“To have a deal in 2015 we have to see laws passed in countries first”

There is a growing realization that national legislation is a critical element of any successful strategy to set the world on a path to sustainable development. National parliaments are at the heart of driving the response to climate change, and national legislation is fundamental to reaching a universal climate agreement in 2015. Adam Matthews, Secretary General of GLOBE International, explains the crucial role of national legislation.   View video...



The Durban Platform process: sharpening the focus in 2013

At the 2012 Doha Climate Conference, governments renewed their commitment towards the Durban Platform. The Platform, agreed in 2011, reflects the realization that business as usual is no longer sufficient, that the international community needs to develop a strong and united response to climate change post-2020, and that the gap between ambition and the requirements of science must be addressed with urgency. In this article, the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), Mr. Jayant Moreshver Mauskar of India and Mr. Harald Dovland of Norway, consider the process under the current two ADP workstreams – to deliver the 2015 agreement and to enhance current efforts and bridge the “ambition gap” – and how the upcoming session of the ADP can contribute to move its work to the next stage.   More...



2012 third warmest La Niña year on record, global temperatures 10th highest on record

2012 was a year of new climate records and extreme events. Later this year, the first instalment of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report will be available, providing a comprehensive assessment of the status of the Earth’s climate. To see what climatic changes are happening where you are, a new application from NewScientist allows you to compare current temperatures with average temperatures over the past 20 years, and earlier.   More...


Continuing the research dialogue

The research dialogue will continue at the next session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in June, and a workshop will be held later this year.   More...



Doha Amendment secures second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol

Parties in Doha adopted the “Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol”, securing the seamless continuation of the Protocol for a further eight years. The Protocol is the only existing and binding agreement under which developed countries commit to cutting greenhouse gases.   More...


NAMA registry about to be operational – discussions held on role of private sector

Following the development of the prototype of the NAMA registry in 2012, the operating version will be deployed in the week beginning 29 April. Discussions were held recently on possibilities for private sector engagement.   More...


New regional collaboration centre for CDM projects in Africa

The UNFCCC secretariat and the East African Development Bank have signed a partnership agreement to establish a regional collaboration centre in Kampala, Uganda, in an effort to increase participation in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.   More...


Executive Board crafts recommendations for improved CDM

The Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed on 22 recommendations aimed at making the CDM a more efficient and effective tool in the international response to climate change.   More...


Achievements of the CDM captured in benefits report 2012

Last November, the UNFCCC secretariat released new research showing that the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has spurred billions of dollars of investment in projects that curb greenhouse gases and contribute to sustainable development. An article by Adam Bumpus, a specialist in international development and carbon markets, recaps the report.   More...


Scaling up finance for REDD-plus

As part of ongoing efforts to scale up and improve the effectiveness of finance for REDD-plus activities, Parties in Doha agreed on a work programme on results-based REDD-plus finance in 2013.   More...



Adaptation Committee furthers coherent action on adaptation

At its second meeting in March in Bonn, the Adaptation Committee agreed on the next steps towards ensuring coherent adaptation action under the Convention.   More...


Togo hosts second regional training on NAPAs

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group continued its regional training programme with a successful event for Francophone LDCs held from 18 – 22 March in Lomé, Togo.   More...


Exploring ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change

The topic of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change was explored at a technical workshop held from 21 – 23 March in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.   More...


Adaptation action showcased in 2013 postcard-calendar

Twelve examples of adaptation actions across regions and sectors are featured in a postcard-calendar for 2013 produced by the secretariat.   More...



Updates on fast-start finance

The latest information on fast-start finance provided by developed country Parties in 2012 can be found on the finance portal – a gateway to information on activities funded in developing countries to implement the Climate Change Convention.   More...


Work programme on long-term finance to continue in 2013

The work Programme on long-term finance, which examines ways to scale up climate finance to USD 100 billion per year by 2020, has been extended until the end of 2013.   More...


Standing Committee on Finance now fully operational

After its initial period of transition in 2012, the Standing Committee on Finance is now fully operational. The Committee’s work now encompasses all aspects of the financial mechanism.   More...


First review of the Adaptation Fund concluded

In Doha, Parties concluded the first review of the Adaptation Fund (AF), with the decision to extend both the World Bank as interim Trustee of the AF, and the term of the interim secretariat of the AF Board.   More...



UNEP-led Consortium confirmed as host of new Climate Technology Centre

UNFCCC and UNEP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch the new Climate Technology Centre, which will focus on technology transfer to developing nations to tackle climate change.   More...


Technology Mechanism in operation: recent activities by the TEC and CTCN

Copenhagen will host the first meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) in May, while the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) last month held an expert meeting on technology road maps.   More...



Durban Forum to meet again in June

Those interested in, or working on capacity-building will have the opportunity to learn about on-the-ground action and to network with other stakeholders at the second meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity-building, which will take place during the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June.   More...


Win for education, training and awareness in Doha

Doha was a success for Article 6 of the Convention relating to education, training and public awareness, with Parties managing to both finish the review of the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme, and reach consensus on a successor work programme.   More...



Second session of the ADP set to start

The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will take place from 29 April to 3 May in Bonn, Germany. At this session, Parties will seek to move from their broad conceptual discussions into more specific discussions on the core elements of a 2015 agreement and into a practical and results-orientated approach to pre-2020 ambition. See the In Focus section for insights by the ADP co-Chairs.   More...



Work successfully concluded – Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol adopted

After seven years of negotiations, the AWG-KP successfully concluded its work in Doha with the adoption of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol by the Conference of Parties serving as the meeting of Parties (CMP). The Doha Amendment provides smooth continuity from the first to the second commitment period of the Protocol, which began on 1 January 2013.   More...



Agreed Outcome finalized – 5 Years of work under the Bali Action Plan successfully concluded

The AWG-LCA finalized the Agreed Outcome in Doha and successfully concluded 5 years of work under the Bali Action Plan, with significant achievements enabling enhanced action on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology and capacity-building, and completing the modalities of the 2013 – 2015 review of the long-term global goal.   More...



“Domestic legislation on climate is the critical linchpin between national action and international agreements.”

London, United Kingdom, 14 January 2013

In her opening remarks to the GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit in London, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that sufficient domestic climate legislation was a critical precondition for the 2015 international climate agreement. See also Guest Column video by Adam Matthews, Secretary General, GLOBE International.   More...


“Now is the time to accelerate the capital shift towards a new, sustainable energy mix”

Abu Dhabi, 16 January 2013

Speaking at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said it was crucial for the world to accelerate the shift of capital towards a new, sustainable energy mix.   More...


iPhone and iPad Application ‘Negotiator’ updated for ADP 2

Stay tuned and up-to-date by the minute on what's happening at the conference! Using the application, users can among many other things:

  • Watch live and on-demand webcast from the negotiations
  • View the latest YouTube videos and photos from the conference
  • Join the Talks via the Facebook and Twitter channels


If you already have the Negotiator installed, first remove/delete the current one from your iPhone or iPad. Download the new app – 'Negotiator' – free of charge here...


Momentum for Change – calls for applications

Momentum for Change aims to demonstrate the multiple benefits of addressing climate change and to transform misperceptions surrounding taking action on climate change.

Momentum for Change currently has three pillars, which all have a call for applications in 2013:

Women for Results: Recognizing the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change, implemented with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Call for applications open 8 March to 26 April. more...

Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment: Recognizing successful financial innovations for adaptation and climate mitigation, implemented in partnership with the World Economic Forum. Call for applications open 12 April to 31 May. more...

Urban Poor: Recognizing activities addressing climate change while improving the lives of the urban poor, implemented with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Call for applications open 17 May to 28 June. more...



More information and access to the on-line application
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4th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction – join in!

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction provides an opportunity to try some creative ideas to raise awareness about disaster risk reduction. With thousands expected to attend this year's event in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19 to 23 May, there is an opportunity before, during and after the event for partners, stakeholders and the public to contribute to the discussions on reducing disaster risks and building resilience.  More...


Mongolia to host UN World Environment Day 2013

Mongolia, which is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining, and is promoting environmental awareness among youth, is to host this year's World Environment Day celebrations on June 5.   More...


Attention students – still time to enter iChange video competition

Connect4Climate (C4C) has launched iChange: a video competition for students from all over the world to create sharp 30-second video messages about climate change. The deadline for entry is 1 May.   More...


Arctic needs protection from resource rush as ice melts: UNEP

The melting of sea ice and the resulting rush for resources require effective measures to avoid damage in the Arctic, according to an annual United Nations study of emerging environmental issues.   More...

 

Branson plans to use Necker as island incubator for renewables

Virgin chief Richard Branson plans to use the tiny Caribbean island he owns to test the effectiveness of renewable energy systems for small island states.   More...


Keen businesses should be seen to be clean and green

Adopting “clean technology” doesn't have to cost the earth, whether you're a large global enterprise or a local shop, but it could ensure the long-term survival of your business.   More...


A power grid of their own: German village becomes model for renewable energy

The tiny village of Feldheim, some 60 kilometers southwest of Berlin, was catapulted by chance to the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Now visitors from around the world are flocking to this otherwise unremarkable rural community to see if they can replicate its success.   More...


 

29 Apr 3 May

Bonn, Germany


 

Bonn Climate Change Conference – April 2013

The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2) will be held from 29 April – 3 May 2013 at the World Conference Center Bonn, in Bonn, Germany.  More...

 

 



 

3 14 Jun

Bonn, Germany


 

Bonn Climate Change Conference – June 2013

The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 3) will be held from 3 – 14 June 2013 at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany.  More...