About 1 billion people currently live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.25 a day (Povcal, 2015). Eradicating extreme poverty should be regarded as the minimum ethical obligation of the global development agenda. The climate crisis, however, threatens our ability to meet this obligation. Climate change will hit the very poorest hardest and threatens to undo many of the hard-fought development gains achieved in recent decades.
A zero net emissions trajectory is critical to meet our obligations to eradicate extreme poverty by and beyond 2030. Achieving this will mean zero global growth in emissions by 2030. To achieve zero zero, development efforts must be more pro-poor and low-emission.
This summary is based on a discussion paper, ‘Targeting Zero Zero’, published by ODI in December 2014 (Granoff et al, 2014). The discussion paper was developed as input into the Development and Climate days at COP 20 in Lima, presented in collaboration by Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Overseas Development Institute and Climate Development Knowledge Network. The theme was ‘Zero Poverty. Zero emissions. Within a generation’ and the days provided a platform for a diverse set of voices who believe it’s important to unite these agendas and bring zero zero within reach.
Watson, C.; McFarland, W.; Granoff, I. Targeting Zero Zero: Achieving zero extreme poverty on the path to zero net emissions. Summary. ODI, London, UK (2015) 8 pp.