Areas of Work

International Climate Negotiations and Climate Science

QUNO works to foster enhanced trust and understanding in international negotiations relating to climate change and environmental destruction.

QUNO has been involved with the international climate change negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2013. In the highly political space of the UNFCCC, we offer off-the-record quiet diplomacy discussions for climate negotiators. These discussions aim to build communication, understanding and trust between a diverse group of countries on issues sensitive to the negotiations at that time. Our presence in this space is continuously evolving in response to the needs of the negotiations and the perceived value of this work as expressed by negotiators involved. Once focused on supporting the creation of the Paris Agreement, we now hold space for discussions on effective and fair implementation of that Agreement. 

QUNO is actively engaged in monitoring the work of the Subsidiary Bodies within the UNFCCC where, as members of the Research and Non-governmental Organisations constituency (RINGO), we observe the UNFCCC Committees on Adaptation, Loss and Damage and the Facilitative Working Group of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.  Here, we focus on the human impact of decisions made and advocate rights-based, urgent and ambitious climate action and finance to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above industrial levels.

We are also the only faith-based accredited observers of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and are expert reviewers of the IPCC reports.  Our work there is twofold. In support of urgent, fair and effective global action, we advocate for more research on sustainable and just economic, energy, agricultural and individual behaviour to transform root causes of climate change driven by human activity. Secondly, we develop publications which communicate critical IPCC climate findings to a range of audiences, including diplomats, UN colleagues, climate activists and the general public.

Recent Timeline Events

August 2021

QUNO Attends 54th Session of the IPCC and 14th Session of the Working Group 1

Friday marked the close of the 54th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and 14th Session of the Working Group 1 , during which State delegates considered contributions to the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report (AR6).  QUNO, for FWCC, is one of the most active observers at IPCC Plenary meetings.  QUNO’s Representative for Human Impacts of Climate Change, Lindsey Fielder Cook, was in attendance throughout  the two-week virtual meetings.

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April 2021

QUNO attends Virtual 53rd Session of the IPCC

QUNO, representing the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), is the only faith-based observer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Its 53rd (bis) meeting was recently held online from 22-26 March and involved over 200 participants, primarily States, IPCC Secretariat, and several observers.

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November 2020

QUNO moderates panel for the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UNFCCC

With the postponement of the 26th Conference of the Parties under the UNFCCC (COP26) to November 2021, many in the climate sphere are reflecting on how to keep up the momentum on international climate negotiations as well as support increased ambition on climate action in 2020. This was the central topic discussed by panelists on the “COP26: Ramp Up the Ambition” panel co-hosted by QUNO as part of the “Faiths Unite: Visions for Transformative Climate Action” online events series last week.

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