COP16: United Nations climate change negotiations

The 16th UN climate change summit took place in Mexico in 2010. IIED researchers attended the summit and participated in a series of side events.

The 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from November 29 to December 10, 2010 in Cancun, Mexico. IIED provided briefings, organised side events, and posted regular video updates. This page summarises our work at COP16.

COP16 climate briefings


IIED fellow Saleemul Huq recorded a series of video briefings about IIED's work at COP16 and about progress at the talks. 

In this video Huq talks about Fast-start adaptation funding: keeping promises from Copenhagen


IIED organised and participated in a range of events at COP16:

Ecbi Asia workshop
>Date and time: 26 Nov

The European Capacity Building Initiative (ecbi) is an initiative for sustained capacity building in support of international climate change negotiations. The ecbi Asia pre-COP 16 workshop brought together South and South East Asia negotiators to discuss and brainstorm key agenda items in the talks, and provided an informal forum to discuss negotiating strategies.

Ecbi LDCs workshop
Date and time: 27 Nov

The ecbi LDCs workshop provided a platform for African negotiators to exchange perspectives, discuss and strengthen their positions in the UNFCCC negotiating process.

Knowledge sharing, capacity building and advocacy for adaptation and climate compatible development
Date: Thursday 2 Dec

At this side event IIED and ENDA discussed ways of building capacity to adapt to climate change through knowledge sharing and novel communications strategies. This included presentations from CLACC (Capacity Strengthening in LDCs on Adaptation to Climate Change) network members.

The reformed financial mechanism/accounting for national and multilateral funds in climate finance
Date: Friday 3 Dec

This session reviewed and updateed Oxford Climate Policy proposals for a reformed financial mechanism, and presented new research by University of Zurich, IIED, and Brown University on how climate finance is being accounted for by national and multilateral funds.

Development and Climate Days

Dates: Saturday and Sunday 4-5 Dec

At each COP, IIED works with partners to organise a two-day event designed to bring together politicians, experts and practitioners to discuss key issues in an informal environment. This year's Development and Climate (D&C) Days event focused on supporting the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge by practitioners and researchers from developing countries. 

Development and Climate Film Festival

Dates: Saturday and Sunday 4-5 Dec

The D&C Days film festival provides platform for amateur and independent film-makers from around the world. The festival showcased short films on issues relating to climate change. Many screenings will be attended by the film-makers.