“Addressing climate change requires addressing the unsustainable consumption and production patterns of rich countries,” wrote Amina Mohammed, special advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General on post-2015 development planning. For example, while energy is wasted in many places, there are 1.3 billion people without access to electricity, she noted. Food waste is another huge problem, panelists said.
The discussion asked whether a new global development framework – being crafted to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 – can drive action to tackle climate change.
The recent report from the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, led by the presidents of Liberia and Indonesia and the British prime minister, also identified “an urgent need for developed countries to re-imagine their growth models”.