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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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  • Man stands behind a lectern in the sea to give a speech, with the water above his knees.

    COP26 debrief: where do we go from here?

    COP26 debrief: where do we go from here?

    11 November 2021 | Event | Climate change
  • Man wearing a mask is sat at a table with a microphones, and looks at notes.

    Inclusive negotiations: are hybrid meetings the answer?

    As the organisers of COP26 face the complex challenges of getting 10-20,000 delegates to Glasgow for in-person negotiations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, what are the pros and cons of hybrid formats for making negotiations more inclusive

    20 October 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • A large number of people, with backs to the camera, are seated around a table. On the tables there are cards indicating which countries they represent

    Reviewing climate action: the hidden key for greater ambition

    As countries prepare to negotiate the last components of the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency framework, Fernanda Alcobé looks at the review process, explores some significant challenges ahead and provides recommendations for designing a more efficient and inclusive system

    24 August 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Video call showing five people

    It’s got to be virtual and in person – key steps for a successful COP26

    In a moment of reflection, with the first round of virtual climate negotiations and the G7 Summit all concluded, Anna Schulz asks where are we now and what steps can be taken to ensure success at COP26?

    23 June 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • A cartoon depicting a man holding a bag labelled 'power' away from a group of serious-looking people. Speech bubbles from the man say "OK, OK, I'm giving it to you", then "But, pay attention, it's fragile", then "Be very careful", then "I'm thinking about keeping it for a few more minutes, sorry guys"

    “We need a stronger taskforce”: pushing for better access to climate finance for vulnerable countries

    The UK and Fiji governments are initiating a new Taskforce on Access to Climate Finance, and vulnerable countries have high hopes it will finally deliver improved climate finance access. Guest bloggers Carlos Fuller and Dhendrup Tshering discuss how to avoid failure and ensure the taskforce is set up for success

    2 June 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Desertic landscape

    A new COP26 decision for long-term strategies: what’s in it for LDCs?

    After months of delay, the formal UN climate negotiations are resuming and countries face a packed agenda. Gabrielle Swaby sets out why the least developed countries (LDCs) should make long-term strategies central to the discussion

    31 May 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • Five people sitting on a table delivering a presentation

    Challenges for climate diplomacy during a pandemic

    International decisions taken this year will shape outcomes for climate, nature and people. COVID-19 challenges the processes for making these decisions, with virtual engagement presenting fundamental barriers to vulnerable countries’ abilities to participate

    25 March 2021 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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
  • Man harvests sorghum seeds.

    LDCs and the Paris Agreement: getting to grips with tougher climate reporting

    Implementing the Paris Agreement brings new reporting challenges for LDCs. A recent IIED webinar explored ways forward for these countries to meet the treaty’s stringent transparency requirements

    12 August 2020 | Blog | 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
  • A group of seated people raise their hands in response to a speaker at the front of the room

    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
  • A house destroyed by hurricane.

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

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

    23 December 2019 | Event | Climate change
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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
  • An image of youth climate leader Greta Thunberg on a mural, with her speech: "You all come to us young people for hope. This is all wrong"

    Development and Climate Days 2019

    Development & Climate (D&C) Days 2019 focuses on climate justice and key messages for climate negotiators. This page rounds up what happened

    9 December 2019 | Event | 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 | Event | Biodiversity
  • People planting seedlings in water

    Towards better assessment of adaptation results

    How can countries align their climate adaptation assessment mechanisms with other frameworks? Barry Smith highlights opportunities for achieving effective adaptation monitoring and evaluation

    31 October 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • A flooded street

    How the Philippines’ national M&E system integrates climate and development

    IIED has undertaken a series of 'light touch' case studies to show how some countries are developing adaptation M&E for learning systems. This study looks at the Philippines. 

    30 October 2019 | Article | 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
  • LDC vision landscape

    LDC 2050 Vision for a climate-resilient future

    The world's least developed countries have set out their response to the climate challenge, with a long-term vision for 2050 that aims to ensure that no country is left behind

    23 September 2019 | Article | 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
  • 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
  • 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 | Event | Climate change
  • A father and son plough a field in Ethiopia. For Ethiopia's smallholder farmers, oxen are still the main source of agricultural power. It is one of the world's least developed countries, making it more vulnerable to climate change (Photo: Bjvisser, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

    Momentum builds for ambitious agreements at COP24

    When COP24 starts next month, 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 hopes for Katowice

    19 November 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Landscape in Punakha, Bhutan

    Supporting LDCs to strengthen national legislative and policy responses in line with international climate commitments

    We help LDCs to strengthen their institutional, policy and legislative environments for enabling long-term national climate action, and thus drive global ambition to implement the Paris Agreement

    18 September 2018 | Project | 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
  • Bhutan has committed to remain carbon neutral, mainly thanks to its high forest carbon sequestration capacity. Some people say that trees in Bhutan have legal rights, referring to the constitutional mandate for 60% of our land area to remain forested for all time. (Adam Brill, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Negotiating transparency for the Paris deal: next stop, Bangkok

    As climate experts gather in Bangkok for the final negotiating session before the December UN climate talks, guest blogger Tshewang Dorji discusses the transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement – and why these need to work for the LDCs.

    28 August 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • At CBA12 participants talked about the different ways their cultures create inclusive spaces to reach consensus-based decisions (Photo: Teresa Corcoran/IIED)

    The power of storytelling: can traditions from the past find answers to the climate problem?

    IIED has been exploring how the power of cultural exchanges can be harnessed to find solutions to the complex global challenge of climate change. And we want to hear from you to learn more

    17 August 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Laos is heavily dependent on traditional agriculture and is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as flooding (Photo: Magalie L'Abbé, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How I learnt to make my voice count at the UN climate negotiations

    A junior climate negotiator from Laos explains how a recent training workshop gave her the tools to navigate the complex UN climate talks and the skills to push for more positive outcomes for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from these crucial international exchanges

    23 July 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Flooding in Fiji. Fiji's prime minister has said the his nation is in "a fight for survival" as climate change brings almost constant cyclones (Photo: TC Evans/Fijian Government)

    The Talanoa dialogue: sharing stories in Bonn to inspire ambitious climate action

    As the spring UN climate change conference in Bonn gets under way, IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the Talanoa dialogue – an unprecedented consultation process designed to bring together different voices to strengthen countries’ climate pledges and keep the Paris Agreement on course

    2 May 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Men sitting in a conference room

    Developing Myanmar’s national climate change policy

    IIED supported the Myanmar government in developing an overarching national climate change policy to integrate climate change into national priorities and planning, and provide a long-term vision for the country's sustainable development

    5 April 2018 | Project | 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 better 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cover of Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Forest Investment Program, an example of an investment fund with simplified funding frameworks, has invested $10 million in a $24 million project with the African Development Bank to restore Ghana's rapidly degrading forests (Photo: Greg Neate, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Six steps to local climate finance

    Evidence from community-focused initiatives suggests that climate and development funds can deliver local finance by adopting six key structural changes

    6 November 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
  • Officials on a climate finance course meet farmers in Bangladesh to learn about the benefits of solar irrigation pumps (Photo: ICCCAD, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Climate finance for those who need it most

    IIED's work on climate finance aims to generate evidence that can inform the design of funding mechanisms and ensure that funds can effectively reach the poor and vulnerable

    13 May 2016 | Article | 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    Development & Climate Days: the history

    This annual D&C Days gathering links the issues of climate change and development, and promotes dialogue, information sharing and informal discussion at the United Nations climate change talks

    12 November 2015 | Article | 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Three girls wash their clothes in the Akaki river, near Addis Ababa. Climate change is affecting the quality of water in Ethiopia and much of the wastewater released by the industries and houses in Addis Ababa reaches the Awash River untreated, putting public health at risk (Photo: Beatrice Mosello/ODI, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Will new development banks help or hinder on climate change?

    New development banks have the potential to both help and hinder efforts to tackle climate change. With development finance under scrutiny at the Addis Financing for Development conference, now is the time to ensure that they take climate change into account

    6 July 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
  • 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
  • Vanuatu is one of the Least Developed Countries, and is increasingly affected by climate change. Here local people are constructing a river crossing using rocks and coral after flooding destroyed a bridge (Photo:, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Financing climate change adaptation in LDCs

    Adaptation to climate change is a priority in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), but while funds have been set up to provide finance for adaptation, accessing them is time-consuming and complicated

    22 April 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 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
  • 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
  • COP20 chair Manuel Pulgar Vidal, centre, was highly praised for his efforts to produce the Lima Call for Climate Action

    The long and winding road to Paris

    As the dust settles after the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20), IIED sifts through the events in Lima

    19 December 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A Potato Park farmer in Peru leads the Potato Guardians collective (Photo: Adam Kerby)

    Return of potatoes from CIP to Andean farmers proves critical for climate adaptation

    Peru's farmers are able to access a greater diversity of potato varieties for climate adaptation, thanks to the continued work of a ground-breaking agreement between CIP, ANDES and the Association of the Potato Park communities

    27 November 2014 | News | Biodiversity
  • Informal settlements such as this one in Durban, South Africa, are adversely affected by climate-related impacts (Photo: David Dodman)

    Climate-related 'loss and damage' in cities: exploring a new urban frontier

    Highlighting and assessing the urban impacts of climate change can help cities find a more consistent, multi-level approach to climate adaptation

    23 October 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
  • 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
  • IIED senior fellow will speak at the UN Secretary General's climate summit in September (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    Saleem selected for UN climate summit

    IIED senior fellow Saleemul Huq has been chosen as one of 38 civil society representatives to attend the UN Secretary General's climate summit

    9 September 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Drought affects Xinjiang Province, a consequence of climate change (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Well-financed climate change action must be central to the post-2015 goals

    Climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. It is critical, therefore, that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda fully embeds climate change

    4 September 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Gambia has appointed Pa Ousman Jarju as Special Climate Envoy. His appointment shows Gambia's commitment to effective climate diplomacy (Photo: Global Environment Facility)

    Engaging in climate diplomacy – policy pointers from an LDC

    Effective climate diplomacy can help Least Developed Countries make sure their interests are reflected in international negotiation outcomes

    7 August 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • LDCs can use the example of Brazil, which has achieved a drastic fall in emissions thanks to avoided deforestation, to see what is possible despite limited economic capacity. Pictured is deforestation for the use of clay in Rio de Janeiro (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

    Climate action: Diplomats' discussions yield four themes for 2014

    The Gambia's Special Climate Envoy identifies four themes for action on climate change in the UN negotiations and beyond

    4 June 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Participants in the gender and environmental change workshop discuss REDD+ (Photo: Lucile Robinson/IIED)

    Making gender equality a global and local reality

    The UNFCCC has taken significant steps to promote women's increased participation in the global climate change negotiations process. It's a gain for gender equality, but gaps remain

    21 May 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A giant temple bell in Mongolia (Photo: David Berkowitz via Creative Commons

    The IPCC rings the warning bell louder. Is anyone listening?

    IIED Senior Fellow Saleemul Huq, one of the co-authors of the latest IPCC report on climate change, highlights the key findings of the publication and what policymakers need to do next

    2 April 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • A borehole in Zambia, among the countries to have started thinking about NAPs, is developed for domestic water and irrigation as part of climate change adaptation measures (Photo: Pascal Manyakaidze via Creative Commons

    Least developed countries take climate adaptation to next level

    While many policymakers in the world's richest nations continue to deny the urgency of action on climate change, governments in the 48 least developed countries are pushing ahead with plans to adapt – or at least trying to

    11 March 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines on 7 November 2013. Credit: NASA

    Typhoon Haiyan shows why COP19 must deliver on loss and damage

    Even the best of efforts to adapt to climate change may not be enough to prevent loss and damage, and that's why the UN climate talks need to agree a mechanism to handle this new issue, says Saleemul Huq.

    13 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Seven ways equity can promote success at the UN climate talks

    For a new global climate agreement to be truly equitable —and get global buy-in — it must share the burden of adaptation as well as that of mitigation.

    7 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Climate change negotiators have several gaps to bridge at the COP19 talks. Photo credit: Oxfam International

    COP19: What the Least Developed Countries expect from the climate talks

    Gaps between the expectations of developing countries and the low emissions targets and climate finance promised by developed countries must be bridged at the Warsaw climate talks.

    6 November 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP19 in Warsaw – a private finance climate conference?

    At the UN climate conference in Copenhagen 2009, developed countries committed to provide funds rising to US$100 billion per year by 2020 to support developing countries in their efforts to address

    31 October 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A house with many rooms: Addressing loss and damage from climate change

    At the climate change negotiations, rich nations should not let their fear of liability delay on action on loss of damage.

    4 September 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • A solar lamp lights up a shop.

    The private sector’s role in low carbon resilient development

    How can the private sector be effectively engaged not just to reduce the long-term impacts of climate change, but also to help communities adapt to the changes they’re experiencing now?

    20 June 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Flooded sugar cane fields near Colombia's third largest city, Cali, during an intense rainy season.

    What does low-carbon resilience look like in Latin America?

    Many Latin American countries are showing how the pursuit of low-carbon strategies can create ‘win-win’ scenarios for economic growth and forest protection.

    4 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • This diagram illustrates how ambition for the Paris Agreement must be racheted up (Image: Clare Shakya/IIED)

    Helping parliamentarians drive national climate change policy

    Members of parliament can help break the international stalemate on climate change action by ‘domesticating’ global decisions, using national legislation. But to do that they often need long-term capacity-building programmes to catalyse the process: programmes that have support within the government and across parliaments

    18 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Group of people talking in a circle

    Providing on-demand legal, technical and strategic advice to the Least Developed Countries Group

    IIED works to strengthen the position of least developed countries (LDCs) in international climate negotiations and related global forums. We do this by providing real-time legal, technical and strategic advice and research support to the LDC Group in the UNFCCC process. We collaborate directly with the LDC chair and members of the LDC Group's core team of negotiators in delivering our work.

    18 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • People visiting a village with solar panels

    Helping parliaments across the Southern African Customs Union region address climate change

    Parliamentarians can play a key role in building climate resilience by bringing constituents' concerns into national forums, scrutinising how governments are responding to domestic and global climate change issues, and ensuring policy continuity

    17 December 2012 | Project | Climate change
  • Group of men and women pose for a photo on stairs

    Workshops that build climate negotiators' capacity: European Capacity Building Initiative 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 and outside of the UNFCCC process

    IIED supports the least developed countries (LDCs) and other vulnerable developing countries to achieve equitable and ambitious outcomes in global climate 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
  • Men survey a flooded road in Kenya.

    Rich nations fail to meet 8 climate-finance pledges analysis shows

    Rich nations score poorly on climate finance in most detailed analysis to date and have failed to keep promises to provide poorer ones with funds to tackle climate change.

    26 November 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Christiana Figueres is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She used her appearance at the 2012 Barbara Ward Lecture to call for an "energy revolution"

    2012 Barbara Ward Lecture: Christiana Figueres calls for an "energy revolution"

    Christiana Figueres is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She used her appearance at the 2012 Barbara Ward Lecture to call for an "energy revolution"

    7 September 2012 | Event | Climate change
  • People stand by a drought-stricken lake in Xinjiang Province, north-west China.

    MPs: the missing pieces to national action on climate change

    While climate change is a global problem, many countries are forging ahead with their own national climate change plans – and MPs are important actors in this process.

    1 August 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • Sumaya Zakieldeen

    Q&A with Sumaya Zakieldeen

    Sumaya Zakieldeen, the Least Developed Countries representative to the Adaptation Committee under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Framework, on how she sees her role going forward.

    21 June 2012 | Article | Climate change
  • UN climate chief Christiana Figueres calls for an “energy revolution”

    New technologies and the involvement of the private sector are needed to tackle climate change emissions and power the world said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the

    9 March 2012 | Blog | Climate change
  • India at the UN Climate negotiations: back to the wall

    Of all the baffling going-ons at the recent climate change conference in Durban, what bewildered me most was the position of India.

    22 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • COP17 in Durban: Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres and the President of COP17, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (Photo: Michael Mazengarb, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    United Nations climate change negotiations: IIED at COP17

    IIED was the summit in Durban, sharing learning from our research, training journalists and providing analysis of the unfolding events

    20 December 2011 | Event | Climate change
  • In Durban, a day to focus on climate communication

    Communicating climate change is an "orphan" issue among policy-makers, according to speakers at Climate Communications Day, the first ever day-long public forum organized by and for journalists at a climate summit.

    19 December 2011 | News | Climate change
  • Working with local journalists: a mutually beneficial partnership

    "I am not exaggerating when I say that reporting on the UN climate change talks is one of the best experiences an environment journalist could ever have. Suddenly it seems as if everyone in the world talks only about forests, water and climate."

    16 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • A tale of two cities: Durban and Brussels

    The media has been telling a tale of two crises: they are complex, interconnected and have much in common. The common threads include richer countries living beyond their means and racking up high levels of financial and ecological debt over several decades leading to an economic and financial crisis. In Europe, we are due for a substantial adjustment in living standards, to get back into balance. Analysts reckon that in the UK, families will only regain their 2002 incomes by 2016 – and that’s if all goes to plan.

    13 December 2011 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Hope from action

    As climate-related impacts become more frequent and extreme, the primary preoccupation of a progressive global society should be to protect the more vulnerable amongst us – countries and individual

    9 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Consensus grows behind the scenes at the UN climate negotiations

    It’s too early to talk about the end-game in the 17th conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks that are underway in Durban. But amid the shifting diplomatic sands of talks and texts, there are signs that some of the ground is starting to solidify.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • UN climate negotiations video update: Forest day

    James Mayers, the head of IIED's natural resources group, discusses key themes being discussed at the UN Climate Negotiations’ forest day in Durban, South Africa.

    4 December 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Do or die in Durban

    I was one among the many sleep-deprived observers present at the birth of the Kyoto Protocol, during the early hours of a cold December morning in 1997. I cannot claim to have formed an immediate emotional attachment. Along with many others, I despaired already at the weakling’s lack of ambition, and numerous defects (politely called loopholes) that rendered it a joke on the planet. It was optimistically proclaimed a “first small step”, implying that better would follow once the world “warmed up” to the idea of living in a carbon-constrained world.

    30 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Three ways Durban climate conference can ensure rich world meets finance promises

    A briefing paper published today (21 November) by IIED outlines three steps to ensure developed countries meet their agreed commitments to help poorer nations adapt to climate change.

    21 November 2011 | News | Climate change
  • REDD+: a win-win deal is possible!

    With the dusk of the International Year of Forests fast approaching, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable forest management, conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) has the potential to bring positive changes to the lives of people who are dependent on forests for their livelihoods. But this can only happen if REDD+ is implemented in a way that ensures their participation in the process.

    17 November 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Poor and vulnerable countries are defying climate inaction

    Slow progress at global climate talks is belied by the plethora of actions in many smaller and more at-risk developing nations.

    9 November 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
  • Climate change and religion in flooded Bangkok

    I have been attending a meeting of around forty Archbishops and Bishops from all over Asia for several days now at Assumption University on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand surrounded by flood waters approaching the country’s low-lying capital city.

    20 October 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Multi-billion dollar climate change fund hits barrier

    Plans for a multi-billion dollar fund to help developing countries deal with climate change hit a big barrier this week when countries could not agree on the design of the fund.

    20 October 2011 | News | 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
  • Development and Climate Days Film Competition 2011

    We're pleased to announce that Ripples, a film about climate change and disaster management in Bangladesh, by Soren Vestergaard Neilsen, for RDRS Bangladesh was the winner of our Development and Climate film competition.

    22 August 2011 | Article | Climate change
  • How can air travel contribute to the costs of adapting to climate change?

    Climate change negotiators are still meeting this week in Bonn to try and find a way forward on, amongst many other subjects, climate change mitigation, adaptation and finance. Sources of ‘innovative’ finance, such as taxes on international transport, have been proposed. Might these provide a way to break the deadlock on finance and prove to be sources of significant and stable financing to address the impacts of climate change?

    15 June 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • “Protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous people benefits us all”

    He gave the example of indigenous peoples in Peru who are responding to climate change by reintroducing native potato varieties and so are “helping to conserve the earth’s biodiversity”. “Indigenous peoples have been living a ‘green economy’ for centuries,” he added — economists should look to old practices in indigenous communities for new ways to achieve sustainable development.

    9 June 2011 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • IIED Insights: Q&A with Hannah Reid on community based adaptation

    Climate change is set to significantly impact people and the environment. Rising temperatures will change crop growing seasons and impact food security. Changing rainfall patterns will cause water shortages or flooding in some areas. And rising sea levels means a greater risk of storm surges, flooding and wave damage for coastal regions across the world. 

    10 March 2011 | Article | 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 | Event | Climate change
  • Can international law break the deadlock in climate talks?

    An international lawsuit on greenhouse gas emissions could help create the political pressure and third-party guidance needed to revive global climate negotiations.

    6 December 2010 | Blog | 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

    The 2010 Development and Climate (D&C) Days focused on supporting the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge by practitioners and researchers from developing countries

    13 October 2010 | Event | 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
  • REDD: Protecting climate, forests and livelihoods

    Deforestation is a global issue. Beyond its destructive impacts on biodiversity and the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, it is a major driver of climate change and accounts for roughly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. REDD — 'reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation' — could offer a way forward, as IIED's growing body of REDD research and reports reflects.

    14 May 2009 | Article | Forests
  • 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
  • An early sunrise at COP14 in Poznan (Photo: Friends of the Earth, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    COP14 UN Climate Change Conference

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP14) took place in Poznan, Poland from 1- 2 December 2008. Find out about IIED's activities at this COP

    20 December 2008 | Event | Climate change
  • Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change: What role for Official Development Assistance?

    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has instigated several funding mechanisms in an attempt to meet adaptation needs in developing countries, however these funds have been heavily criticised by both the development and academic communities for being both fiscally and technically inadequate.

    14 November 2008 | Article | Climate change
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