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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.

Recent Timeline Events

March 2020

QUNO contributions at the 52nd meeting of the IPCC

QUNO, through the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), is the only faith-based observer at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  The IPCC collates the latest climate research worldwide to advise governments on effective climate policy.  At the latest IPCC Meeting, held from 24-28 February in Paris, countries negotiated an outline for the Synthesis Report of the upcoming 6th Assessment Report, to be released in 2022.  Content in the Synthesis Report is critical as few policy makers read the entire Assessment Reports, which are often over 1000 pages long.

QUNO’s Representative for Climate Change, Lindsey Fielder Cook, made four interventions during the week. These related to the addition of (or protecting existing) language on the essential role of civil society/public participation, rights-based approaches to climate action, non-economic losses and loss and damage when calculating ‘costs’, and ‘behavior change’ to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to locked in climate change.  All four interventions (available in the PDF below) were reported in the Environment Negotiations Bulletin (see link).  In addition, QUNO met with various country negotiators to help find acceptable language on sensitive areas.

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December 2019

QUNO at COP25 in Madrid, Spain

QUNO was present at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP25) in Madrid, Spain from 27 November to 15 December. Our focus was on supporting the central negotiations, mechanisms for response measures, loss and damage, and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. At COP25, we launched The Government Official's Toolkit - 2020 edition, and distributed a leaflet on Rights-Based Approaches to Climate Action to negotiators and civil society actors alike. QUNO continues to support the international climate change negotiations by engaging groups and individual negotiators through quiet diplomacy to ensure that climate action is effective, fair, and ambitious. Lindsey, and Programme Assitant Detmer Yens Kremer also spoke at press conferences regarding interfaith organizing, available here (for Lindsey) and here (for Detmer). To learn more about the negotiations, Lindsey shares her experiences and perspectives at COP25 in The COP of Sharpened Knives and Damage Controlavailable below. 

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November 2019

2020 Edition of A Government Official's Toolkit is now available online

A Government Official’s Toolkit: inspiring urgent climate action, with 12 concise cases and 231 quotes referenced to over 100 published papers (now including the IPCC Special Reports on: Global Warming of 1.5C Climate Change and Land Ocean and Crysophere in a Changing Climate) is now available online. This update is written to support government officials—at local, regional and national levels—who are concerned about the impact of climate change on their citizens, their country, and the planet. It offers a range of concise cases to help you engage with different concerns, and integrate scientific, rights-based, and Indigenous knowledge and approaches throughout the Toolkit.

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