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  • The logo for the 2016 D&C Days gathering

    Join us for the 14th Development & Climate Days at COP22

    Registrations have opened for D&C Days 2016, which will take place on 12-13 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco, during the middle weekend of this year's United Nations climate change summit

    9 September 2016 | News | Climate change
  • An image of the world showing global surface temperatures: April 2016 was the hottest April on record, the seventh month in a row to break temperature records. You can watch a video progression of changing global temperatures below (Image: NASA)

    Taking the Paris Agreement forward: what to expect in Bonn?

    As discussions get under way in Bonn on the next steps for the Paris Agreement on climate change, Achala Abeysinghe looks at what needs to be achieved

    16 May 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Officials on a climate finance course meet farmers in Bangladesh to learn about the benefits of solar irrigation pumps (Photo: ICCCAD, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance for those who need it most

    IIED's work on climate finance aims to generate evidence that can inform the design of funding mechanisms and ensure that funds can effectively reach the poor and vulnerable

    13 May 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • COP21 president Laurent Fabius (second right) and UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres (second left) celebrate the Paris Agreement (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A historic agreement in Paris

    A historic agreement on climate change in Paris must drive ambition for climate action post-2015, says IIED director Andrew Norton

    14 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Angola aims to achieve its mitigation goals through the promotion of renewable energy, stabilisation of agricultural emissions, carbon sequestration from the forestry sector and other activities (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance is vital to secure a future worth having

    A key issue dominating the landmark climate summit in Paris is that tricky subject of climate finance: who pays, how much, for what? Some elements of the global discourse on the sums required to tackle the urgent climate change threat seem to think there is a simple distinction to be drawn between choosing to spend money on climate or other development issues. But this simplistic rhetoric is damaging and puts lives at risk

    9 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The event was held in the Africa pavilion at the Paris climate summit (Photo: IIED)

    COP21 side event discusses how to unlock climate finance for developing countries

    COP21 side event discusses how to unlock climate finance for developing countries

    2 December 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The entrance to Le Bourget, the venue for the UN climate talks (COP21) (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    LDC climate action plans estimated to cost US$93.7 billion per year

    A report by IIED has estimated the cost of all 48 Least Developed Countries implementing their post-2020 climate action plans to be around US$93 billion per year

    30 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The logo of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (Image: UNFCCC, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP)

    The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). IIED participates and reports on this annual event

    18 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, pictured with chairperson of the African Union, Abdel Aziz, is opposing African countries' desire for a legally binding agreement at COP21 (via Google Images licence)

    Message to Secretary of State John Kerry: a legally binding treaty in Paris is essential

    In response to comments from the US Secretary of State, Achala Abeysinghe sets out nine key reasons why the Paris climate agreement must be legally binding

    13 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Development and Climate Days logo

    Development & Climate Days: the history

    This annual gathering links the issues of climate change and development, and promotes dialogue, information sharing and informal discussion at the United Nations climate change talks

    12 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The island nation of Tuvalu is one of the Least Developed Countries that is particularly vulnerable to climate change, with an average elevation of just two meters above sea level (Photo: Nick Hobgood, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The road through Paris: key messages for ministers

    As ministers from 80 countries gather in Paris for pre-meetings ahead of COP21, Achala Abeysinghe sets out a clear direction of travel for them to follow

    9 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Saleemul Huq is interviewed as part of the Road to Paris video series (Image: IIED)

    Road to Paris video series: the Least Developed Countries' perspective (episode 4)

    Hear from a series of experts as they provide an insight into the perspectives of the Least Developed Countries on key aspects of the UNFCCC process ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris in December 2015

    6 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Saleemul Huq introduces a new series explaining the UNFCCC process from the perspective of the Least Developed Countries (Image: IIED)

    The Road to Paris: how can the world's most vulnerable countries be heard?

    With a month to go until the start of COP21, Saleemul Huq provides an insight into the perspectives of the Least Developed Countries ahead of the Paris climate talks, as part of a new series of video interviews for IIED

    30 October 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The opening of the UN climate change talks in Bonn in June. The negotiators meet in Bonn again this week (Photo: UNClimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate negotiations: the last stop before Paris

    As climate talks ahead of COP21 start in Bonn, Achala Abeysinghe says the draft on the table is not strong enough to address climate change, and identifies 11 ways in which it can be strengthened

    19 October 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • US President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2014. Bilateral meetings are a key part of climate diplomacy (Photo: US Embassy, The Hague, Creative Commmons, via Flickr)

    Climate diplomacy: a beginner's guide

    While COP21 in Paris is the crucial summit where a climate change agreement could be reached, it will be the culmination of ongoing climate diplomacy between different states. Brianna Craft looks at what's involved

    13 October 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The opening session  of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) begins in Bonn, Germany, on 31 August, 2015 (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    The tough journey on the road to Paris: addressing the needs of the most vulnerable

    With the latest round of climate negotiations under way in Bonn, Achala Abeysinghe reports on concerns that the burden for an ambitious and equitable agreement falls disproportionately on the backs of the poorest and most the vulnerable

    2 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Tea pickers in Kenya's Mount Kenya region; smallholder folders in Least Developed Countries would be adversely affected by climate change (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Supporting the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    As climate negotiators meet in Bonn, Batu Uprety says the mandate of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group must be renewed at COP21 to continue to support the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    1 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of Bangladesh won the Earth Care Award 2012 for spearheading the  Least Developed Countries Fund project 'Community-based adaptation to climate change through coastal afforestation in Bangladesh' (Photo: UNDP Adaptation Learning Mechanism)

    Making the climate fund fit for purpose

    With the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) running on empty, and as the final stages of the negotiations leading up to the Paris climate conference (COP21) approach, climate negotiator Giza Gaspar Martins argues that the fund's future must be secured to support the world's 48 poorest countries

    27 August 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Strategy and Learning Group director Tom Bigg gives an overview of the SDGs (Image: IIED)

    Understanding the SDGs: Tom Bigg

    In the first of a series of video interviews with IIED experts working on issues relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Strategy and Learning Group director Tom Bigg highlights the importance of their universality

    21 August 2015 | News | Policy and planning
  • Three girls wash their clothes in the Akaki river, near Addis Ababa. Climate change is affecting the quality of water in Ethiopia and much of the wastewater released by the industries and houses in Addis Ababa reaches the Awash River untreated, putting public health at risk (Photo: Beatrice Mosello/ODI, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Will new development banks help or hinder on climate change?

    New development banks have the potential to both help and hinder efforts to tackle climate change. With development finance under scrutiny at the Addis Financing for Development conference, now is the time to ensure that they take climate change into account

    6 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • International climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Delegates from nearly 200 countries are preparing the text for a global climate deal to be negotiated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A 1.5 degree goal could save us from ourselves

    As climate negotiations continue in Bonn this week, Stephanie Andrei and Saleemul Huq argue that it would be in everyone's interest to strengthen the target for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees

    10 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Tidal damage on the small island nation of Kiribati. Small island developing nations, especially the atoll nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, are among the poorest and most vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Jodie Gatfield, AusAID)

    Paris Agreement must stand on three pillars

    As UN climate negotiations resume in Bonn (1-11 June), momentum is building for a new climate agreement in Paris this December

    1 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Vanuatu is one of the Least Developed Countries, and is increasingly affected by climate change. Here local people are constructing a river crossing using rocks and coral after flooding destroyed a bridge (Photo: 350.org, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Financing climate change adaptation in LDCs

    Adaptation to climate change is a priority in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), but while funds have been set up to provide finance for adaptation, accessing them is time-consuming and complicated

    22 April 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Ruth Nguli looks at her crop of drought-tolerant beans in Makueni County, Kenya. Developing and sharing climate-smart farming techniques can help communities adapt to climate changes (Photo: Cecilia Schubert/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How do we measure adaptation?

    How do we effectively measure and enhance adaptation? Saleemul Huq looks at possible answers which will be discussed at the 9th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA9)

    11 March 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A night view of the 193 flags of the UN Member States outside the UN Office in Geneva (Photo: United Nations Photo, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    On the road to Paris: departing Geneva with expectations high

    Progress in Geneva has meant a good start to the climate negotiations on the road to Paris, with elements in the text offering the possibility of a fair deal for developing countries

    16 February 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A Bangladeshi fisherman sleeps under a tree, one of thousands planted by the government in an attempt to slow tidal erosion and shield against winds as the country. As countries take such measures to tackle climate change, negotiators prepare for the road to Paris and COP21 (Photo: Espen Rasmussen/PANOS)

    Climate negotiations on the road to Paris: the Geneva stop

    Climate negotiators meeting in Geneva this week (8-13 February) have crucial work to do if governments are to reach a global agreement in Paris in December. Achala Abeysinghe looks at the road ahead

    6 February 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP20 chair Manuel Pulgar Vidal, centre, was highly praised for his efforts to produce the Lima Call for Climate Action

    The long and winding road to Paris

    As the dust settles after the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20), IIED sifts through the events in Lima

    19 December 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • A Potato Park farmer in Peru leads the Potato Guardians collective (Photo: Adam Kerby)

    Return of potatoes from CIP to Andean farmers proves critical for climate adaptation

    Peru's farmers are able to access a greater diversity of potato varieties for climate adaptation, thanks to the continued work of a ground-breaking agreement between CIP, ANDES and the Association of the Potato Park communities

    27 November 2014 | News | Biodiversity
  • Informal settlements such as this one in Durban, South Africa, are adversely affected by climate-related impacts (Photo: David Dodman)

    Climate-related 'loss and damage' in cities: exploring a new urban frontier

    Highlighting and assessing the urban impacts of climate change can help cities find a more consistent, multi-level approach to climate adaptation

    23 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A host of government leaders made pledges at the 2015 UN Climate Summit hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (Photos: Saleemul Huq/IIED)

    A week that may change the world

    It's been a busy week for IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq, with plenty of action unfolding on the climate change front in New York. Here he provides an inside look into what transpired, and some reflections on how the recent events may impact upcoming climate negotiations

    25 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Prakash Mathema speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th annual conference on community-based adaptation to climate change (CBA8) held in Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2014 (Photo: IIED)

    Q&A: Helping the poorest nations with development goals

    19 September 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • IIED senior fellow will speak at the UN Secretary General's climate summit in September (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    Saleem selected for UN climate summit

    IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq has been chosen as one of 38 civil society representatives to attend the UN Secretary General's climate summit

    9 September 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Drought affects Xinjiang Province, a consequence of climate change (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Well-financed climate change action must be central to the post-2015 goals

    Climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. It is critical, therefore, that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda fully embeds climate change

    4 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Gambia has appointed Pa Ousman Jarju as Special Climate Envoy. His appointment shows Gambia's commitment to effective climate diplomacy (Photo: Global Environment Facility)

    Engaging in climate diplomacy – policy pointers from an LDC

    Effective climate diplomacy can help Least Developed Countries make sure their interests are reflected in international negotiation outcomes

    7 August 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • LDCs can use the example of Brazil, which has achieved a drastic fall in emissions thanks to avoided deforestation, to see what is possible despite limited economic capacity. Pictured is deforestation for the use of clay in Rio de Janeiro (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

    Climate action: Diplomats' discussions yield four themes for 2014

    The Gambia's Special Climate Envoy identifies four themes for action on climate change in the UN negotiations and beyond

    4 June 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Participants in the gender and environmental change workshop discuss REDD+ (Photo: Lucile Robinson/IIED)

    Making gender equality a global and local reality

    The UNFCCC has taken significant steps to promote women's increased participation in the global climate change negotiations process. It's a gain for gender equality, but gaps remain

    21 May 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A giant temple bell in Mongolia (Photo: David Berkowitz via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    The IPCC rings the warning bell louder. Is anyone listening?

    IIED Senior Fellow Saleemul Huq, one of the co-authors of the latest IPCC report on climate change, highlights the key findings of the publication and what policymakers need to do next

    2 April 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A borehole in Zambia, among the countries to have started thinking about NAPs, is developed for domestic water and irrigation as part of climate change adaptation measures (Photo: Pascal Manyakaidze via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Least developed countries take climate adaptation to next level

    While many policymakers in the world's richest nations continue to deny the urgency of action on climate change, governments in the 48 least developed countries are pushing ahead with plans to adapt – or at least trying to

    11 March 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines on 7 November 2013. Credit: NASA

    Typhoon Haiyan shows why COP19 must deliver on loss and damage

    Even the best of efforts to adapt to climate change may not be enough to prevent loss and damage, and that's why the UN climate talks need to agree a mechanism to handle this new issue, says Saleemul Huq.

    13 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Seven ways equity can promote success at the UN climate talks

    For a new global climate agreement to be truly equitable —and get global buy-in — it must share the burden of adaptation as well as that of mitigation.

    7 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Climate change negotiators have several gaps to bridge at the COP19 talks. Photo credit: Oxfam International

    COP19: What the Least Developed Countries expect from the climate talks

    Gaps between the expectations of developing countries and the low emissions targets and climate finance promised by developed countries must be bridged at the Warsaw climate talks.

    6 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP19 in Warsaw – a private finance climate conference?

    At the UN climate conference in Copenhagen 2009, developed countries committed to provide funds rising to US$100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing countries in their efforts to addres

    31 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A house with many rooms: Addressing loss and damage from climate change

    At the climate change negotiations, rich nations should not let their fear of liability delay on action on loss of damage.

    4 September 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A solar lamp lights up a shop.

    The private sector’s role in low carbon resilient development

    How can the private sector be effectively engaged not just to reduce the long-term impacts of climate change, but also to help communities adapt to the changes they’re experiencing now?

    20 June 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Flooded sugar cane fields near Colombia's third largest city, Cali, during an intense rainy season.

    What does low-carbon resilience look like in Latin America?

    Many Latin American countries are showing how the pursuit of low-carbon strategies can create ‘win-win’ scenarios for economic growth and forest protection.

    4 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Southern African parliamentarians on a fact finding mission to the Kuyasa Clean Development Mechanism project in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa.

    Helping parliamentarians drive national climate change policy

    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.

    18 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Least Developed Countries map from Wikimedia Commons 2006

    Supporting climate change negotiators from Least Developed Countries

    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.

    18 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Participants of the 2014 ecbi pre-COP training workshop for LDC negotiators, Lima

    Workshops that build climate negotiators' capacity: European Capacity Building Initiative training and support programme

    IIED's European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) training and support programme focuses on building the capacity of UNFCCC negotiators from vulnerable developing countries

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Plenary discussions, Bangkok climate change talks. Photo: UNclimatechange

    Introduction to helping vulnerable countries achieve equitable solutions in climate law and policymaking processes

    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

    17 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • A woman stands with her goats in a dryland area in Niger.

    Introduction to Drylands: building climate resilience, productivity and equity

    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.

    17 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Men survey a flooded road in Kenya.

    Rich nations fail to meet 8 climate-finance pledges analysis shows

    Rich nations score poorly on climate finance in most detailed analysis to date and have failed to keep promises to provide poorer ones with funds to tackle climate change.

    26 November 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Christiana Figueres is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She used her appearance at the 2012 Barbara Ward Lecture to call for an "energy revolution"

    2012 Barbara Ward Lecture: Christiana Figueres calls for an "energy revolution"

    Christiana Figueres is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She used her appearance at the 2012 Barbara Ward Lecture to call for an "energy revolution"

    7 September 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • People stand by a drought-stricken lake in Xinjiang Province, north-west China.

    MPs: the missing pieces to national action on climate change

    While climate change is a global problem, many countries are forging ahead with their own national climate change plans – and MPs are important actors in this process.

    1 August 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Q and A with Sumaya Zakieldeen

    Sumaya Zakieldeen, the Least Developed Countries representative to the Adaptation Committee under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Framework, on how she sees her role going forward.

    21 June 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Fellowship award winners interviewing climate change negotiators in 2009.

    Apply for a Climate Change Media Partnership journalist fellowship to report on COP18

    The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) is proud to announce the launch of a Fellowship program that will send journalists to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP18) in late 2012. The Fellowships are open predominantly to journalists from developing countries, but journalists from the US and Russia are also welcome to apply.

    16 May 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Video: Christiana Figueres calls for an "energy revolution"

    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.

    12 March 2012 | Page | Climate change
  • UN climate chief Christiana Figueres calls for an “energy revolution”

    New technologies and the involvement of the private sector are needed to tackle climate change emissions and power the world said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the

    9 March 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Tweet-by-tweet: COP17 Climate Communications Day

    What happens when 150 climate-change communicators get together to talk about their craft? We found out when Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development organised the first Climate Communications Day (full programme here) as a side event at the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa.

    6 January 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • India at the UN Climate negotiations: back to the wall

    Of all the baffling going-ons at the recent climate change conference in Durban, what bewildered me most was the position of India.

    22 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP17

    United Nations climate change negotiations: IIED at COP17

    IIED was the summit in Durban, sharing learning from our research, training journalists and providing analysis of the unfolding events

    20 December 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • In Durban, a day to focus on climate communication

    Communicating climate change is an "orphan" issue among policy-makers, according to speakers at Climate Communications Day, the first ever day-long public forum organized by and for journalists at a climate summit.

    19 December 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Working with local journalists: a mutually beneficial partnership

    "I am not exaggerating when I say that reporting on the UN climate change talks is one of the best experiences an environment journalist could ever have. Suddenly it seems as if everyone in the world talks only about forests, water and climate."

    16 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Media partnership boosts global coverage of climate change

    Tens of millions of news consumers of 20 media outlets in 15 countries got a much-needed flow of information about climate change in the past two weeks thanks to an innovative project called the Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP).

    15 December 2011 | News | Climate change
  • A tale of two cities: Durban and Brussels

    The media has been telling a tale of two crises: they are complex, interconnected and have much in common. The common threads include richer countries living beyond their means and racking up high levels of financial and ecological debt over several decades leading to an economic and financial crisis. In Europe, we are due for a substantial adjustment in living standards, to get back into balance. Analysts reckon that in the UK, families will only regain their 2002 incomes by 2016 – and that’s if all goes to plan.

    13 December 2011 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Hope from action

    As climate-related impacts become more frequent and extreme, the primary preoccupation of a progressive global society should be to protect the more vulnerable amongst us – countries and individua

    9 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • UN climate negotiations video update: Trying to find "common ground"

    This is the last video update from Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow of IIED's climate change group, from Durban, South Africa where high-level Ministers have arrived and are making statements.

    7 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • What winning the film competition means to us

     

    6 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Consensus grows behind the scenes at the UN climate negotiations

    It’s too early to talk about the end-game in the 17th conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks that are underway in Durban. But amid the shifting diplomatic sands of talks and texts, there are signs that some of the ground is starting to solidify.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • UN climate negotiations video update: Forest day

    James Mayers, the head of IIED's natural resources group, discusses key themes being discussed at the UN Climate Negotiations’ forest day in Durban, South Africa.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • UN climate negotiations video update: D&C days

    IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq previews the 2011 Development & Climate Days

    2 December 2011 | News | Climate change
  • UN Climate negotiations video update: climate adaptation on the agenda

    Closed negotiations have begun at the UN Climate Change conference. Parties are looking at two key issues behind closed doors: national adaptation plans and loss and damage.

    2 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Climate communications day: we need to “tell stories”

    “When talking to the converted...we’re looking for depth. When we’re talking to others... we need simple messages” and to tell stories that people can relate to, says Liz Carlile, Director of Communications at the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    1 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • UN climate negotiations video update: "Good COP vs bad COP"

    In the COP17 side events “we see a lot of hope, solutions and activities at the side events of a positive nature which completely bely the negative vibes coming out of the negotiations themselves,” says Saleemul Huq, IIED’s Senior Fellow in the Climate Change group.  

    1 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Do or die in Durban

    I was one among the many sleep-deprived observers present at the birth of the Kyoto Protocol, during the early hours of a cold December morning in 1997. I cannot claim to have formed an immediate emotional attachment. Along with many others, I despaired already at the weakling’s lack of ambition, and numerous defects (politely called loopholes) that rendered it a joke on the planet. It was optimistically proclaimed a “first small step”, implying that better would follow once the world “warmed up” to the idea of living in a carbon-constrained world.

    30 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Video update from the UN climate negotiations: "Theatre from the Canadians"

    Saleemul Huq, IIED’s Senior Fellow in the Climate Change group, reports from Durban on "theatre from the Canadians".  

    30 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Video update from the UN climate negotiations: Day 2

    In his second video update Saleemul Huq, IIED’s Senior Fellow in the Climate Change group, comments on the UN climate change opening ceremony with President Jacob Zuma and on hopes that South African political leadership “can bring [together] what seemingly look like very different points of view”.

    29 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Video update from the UN climate negotiations: Day 1

    The first video update from the UN Climate negotiations, IIED’s Senior Fellow in the Climate Change group, Saleemul Huq, outlines the two major issues to be discussed at the COP17.

    28 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • The International Institute for Environment and Development’s role at the UN climate negotiations

    The UN climate conference has officially opened and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is here in Durban, out in force. We’re not in prominent negotiating positions, but we play an important role behind the scenes helping support least developed country negotiators and southern partners engage with the process.

    28 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Three ways Durban climate conference can ensure rich world meets finance promises

    A briefing paper published today (21 November) by IIED outlines three steps to ensure developed countries meet their agreed commitments to help poorer nations adapt to climate change.

    21 November 2011 | News | Climate change
  • REDD+: a win-win deal is possible!

    With the dusk of the International Year of Forests fast approaching, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable forest management, conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) has the potential to bring positive changes to the lives of people who are dependent on forests for their livelihoods. But this can only happen if REDD+ is implemented in a way that ensures their participation in the process.

    17 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Poor and vulnerable countries are defying climate inaction

    Slow progress at global climate talks is belied by the plethora of actions in many smaller and more at-risk developing nations.

    9 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • An American predicament that threatens the Green Climate Fund

    In the context of the multilateral climate change negotiations, this global realization has slowly, but inexorably led to the conclusion that for the foreseeable future, it would be vain to expect

    3 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Climate change and religion in flooded Bangkok

    I have been attending a meeting of around forty Archbishops and Bishops from all over Asia for several days now at Assumption University on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand surrounded by flood waters approaching the country’s low-lying capital city.

    20 October 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Multi-billion dollar climate change fund hits barrier

    Plans for a multi-billion dollar fund to help developing countries deal with climate change hit a big barrier this week when countries could not agree on the design of the fund.

    20 October 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Making REDD+ deliver for everyone

    With deforestation and forest degradation being the third largest global contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, forests have an enormous role to play in any attempts to combat climate change. An international scheme called REDD+ (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest degradation, conservation, sustainable forest mangement and enhancement of carbon stocks) offers a financial incentive to keep trees standing and reduce global greenhouse emissions. Our workshop on 27 November shared perspectives on how we can make REDD+ deliver for people who depend on the forests.

    11 October 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • Development and Climate days at COP17

    The 2011 Development and Climate (D&C) Days event focused on “evidence-based adaptation planning”.

    6 October 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • Journalists win fellowships to report on key climate-change conference

    The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) has awarded journalists from 15 countries with fellowships to attend crucial UN talks in Durban that could spell the demise or rebirth of the Kyoto Protocol.

    5 October 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Development and Climate Days Film Competition 2011

    We're pleased to announce that Ripples, a film about climate change and disaster management in Bangladesh, by Soren Vestergaard Neilsen, for RDRS Bangladesh was the winner of our Development and Climate film competition.

    22 August 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • How can air travel contribute to the costs of adapting to climate change?

    Climate change negotiators are still meeting this week in Bonn to try and find a way forward on, amongst many other subjects, climate change mitigation, adaptation and finance. Sources of ‘innovative’ finance, such as taxes on international transport, have been proposed. Might these provide a way to break the deadlock on finance and prove to be sources of significant and stable financing to address the impacts of climate change?

    15 June 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • CCMP Fellowships to UNFCCC's COP17 climate change conference in South Africa

    The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) is proud to announce the launch of a Fellowship program that will send journalists to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP17) in late 2011.

    10 June 2011 | News | Climate change
  • “Protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous people benefits us all”

    He gave the example of indigenous peoples in Peru who are responding to climate change by reintroducing native potato varieties and so are “helping to conserve the earth’s biodiversity”. “Indigenous peoples have been living a ‘green economy’ for centuries,” he added — economists should look to old practices in indigenous communities for new ways to achieve sustainable development.

    9 June 2011 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • IIED Insights: Q&A with Hannah Reid on community based adaptation

    Climate change is set to significantly impact people and the environment. Rising temperatures will change crop growing seasons and impact food security. Changing rainfall patterns will cause water shortages or flooding in some areas. And rising sea levels means a greater risk of storm surges, flooding and wave damage for coastal regions across the world. 

    10 March 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • COP16: United Nations climate change negotiations

    IIED researchers undertook a range of activities at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16)

    20 December 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • Can international law break the deadlock in climate talks?

    An international lawsuit on greenhouse gas emissions could help create the political pressure and third-party guidance needed to revive global climate negotiations.

    6 December 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Storm watch for Cancun climate talks

    Striking a deal at this month’s UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico will largely depend on negotiators’ ability to settle stormy disputes, particularly between the developed and developing world, over six key issues.

    23 November 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • Tianjin Climate Negotiation through the CLACC lens

    Last month (4–9 October), more than 2300 government delegates, observers and intergovernmental organisations met in Tianjin, China in a search for common ground to achieve strong action on climate change.

    19 November 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • Development and Climate Days COP16

    Development and Climate Days is an annual event held during the UNFCCC Conference of Parties. The events offer formal presentations of work on climate change, and opportunity to network, share literature, and showcase video.

    13 October 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • COP 15 - Review and analysis

    Review and analysis of the aspirations and outcomes of the conference - What were the results? What comes next?

    21 January 2010 | Article | Climate change
  • REDD: Protecting climate, forests and livelihoods

    Deforestation is a global issue. Beyond its destructive impacts on biodiversity and the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, it is a major driver of climate change and accounts for roughly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. REDD — 'reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation' — could offer a way forward, as IIED's growing body of REDD research and reports reflects.

    14 May 2009 | Article | Forests
  • Venn diagram of LDCs

    Least Developed Countries

    Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are the poorest countries in the world. A number of criteria determine this status. As of May 2009, LDCs number 50. Roughly 65 per cent are in Africa; a number of others are known as Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Many SIDS are low-lying and located in parts of the world already prone to extreme weather events, factors that make them highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and fiercer and more frequent tropical storms.

    30 April 2009 | Article | Climate change
  • An early sunrise at COP14 in Poznan (Photo: Friends of the Earth, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    COP14 UN Climate Change Conference

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP14) took place in Poznan, Poland from 1st - 12th December 2008. Find out about IIED's activities at this COP

    20 December 2008 | Article | Climate change
  • Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change: What role for Official Development Assistance?

    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has instigated several funding mechanisms in an attempt to meet adaptation needs in developing countries, however these funds have been heavily criticised by both the development and academic communities for being both fiscally and technically inadequate.

    14 November 2008 | Article | Climate change
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