Members of parliament can help break the international stalemate on climate change action by ‘domesticating’ global decisions, using national legislation. But to do that they often need long-term capacity-building programmes to catalyse the process: programmes that have support within the Government and across parliaments.
IIED works to strengthening the position of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in international climate negotiations. We are working to build the capacity, knowledge and expertise of LDC negotiators to ensure more equitable outcomes for the countries they represent.
We aim to create a more level playing field for all government delegations taking part in climate negotiations at the international level through our work. That’s why IIED manages the European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) workshop programme, which focuses on building the capacity of UNFCCC negotiators from vulnerable developing countries.
IIED helps vulnerable developing countries to achieve more equitable outcomes at global climate change negotiations. We help build strong negotiating positions through compelling evidence and by strengthening countries’ ability to negotiate. Our capacity building support also helps developing countries wanting to ‘domesticate’ global decisions on climate change, driving individual national climate change policies and actions that run alongside international collective action.
The drylands are home to 2.3 billion people and cover about 40% of the Earth’s land surface. They play an important role in trade, tourism, migration and environmental services, such as carbon sequestration. Dryland communities have learnt to exploit their environment, including the cycles of flood and drought, leading sustainable livelihoods. But policymakers hold many misconceptions about drylands, and there are few government policies, investments or planning processes to support dryland communities’ own strategies.
Video of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, speaking at IIED's 2012 Barbara Ward Lecture. The Introduction is by Camilla Toulmin, IIED’s Director.