International climate change negotiations: From Doha to Warsaw

Jelena Kiselova, British Council climate champion, COP 18 and COP 19 delegate

Climate change is characterised by a high degree of issue complexity and interest diversity. The reality of climate change is usually addressed within a challenging political context, characterised by an agenda that is mainly focussed on long term mitigation and financing issues. Even though the challenge of climate change can only be successfully addressed if there is globally concerted management and solidarity; countries continue to look after their own interests and protect domestic priorities.

How to get the right legal architecture for the 2015 climate agreement

Joy Hyvarinen, FIELD

Constructing the future climate change agreement is a very challenging task. The main challenge will be to combine the proposals for self-defined ‘bottom-up’ national commitments with a global framework that ensures greenhouse gas emission reductions that are deep and fast enough to keep warming  to well below the 2˚C goal.

Three important messages from September’s UNFCCC workshop on scaling up climate finance

Athena Ballesteros, World Resources Institute (WRI)

The last in a series of expert workshops and consultations under the UNFCCC’s work-programme on long-term finance concluded recently. This 2013 extended work programme on long-term climate finance is designed to ‘identify pathways for mobilising the scaling up of climate finance to USD 100 billion per year by 2020 from public, private, and alternative sources’ and inform ‘enabling environments and policy frameworks to facilitate the mobilisation and effective deployment of climate finance in developing countries.’

How to communicate agriculture's potential at climate talks

Anette Friis, Danish Agriculture and Food Council and spokesperson for Farming First

As all those seeking solutions for a planet under pressure arrive in Warsaw and clamour to be heard at the nineteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), one sector’s voice is gradually getting louder, yet remains under represented in the broader climate discussions.