Lavan Mahadeva . OIES.

Lavan Mahadeva’s presentation covered an important but particular aspect of the search for global agreement, namely the question of burden sharing. He discussed  some of the criteria that should be considered necessary to  develop acceptable methods of estimating ability to pay (respective capabilities in UNFCCC language), including objectivity, simplicity, fairness on at least some measure, and reliance on available data.  His conclusion was  that the design of any international climate finance scheme should take into account GDP, GDP per head and poverty. His slides illustrate these points with supporting information and some carefully argued comparisons with analogous but more fully established concepts such as income tax.

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