Development in the face of climate extremes and disasters

Venue: United Kingdom and Online
Date: Thursday March 24 2016
Streamed live online


Roger Harrabin – Environment Analyst, BBC


Kirsty Lewis - Climate security science manager, UK Met Office

Maarten van Aalst - Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre


Additional speakers to be confirmed


Katie Peters - Research Fellow, ODI



Confusion abounds. To what extent can we attribute climate extremes to global warming? What is the relationship between extreme events and poverty? And how will climate extremes in the future affect our efforts to eliminate extreme poverty? As governments turn their attention to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and targets agreed in both Sendai and Paris in 2015, a better understanding of and the links between climate change and disasters is needed, as well as the impacts on patterns of poverty.

This event will unpack the science and reveal new insights. It will challenge the common misconception that there are ‘hot spots’ of climate extremes and poverty. Drawing on new findings, the event brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change and poverty, and explores implications for the post-2015 agreements.


​11:30 - Setting the scene: Why is this topic important and timely?
11:45 - Presentations from the panel: Covering topics from climate change and attribution science, poverty impacts of climate extremes (including El Niño) and efforts to meet 2015 goals
12:15 - Questions and answers
12:50 - Final reflections 


Lunch will be provided from 1 - 2pm.