We provide strategic, technical and real-time negotiations support and capacity building to countries on the frontlines of the climate crisis, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), in international climate forums including the UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, IPCC and the Green Climate Fund.
Our demand-driven support includes the provision of briefings, reports, capacity building, training, and strategic advice, underpinned by the latest climate science and policy analysis. We provide support to the Chairs of the Alliance of Small Island States and LDC Group, UN Ambassadors, ministers and climate negotiators.
With our teams embedded in SIDS and LDCs, we also work with regional partners and networks to indigenise the Paris Agreement and enable its implementation in line with regional priorities.
Our work in this area focuses on:
- strengthening sustained institutional capacity in SIDS and LDCs to engage in multilateral climate processes
- supporting efforts to deliver on the mitigation, adaptation and finance ambition needed to meet the Paris Agreement goals, and to adequately address loss and damage
- thought leadership on climate issues to inform key political moments and emerging priorities in the international climate agenda
- supporting the development of regional legal and policy frameworks on climate action for both domestic implementation and international engagement
Supporting climate-vulnerable countries in strengthening their roles and voices in international climate negotiations.
The Climate Governance Initiative for the Caribbean (CGIC) aims to support the development of governance structures to allow equitable and just national climate action to implement the Paris Agreement in Caribbean countries.
The HLSM High-Level Support Mechanism for LDC and SIDS on Climate Change project creates a support mechanism for high-level political representatives and their advisors from LDCs and SIDS that is demand-driven, responsive to ongoing needs and firmly rooted in the respective regions.
The Regional Climate Champion Project aims to build a regional coalition for ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement.
We assisted the Governments of a number of countries in their domestic preparation for the formulation of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), in the context of the 2015 climate agreement.
Safeguards and exit points for the World Bank as host of the Loss and Damage Fund
An agreement was reached to establish the World Bank as the interim host of the Loss and Damage Fund. Developing countries signed up to this on certain conditions. We unpack the safeguards put in place and look at the three points at which the Fund could exit the World Bank.
Second Glasgow Dialogue: lessons from latest Committee meeting on loss and damage finance
Key takeaways from the Transitional Committee’s second meeting on operationalising the new loss and damage fund and funding arrangements.
Climate COPs are working, but follow-through on pre-2030 climate ambition is a must this year to keep the faith
2023 will shape the Loss and Damage fund for years to come – have your say now
What does the IPCC say on losses and damages?
New pathways to 1.5°C: interpreting the IPCC’s Working Group III scenarios in the context of the Paris Agreement
Facing the facts – the need for loss and damage finance can no longer be denied
This article takes stock of the Loss and Damage negotiations at COP26, concluding that the need for developed countries to provide Loss and Damage financial support can and will no longer be ignored.
How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals
Expanding renewable energy and cross-border cooperation could allow developing countries in West Africa to leapfrog or at least minimise the commitment to a climate-damaging future of fossil-fuel energy generation while powering sustainable development. Our new research shows that combining smartly selected, sustainably managed hydropower projects with an expansion of solar and wind energy is a no-regrets way forward for this region.
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Key Messages for Small Island Developing States from the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been advocating for at least a decade for the establishment of 1.5°C as an upper limit for global average temperature increase - due to their high vulnerability to increased climate impacts. This latest IPCC 1.5°C Special Report provides the scientific assessment that supports the long-established cry of SIDS to limit global temperatures and the risks that threaten these small island nations.
En route to Katowice: Negotiators from Least Developed Countries prepare for COP24
Climate change loss & damage — an urgent, cross-cutting issue
Authors from vulnerable nations in IPCC reports
The IPCC’s 1.5°C Special Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just approved the outline of the special report on the 1.5°C temperature limit — here's what it will contain.
Moving forward with implementing climate plans under the Paris Agreement
When considering what kind of support developing countries will need to implement their climate plans (Nationally Determined Contributions) under the Paris Agreement, let’s not forget that emission reductions offered in current climate pledges are grossly inadequate to meet the objective of the Paris Agreement to keep warming to 1.5°C, and therefore must be ramped up. If emission reductions are not ramped up, the climate change impacts will be unnecessarily severe, damages will be unnecessarily large, and the costs of adaptation will be unnecessarily high.
Fossil fuel divestment movement gains traction in the run up to the Paris Climate Summit
Fossil fuel divestment started as a grass-roots movement and, as it gains momentum, more and more actors — university campuses, cities, pension funds, banks, to name but a few — commit to move away from investing in coal, oil and gas. Divestment campaigns have been increasing the pressure on governments and institutions in the run up to the upcoming climate summit in Paris but will also play an important role once the expected global agreement to halt climate change is in place.