United Nations climate change negotiations: COP17

06 October 2011

Negotiators from nearly 200 governments are in Durban, South Africa for crucial talks towards a new global agreement on how to tackle climate change. The fate of the Kyoto protocol – the only agreement that legally binds countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases – hangs in the balance, as its first commitment period expires in 2012.

Negotiators from nearly 200 governments are in Durban, South Africa for crucial talks towards a new global agreement on how to tackle climate change. The fate of the Kyoto protocol – the only agreement that legally binds countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases – hangs in the balance, as its first commitment period expires in 2012.

Developing countries say a second commitment period is essential to ensure industrialised nations act. But its future is uncertain because China and the United States, the world's top two polluters, are not subject to its constraints. And while all nations want targets for the United States, it will not be bound by rules that do not also bind China.

IIED will be at the UN talks sharing learning from our research, training journalists and providing analysis on the unfolding events.
 

Film competition »

The winner of this year's competition is Ripples: Climate Change and Disaster Management in Bangladesh, a film by Soren Vestergaard Neilsen, for RDRS Bangladesh.

See below for a playlist of ten shortlisted entries screened in Durban, beginning with the winning entry. Click next to skip through the films or go to this page to view them separately. The films uploaded here are YouTube versions of the submitted competition-length films. All films entered into competition and judged were of the permitted 5 minute length.

 

D&C DaysDevelopment and climate days »

The D&C days focused on "evidenced-based adaptation planning," with presentations covering issues such as how to generate robust evidence for informing transparent and participatory policy making under uncertainty.

 


 

Climate media partnershipThe climate change media partnership »

The Climate Change Media Partnership has awarded journalists from 13 countries with fellowships to attend the UN talks in Durban. The 18 journalists – from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States – will spend two weeks at the COP17 conference to report on the intergovernmental negotiations and receive training, editorial support and special briefings from senior scientists. The CCMP is a joint initiative between IIED, Internews and Panos London to improve media coverage of climate change. Since 2007 it has provided over 170 fellowships to enable journalists to attend and report on the UN climate change negotiations.

 

COP17 workshop: making REDD+ deliver for everyoneMaking 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+ (Reduced 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 forests.

 

Climate Communications DayClimate communications day »

The International Institute for Environment and Development and Internews Earth Journalism Network in partnership with other organizations, hosted the 1st annual Climate Communications Day as an official parallel event at the Climate Summit to be held in Durban, South Africa. The day-long forum on 1 December brought together journalists, bloggers, press officers, academics and scientists, IT firms and other communications experts to exchange insights, learn lessons and innovative new approaches on how to spread news and information about climate change accurately and effectively.

 

Events timeline