“The stronger the base we build in Warsaw, the greater the structure we will build in Lima, and then in Paris.”

By H.E. Mr. Marcin Korolec, Minister of the Environment of Poland and President-Designate of COP 19 and CMP 9

In this video, Minister Korolec talks about the importance of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference as the beginning of the final stage in the journey towards a universal climate change agreement in Paris in 2015. He explains how climate and development policies can go hand in hand and underlines that the only way to tackle the universal and complex challenge of climate change is to act together.   More...



Action, action and more action to be showcased at COP 19 in Warsaw

The UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat to host the inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum on 19 – 20 November

The private sector is emerging as a major force in battling climate change. In recognition of this, in 2007 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Caring for Climate initiative, the world’s largest voluntary business and climate initiative that provides a framework for business leaders to advance practical solutions and help shape public policy. At COP 19/CMP 9 in Warsaw, the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNFCCC secretariat will host the inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum on 19 – 20 November, providing business and investors direct interface opportunities with government negotiators, the UN and civil society.   More...



Working Group I contribution to IPCC AR 5: key messages

The Working Group I contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report was released on 26 September 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. This new report, which focuses on the physical science basis of climate change, carries the unequivocal message from scientists that climate change is man-made.   More...



MRV for developed country Parties set to advance at COP 19

The remaining modalities for the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of developed country commitments and actions under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol will be taken forward in Warsaw, with decisions expected to be agreed to enhance accuracy, consistency and transparency.   More...


Reporting under the Convention by developing country Parties: looking ahead to Warsaw

COP 19 in Warsaw will consider two important items relating to reporting by developing country Parties: the term and mandate of the Consultative Group of Experts beyond 2013, and the composition, modalities and procedures of the team of technical experts for conducting technical analysis under the international consultation and analysis process.   More...


Latest on the web-based NAMA registry and NAMA regional workshops

The third and final regional workshop to build capacity for preparing and implementing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) will be held for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico in December. Meanwhile, the recently deployed NAMA registry is now open to the public and the first report on its operation will be presented to COP 19 in Warsaw.   More...


Shaping results-based financing for REDD+

At the second workshop on results-based finance for REDD+ held in August in Bonn, Parties identified elements of common ground in the architecture of results-based financing for REDD+ and underlined the need for significant progress on this issue at COP 19 in Warsaw.   More...


Incentivizing action on climate change

Progress is being made on three work programmes established at COP 18 aimed at incentivizing action on climate change, namely: the framework for various approaches, the new market-based mechanism and non-market-based approaches.   More...



Establishing institutional arrangements for loss and damage high on the agenda in Warsaw

During the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, Parties will work towards establishing institutional arrangements to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.   More...


Progress on National Adaptation Plans

At its thirty-ninth session in Warsaw, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation will consider the need for revision of the guidelines for least developed countries in formulating their national adaptation plans. This will be based on submissions made by Parties concerning experiences with applying the guidelines.   More...


Further developing the Nairobi work programme to support adaptation activities

At its thirty-ninth session in Warsaw, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice will continue its reconsideration of the work areas of the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and will forward recommendations to the COP on how to best support the objectives of the work programme.   More...



High-level ministerial dialogue on climate finance at COP 19

One of the finance-related highlights in Warsaw will be an in-session high-level ministerial dialogue under the COP on efforts being undertaken by developed country Parties to scale up the mobilization of climate finance after 2012, offering Parties a new forum for discussions.   More...


Extended work programme on long-term finance in 2013 wraps up

The extended programme on long-term finance is coming to an end, with the report of the Co-Chairs on the outcomes of the work programme to be provided to COP 19.   More...


Standing Committee on Finance concludes its work for 2013

The Standing Committee on Finance has managed to deliver on the mandates provided by the COP and will report on the outcomes of its work in 2013 to COP 19 in Warsaw.   More...



Technology Mechanism geared up for Warsaw

Both components of the Technology Mechanism, the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network, recently held meetings in which they finalized important documents to be considered by the COP in Warsaw. These deliverables are a major step in ensuring enhanced action on technology development and transfer under the Convention.   More...


Third synthesis report on technology needs assessments

The secretariat recently completed drafting the third synthesis report on technology needs assessments prepared by 31 developing countries, which will be considered by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice at its thirty-ninth session in Warsaw.   More...



Strong youth presence planned for
COP 19

The youth climate movement will make its voice heard at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, where numerous events and activities are planned that will enable young people to engage effectively in the UNFCCC process.   More...



Shifting gears in the negotiations towards the new agreement by 2015 and bridging the pre-2020 ambition gap

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, the ADP will aim to accelerate its work on the 2015 climate agreement and on raising pre-2020 ambition. The ADP Co-Chairs expect that Parties will shift gears, moving on to defining the elements and content of the 2015 agreement and deciding on concrete steps to bridge the pre-2020 ambition gap.   More...



“We are the first humans in history to breathe 400 parts per million of CO2 with every breath we take. That is a daunting fact.”

London, UK, 21 October 2013

In an address at Chatham House in London, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres outlined the consensus of the world’s major financial and energy institutions on the urgent need to craft climate-friendly policies and key steps towards the universal climate agreement in 2015, including COP 19 in Warsaw.   More...


“The opportunities offered by addressing climate change significantly outweigh the costs.”

Cambridge, Massachusetts, 27 September 2013

Speaking at Harvard University on the release day of the latest IPCC report on climate change, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres chose to speak about the good news on climate change. She outlined the many opportunities in policy, corporate strategy and technology that arise from fighting climate change.   More...


iPhone and iPad Application ‘Negotiator’ updated for COP 19/CMP 9

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
  • 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


Download your 'Negotiator' – free of charge.


Momentum for Change Announces the 2013 Lighthouse Activities

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat will be proudly presenting its 2013 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities on 6 November 2013. These activities are a result of collaborative efforts and innovative partnerships. Selected by the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel, they are inspiring examples of global climate action, bringing multiple benefits to people all around the world.
This year’s activities touch on three focus areas:

  • Urban Poor: recognizing climate action that improves the lives of impoverished people in urban communities.
  • Women for Results: recognizing the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change.
  • Financing for Climate-friendly Investment: recognizing successful and innovative climate-smart activities.


At the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, the secretariat will host a special gala on 20 November to celebrate the 2013 lighthouse activities, with remarks from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and Executive Director of the Global Call for Climate Action, Kelly Rigg. Also, don't miss the launch of a new Momentum for Change pillar, ICT Solutions, taking place on 21 November. Please check our website for further information on these events.

 

Major cuts of greenhouse gas emissions by livestock within reach

Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.  More...


First set of global data on energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency released

About 1.2 billion people don't have access to electricity, renewable energy accounts for 18 percent of the global energy mix, and the largest energy savings and greatest expansion of renewables happened in China. These are just some of the findings of a unique report released earlier this year by a multi-agency team led by the World Bank.   More...


Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity – new FAO report

A recent report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlights the need for sustainable food consumption and urges us to reduce our FOODprint!   More...

 

Global warming study: Temperatures go off the charts around 2047

Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot -permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043.   More...


Big box solar and the clean energy revolution

Retail giant IKEA may have just fired the latest salvo in the clean energy revolution. Within the next 10 months, IKEA will begin selling flat-pack solar panel kits to retail customers in all of its 17 U.K. stores.   More...


Boat's voyage a shining example of solar potential

How do you propel 100 tonnes of metal around the world's oceans without fuel or even a sail? For a pioneering group of Swiss investors and German engineers, the answer is simple – the sun.   More...


 

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Warsaw Climate Change Conference – November 2013

The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will take place from 11 to 22 November. The conference will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.   More...