"WE WILL NEED TO COOPERATE, ALL OF US, TO CROSS THE BRIDGE TO SUSTAINABILITY.”

The incoming President of COP18/CMP8, H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, issues a warm welcome to those travelling to Qatar for the upcoming Doha Climate Change Conference. He says that while the world cannot move from a high emission economy to a low emission future in a single leap, we must find new ways of building a sustainable future for all, and calls for cooperation in achieving this goal.   More...



Recommendations Made for Future of CDM, JI

Recommendations have been made for the future of CDM and JI by a high-level panel and the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, respectively. These recommendations will shape how these mechanisms work in the short-term future, under the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.   More...



Workshop held on financing options for the full implementation of results-based actions relating to REDD-plus

One major milestone to prepare for continuing negotiations in Doha was the workshop on financing options for the full implementation of results-based actions relating to REDD-plus, including modalities and procedures for financing such actions.   More...


MRV for mitigation actions and emission reductions targets for developed country Parties

For developed country Parties, two work streams are ongoing within the MRV framework – the development of common tabular format (CTF) for biennial reports, and the revision of review guidelines for biennial reports, national communications and national GHG inventories.   More...


Regional Collaboration Centres to assist development of emission reduction projects

In an effort to bring the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM to currently underrepresented countries, the UNFCCC secretariat, in collaboration with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement, has established a CDM support office in Lomé, Togo.   More...



Taking the Cancun Adaptation Framework forward in Doha

Activities throughout the year under the Cancun Adaptation Framework, including the process for national adaptation plans, the work programme on loss and damage, and the Adaptation Committee, will provide a basis for discussion at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties in Doha.   More...


Activities in Doha on research and systematic observation

SBSTA 37 will continue to consider research and systematic observation on the basis of the draft text from the June session (Annex II of SBSTA 36 conclusions).   More...


Activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in Doha

At its thirty-seventh session in Doha, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice will consider progress made in implementing the Nairobi work programme. A forum for Nairobi work programme focal points and Parties will also be held, as well as a side event on the Private Sector Initiative of the Nairobi work programme.   More...


Activities under the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) in Doha

At its thirty-seventh session in Doha, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation will consider the report on the twenty-second meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group. The LEG will also conduct a side event on support to NAPAs and NAPs.   More...


Recent meetings and workshops under the LEG work programme for 2012-2013 and the work programme on loss and damage

This year, five expert meetings have been held under the work programme on loss and damage, with outcomes captured in reports to be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation. The LEG advanced work on technical guidelines and support needs for NAPs, planning for regional training workshops on adaptation, outreach activities and collaboration of support. The first LEG regional training workshop on adaptation for LDCs was also successfully held in in October 2012.   More...


New publications

Three new adaptation publications will be available in the near future – the second volume of the National Adaptation Programmes of Action best practices and lessons learned book; A Nairobi work programme leaflet on community radio (already available); and a 2013 postcard-calendar showcasing examples of adaptation actions.   More...



The 2012 work programme on long-term finance nearing conclusion

The work programme on long-term finance undertaken in 2012 is coming to its conclusion. The Co-Chairs of the work programme will present their report on the workshops to Parties in Doha for their consideration.   More...


Successful launch of the Standing Committee 2012

The Standing Committee has successfully taken up its work in 2012. Two meetings have taken place in the second half of this year, marked by fruitful and trend-setting discussions.   More...


Review of the Adaptation Fund to be concluded in Doha

The review of the Adaptation Fund is expected to be concluded by Parties in Doha based on various inputs received by the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP).   More...


Preview: fifth review of the financial mechanism

In Doha, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation will initiate the fifth review of the financial mechanism.   More...



Activities and performance of the Technology Executive Committee for 2012

The Technology Executive Committee has made available its report on activities and performance for 2012. The report includes outcomes of work undertaken in accordance with the 2012-2013 rolling workplan, as well as key messages on enabling environments for, and barriers to, technology development and transfer, technology road maps and technology needs assessments.   More...


Experience-sharing workshop on technology needs assessments organized in Bangkok, Thailand

From 10 to 12 September 2012, an experience-sharing workshop was held as part of the Bangkok Climate Change Conference. The workshop provided an opportunity for the participants to share their experiences in conducting technology needs assessments (TNAs), preparing technology action plans (TAPs) and reporting thereon under the global TNA project supported by the GEF.   More...


Memorandum of understanding on the hosting of the Climate Technology Centre drafted

Discussions between the secretariat and UNEP resulted in agreement on the draft memorandum of understanding between the COP and UNEP on the hosting of the Climate Technology Centre.   More...



Giving youth delegates a voice in Doha

For many young people, international negotiations on climate change are deeply personal. In their eyes, the world they will inherit is what is up for negotiation. Young people come to United Nations climate change conferences with a common goal: to remind negotiators what they are negotiating about.   More...


New work programme in the making for Article 6

The current work programme on climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information will finish at the end of this year. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line for action on Article 6 of the Convention.   More...



ADP to demonstrate substantive progress and define the way forward towards a post-2020 agreement and stronger ambition

In Doha, the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will seek to build upon the substantive progress made during its recent informal additional session in Bangkok by further focusing its work and defining clear next steps. Specifically, the ADP will seek to demonstrate progress towards bridging the current ambition gap and towards defining a new agreement by 2015.   More...



Adopting amendments to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha

The Ad hoc Working Group on Further Commitments of Annex I Parties (AWG-KP) is aiming to successfully complete its work in Doha with the adoption of amendments to the Kyoto Protocol. Adoption of these amendments would ensure that a robust second commitment period of the Protocol can start promptly on 1 January 2013.   More...



AWG-LCA to finalize its work on the Agreed Outcome and close five years of successful delivery

In Doha, the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) is expected to conclude five years of extensive work and delivery on long-term cooperative action under the Convention, comprising a shared vision, enhanced mitigation and adaptation action as well as finance, technology and capacity building support.   More...



Climate science and the state of our climate

New records were reached in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent, with levels of atmospheric CO2 and average combined global land and ocean surface temperature continuing to rise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continues to make progress on the Fifth Assessment Report, while Future Earth, a new international research initiative, was launched recently. An update on activities of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites has also just been released.   More...



"The scientific fact is that global climate change is upon us…"

Seoul, South Korea, 22 October 2012

"As I look upon the Doha Conference, it strikes me that this is an event of immense opportunity". At the recent Pre-COP Ministerial meeting on climate change, Christiana Figueres looked forward to the COP as the next step in meeting the climate change challenge, while outlining expectations for Doha.   More...


iPhone and iPad Application ‘Negotiator’ for COP18/CMP8

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
  • Read the latest documents, agendas and meetings information
  • Get logistical information about the conference
  • View the latest youtube videos and photos from the conference
  • Join the Talks via the Facebook and Twitter channels and be part of the action

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 in Qatar, Doha, at COP18/CMP8

At the upcoming COP in Doha, the United Nations Climate Change secretariat will host an open event on 4 December at 18:00 in the Theater Room QNCC, to celebrate the 2012 Lighthouse Activities, with remarks from UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki- Moon, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Ms. Christiana Figueres and Executive Director of the Global Campaign for Climate Action Ms. Kelly Rigg, with a musical performance from the Lebanese star and Goodwill Ambassador for climate change in the Arab world, Mr. Ragheb Alama. Technical presentations of the lighthouse activities will take place during 5 December.

Don't miss the Momentum for Change launch events of the new pillars: Women for Results and Innovative Finance. Please check our website for the full programme.   More...


Momentum for Change Announces the 2012 Lighthouse Activities

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat is proud to present the 2012 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities. These inspiring activities fall under the Urban Poor pillar of Momentum for Change, which has been generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They consist of mitigation and adaptation activities that are a result of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors and bring multiple benefits to the urban poor in developing countries.   More...


New ‘Focus’section on UNFCCC website

A new section entitled ‘Focus’ has just been launched on the UNFCCC website to facilitate quick access to consolidated information on Adaptation, Finance, Mitigation and Technology .   More...

 

Climate change 'new normal,' lessons from Sandy: UN chief

"We all know the difficulties in attributing any single storm to climate change. But we also know this: extreme weather due to climate change is the new normal," Ban Ki-Moon told the 193-member UN General Assembly. "This may be an uncomfortable truth, but it is one we ignore at our peril."   More...


Atlas of health and climate launches new collaboration between public health and meteorological communities

As the world’s climate continues to change, hazards to human health are increasing. The Atlas of health and climate, published recently by WHO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), illustrates some of the most pressing current and emerging challenges.   More...


Make cities resource efficient: UN report

The report, ‘Cities and Biodiversity Outlook’, prepared by the CBD and Stockholm Resilience Center with inputs from ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, was released on 16th October as part of the ongoing 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).   More...


Songdo, South Korea to host UN climate fund

Songdo International Business District was selected to accommodate the secretariat of the U.N.-operated Green Climate Fund. The fund is sometimes called the “World Bank” for global environmental protection, with funding reaching USD 800 billion.   More...

 

Westwood takes up climate cause at London Fashion Week

British designer Vivienne Westwood called for a "climate revolution" as she presented a relatively tame but nonetheless punk-edged spring-summer collection on day three of London Fashion Week.   More...


IKEA to move to clean energy by 2020, protect forests

IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, will shift to renewable energy by 2020 and grow more trees than it uses under a plan to safeguard nature that has won support from environmentalists.   More...


Holy Mecca will be Saudi’s First Solar City

Saudi Arabia’s government has confirmed that it will develop and build a USD 640 million solar power plant in the holy city of Mecca, continuing the country’s recent talks of bolstering its clean energy sector. The announcement was made to coincide with the start of the holy pilgrimage of Hajj.   More...


 

26 Nov 7 Dec

Doha, Qatar 


 

Doha Climate Change Conference

The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.