Latin America is bearing the brunt of climate change. At the same time, although its greenhouse gas emissions remain relatively low, the economic development of the continent means it is increasingly contributing to climate change. However, this economic development, which is largely based on exports of raw materials, is dependent on the prices of these materials and has not always gone hand in hand with a reduction in social inequality.
In this context, could new development paths be developed around ambitious policies for reducing and adapting to climate change? In this continent with its many different countries, what are the best examples in this field?
To answer these questions, as part of the “Paris Climat 2015: Make it Work” initiative, IDDRI is pleased to welcome some leading figures to Sciences Po: Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile, former UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, and currently member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, former Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); and, acting as moderator, Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI and former Secretary of State for climate change in Spain.