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Climate change negotiations

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  • Screenshot of a video call with 25 participants

    Can the Adaptation Committee find opportunity in adversity?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a pause in climate negotiations, but it need not be time wasted. Binyam Gebreyes and Emilie Beauchamp consider how the Adaptation Committee is seizing the moment to tackle existing challenges, and how it could go further

    21 October 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • Stilt houses tower above water.

    Loss and damage – research, policy and lived experience in least developed countries

    On Tuesday, 8 September, IIED and ICCCAD hosted a webinar featuring least developed countries' national experts sharing their research and lived experience of loss and damage. The discussion aimed to ensure that loss and damage remains a priority issue in the lead up to COP26

    14 August 2020 | Event | Climate change
  • Five years of building climate negotiators’ capacity: lessons from the field

    A review of the past five years of work to build and sustain capacity among developing country climate negotiators, and foster trust between both developed and developing country negotiators

    31 July 2020 | Feature | Climate change
  • People pose on stairs for a group photo

    Training developing country delegates to engage in climate negotiations

    Through regional workshops, IIED and partners build capacity to engage in international climate decision-making processes, so delegates are better equipped to negotiate

    31 July 2020 | Article | Climate change
  • Woman with glasses sitting at a table and reading a book

    Tailored publications

    A series of guidebooks produced by ecbi and bespoke dissemination practices support the training of UN climate negotiators from developing countries

    31 July 2020 | Article | Climate change
  • Three people stand around a table talking energetically and enthusiastically

    Fostering regional collaboration and national implementation

    Joint climate negotiation workshops allow country delegates to collaborate and exchange regional knowledge, so climate issues become an integral part of policymaking across government ministries

    31 July 2020 | Article | Climate change
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    Building our regional partners’ capacity

    ecbi collaborates with organisations in developing countries to train participants from the region. Our longest partnership is with Enda Energie, which has organised workshops in East and West Africa

    31 July 2020 | Article | Climate change
  • People sitting on a large table and taking notes

    Targeting support to women

    The ecbi training and support programme aims to increase female participation in training workshops, support more women to attend the UN climate negotiations and track participants’ involvement in the negotiations themselves

    31 July 2020 | Article | Climate change
  • Smiling women gathering at COP25

    Mentoring women to become climate leaders through a joint initiative

    To help address the gender gap at the UN climate negotiations, ecbi developed a mentorship programme that supports women negotiators to engage in high-level decision-making

    31 July 2020 | Article | Climate change
  • Indian woman does maintenance work on solar panel, with mountains in the background.

    Experience sharing on long-term strategies (LTS) in least developed countries

    IIED hosted a webinar to explore the experiences of least developed countries as they develop their long-term strategies to address climate change. The event showcased the opportunities coming out of the process and provided a space to discuss challenges and concerns among participants

    31 July 2020 | Event | Climate change
  • A farmer bends down to inspect his crops on a field.

    What does the Paris Agreement’s transparency framework mean for LDCs?

    The Paris Agreement offers a global framework to work together to avoid the worst impacts of climate ch

    20 July 2020 | Event | Climate change
  • A solar-powered building alongside wetland

    LDCs and the Paris Agreement: moving from international commitments to national implementation

    A series of webinars will bring together participants from least developed countries to discuss their strategies to implement the Paris Agreement and share their diverse experiences and lessons learned

    20 July 2020 | News | Climate change
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    Supporting LDCs to develop long-term strategies

    IIED is providing research and dedicated support to help least developed countries design long-term strategies for low-carbon, climate-resilient development, in line with international commitments

    16 April 2020 | Project | Climate change
  • A worker cleans a train

    Coronavirus and climate change are two crises that need humanity to unite

    IIED director Andrew Norton looks at some of the emerging impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, and discusses the possible longer-term effects of the pandemic

    13 March 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • Smiling women gather in front of a climate change conference sign and give a thumbs up

    Supporting more than equal numbers in international climate debates

    For International Women’s Day, Brianna Craft and Samantha McCraine detail efforts to bring more women to the UN climate change negotiations

    8 March 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • People protesting

    COP25 policy and activism: we deserved better

    In the first of a new series considering the important role social movements play in prompting climate action and protecting nature, Sejal Patel reflects on COP25, both as a researcher seeking to influence policy and as an individual passionate about climate justice

    13 January 2020 | Blog | Climate change
  • A poster at COP25

    COP25: the morning after

    Ahead of this week's IIED-hosted event discussing what COP25 outcomes mean for the climate crisis, Subhi Barakat highlights stepping stones for more ambitious climate action that emerged from these negotiations, where delays and denial frustrated progress

    13 January 2020 | Blog | Climate change
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    How can we avoid another ‘lost decade’ in the climate fight?

    As 2020 begins, IIED director Andrew Norton considers what it will take to galvanise meaningful action on climate change against a ticking clock and political reticence

    6 January 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
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    D&C Days 2019: five pathways to a climate-resilient future

    Over the last decade, Development & Climate Days (D&C Days) has built a reputation for providing stimulating and interactive debate on topics and issues at the interface of development and climate change during the middle weekend of the UN climate change talks

    11 December 2019 | Article | Climate change
  • Three people stand on a stage holding a large piece of paper between them

    D&C Days 2019: Illumination amid ‘a sea of warnings’

    The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre reports from the 2019 Development & Climate Days event, where IIED director Andrew Norton highlighted that "every year the remaining carbon budget for a safe world declines"

    10 December 2019 | News | Climate change
  • A house on stilts, surrounded by flood water

    Politics at play at the UN climate talks? The LDCs don’t have time for games

    There’s one year left before countries are formally held to account to their pledges under the Paris Agreement. From the COP25 climate talks in Madrid, Gabrielle Swaby sets out what the least developed countries – the poorest nations with most at stake – need from these crucial negotiations

    4 December 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Two women look out over the rising sea water

    COP25 must ensure help for the countries most affected by the climate crisis

    Ahead of COP25, IIED is calling for urgent climate action along with focused support for the most vulnerable

    2 December 2019 | News | Climate change
  • Many flags

    IIED and partner events at COP25

    This page summarises the activities of IIED, its researchers and partners during the UN climate change talks (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December 2019

    29 November 2019 | Article | Biodiversity
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    Real climate ambition means switching to 'business unusual'

    Leadership at the UN Climate Action Summit came from least developed countries and grassroots communities. Clare Shakya argues that supporting their efforts requires a shift away from business-as-usual

    4 October 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Introduction screen from video, showing the LDC 2050 Vision logo

    Least Developed Countries launch 2050 Vision for a climate-resilient future

    The world’s least developed countries have launched a long-term strategy for climate resilience and net zero emissions by 2050

    23 September 2019 | News | Climate change
  • A group of people huddle in deep, urgent discussion

    Taking stock: how the LDCs became masters in climate activism and optimism

    As Achala Abeysinghe moves on to a new role at the Global Green Growth Institute, she reflects on her time at IIED and shares how – as legal, technical and strategic adviser to the Least Developed Countries – she has seen this dynamic group turn climate diplomacy on its head

    29 July 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Flags of countries around the world adorn pylons outside a conference venue

    Leading organisations call on UN to support UK/Italy 2020 climate summit bid

    IIED and 12 other leading environment and development organisations are urging the UN’s Western European and Others Group – the body that decides where to hold the 2020 UN climate summit – to support the UK/Italy bid

    19 July 2019 | News | Climate change
  • CBA13 participants speaking

    CBA13: bringing key messages to the global stage

    The 2019 international conference on Community-Based Adaptation saw more than 300 practitioners, policy makers and researchers discussing how to build a climate resilient future. The key messages from CBA13 have been published today: they present a vital opportunity to get local-level climate change adaptation onto the international agenda.

    17 July 2019 | News | Climate change
  • Three people gather to discuss a document one of them is holding in his hand

    Climate action: let’s be bold in Bonn

    As the UN climate change conference kicks off in Bonn on Monday (17 June), Subhi Barakat calls for negotiators to be bolder and braver with an emphasis on action

    14 June 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Extinction Rebellion climate protesters march through London behind a big green banner proclaiming 'Rebel for life'

    The Paris Agreement always needed Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg

    Extinction Rebellion’s climate protests signal a moment of hope, writes IIED director Andrew Norton. Big shifts rarely happen without a major challenge from people demanding action

    24 April 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • Participants at the 2018 European Capacity Building Initiative workshop for new negotiators from least developed countries countries (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Women in the UN climate negotiations: are we tipping the balance?

    Ahead of International Women’s Day, Brianna Craft and Samantha McCraine take a closer look at how well women are represented in spaces where international decisions on climate change are made

    7 March 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • The closing plenary of the COP24 climate talks (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Reflections on Katowice – where does the Paris Agreement stand now?

    IIED's director Andrew Norton reflects on the outcomes of the UN climate talks in Katowice

    20 December 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Comoros, the home of LDC negotiator Fatima Athoumani, has the Indian Ocean as a close neighbour (Photo: David Stanley, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    The sharp learning curve of an LDC negotiator

    Fatima Athoumani describes the fast-paced journey to representing her nation of Comoros at the UN climate talks

    12 December 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • D&C Days 2018: around 350 policymakers, researchers and development practitioners came together for discussions and debates focused on the interface between development and climate change (Photo: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    "Follow the science": Least Developed Countries Group lead negotiator

    The chair of the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Group, Gebru Jember Endalew, called for climate action to be guided by science when he spoke at the closing of Development and Climate Days 2018

    10 December 2018 | News | Climate change
  • Debra Roberts makes a powerful presentation in the opening session of the 2018 Development & Climate Days (Photo: Alex Wynter/Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)

    "Half a degree matters" – D&C Days focuses on IPCC special report on global temperature-rise scenarios

    The 2018 Development and Climate Days opened with a stark warning: "We don’t have 12 years to save the world; in fact we probably have 12 minutes"

    9 December 2018 | News | Climate change
  • COP24 will take place in Katowice's landmark congress centre and exhibition hall (Photo: Umkatowice, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

    IIED and partner events at COP24

    This page summarises the activities of IIED, its researchers and partners during the UN climate change talks (COP24) in Katowice, Poland from 2-14 December 2018

    22 November 2018 | Article | Climate change
  • Fiji Prime Minister Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing the opening session of this week’s UN climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Governments must move to formal negotiations in Bangkok and start shaping the final rulebook

    Achala Abeysinghe says this week’s UN climate talks need to make progress on agreeing the operational guidelines or ‘rulebook’ for the Paris Agreement – a vital step towards putting the climate deal into practice

    4 September 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Hordes of journalists gather at a packed press conference to listen to the High Ambition Coalition in Paris in 2015

    Climate diplomacy in the age of Trump: updating our theory of change

    We're incorporating feedback to sharpen our theory of how the Least Developed Countries can extend their influence in international climate change decision making

    11 April 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Stella Gama of Malawi at a desk speaks into a microphone as she briefs the Technology Executive Committee

    Supporting Least Developed Countries on climate technology transfer

    In March, experts on technology development and transfer gathered in Copenhagen and Bonn to take forward the work of the UN climate negotiations. IIED supported representatives of the Least Developed Countries to present proposals that would work for them

    4 April 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Cecilia Silva and Carla Silva Pompilio from Angola, browsing through ‘Becoming a UNFCCC delegate’, Marrakech, November 2017 (Photo: Janna Tenzing/IIED)

    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

    28 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • UNFCCC negotiations session, Bonn, May 2017 (Photo Janna Tenzing/IIED)

    Facilitating greater representation of LDCs in the UNFCCC process

    Our participation support helps Least Developed Countries in their efforts to increase their representation and engage fully and meaningfully in the UN climate talks

    28 March 2018 | Project | Climate change
  • The Earth is reflected in a drop of water on a leaf (Photo: Juan Horna, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Changing landscapes: key issues for action on sustainable development in 2018

    As we face up to the challenges of the coming year, how does the global landscape for sustainable development look? IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the key debates and changes we may see during 2018, and what they might mean for IIED's work

    5 January 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • A last-minute speaker change resulted in IIED participating in an all-male panel (or 'manel') at the UN climate summit (Photo: Anne Schulthess)

    Missing voices: let's hear women's experience of climate change

    There was plenty of discussion at the global climate talks about how working directly with women in the global South is essential. But when it came to listening, those very voices were marginalised

    6 December 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Achala C Abeysinghe (second left) recently spoke on a panel discussion at COP23 on Women Leading the World's Climate Agenda (Photo: Anne Schulthess/IIED)

    COP23 outcomes call for faster action and higher ambition to keep Paris on track

    Achala Abeysinghe reports back from COP23 and asks whether the outcomes of this year's UN climate summit will be enough to keep the Paris Agreement on course

    21 November 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and chief COP23 negotiator, addresses the LDC Group and chair  Gebru Jember Endalew. IIED principal researcher Achala Abeysinghe, who provides legal support to the LDC Group chair, is pictured right (Photo: Collin Beck)

    LDCs approach Fiji COP with high expectations

    When COP23 starts next week, the least developed countries will again be in the spotlight. In a special guest blog, LDC Group chair Gebru Jember Endalew outlines the group's detailed preparation and hopes for Bonn

    1 November 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama speaks at the podium at the start of the pre-COP23 ministerial meeting. He called for a coalition of partners to reach 1.5 degrees (Photo: Achala Abeysinghe/IIED)

    Least Developed Countries Group sets out priorities for COP23

    The chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group has issued the group's key priorities at a high-level preparatory meeting for the next UN climate talks

    25 October 2017 | News | Climate change
  • Junior climate negotiators participate in a mock negotiation session in a training workshop in Senegal in June (Photo: Enda Energie)

    Asian and Pacific officials to build their climate negotiation skills

    Junior climate negotiators from Asia and the Pacific region will develop their climate negotiation skills at a training workshop in Sri Lanka this month

    4 September 2017 | News | Climate change
  • According to an African saying, "when two elephants fight, the grass gets trampled". When it comes to climate justice, the Least Developed Countries are the grass (Photo: Stephen Baines, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Author Q&A: Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World

    Saleemul Huq discusses a new book exploring the thorny and highly topical issue of climate justice. The book includes a chapter he co-authors with Achala Abeysinghe

    3 August 2017 | Article | Climate change
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    Book summary: Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World

    IIED's Achala Abeysinghe and Saleemul Huq co-author a chapter in the book Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World, exploring the different viewpoints from leading experts on what would be a just outcome to the climate change problem. Book summary includes: a Q&A with one of the authors

    2 August 2017 | Article | Climate change
  • President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement in front of an audience of administration officials and supporters who had been gathered in the White House Rose Garden (Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House)

    US Paris withdrawal: where now for climate action?

    President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement elicited a collective sigh of despair from the environmental community. But his action creates opportunities as well as challenges

    14 June 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Workshop participants will hear from senior LDC climate negotiator Mamadou Honadia, who headed Burkina Faso's delegation to the 2016 UN climate summit (Image: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Building climate negotiation skills for African officials

    Officials from African countries will have the opportunity to increase their climate negotiation skills at two training workshops in Dakar this June.

    31 May 2017 | News | Climate change
  • Thousands of scientists attended the March for Science in Washington D.C. to protest against political attacks on climate science and evidence-based research. Similar protests were held in over 600 cities around the world (Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Marching into May talks: LDCs lead the way on climate change

    The world's poorest countries champion long-term, emissions-neutral development strategies, and several are leading by example. Ahead of the UN climate talks, the LDC Group chair reflects on recent marches

    4 May 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • The 2016 Bonn climate change Conference featured a workshop and numerous informal consultations on gender-responsive climate policy (Photo by IISD/ENB/Kiara Worth)

    LDC women in world climate talks: building a cohort of champions

    The Least Developed Countries Group will be at the table when next week's UN climate conference plans how to step up its 'gender agenda'.

    2 May 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • Approximately 80 heads of state and government attended the UN climate change conference in Marrakech in November 2016 (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How can the poorest increase the influence of their climate diplomacy? 

    We've developed a theory of change to better understand how the Least Developed Countries can influence international decisions on climate action. Is our theory up to the job? We want to hear from you

    19 January 2017 | Blog | Climate change
  • A poster advertises Donald Trump's appearance at a "Wealth Expo" (Photo: Steve Rhodes, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The new Trump index: how much does one individual threaten the planet?

    An index from 2001 needs updating to reflect how policies championed by US President-elect Trump threaten global ecological sustainability

    1 December 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • The ascent of US President-elect Donald Trump, who has shifted his position on climate change since 2011, illustrates growing links between a populist nationalist agenda and climate denial (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Climate denial and the populist right

    In the face of increasing links between a populist nationalist agenda and climate denial, IIED director Andrew Norton calls for a better political offer, and more effective leadership and mobilisation, to face up to the grave climate action challenge.

    15 November 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Saleemul Huq called COP not fit-for-purpose during his opening speech on the second day of D&C Days (Photo: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Local voice must take pride of place: D&C calls for 'inside-out COP'

    Make COP for the practitioners who are actually implementing climate change action on the ground, says Saleemul Huq

    13 November 2016 | News | Communication
  • The Poken digital data device has captured the imagination of participants at COP22 in Marrakech, and reduced the necessity for tonnes of paper publications (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Digital data trumps paper in Marrakech

    It wasn't just the US election result causing upset among COP22 participants on Wednesday. Matt Wright highlights a slick new way of sharing data, creating a stir at this year's climate negotiations

    12 November 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Achala Abeysinghe advises Giza Gaspar-Martins, the former chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, in Paris at COP21 (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Women in the poorest countries lack leadership opportunities in the UN

    Achala Abeysinghe walked out of an event after challenging the lack of women among 17 male speakers. The legal expert highlights why women's leadership is needed in global climate change negotiations

    12 November 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa opens COP22 (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Q&A: Key decisions needed at COP22

    The rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement raises a challenge for climate negotiators at COP22 in Marrakech, Morroco. Senior climate researcher Subhi Barakat talks to IIED about what is happening at the COP and what decisions need to be made

    11 November 2016 | Article | Climate change
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    Watch now: daily video updates from COP22

    Get daily video updates from the UN climate summit in Marrakech from IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq, with a special focus on the issues affecting the Least Developed Countries

    4 November 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • A woman buying firewood at Bamako, Mali. IIED has been working with the government of Mali to set up local climate funds to help communities be more resilient during floods and droughts (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    Poorest must be heard on climate action to deliver Paris Agreement’s success

    The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today. IIED director Andrew Norton argues that the voices of the world's most vulnerable must be heard if the treaty is to be effective

    4 November 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the UN, Kunzang Choden Namgyel, signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Photo: Amanda Voisard, UN Photo)

    Lessons in climate diplomacy from Ethiopia and Bhutan 

    IIED has been examining how two of the world's poorest nations are playing a leading role in the climate diplomacy needed to define the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement

    27 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Heads of delegations at the 2015 UN climate talks (Photo: Office of the President of Mexico, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Steps to enforcing the Paris Agreement

    IIED's principal climate change researcher and leading expert on legal issues in climate change negotiations, Achala Abeysinghe, explains the key steps needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force

    21 September 2016 | Article | Climate change
  • Francophone negotiators sitting around a table (Photo: UNITAR)

    Climate change negotiation skills: training for LDC negotiators

    In a recent workshop, participants from Least Developed Countries learned about the mechanics of climate negotiations, tackled complex terminology and discussed how to resolve conflict situations that can arise during multilateral talks

    28 July 2016 | Blog | 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
  • Who will replace the much respected executive secretary of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres (Photo: UNFCCC, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    An opportunity for LDC leadership

    As Christiana Figueres stands down as executive secretary to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, IIED director Andrew Norton argues the time is right for an LDC representative to take the reins

    3 March 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • Evidence of coastal erosion in The Gambia. Erosion is threatening not only Gambia's tourist industry but also wetlands, roads and infrastructure (Photo: Diego, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A diplomatic approach to raising climate ambition

    Veteran climate negotiator and Gambian Minister Pa Ousman Jarju reflects on the Paris Agreement and the continued need for diplomacy and ambitious climate action

    19 February 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Paris Agreement is celebrated (Photo: francediplomatie, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Briefing: After Paris – what's next for the LDCs?

    IIED to host high-level briefing on the outcomes and challenges of the Paris Agreement

    18 February 2016 | News | Climate change
  • A local farmer uses manual callipers to measure a tree. Measuring trees in person can be cheaper and just as accurate (Photo: Geoff Wells)

    The Paris Agreement, SDGs and simple local monitoring

    How can we minimise monitoring costs and make sure that money intended for local "development" ends up with the people who need it?

    7 January 2016 | Blog | Forests
  • New Melones Lake, California, which is facing one of the most severe droughts on record with a state of emergency declared in January (Photo: Ben Amstutz, Flickr, via Creative Commons)

    2016 – when global meets local in climate action

    Building on the historic agreement forged in Paris, IIED's director Andrew Norton looks at the opportunities to ensure global agreements on the need for sustainable development reach the local level

    4 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • A mother struggles to feed her children in the face of flooding (Image: IIED Independent Expert Group)

    What does the Paris Agreement mean for LDCs?

    A video draws on the expectations of the Least Developed Countries ahead of last month's climate deal and looks at what the Paris Agreement will mean for them

    4 January 2016 | News | 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
  • Fatima Denton, a member of IIED’s Independent Expert Group, speaking at the Development and Climate Days conference (Photo: Matt Wright)

    Zero carbon – costs and opportunities for Least Developed Countries

    The zero carbon, zero poverty agenda at Development & Climate Days is challenging for all countries. For the Least Developed Countries the costs are high, but the opportunities may be even greater

    10 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Gaspar Martins sits alongside representatives of the Marshall Islands, United States, Germany, Norway and others as part of the "High Ambition Coalition" (Image: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Least Developed Countries create pressure for climate shift

    As climate talks in Paris move into the final hours, the Least Developed Countries are fighting for their right for support and protection, and more and more countries are recognising the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees

    9 December 2015 | News | 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
  • IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq is providing daily video updates from the UN climate negotiations in Paris (Image: IIED)

    Watch: daily video updates from COP21

    Get a daily summary of the latest news from the UN climate talks (COP21) from IIED's Saleemul Huq, with a special focus on the issues affecting the Least Developed Countries

    9 December 2015 | Article | 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 | News | 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 | News | Climate change
  • Nepalese women carry wood harvested sustainably from a forest. Forests cover nearly half of Nepal (Photo: Bikas Rauniar/Department for International Development, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    REDD+ in Paris – what could be in it for people and forests?

    Curbing climate emissions means managing and using existing forests, and land sustainably. An IIED workshop in Paris will look at how the programme to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) can be made more effective, while also supporting local communities

    27 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park is a World Heritage Site, but resource degradation has made lowland areas vulnerable to flooding caused by changing rainfall patterns. (Photo: Hulivili, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Building zero carbon emission economy in a decade

    In the seventh of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group, Negash Teklu from Population, Health, Environment Ethiopia talks about Ethiopia's ambitions for a zero carbon economy by 2025

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • An expert on legal issues in international climate change negotiations, IIED's Achala Abeysinghe has been named one of the world's top 15 female climate champions (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    A champion for the most vulnerable

    Ahead of next week's UN climate talks in Paris (COP21), IIED principal researcher Dr Achala Abeysinghe has been named as one of the top 15 female climate champions in the world

    23 November 2015 | News | 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
  • People use the pavement on Boulevard Richard Lenoir, close to the Bataclan concert venue which was the focus of the Paris attacks on 13 November, 2015, to share messages of support, and hope (Photo: Gael_Lombart, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    French lead drive for global climate agreement

    There is much debate as to whether the Paris climate summit can deliver an adequate response to the challenge of climate change. In the wake of the tragedy of last Friday's attacks in the French capital, Andrew Norton pays tribute to France's efforts to secure an ambitious agreement and hopes for success

    17 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Publications produced for COP21 and side events

    COP21 publications

    A list of publications produced for COP21 and side events by IIED and its partners

    17 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
  • 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
  • Pope Francis is providing global leadership in the battle to take action on climate change (Photo: Raffaele Esposito, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    A papal message reaching out to everyone

    The papal encyclical expected this week is a welcome call to action in the fight to protect the poorest in our societies from the impacts of climate change

    18 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • An Ethiopian farmer arrives for a field day on climate change adaptation. Ethiopia is the first LDC to submit its intended Nationally Determined Contribution in preparation of the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC (Photo: ILRI/ZerihunSewunet, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Next steps for climate negotiations on the road to Paris

    Some progress was made at the Bonn climate negotiations in June, but much remains to be done

    17 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Campaigners celebrate the UK becoming the first G7 country to enshrine in law the UN-agreed target of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on oversea aid (Photo: UNA-UK via Google licence)

    Cameron can assure a lasting legacy

    A constant feature of David Cameron's premiership has been as champion of international development, including unwavering support for Britain's overseas aid contribution

    7 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
  • The Pacific island nation of Kiribati consists of 33 atols and reef islands. Here, adaptation includes coastal protection measures such as mangrove re-planting, as well as strengthening laws to reduce soil erosion and population settlement planning (Photo: AusAID)

    How to measure a global goal for adaptation?

    Climate negotiators are discussing how to set a global goal for climate change adaptation. It's important for the negotiators learn from experiences and evidence gained at country level – so they can develop a goal that reflects differing national realities

    27 March 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 group meeting on climate change on boat run by the organisation Shidhulai in Natore, Bangladesh (Photo: Tony Stonehouse/IIED)

    Developing nations strengthen ability to demonstrate effective climate change adaptation

    A tool for developing countries to provide evidence of effective adaptation to climate change, allowing them to access international climate funds, will be launched today (27 February) after three years of development by IIED and partners

    27 February 2015 | News | 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
  • Timbuktu, Mali: A woman pours water from an irrigation canal onto her garden. Mali's climate-resilient agricultural plan will promote better irrigation systems (Photo: Marco Dormino/MINUSMA)

    Least developed country leaders say "follow us" to tackle climate change

    The unsung heroes of the UN climate summit were the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), says Achala Abeysinghe

    6 October 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

    The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) want their voices heard at climate and development talks. They will need a range of support to build their capacity to meet their development goals

    19 September 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Pa Ousman Jarju has written an open letter to US President Barack Obama (Photo: Steve Jurvetson via http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

    Letter to America: Gambia envoy asks Obama directly for US climate leadership

    Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment of Gambia and former chair and special envoy on climate change for the 48 Least Developed Countries, has written an open letter to US President Barack Obama

    6 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A family in Dadaab gathers sticks and branches for firewood and to make a shelter, while carcasses of animals that have perished in the drought are strewn across the desert (Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam via Wikipedia Commons)

    Urgent action needed says leader of the Least Developed Countries Group

    Ahead of the latest UN climate negotiations in Bonn, the Least Developed Countries Group Chair points out that while science tells us that we can limit global temperatures to save the world's poorest countries, we need the will to do it

    4 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • People will place their vote in the European Parliament elections on 22 May

    If you care about the 21st century, vote for Europe!

    People across the European Union are going to the polls on 22 May. But why does Europe matter?

    22 May 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Mountains, forests and rice paddies in Nepal (Photo: Sajal Sthapit)

    Risky business: assessing potential impacts of REDD+ in Nepal

    Nepal has begun to assess the potential harm and benefits of the compensation scheme for protecting forests

    9 April 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • There was an 'atmosphere of suspicion' at the climate change talks in Warsaw in November (Credit: DrabikPany, via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Climate diplomacy can build the trust needed to secure our common future

    Pa Ousman Jarju explains how diplomacy can overcome the distrust between rich and poor countries at the UN climate change negotiations.

    14 January 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Polluted air coming out of the smoke stacks of a factory in Shanghai, China.

    The least developed countries, equity, and a brave new world

    For the first time, all of the world’s major carbon emitters – including China, the US and India – will be legally bound to a new global climate agreement that reduces emissions. But, HOW?

    2 July 2013 | Blog | 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 (ecbi) training and support programme

    As part of efforts to create a more level playing field for government delegations taking part in global climate negotiations, IIED led a training and support programme that focused on building the capacity of UNFCCC negotiators from vulnerable developing countries, including the LDCs

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Delegates from the LDC Group, including chair Gebru Jember Endalew and IIED's Achala Abeysinghe discuss the revised APA text, Bonn, May 2017 (Photo: IISD/ENB/Kiara Worth)

    Introduction to our work on global climate law, policy and governance: supporting LDCs in the UNFCCC process

    IIED supports the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other vulnerable developing countries to achieve equitable and ambitious outcomes through global decision-making. We also help individual countries prepare for the effective implementation of these decisions through national policy and legislative strengthening

    17 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Climate protestors in Doha. Photo: adopt a negotiator

    COP18 Q&A: outcomes of the Doha climate talks

    What are the major outcomes from the climate talks and what does it all mean for developing countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change? We spoke with Saleemul Huq, senior fellow with IIED's Climate Change research group, for his analysis.

    12 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Climate protestors in Doha, Qatar.

    Seven ways to reignite climate action after dismal Doha

    The latest round of UN climate change negotiations – the COP18 conference in Doha – made only modest progress. Set against the elephantine size of the global climate problem, this achievement looks like a mouse.

    10 December 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP18 Q&A: Latest from the Doha climate change conference

    What is happening at the climate negotiations in Doha and what might the developments mean for countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change? We spoke with Saleemul Huq, senior fellow with IIED's Climate Change research group, for his analysis on recent developments.

    6 December 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • Protestors march during UN Climate Talks in Copenhagen.

    People power critical for tackling climate change

    As understanding of the severity of climate change rises, it’s increasingly clear that a negotiated global agreement on climate change is not enough – civil society has a central role to play too.

    26 November 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 | News | 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
  • Moving climate talks forward: new parliamentary group consider the options

    Last week (Tuesday 23 November), the Development and Environment Group of Bond launched a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for international development and the environment.

    30 November 2010 | News | 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 begotiation through the CLACC lens

    In their last meeting before the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico at the end of November, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) discussed emissions reduction commitments for the 37 developed countries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

    19 November 2010 | Blog | 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
  • 2009 Development and Climate Days film festival highlights

    The film festival that was held as part of the 2009 Development and Climate (D&C) Days was a popular feature of the four-day event.The short films represented the work of amateur and independent film-makers. Many of the films demonstrated the impacts of climate change on vulnerable regions and population groups, as well as adaptation and action measures. Numerous film makers were present at D&C Days and participated in discussions about their work. 

    22 July 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
  • Climate worlds: Copenhagen cosmology

    A vast blue box dropped onto a tabletop: this is the Koncerthuset, where IIED’s Development and Climate Days came to a close yesterday.

    15 December 2009 | Blog | Climate change
  • Finding the plot at COP15

    Arriving at any big event in midflow is always disorienting: the play has begun and you’ve come in right after the interval.

    11 December 2009 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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
  • Q&A: climate negotiations

    Interview with IIED's Dr Saleemul Huq on what the upcoming negotiations mean for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), what funding options for adaptation will look like with the advent of the global economic recession, why media coverage from a LDC perspective is so crucial and what we can expect to see from the big hitters at the climate conference in Copenhagen.

    17 March 2009 | Article | Climate change
  • The world-changing power of serendipity

    Lobbying — the pre- and post-negotiation discussions where much of the real action at global conventions happens — is a key activity for NGOs at the talks.

    7 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Ideas matter but time is short

    Under a bright blue sky, we spent the day perched on lecture hall benches in Poznan’s University. A one-day immersion on everything you need to know and more about forests and climate change.

    7 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • In the belly of the articulated beast

    So far, the Poznan COP is panning out nicely for memory stick collectors.

    7 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • First impressions

    Long before dawn broke over London, I took an early train out to the airport and flight to Poznań. Chill mist was still rising off the fields as we landed, and temperatures below freezing...

    5 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Knowing your team mates

    You wouldn’t expect a football team that had never practiced together to play particularly well, would you?

    4 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Exchanging experiences

    How does  IIED engage with, and learn from, participants at major conferences? Vanessa McLeod-Kourie explains

    4 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Welcome to Poznan

    if you can get here….. We have all looked forward to this year’s UNFCCC event and hopeful of productive outcomes especially our friends and colleagues from developing countries.

    2 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
  • Fingers up for Climate Action

    I saw two people arguing today about whether biofuels could help save humanity from itself in a carbon-constrained world. Of course, they were both right, both wrong but neither knew it.

    2 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
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