IIED works to make global climate law, policy and governance more equitable and more effective. We do this by providing support to vulnerable developing countries – both at international climate negotiations, and nationally, as individual countries work to implement global agreements at a local level.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aims to prevent dangerous climate change without compromising sustainable economic development.
To achieve this 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 most vulnerable countries.
Vulnerable developing 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 vulnerable developing countries by providing legal, technical and strategic advice, by building and sustaining capacity 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 works to help developing countries to implement global climate decisions by helping national policy makers.
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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