The COVID-19 crisis has come at the worst possible time for humanity. The poorest countries were already struggling to meet their development goals in the face of cyclones, wildfires, and droughts, and the world now has only a decade left to slow down increases in global temperature and sea levels before they become catastrophic, and invest in climate-resilient development.
The DRGR report calls on the G20 calls on the G20 to move beyond the Common Framework for Debt Treatments and to require public and private creditors to provide a substantial debt cut to a broad set of low- and middle-income countries, in exchange for a commitment to a green and inclusive recovery.
The Special Session ‘Climate Action in Times of Debt Distress’ at the Third Annual Conference of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment, examined the options for debt rescheduling that will allow for people centred investments that address climate change and inequality by leaving fossil fuels in the ground. Several co-chairs of the initiative presented insights into the issue.