November in Glasgow.

Tuesday 20 July 2021 (Virtual meeting)

  • Session will be conducted with remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 2.30pm

  • Dr Amal-Lee Amin, Director of Climate Change within the Value Creation Strategies team, CDC Group
  • Colin Buckley, General Counsel and Head of External Relations, CDC Group
  • Dario Kenner, Lead Analyst on Sustainable Economic Development, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

At 3.30pm

  • The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Vel Gnanendran, Climate and Environment Director, FCDO

Purpose of the Session

The session on 20 July will focus on the challenges facing public institutions in responding effectively to climate change. Questions will look at the Government’s approach to climate change policy in lower and middle income countries and to how challenges relating to lower income countries will be addressed at the ‘COP’ it will host later this year.

The UK is an important actor on the climate change scene partly because it is one of the main donors to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the United Nations-affiliated body which promotes climate-friendly sustainable development. The GCF is the world’s largest climate fund.

The UK is also one of the few governments which divides its international spending on climate issues equally between reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping vulnerable countries adapt to climate change. Finally, the UK is a significant player because it is hosting the ‘COP.’

The Prime Minister has said tackling climate change and diversity loss is the government’s “number one international priority”. The COP President, Alok Sharma, has said he intends to make the Glasgow summit “the most inclusive COP ever.”

However, some observers say the UK government’s commitment and credibility on the subject of climate change have been undermined by the recent cut in the foreign aid budget.

The witnesses for the Committee evidence session will be the divided into two panels. The first panel will concentrate on transition away from the use of fossil fuels in lower income countries.

The second panel will be looking at the response of the UK Government to the issues raised during this and the two previous evidence sessions. Session One focused mainly on how countries adapt to the impact of climate change. Session Two concentrated on the challenges countries face in obtaining finance to counter the effects of climate change and climate action in Whitehall.

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