Progress and upcoming challenges: Defining the Technology framework of the Paris Agreement at the COP 23

The 2017 UN Framework Conference on Climate Change—Conference of Parties (COP 23)—was commonly considered a more “technical” COP with respect to the landmark COP 21, which resulted in the Paris Agreement (PA).  The importance of the COP 23 lay in the Parties formulating the “rulebook” for the successful implementation of the several mechanisms established in …

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COP23 Delegates Talk Climate Action on It’s Hot In Here

One of the things I took home from COP was the interconnected responsibility of action on climate change. Each of us--from elected officials to corporate decisionmakers to schoolteachers and graduate students--has a part to play on pushing climate action. Last Friday, Chris Karounos and I joined Ben Sonnega on It's Hot in Here, a radio …

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5 Approaches to Climate Change Action at COP23

“Welcome! Bula! Willkommen!”- The banner above the entrance to the conference’s Bonn Zone displays proudly. The Bonn zone is located in a park about a kilometer away from the main UN World Conference Center (called the Bula Zone). This is a “tent-city” that hosts country pavilions, exhibition booths, and side events. The 23rd Conference of …

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Understanding the Relationship between Insiders and Outsiders at COP

Walking around the city of white tents and conference rooms at COP, the divide between “insiders” and “outsiders” is stark. This is especially so with COP 23's separate zones for the negotiations and side events (aka the country delegations and the NGOs). Generally speaking, insiders look to influence the negotiations directly through personal contacts with …

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From the Global Stocktake to We Are Still In: The role of equity in climate change action

  Writing the Rules We are halfway through this year's international climate negotiations, called the Conference of Parties 23 (COP 23), where it has been said the "rulebook" on the Paris Agreement will be written. One mechanism to measure the success of the agreement is the Global Stocktake (GST), a tool that will be used …

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