Building the capacity of LDCs to engage in the UNFCCC negotiations
Our efforts to strengthen the capabilities of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group in the UN climate talks involved participating in training workshops and strategy meetings, informing the negotiations through research, and developing toolkits for new delegates.
Head of global climate law policy and governance programme, Climate Change
Every round of talks adds to the complexity of the international climate change decision-making process. Agendas balloon, new bodies are formed, and issues become more technically detailed and interconnected. For small delegations and new negotiators, this process is increasingly difficult to follow.
What did IIED do?
In addition to building the capacity of junior negotiators and providing participation support, IIED contributed to enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of LDC delegates to further increase their engagement in a fast-moving UNFCCC process. We did this by:
- Taking part in negotiating skills development workshops, led by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
- Helping organise and participating in LDC Group strategy meetings. These meetings were supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Informing ongoing negotiations through research, in direct partnership with LDCs. All our papers were co-authored with or included substantial inputs from LDC negotiators, and
- Developing toolkits to help new (and seasoned) negotiators find their footing in the complex UNFCCC process.
News and updates
Least Developed Countries' experiences with the UNFCCC technology mechanism
Publication, 01 December 2017
Provisions for support to LDCs: facilitating the implementation of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement
Publication, 01 October 2017
National adaptation plans; Understanding mandates and sharing experiences
Publication, 01 January 2017
Strengthening the Lima Work Programme on Gender; Perspectives from Malawi and the CBD
Publication, 01 October 2016
A guide to transparency under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, Achala Abeysinghe, Subhi Barakat, Yamide Dagnet, Gebru Jember Endalew, Bubu Pateh Jallow, Camilla H More, Tshewang Dorji, Cleo Verkuijl (2017), IIED Toolkit
Global Environment Facility (Least Developed Countries Fund)