IIED at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP19)

22 October 2013

IIED will be at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland. COP19 runs from 11-22 November 2013.

COP19 Video updates

Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, and IIED Senior Fellow, on the outcomes needed from the upcoming talks

This year our main activities will include:

  • Helping vulnerable developing countries achieve equitable outcomes at the negotiations. We also support the climate diplomacy of vulnerable countries by identifying key opportunities to put climate change higher on the foreign policy agenda. This benefits vulnerable countries by supporting ambition and action at the UN level.

  • Supporting the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre with the annual Development and Climate Days conference – a two day event focusing on innovative approaches and incisive dialogue for climate-smart development.

  • Showcasing our latest publications and briefings on the IIED exhibition stand.

  • Hosting an official side event to outline what urgent action is needed from the perspective of least developed countries. We are also running a workshop on the rights, power and equity in the design of REDD+.  More information for these events is listed below.

You can also read our latest blogs or follow us on twitter to keep up to date on developments and our activities during the conference.


Advocacy and campaign strategies to counter climate change

Local signs after Typhoon Frank, Phillipines. Photo: David DodmanPre-COP19 workshop
 7-9 November 
Venue: Historial Education Center, Zielna Street 39, 00-108 Warszawa

This workshop is co-organised by CAN International and Southern Voices on Climate Change. This year’s Pre-COP19 workshop focus is to improve civil society capacity to advocate and campaign on climate change at the national level. While the focus of the UNFCCC negotiations is to establish the international framework, commitments and funding – the action and interventions will happen through national and local initiatives – by governments, private sector and civil societies.

Climate change impacts and actions: views from the most vulnerable

Women look out over the rising sea water. The sea in the Bay of Bengal is rising, affecting the hundreds of thousands of villagers living on the low islands in the south. Photo: Espen Rasmussen/PANOSOfficial Side Event
Thursday 14 November 
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Side Event Room 1 
Speakers: LDC delegates and experts

Least developed countries (LDCs) are the group of countries most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change with the least capacity to deal with such challenges. This side event will highlight the climate vulnerability, impacts and the urgent actions that are needed from the LDCs perspective.

Rights, power and equity in the design of REDD+

Forestry in Mozambique. Photo: Mike GoldwaterWorkshop
Date: Friday 15 November
Time: Registration at 3:00pm; workshop 3:30-7:30pm
Venue: Sheraton Hotel

REDD+ could bring benefits to poor forest-dependent communities but this is by no means guaranteed. This event will examine how REDD+ policy processes, private sector participation, and design of local interventions can be made more equitable and gender-sensitive. It will draw from collaborative research in Africa, Asia and Latin America by IIED with partners.

View the full workshop programme. To register for this workshop please email forestry@iied.org with your name and organisation included.

Development and Climate Days Conference

Development and Climate Days logoEvent
Date: 16-17 November
Venue: Polonia Palace Hotel

We are all “learning by doing” – gaining a more practical understanding of climate risks and of how to mainstream climate-smart approaches in all sectors and at all levels, with appropriate financing mechanisms to boost the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable people in particular. This learning process and the ways we organise support in the UNFCCC and related policy processes require us to build bridges between negotiators and policy-makers, knowledge centres and practitioners.

Join us for two days of innovative approaches and incisive dialogue for climate-smart development. View the agenda for more detailed information about the two days.  The event is free to attend, register via the event page at the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre.

Share, engage and enhance the global climate change movement

Connect4Climate logo

Date: Wednesday 20 November
Time: 9am-6pm
Venue: Auditorium Minus, Main Campus, University of Warsaw
Organiser: Connect4Climate in cooperation with University of Warsaw

This workshop is an opportunity to represent your organisation, share your experiences, and help develop a strategy to boost the global climate change movement. It will bring together a variety of climate change professionals, educators, young people, civil society organisations and private sector representatives.

There will be a panel discussion with some of the most active climate change movement makers, including IIED’s Saleem Huq.

The event is free to attend, for more information and to sign up visit the event’s registration page.

UN agencies supporting climate smart cities

Sun setting behind the chimneys of Alba Proteins near Penrith. Photo: Fiona in Eden.

Side event
Thursday 21 November, ‘Cities Day’ 
Time: 6.30–8pm
Venue: National Stadium, Room 2
Organiser: UN Habitat

Integrating cities into national efforts to address climate change is a pressing challenge. UN agencies are helping cities to mitigate and adapt. Additionally a cross-agency task team has begun to map tools and formulate a ‘One UN’ approach to build urban resilience and foster climate smart cities. IIED’s David Dodman will present the role cities play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience.