IIED debrief: COP25 and what it means for the climate crisis

Date: 14 January 2021
A house destroyed by hurricane.

2019: Hurricane Dorian, the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, caused billions of dollars of damage across the Caribbean (Commonwealth Secretariat via FlickrCC BY-NC 2.0)

After the UN climate talks in Madrid, Spain, ended with widespread disappointment, IIED hosted a discussion in London on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, to unpack the decisions and declarations made at COP25. An expert panel examined what blocked progress and discussed what needs to happen over the coming year in order to deliver success at the climate summit in Glasgow in November 2020.

In 2019, conditions forced a climate change reality check on the world. We have seen the grief and anguish of communities that have been subject to climate-related disasters. We have seen a wealth of new evidence highlighting the speed and severity of the climate crisis come to light, as well as the power and influence of millions of young people striking in our streets, compelling world leaders to listen and act.