Discussion: what next for UN climate talks?

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Leading international climate negotiators and their advisors will analyse the outcomes of the Bonn climate talks and discuss key issues for future negotiations at an IIED event on 14 December.

IIED is hosting a high-level panel discussion on the next steps for the United Nations climate negotiations on Thursday, 14 December 2017. Panellists will assess the outcomes of the latest annual round of UN climate talks and set out some of the key issues for the coming year.

The panel will feature senior climate negotiators, including Gebru Jember Endalew, chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group at the climate talks. The LDC Group represents the 47 poorest nations that are especially vulnerable to climate change but have the least capacity to respond despite having done the least to cause the problem. They work together at the intergovernmental negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Another participant will be Kaveh Guilanpour, principal advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This Pacific island nation is highly vulnerable to climate change, and is part of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) coalition at the UNFCCC negotiations. 

Other speakers include Michelle Winthrop, development specialist/climate and resilience policy lead at Irish Aid, and Archie Young, head of international climate negotiations and head of the UK delegation in the UNFCCC (TBC), as well as IIED principal researcher Achala Abeysinghe, who acts as legal and strategic advisor to the chair of the LDC Group.

The discussion will be facilitated by IIED director Andrew Norton, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event will be available to view online on .

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UNFCCC took place from 6-17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The two weeks of negotiations achieved significant progress on important processes for international climate action. The next 12 months will see these work strands moving forward.

IIED's Abeysinghe says 2018 will be a crucial year for climate action, with efforts to complete the Paris Agreement rulebook and to deliver the first Talanoa Dialogue, the five-yearly stocktake of climate action and ambition by the parties to the Paris Agreement.

Finance is a critical issue in climate negotiations, and speakers at the IIED event will also be able to discuss the outcomes of the One Planet Summit, a major international conference focusing on climate finance on 12 December. The summit is being hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. It will bring together local and national leaders and international financiers to discuss how to support efforts to fight climate change, and 22 LDC ministers are due to attend.

The next session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) is due to take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland.

Event details:

Date and time:
Thursday, 14 December 2017 from 10am-12.30pm
Venue: IIED, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8NH, UK
To book: If you would like to attend this event, contact Anne Schulthess, IIED marketing manager - email anne.schulthess@iied.org
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