Negotiating the new global climate deal

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6 February 2015
6 February 2015
Following a mandate agreed at the 2011 annual UN climate meet, negotiators from just under 200 nations have until the end of this year to hammer out a new global pact geared towards cutting climate-warming emissions, set to come into force at the end of this decade. Progress to this end was made at...
6 February 2015
Between now and the end of this year, parties to the UNFCCC will continue to work on the elements to include in the new global climate deal due to be signed at a December meet in Paris, France. The year 2015 will be an inflection point in international climate negotiations. Under the UN Framework...
6 February 2015
Falling oil prices have left economists scrambling to understand the possible ramifications for future energy investment flows both in fossil fuels and clean energy sources. Moreover, how might this affect climate policies, particularly as governments gear up to hammer out a global climate deal at...
6 February 2015
Will the current UN climate talks do enough to create common standards for international emissions trading in the future or should interested parties look outside the multilateral process? Around the world governments are increasingly pursuing market-based approaches to reduce their greenhouse gas...
6 February 2015
Multilateral UN talks have moved slowly over the years. Could smaller initiatives be a way to ramp up climate action? The round of UN climate talks held last December in Lima, Peru saw delegates from over 190 nations clinch a deal necessary to move forward with efforts to agree on a new climate...
6 February 2015
A fourth discussion round on the “green goods” trade talks was held at the end of January in Geneva, Switzerland between the now 15 participating WTO members. The latest round of talks towards securing a tariff-cutting deal on select environmental goods made progress at the end of January, trade...
6 February 2015
Development financing will play a role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. UN members are in the process of reviewing past finance commitments, as well as emerging needs, in order to ensure future sustainable development aims. UN members meeting amid a snowstorm in New York at the end...
6 February 2015
The post-2015 development agenda is due to be adopted by world leaders at a high-level summit in New York in September. A series of talks between UN member states geared towards agreeing on a post-2015 development agenda kicked off in January with a three-day session reviewing the preparatory...
6 February 2015
EU Parliament votes for national GM bans The European Parliament in mid-January gave the green light to a compromise deal that would allow individual EU nations to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops that have been approved at the EU-level. The new rules , which still need a...
6 February 2015
Breathing Life into the List: Practical Suggestions for the Negotiators of the Environmental Goods Agreement – Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – January 2015 This study authored by economist Aaron Cosbey identifies key elements that might be needed to create a review mechanism, or “living list,” in an...