Actions and Detail Panel
Mainstreaming Climate Change into GCC Economic Diversification Plans
Tue 25 April 2017, 16:30 – 18:00 BST
The entry of the Paris Agreement into force in November 2016 coincides with the Gulf states’ launch of economic diversification strategies, driven by the pressure to adjust fiscal deficits as a result of low oil prices. Aisha Al-Sarihi will ask whether the economic diversification strategies create windows of opportunity for the Gulf countries to progress towards the goal set in the Paris Agreement. Capturing these two challenges in a single policy could bring about ‘win-win’ outcomes that ensure both long-term benefits for the climate and development. Using specific examples, Aisha will focus on the drivers of climate change action in the GCC, and potential factors and challenges to including climate change plans in economic diversification strategies.
Speaker: Aisha Al-Sarihi, LSE