The problems of food security and climate change are interrelated. CIDSE therefore looks at the links between food insecurity and climate change, as well as at the degradation of ecosystems and economic recessions.
The people who are most affected by climate change in developing countries should be supported with reliable and effective long- term financial support.
We must urgently reduce global green house gas (GHG) emissions to limit the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has indicated this is necessary to prevent the world from the worst impacts of climate change.
For the poor people of resource-rich countries more transparency is vital.
Transnational corporations involved in extractive industries frequently arrive with promises to build schools, hospitals, roads, provide jobs. Unfortunately, local populations too often discover that allthat glitters is not gold. Rather than benefiting, local people experience increased poverty, loss of livelihoods, violent conflict, human rights violations, environmental degradation and corruption.
CIDSE believes that the UN Business & Human Rights framework can play an important role in stopping human rights violations by businesses.
CIDSE wants to put Tax Justice at the heart of development. Basic service provision should be guaranteed by predictable and sound sources of public finance. Taxation is the foremost of these sources.
Official Development Assistance (ODA) should increase and be better spent. Most rich countries have committed to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA. Yet, the majority of the countries have still not fulfilled this promise.
Innovative mechanisms to finance development are urgently needed to ensure that poverty will be eradicated.