The (Im)possibility of Climate Protection in Developing Countries

With the release of the IPCC Report and the climate conferences in New York and Lima, the UN has rung in a long year of important climate-policy decisions. At the GIGA Forum on 12 November, experts will discuss the possibilities for developing countries.

With the Climate Summit in New York and the Climate Change Conference in Lima, the UN has rung in a long year of important climate-policy decisions. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to see courageous promises. But developing and newly industrialised countries face a dilemma: the worldwide increase in CO2 emissions over the last 10 years can largely be attributed to them; nonetheless, these countries will still need a long time to achieve the same development level as the industrialised countries. To do so, they require energy, and this energy has so far come from fossil fuels.

Should states such as China, India, Mexico or Indonesia do without growth for the sake of climate protection? Or are there “green” solutions for developing and newly industrialised countries that make wealth possible without following the same CO2-intensive pattern of growth as the industrialised countries? And who will cover the costs of the global energy transformation?

On 12 November, Jann Lay (GIGA), Stephan Klasen (University of Göttingen) and Karsten Smid (Greenpeace) will discuss the (im)possibility of climate protection in developing countries.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Klasen is a development economist at the University of Göttingen and German representative to the UN Committee on Development Policy. He is one of the authors of the current UN climate change report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report).

Jun.-Prof. Jann Lay leads the GIGA Research Programme 3: Socio-Economic Development in the Context of Globalisation. His research interests include the economic aspects of climate protection in developing and newly industrialised countries.

Bernhard Pötter is political editor at the taz and focuses on climate, energy and environmental policy.

Karsten Smid heads Greenpeace's climate campaigning programme and is a climate expert.

The discussion will be held in German.

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