International Climate Negotiations

13. Feb. 2013

Working towards a fair and ambitious global Climate deal

The EU has a leading role to play in securing an international climate agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The adoption of a negotiations roadmap at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties meeting in Bali (COP13) in December 2007 paved the way for an international deal at the meeting of the COP15 in Copenhagen in December 2009. Regrettably, COP15 did not produce an agreement and the following COPs only managed to save the negotiation process, leaving the most pressing issue - namely the necessity for the world to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions so global warming can be limited to 2°C - completely aside.


International Climate Negotiations

13. Nov. 2017 blog

#COP23: Women must have a bigger role in tackling the climate crisis

Issues of gender and climate change are important to this year’s COP. Indeed, COP23 presidents Fiji have a delegation made up of almost 50% women, a figure that would put many developed countries to shame. They have made clear several times that they want to make gender issues one of the big priorities at COP23. Several initiatives have been launched to continue raising awareness and pursuing dialogue on a subject that is too often marginalized.  

09. Nov. 2017 blog

Political manoeuvring to avoid serious discussion on conflicts of interest in climate policy at COP23 Climate negotiations

A COP23, there is currently a heated debate ongoing about the need to prevent dirty energy companies from disproportionately influencing and watering down climate policy. The subject of conflict of interests is gaining more and more visibility and several actors are trying to undermine the issue... However, our political group has joined forces together with NGOs and the “G77 group” of States to reaffirm the importance of protecting the goal of the Paris Agreement, which is to limit global warming well below 2°C. .  

06. Nov. 2017 blog

COP23 - A little less conversation, a little more Climate action please!

This week sees the beginning of another crucial round of International climate negotiations. This year, the COP will take place for two weeks from the 6th to the 17th of November and will be chaired for the first time by a Small Island Developing State, Fiji Islands, in Bonn, Germany. Once again, thousands of delegates, heads of governments, NGOs, business representatives and experts of all sorts will meet to try and make progress on the goal agreed upon two years ago in Paris at COP21, to limit global warming to safe levels, well below 2 degrees Celsius. The UNEP Emission Gap Report published a few days ago shows that with the current countries’ pledges we are only on track to limit global warming by 3°C by 2100.. Needless to say that there is quite some urgent work to be done by the negotiators...  

12. Oct. 2017 webtools

Big polluters have no place writing climate policy! - Interview with Max ANDERSSON

Last October, ahead of the vote on the next Climate negotiations that will take place in Bonn early November, the Greens managed to get the European Parliament to take a positive position on vested interests and conflicting interests within climate policy. This is a very first step that goes in the right direction to prevent dirty lobbies' influence on decisions made on energy and climate issues. Green MEP Max Andersson tells us a bit more on how things happened behind the scenes and what they next steps will be...