Helping vulnerable countries achieve equitable solutions in climate law and policy making processes

IIED helps vulnerable developing countries to achieve more equitable outcomes at global climate change negotiations. We help build strong negotiating positions through compelling evidence and by strengthening countries’ ability to negotiate. Our capacity building support also helps developing countries wanting to ‘domesticate’ global decisions on climate change, driving individual national climate change policies and actions that run alongside international collective action.

Plenary discussions, Bangkok climate change talks. Photo: UNclimatechange

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aims to prevent dangerous climate change without compromising sustainable economic development. To achieve this aim, all countries must be able to fully participate in formulating and implementing global climate change decisions.

We must take into account the needs, interests and concerns of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in order to achieve equitable solutions. Yet most of the global decisions are taken without proper representation by these most vulnerable developing countries.

Many developing countries lack the capacity to participate effectively in global policy making processes, and yet the challenges are growing. The pace of climate change negotiations is unrelenting, and institutions and agendas proliferate every year. Vulnerable countries also lack the evidence-based research support, financial resources, and technical and legal advice they need to negotiate issues effectively. Their small delegations often include new negotiators who have to learn on the job.

IIED works to make global climate law, policy and governance equitable and effective. Through our projects, we aim to enable vulnerable developing countries to achieve more equitable outcomes at global climate change negotiations. We help build strong negotiating positions through compelling evidence and by strengthening countries’ ability to successfully participate in negotiations.

Also, effectively translating global decisions into national actions is essential if they are to be successfully implemented. ‘Domesticating’ global decisions can create space for individual, distinctive national actions that run alongside international collective action. IIED helps countries implement global decisions by building capacity among national-level policy makers.

Our projects strive to:

  • Provide technical support through ‘on demand’ and ‘real time’ legal, technical and strategic advice to UNFCCC negotiators from vulnerable developing countries. This helps them establish compelling arguments backed by sufficient evidence to justify their positions in the UNFCCC negotiations. We do this through the ecbi training and support programme.
  • Strengthen the capacity of UNFCCC negotiators from the Least Developed Countries by providing training through workshops, strategy meetings and bursaries.
  • Through our outreach and communication support, help vulnerable developing countries take stronger, more visible and vocal positions in the UNFCCC negotiations.
  • Provide support for alliance and trust-building activities, particularly focusing on increased representation of vulnerable countries at high level political meetings of UNFCCC and other processes, such as processes for developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We do this particularly through our support for the Least Developed Countries Group.
  • Work with LDC representatives to further engage in climate diplomacy. By providing research, technical and logistical support to the Special Climate Envoy of the Gambia, the first and only Special Climate Envoy from an LDC, we hope to help the LDCs to influence the diplomatic sphere that surrounds the international climate change negotiations.

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For more information please contact Achala C. Abeysinghe.