IISD and the Conference of the Parties

IISD at COP 20


The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will be in Lima, Peru, for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from December 1-12, 2014.

Through our Reporting Services, IISD continued to supply the international community with daily updates and analysis on "what's hot" at the COP 20 negotiations. Our Energy team works with partners to promote global efforts that transition development pathways to clean energy and climate-resilient futures, notably through the work of the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) which aims to build momentum for fossil fuel subsidy reform.

IISD's official side event will be held in partnership with New Zealand and the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group, with support from the Government of Switzerland.

Maximizing Contributions to Emissions Mitigation from Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 15:00-16:30, Machu Picchu Room

This high-level side event is targeted at countries and policy-makers interested in understanding the link between fossil fuel subsidy reform and a low-carbon future, and successful implementation and support for reforms. Speakers will also outline opportunities for countries to maximize and utilize emissions reductions from the process of reform within the UNFCCC and towards broader investment in sustainable energy systems. Speakers include: Edgar Gutierrez-Espeleta, Environment Minister, Costa Rica; Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and special envoy, Climate Change; Jeremy Leggett, social entrepreneur, author and Chairman of Solarcentury and SolarAid; Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy, US Treasury Department; and Simon Buckle, Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, OECD Environment Directorate. Video coverage of this event will be available after the event.

To view event poster click here.

For more information on the event, contact Laura Merrill, lmerrill@iisd.org

IISD will also participate in a number of additional events in Lima, including:

Energy Day at COP20: Energy Solutions for the Climate

Date: Friday, December 5, 16:10-17:30, IETA Pavilion.

Panel: Harnessing Non-Climate Drivers of Energy Sector Emissions Reductions. Climate change policies are not the only driver of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Actions to improve air quality, improve energy security, support economic development and strengthen government budgets can also result in significant energy sector greenhouse gas reductions. This panel will examine how these complementary policy drivers can be harnessed to strengthen action on climate change. IISD’s Laura Merrill will present on motivations for fossil fuel subsidy reform, the emission reduction results and their link to Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Side Event: La Francophonie: Expérience des pays francophones en matière de montage de NAMAs et d'élaboration des contributions nationales

Date: Saturday, December 6, 10:30–12:30, EU Pavilion

At this event, hosted by the Institut International de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IIFD), IISD’s Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun will present Francophonie’s contribution to the UN Climate Summit, which highlights actions undertaken by IFDD as well as in a number of Francophonie member countries, and discuss IFDD’s support for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and INDCs.


Date: Saturday, December 6, 10:00–15:00, Chivan Room

NAMA Day, hosted by the UNFCCC, aims to showcase NAMAs that are contributing towards moving developing countries along a low-emissions development trajectory and to inspire further transformational action on the ground. IISD’s Philip Gass will be participating in the exhibition panel to present IISD’s recent work on Financing NAMAs: Leveraging Private Sector Investment, view poster here.

Related document:

Measuring sustainable development in NAMAs

Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Events

The CCAC to reduce short-lived climate pollutants is hosting a number of events at COP 20. Examples include:

  • Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) with a Focus on the Brick Production Sector and on Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles, December 9, 15:00–16:30, Machu Picchu Room
  • The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC): Scientific underpinnings of SLCPs and mitigation efforts, December 11, 18:00, EU Pavilion
  • Multiple Wins of Addressing SLCPs in Agriculture, December 12, 15:30, EU Pavilion

As a non-state member of CCAC, IISD will participate in these events.

IISD-IETA Canadian Provincial-Territorial Briefing  (invite only)

Subnational actors such as provinces and territories have an important role to play in the international climate negotiations. As part of IISD’s continuing work on subnational engagement in the UNFCCC, IISD, in partnership with IETA, will host a briefing for government officials from Canadian provinces and territories participating in COP 20.

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