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Climate Change and the International Negotiations

Since 2011, QUNO has been following climate negotiations held through the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the COP 18 in Doha and a number of preparatory meetings.  In 2013, QUNO committed to intensifying its presence at the international negotiations in support of a fair and sufficient agreement. We are working through ‘quiet diplomacy’ to encourage trust-based discussions among negotiators and to support decision makers in boldly meeting the challenge of climate change.

We also bring experience of other international processes in areas such as human rights, disarmament, environment and trade. QUNO is exploring ways in which previous negotiations have overcome similar challenges to those faced within the UNFCCC. Through this, we aim to share new perspectives with those working towards an international climate agreement.

Recent Timeline Events

March 2015

QUNO co-hosts Climate Change side event at the Human Rights Council

The Geneva Climate Change Concertation Group (GeCCco), the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change and Human Rights (GIF), QUNO and other NGOs concerned about the impact of climate change on human rights, will co-host CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THE WAY FORWARD IN THE HRC, a side event to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council.

The side event will be held on Friday, 6 March, from 1-3pm in Room XXVII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Further details are available in the document below.

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February 2015

QUNO Geneva is accepting applications for Programme Assistant in Food & Sustainability and Climate Change

Our Geneva office is now hiring a Programme Assistant for September 2015 to August 2016. This is an opportunity for a person in sympathy with Quaker approaches and with an interest in international affairs and in international organizations. You would experience a range of international work, while working primarily as an assistant to QUNO’s Representative for Food & Sustainability in her work relating to agricultural trade, intellectual property of plants and innovation by small-scale farmers. The work also includes a support role to QUNO’s Bonn-based Representative for Climate Change, maintaining strong linkages between QUNO’s work in Geneva and in Bonn, contributing to programme outreach and acting as a Geneva-based presence in meetings.

For more information, visit our PA page and download the complete job description and application form below. The deadline for applications is 30 March. 

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December 2014

QUNO co-hosted a side event on human rights and climate change in Lima

QUNO, together with the World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace, co-hosted a side event on the human rights impacts of anthropogenic climate change on 10 December 2014, during the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru. 

The increasing impacts of anthropogenic climate change are a grave danger to humankind and nature, severely jeopardizing human rights and life on Earth. Drawing from a joint letter by the UN Human Rights Special Procedures mandate-holders to the UNFCCC, the event aimed to galvanize debate around actions necessary to strengthen respect and promotion of human rights in climate negotiations.

Joining the panel were Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; the Rev Henrik Grape, from the Church of Sweden; John Knox, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment; and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The discussion was moderated by Yves Lador, of EarthJustice.

Photo: A Quechua priest gives a ceremonial sip of chicha, a fermented maize drink, to a young girl during the Global March for the Climate on Dec 10th. More than 15,000 people took part in the Climate March in Lima while the UN climate talks were taking place. Credit: Lutheran World Federation/Sean Hawkey

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