IIED supports the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other vulnerable developing countries to achieve equitable and ambitious outcomes through global decision-making. We also help individual countries prepare for the effective implementation of these decisions through national policy and legislative strengthening.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aims to prevent dangerous climate change without compromising sustainable economic development. Adopted in December 2015 and already in force, the Paris Agreement will shape the work of the UNFCCC for the foreseeable future.
To achieve the UNFCCC's goal, all countries must be able to participate fully in formulating global climate change policies. In particular, we must take into account the concerns of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Yet many global decisions are taken without proper representation by these countries.
LDCs and other vulnerable countries often lack the capacity to participate effectively in global policymaking processes. They lack the financial resources, evidence-based research support and the technical and legal advice they need to negotiate issues effectively. Their small delegations often include new negotiators who have to learn on the job.
We support negotiators from LDCs and other vulnerable countries by providing on-demand legal, technical and strategic advice. We work to facilitate their engagement in the global policymaking process through participation and capacity strengthening support, and by providing support for ongoing climate diplomacy.
International agreements can only work if they are translated into effective action at national and local level. IIED also supports individual LDCs to strengthen national policy and legislative responses in line with their commitments at the international level.
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IIED researchers monitor international climate negotiations, providing analysis of key concepts and concerns, keeping a special focus on the interests of the world’s most vulnerable and least developed countries:
- IIED presentation: New agreement and key considerations, by Achala C. Abeysinghe
- ecbi presentation: Facilitating implementation and compliance in the Paris Agreement, by Achala C. Abeysinghe
- IIED presentation: Where do we stand? INDCs and key issues to be addressed in Paris, by Achala C. Abeysinghe, Caroline Dihl Prolo and Mozaharul Alam (UNEP)
- Addressing climate adaptation through equity concepts, Achala C. Abeysinghe (2013), IIED Briefing paper
- Loss and damage: from the global to the local, Erin Roberts and Saleemul Huq (2013), IIED Briefing paper
- Submission by IIED to the UNFCCC on ADP workstream 2: the pre-2020 mitigation ambition – views and expert opinion in reference to renewable energy as a cost effective option for closing the pre-2020 mitigation ambition gap, Neha Rai (2013)
- Climate negotiation crossroads: future success rests on current lessons, Achala C. Abeysinghe and Pa Ousman Jarju (2012) IIED Briefing paper
- Conclusions related to LDCs from the Subsidiary Body for Implementation under the UNFCCC
- Website of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group at UN climate change negotiations
Global climate law, policy and governance
Helping Least Developed Countries and other vulnerable developing countries to achieve equitable and ambitious outcomes in global climate decision making