Argument: Poverty vs climate change is false choice; they are complimentary


Michael Richards. “Poverty Reduction, Equity and Climate Change: Global Governance Synergies or Contradictions?” Overseas Development Institute: “Policy makers and donors increasingly realise that tackling equity and poverty issues is now key for environmentally effective global governance cooperation to ‘mitigate’ climate change, as evidenced by the recent approval of three new ‘adaptation’ funds (see Box 1 for key jargon and definitions) from the UNFCCC process. A recent donor consortium report on climate change and poverty (AfDB et al, 2002) emphasises the synergies between the climate change and poverty reduction agendas, and observes that without urgent action climate change is likely to undermine the MDG poverty targets.”