IISD and the Conference of the Parties

IISD at COP 19


The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) was in Warsaw, Poland, for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from November 11–22, 2013.

Through our Reporting Services, IISD continued to supply the international community with daily updates and analysis on "what's hot" at the COP 19 negotiations. Our Climate Change and Energy team worked with partners to promote global efforts that transition development pathways to clean energy and climate-resilient futures. And our Global Subsidies Initiative continued to build momentum for fossil fuel subsidy reform.

IISD’s official side event was held in partnership with New Zealand and the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group:

Reaping Emissions Reductions from Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Learning from Success Stories

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The event highlighted the importance of fossil fuel subsidy reform—especially its emission reductions benefits—and featured case studies, including from developing countries. High-level speakers discussed how parties can ensure that fossil fuel subsidy reform leads to emission reductions.  For more information on the outcomes of this event, contact Damon Vis-Dunbar.

IISD was engaged in a number of additional events in Warsaw, including:

Developing Countries in the Driving Seat for Accelerating Green Finance

Date: Saturday, November 16

Hosted by Switzerland in informal partnership with IISD, this event discussed trends and lessons from green finance driven by developing countries. It explored the characteristics of green finance, policy levers that are used to unlock private sector investment and the ways in which developing country finance can inform the design of the Green Climate Fund. For more information on the outcomes of this event, contact Cassie Flynn.

Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Meeting

Date: Monday, November 18 and Thursday, November 21

The CCAC to reduce short-lived climate pollutants held a working group meeting on the margins of COP, as well as a High-Level Ministerial Assembly at the COP venue. As a non-state member of CCAC, IISD participated in both events.

Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group: Transforming Information into Knowledge and Climate Action

Date: Wednesday, November 20

The CKB Group helps users navigate and make sense of the current flood of climate information available. Co-hosted by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership and the Institute for Development Studies, this forum presented examples of how CKB members engage and connect researchers, practitioners, policy actors and businesses to drive climate-resilient development. For more information on the outcomes of this event, contact Anne Hammill.

For further information on IISD's engagement at the COPs, please contact Melissa Harris.