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Conference of the Parties (COP) 21

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  • 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
  • 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
  • African Climate Policy Centre director Fatima Denton speaks at the 2015 Development & Climate Days event at COP21 (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    Breaking out of the development silos

    Many of the world’s least developed countries, hit hard by the impacts of climate change, are among the front-runners in finding ways forward for climate-friendly economic development, Fatima Denton has told IIED

    22 March 2016 | News | 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
  • Meceburi Forest, Mozambique: a young woman harvests casava (Photo: Mike  Goldwater/IIED)

    Seeds of the post-capitalist forest?

    Could innovative local organisations working with forests, together with the Paris climate agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and global financial crisis help deliver us into a post-capitalist era

    11 February 2016 | Blog | Forests
  • Sorting apricots in Tajikistan. The diverse and extreme climatic conditions of Central Asia helped farmers develop fruit varieties adaptable to drought and other environmental stresses (Photo: UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The Paris Agreement – a framework for local inclusion

    The Paris Agreement commits governments to climate action. To deliver this agenda successfully, they must engage with all sectors of society, including indigenous peoples, and recognise traditional knowledge

    5 February 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  •  An Ethiopian government delegation learns about energy innovations in a climate smart village in Kenya. Ethiopia's government hopes to combine climate resilience with economic growth (Photo: CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    What's happening to aid to the Least Developed Countries?

    New figures show an overall decline in aid to the world's Least Developed Countries, yet commitments made in Paris and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda call for more aid, not less

    18 January 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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
  • US special climate envoy Todd Stern tells journalists his views on the 'Higher Ambition Coalition'. LDC chair Giza Gaspar-Martins in second left on the panel at the press conference (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    A symbolic victory on 1.5 degrees for LDC Group in Paris

    The text of the Paris Agreement, finalised after four years of negotiations culiminating in COP21, represents a significant victory for the Least Developed Countries at the talks – whose specific needs and special situations are often overlooked. How did one of the smallest negotiating groups manage to make their voices heard?

    18 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • An area of forest in Tanzania, where REDD+ activities have included the support of community land use planning and the provision of alternative livelihoods (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

    Tackling deforestation as part of climate action

    While world leaders worked towards a new global climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris, 51 practitioners, policymakers and researchers met at a two-day IIED workshop about REDD+ to discuss the key role forests can play in climate change mitigation

    17 December 2015 | Blog | 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
  • Mary Robinson addresses the Development and Climate Days, with (from left to right), Katharine Mach, IPCC; Claudia Martinez, CDKN; Janos Pasztor, UN (Photo: Climate Centre, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Mary Robinson: global solidarity needed to confront climate crisis

    Development & Climate Days in Paris, France, heard that we are entering a new era in which we must achieve global solidarity for climate justice, CDKN's Mairi Dupar reports

    9 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  •  A cup of coffee. We are drinking more coffee: the International Coffee Organisation says world coffee consumption has been rising by an average of 2.3 per cent per year (Photo: Benedicto de Jesus, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A new kind of brew: smallholder coffee and carbon

    Has shade coffee shed new light on the multiple benefits from improved agricultural systems? Ina Porras blends together a number of thoughts after a side event at the Global Landscape Forum

    8 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Macaroons topped with crickets and mealworm chocolates prepared for participants at the food session (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    May we suggest a cricket crostini? Mealworm chocolates?

    A session at the Development and Climate Days conference looked at the potential of insects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production.

    8 December 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Illustrator Jorge Martin creates a 'living graphic' to chart the conversations on 'tough talk on poverty and climate' at the 2015 Development & Climate Days (Photo: IIED/Matt Wright)

    Participants in Development & Climate Days focus on "bold action needed now"

    More than 200 policymakers, scientists and development practitioners urged immediate and bold climate action on the first day of the 2015 Development & Climate Days

    6 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Negotiators from over 190 countries are attending the Paris climate summit (Photo:UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Least Developed Country experts raise their voices at COP21

    Members of IIED's Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group will be at D&C Days in Paris as well as playing an active role at COP21

    3 December 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Achala Abeysinghe focuses on why a legally binding agreement is essential (Image: IIED)

    A legally binding agreement in Paris? Points to watch

    Achala Abeysinghe sets out the key requirements for a legally binding agreement on combatting climate change at the Paris summit

    3 December 2015 | News | 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
  • Algeria unveils its renewable energy strategy; Africa has a "huge appetite for renewable sources of energy that will power its industries" (Photo: Magharebia, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    But, what is the Africa position?

    IIED trustee Fatima Denton reflects on Africa's position ahead of COP21 and sees a mix of threat and opportunity

    28 November 2015 | Blog | 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
  • Political leaders, experts and civil society representatives from the Least Developed Countries (Image: IIED)

    What do the Least Developed Countries want from COP21?

    A series of nine new interviews brings together different voices from the world’s Least Developed Countries to ask what they want from COP21 in Paris

    25 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • More than 90 per cent of Malawians rely on rain-fed subsistence farming to survive. Increasingly variable weather patterns are reducing crop yields and eroding food security (Photo: ILRI/Mann, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: We must ensure Paris delivers on finance

    Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan-based journalist and a member of IIED's Independent Expert Group spoke to Malawian negotiator Evans Njewa ahead of the Paris climate talks

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The DRC contains 10 per cent of the world's tropical forests but has seen high rates of deforestation (Photo: jbdodane, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: DRC plans a national pollution policy

    In the ninth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Benjamin Toirambe Bamoninga, director of sustainable development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's environment ministry, talks about the realities of climate change in DRC

    24 November 2015 | Article | 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
  • A riverbank management site in Chantal, Haiti, where the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helped construct walls to protect communities from hurricane impacts (Photo: UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Haiti aims for 31% CO2 emission reduction by 2030

    In the sixth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Fanfan Jordan, director of the Ministry of Environment's climate change programme talks about Haiti's climate plan and loss and damage

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Bangladeshi climate negotiator Qazi K Ahmad

    Q&A: World leaders must abandon their narrow political interests to deliver the best deal at COP21

    In the fourth of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Bangladeshi climate negotiator Qazi K Ahmad shares Bangladesh's plans and expectations from the summit

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • A glacial lake near the Jomolhari mountain in Bhutan. Receding glaciers threaten Bhutan's ecosystem with flash floods, landslides and water security problems (Photo: PNUD, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: A crucial year for our planet, says Prime Minister of Bhutan

    In the third of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, shares his hopes and priorities for COP21 in Paris

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Gambia is hoping to develop its tourism industry, but coastal areas are environmentally fragile and threatened by erosion. (Photo: Nick Brooks, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: The Gambia expects solid financial commitment at Paris climate talks

    In the second of our interviews with representatives from the Least Developed Country Group ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Paris (COP21), Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Parks and Wildlife in The Gambia, shares his perspective

    24 November 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • A new map produced by IIED shows seven types of innovative governance. Click on the image to see the map (Image: IIED)

    Driving change by supporting action at the local level

    A new mapping project highlights the importance of local action in delivering global change

    24 November 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • D&C Days 2015 image

    2015 Development & Climate Days: tough talk on crucial transitions

    This year’s Development & Climate (D&C) Days event in Paris delivered "tough talk on poverty and climate" and focused on the key transitions needed to tackle climate change and eradicate poverty by 2030

    23 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
  • Unheard voices: what do the Least Developed Countries want from COP21?

    Ahead of COP21, IIED's Independent Expert Group has commissioned a series of interviews with leaders, experts, and civil society representatives from nine of the LDCs. We wanted to hear about the reality that they face, the actions being taken, the role for climate finance – and their hopes for a Paris deal

    23 November 2015 | Feature | 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
  • A view of the Paris skyline with the COP21 logo.(Photo: Joe deSousa, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

    IIED at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21)

    IIED attended the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris from November 30 to 11 December, 2015.

    12 November 2015 | Feature | Climate change
  • The island nation of Tuvalu is one of the Least Developed Countries that is particularly vulnerable to climate change, with an average elevation of just two meters above sea level (Photo: Nick Hobgood, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The road through Paris: key messages for ministers

    As ministers from 80 countries gather in Paris for pre-meetings ahead of COP21, Achala Abeysinghe sets out a clear direction of travel for them to follow

    9 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 D&C Days logo (Image: IIED)

    Join us for the 13th Development & Climate Days at COP21

    The 13th annual Development & Climate Days in Paris will focus on 'Zero poverty, zero emissions: tough talk on poverty and climate'

    29 October 2015 | News | Climate change
  • This sewage treatment plant in Delawas, Jaipur, was funded by the Asian Development Bank. There are concerns omitting local people from decision-making processes can lead to climate funds not sufficiently representing local priorities (Photo: Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Getting Green Climate Funding to the local level

    As the Green Climate Fund meets to select projects for funding, is the current funding criteria prioritising a business as usual approach?

    28 October 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Squamish river, Canada. Under Stephen Harper, Canada has lagged behind the rest of the world in combating climate change; will new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau make a difference? (Photo: James Wheeler, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Will new leadership boost Canadian contribution to global climate negotiations?

    As Prime Minister Trudeau prepares to represent his country at the G20 and COP21, will he bring Canada's climate and environment polices in from the cold?

    21 October 2015 | Blog | 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
  • Mozambique: bringing the cattle in from the fields. Mozambique is vulnerable to climate change because of its geography, but also has a poorly developed economy, frail infrastructure, and high levels of poverty (Photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance from the aid budget must also deliver on poverty

    The UK has promised to increase funding for climate finance up to 2020, but if this money comes from the aid budget, how can we be sure that climate spending will also deliver on poverty eradication and the sustainable development agenda?

    30 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Kenya: Farmers visit a crop trial site to select the best sorghum varieties for climate resilience. Most climate change adaptation is done day-to-day by farmers, pastoralists, fishers and the urban poor.  (Photo: S. Kilungo, CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The SDGs must carry us beyond Paris to 2030

    The Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed in New York later this month, are a key step on the road to a climate agreement in Paris in December, but must set the agenda for resilient low carbon development beyond Paris to 2030

    10 September 2015 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • 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
  • Tea pickers in Kenya's Mount Kenya region; smallholder folders in Least Developed Countries would be adversely affected by climate change (Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Supporting the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    As climate negotiators meet in Bonn, Batu Uprety says the mandate of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group must be renewed at COP21 to continue to support the LDCs on climate change adaptation

    1 September 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A farmer in southern Mozambique carries greens back to his family from a project that has been backed by the Climate Investment Fund, which is working with the African Development Bank on a pilot program for climate resilience (Photo: CIF Action, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Climate finance for sustainable development: regional forum

    IIED is co-hosting a regional forum with UNDP in Jakarta, Indonesia, to share learning and experience on making sure climate finance works for sustainable development

    28 August 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of Bangladesh won the Earth Care Award 2012 for spearheading the  Least Developed Countries Fund project 'Community-based adaptation to climate change through coastal afforestation in Bangladesh' (Photo: UNDP Adaptation Learning Mechanism)

    Making the climate fund fit for purpose

    With the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) running on empty, and as the final stages of the negotiations leading up to the Paris climate conference (COP21) approach, climate negotiator Giza Gaspar Martins argues that the fund's future must be secured to support the world's 48 poorest countries

    27 August 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Strategy and Learning Group director Tom Bigg gives an overview of the SDGs (Image: IIED)

    Understanding the SDGs: Tom Bigg

    In the first of a series of video interviews with IIED experts working on issues relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Strategy and Learning Group director Tom Bigg highlights the importance of their universality

    21 August 2015 | News | Policy and planning
  • Citizens' protests against climate change action, such as this march in New York in 2014, have moved from the streets to the courts (Photo: South Bend Voice, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Using the power of judiciary to protect people from climate change

    A Dutch legal ruling sets a precedent on the need for national action on climate change – and hope for citizens seeking to hold their governments to account

    24 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • The Mercato in Addis Ababa is Africa's largest market. This month there was another major gathering in Addis Ababa as thousands of politicians, policymakers and civil society leaders came together for the third Financing for Development summit (Photo: alvise forcellini, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Why universality is a taxing agenda…

    IIED's director Andrew Norton reflects on the Financing for Development conference in Addis and the challenge of 'universality'

    20 July 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • IIED director Camilla Toulmin speaks in a plenary session on day one of IIED's Fair Ideas event in Rio de Janeiro, June 2012 (Photo: Tom Broadhurst/IIED)

    The things that make me proud

    Outgoing director Camilla Toulmin looks back at her early work on drylands and the three achievements while leading IIED that have made her most proud

    22 June 2015 | Blog | Drylands and pastoralism
  • 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
  • 2015 is a critical year for sustainable development: IIED is tracking the route to Paris and COP21 in December (Image: IIED)

    Walking along the road to Paris

    Much is at stake in 2015 – IIED's director Camilla Toulmin looks at how far we have come, the obstacles that remain, and what we need to do if we are to bring about change

    15 June 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • International climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Delegates from nearly 200 countries are preparing the text for a global climate deal to be negotiated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A 1.5 degree goal could save us from ourselves

    As climate negotiations continue in Bonn this week, Stephanie Andrei and Saleemul Huq argue that it would be in everyone's interest to strengthen the target for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees

    10 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
  • A Maasai elder educates CBA9 participants on the issues he has as part of a woodlot afforestation project (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change begins in Kenya

    The 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA9) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-30 April, 2015

    28 April 2015 | News | 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
  • The rich agro-biodiversity of the Eastern Himalayas (Photo: Nawraj Gurung)

    Unmissable opportunity to build food security and reduce GHGs at Paris COP

    International research organisations are stressing the need for climate agreements to support traditional farming, given its role in both adaptation and mitigation

    12 February 2015 | News | Climate change
  • A Bangladeshi fisherman sleeps under a tree, one of thousands planted by the government in an attempt to slow tidal erosion and shield against winds as the country. As countries take such measures to tackle climate change, negotiators prepare for the road to Paris and COP21 (Photo: Espen Rasmussen/PANOS)

    Climate negotiations on the road to Paris: the Geneva stop

    Climate negotiators meeting in Geneva this week (8-13 February) have crucial work to do if governments are to reach a global agreement in Paris in December. Achala Abeysinghe looks at the road ahead

    6 February 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Paris, January 2015: More than one million people march against terrorism (Photo: Olivier Ortelpa, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Rushing into a new year

    In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, IIED director Camilla Toulmin looks at the promises and challenges for the year ahead

    13 January 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • Negotiations went long into the night at COP20 in Lima, Peru, but the road to dignity seems no clearer (Photo: Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores Gonzalo Gutiérrez Reinel, via Creative Commons)

    Can the road to Paris lead to the road to dignity?

    After climate negotiations drew to a close in Lima, Jonathan Reeves reflects on the UN Secretary General's synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda and asks whether the "road to dignity" will take us to the right destination.

    15 December 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • D&C Days at COP20 focused on innovative approaches and incisive dialogue for climate-smart development

    Development and Climate Days event at COP20 focuses on zero-zero

    An IIED-hosted event looks at how to get to zero poverty and zero emissions within a generation

    12 December 2014 | Article | Climate change
  • Blue, rather than green, is the dominant colour of planet earth (Photo: Google licence)

    Why do I see blue when everyone else sees green?

    Could participants at the climate summit only see the colour green? How else can we explain the near total absence of the oceans from the programme and declarations

    1 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • The island state of Tuvalu is profoundly threatened by climate change. Tuvalu’s Prime Minister announced plans to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020. He was one of several LDC leaders to announce climate action.  (Photo: Tomoaki Inaba)

    Bold climate pledges from the Least Developed Countries

    The Gambia's Special Climate Envoy, Pa Osman Jarju, reflects on the Least Developed Countries (LDC) leadership at the UN Climate Summit

    28 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A host of government leaders made pledges at the 2015 UN Climate Summit hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (Photos: Saleemul Huq/IIED)

    A week that may change the world

    It's been a busy week for IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq, with plenty of action unfolding on the climate change front in New York. Here he provides an inside look into what transpired, and some reflections on how the recent events may impact upcoming climate negotiations

    25 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • More than 300,000 marched in New York to call for action on climate change (Photo: John Minchillo)

    People power applies climate pressure

    People around the world are putting increasing pressure on world leaders to take action on climate change, as demonstrated by this week’s climate march in New York

    23 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
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