Doha climate talks - live web chat

What's at stake for poor countries?

This week, thousands are meeting in Doha, Qatar, for climate change talks at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, COP18.

Practical Action are attending the COP18 UN climate talks in Doha to promote our #adaptnow campaign. Adaptation is critical because it buys time which the world desperately needs to get a successor agreement to the Kyoto protocol and it saves lives.

Nazmul Chowdhury, manager of Practical Action's Pathways from Poverty project in Bangladesh, joined Helen Clark, head of the UN development programme, and Alex Evans, senior fellow at New York University's Centre on International Co-operation, for a live web chat on the Guardian's Global Development website on Tuesday 27th November.

They discussed what's at stake for developing countries at Doha, how sustainable development should be included in the post-2015 framework, and what progress has been made to help countries adapt to climate change. Read the conversation at

Practical Action's key asks at Doha are

  • Adaptation to become centre stage at the UNFCCC
  • 50% of climate finance to be spent on adaption (currently its less than 10%)
  • The UK to honour its part of the commitment to the Green Climate Fund. Developed countries have pledged to raise $100bn annually by 2020 but so far there have only been promises of about $11bn on the table and no money has been paid.

We'll be reporting on progress throughout the talks.


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@DECCgovuk Did you know Westminster could be under water by 2100? As could Bangladesh. #adaptnow #COP18

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@DECCgovuk People in Bangladesh are living with climate change now. Put adaptation at the top of your agenda. #adaptnow #COP18

@DECCgovuk Currently, less than 10% of climate finance is spent on adaptation – we want this to increase to 50%. #adaptnow #COP18

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