A conference organised by IDDRI and the World Bank, with the support of Climate Analytics. 

Reflecting the growing concern of economic institutions with regard to climate change, the World Bank has recently published two scientific studies on the economic consequences of unchecked global warming. The second report , published in June 2013, Turn Down the Heat II: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience, focuses on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The report examines the potential impact on the populations of these regions resulting from climate change and its effects on sectors such as agricultural production, water resources, coastal ecosystems and cities. 

This conference will provide an opportunity to consider the economic and social challenges of climate change and to open discussions on the importance of international negotiations, particularly on the shift from observation to action. Through a focus on Africa and the link between climate change and development, it will take stock of the risks of global warming and also the opportunities for collective and coordinated action against its negative consequences. 
  • The impacts of climate change in Africa, Bill Hare, managing director of Climate Analytics and main author of the Turn Down the Heat report.
  • The economic challenges of climate change: what approach for financial institutions? Rachel Kyte, vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank
  • Transforming risks into collective opportunity and the implementation of an agenda of solutions, Pascal Canfin, French deputy minister for development  
Moderation by Laurence Tubiana, director at IDDRI and of the Sustainable Development Centre at Sciences Po - chair of the board of directors of the French Development Agency (AFD)
Simultaneous French/English interpretation provided