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Climate Change and the International Negotiations

Since 2011, QUNO has been observing climate negotiations held under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). QUNO staff regularly attend the Conferences of the Parties, as well as intersessional meetings in Bonn, Germany. We seek a fair, ambitious and transparent international climate change agreement applicable to all parties.

QUNO engages in “quiet diplomacy” work with a diverse group of UNFCCC negotiators. Our aim is to help build communication and understanding by providing a safe, off-the- record space where participants can listen, explore sensitive issues and exchange ideas on how to move forward. QUNO also co-hosts side events at the negotiations, primarily on human rights and conflict transformation issues.

Where appropriate, QUNO develops briefing papers that bring our experience of other international processes to bear on discussions within the UNFCCC. Recent papers include Preparing for ParisMoving Forward in International Negotiations: Four Innovative Examples and Increasing Trust and Effectiveness Under the UNFCCC: Learning from International Monitoring Processes.

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January 2016

Interview: QUNO and Joseph Rowntree Foundation reflect on COP21

With the dust settling on December's climate negotiations in Paris, QUNO's Lindsey Fielder Cook and Katherine Knox from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation were invited by journalism platform the IPF to share their reflections on the conference.

In the interview, they discuss the climate change work that QUNO and JRF have been undertaking and some of the implications of the outcome document, as well as sharing their experiences of the tense, dramatic and ultimately successful two weeks.

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October 2015

QUNO publishes timely briefing papers ahead of COP21 in Paris

Between November 30 and December 11, 2015, international negotiators will meet at the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris. The annual COP is the main decision making session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This particular meeting is historic: in the context of increasingly strong and urgent calls to tackle anthropogenic climate change, the participants will seek to agree on a new agreement applicable to all Parties.

The four papers attached are intended to provide a comprehensive briefing for those concerned about the outcomes of COP21. The subjects are covered as follows:

Paper 1: The UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris 2015.
Paper 2: The importance of grassroots action to influence international climate negotiations.
Paper 3: Questions to ask policy makers.
Paper 4: What can we say, briefly, about the findings from climate science?

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September 2015

From Geneva to Paris: One voice on rights for a just climate agreement

On September 24th 2015, QUNO is co-sponsoring a side event as part of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council.

In its last Resolution on climate change, the HRC has "expressed concerns that climate change has contributed to the increase of both sudden-onset natural disasters and slow onset events, and that these events have adverse effects on the full enjoyment of all human rights". Climate change is more and more likely to constitute one of the greatest human rights challenge of the century. The outcome of the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris can vitally contribute to the response to this challenge. Incorporating an effective human rights dimension in the universal and legally binding Agreement under negotiation at COP21 in Paris is thus of crucial importance.

The side event offers an opportunity to hear the joint call of constituencies of the civil society to include strong and effective human rights language in the Agreement in Paris and views of the States leading the UNFCCC process.

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