Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

Development and Climate Days

Development and Climate Days 2017 (D&C Days)

Global ambition | Local action | Climate resilience for all

Date: 11–12 November 2017, Bonn, Germany

Please find the report of D&C days 2017 here


This year’s D&C days aims to influence the ‘Ambition Mechanism’ processes under the UNFCCC – particularly the Facilitative Dialogue and Global Stocktake – and to inform climate action on all levels.

At D&C Days the dynamic format encourages dialogue on a range of issues that link policy, knowledge and practice. Innovative approaches encourage participants to interact, challenge existing thinking and to generate new ideas. 

The 15th annual D&C Days will continue to build on the topic of “Global ambition. Local action. Climate resilience for all”, and its agenda incorporates four themes:

Resilience through empowerment and access: exploring the effective pathways to address poverty and climate vulnerability and manage climate risk, and to consider how engagement in decision making, equitable access to resources, and the provision of goods, services and innovation can be enhanced.

Valuing lived experience, and local knowledge: highlighting the importance of creating space and voice for those at the development and climate frontline in all discussions related to climate and development.

Transparency and downward accountability: examining the ways in which decisions are made, climate responses are prioritised and climate finance is directed.

Shared resilience: recognising we live in an interconnected world with complex intercontinental supply chains, global financial flows, and decision making shared between the international, national and local levels, strategies for managing risk and building resilience must be designed and implemented together.

After this years event key messages were formulated, to be used during the second week of COP23 and beyond. 

D&C Days asked big questions, seeking big answers, and working together on fair solutions. Through creative activities and interactive discussion, we have aimed to unpack these (and other) complex questions:

  • How can gender responsive climate action lead to resilient communities?
  • How can we build resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, where many of the world’s most vulnerable people live?
  • How should we decipher the politics in the ways that transparency and downward accountability are being addressed in the UNFCCC?
  • What actions can companies take to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience i in the communities along their supply chains? 

This year’s event is organised by a partnership between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Development Research Centre, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery,the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate JusticeWe Mean Business, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik.

Contributing partners to this year’s event are Action on Climate Today, Oxford Policy Management, International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Adaptation Network, the NAP Global Network and the Womens Environment and Development Organization.