The UK is due to host the World Climate and Development Summit later this month as part of the road to COP26 in Glasgow in November.
The countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change will be the focus of the Summit, as many developing countries face multiple threats from rising temperatures, economic shocks and COVID-19.
The Ministerial Conference on Climate and Development will bring together countries and partners to focus on how to work together on these issues and prevent them from escalating, including by mitigating the impacts of climate change, debt relief and access to finance.
A selection of the countries most affected by the impacts of climate change through Africa and Asia, as well as some small island developing states were invited to join the event, alongside representatives of the G7, international institutions and major donor countries.
The event, which will be hosted by the UK and co-chaired by COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma and Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, will be held virtually on March 31, 2021.
Mr Sharma said: “One of my top priorities as COP President is to champion global action for vulnerable countries on the front lines of climate change and the Ministerial Conference on Climate and Development is a key element of this approach.
Summit outcomes will help shape the agenda in other key international fora until COP26 and beyond.
Andrew Norton, Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development added: “The world’s poor are disproportionately affected by these problems, but are ready to take on this challenge. This UK government process is essential to bring together experts from all regions to co-design practical solutions with developing countries to bring about radical change in climate and development this year. “
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