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Fiji Prime Minister Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing the opening session of this week’s UN climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: UNclimatechange, Creative Commons via Flickr)

IIED update from Bangkok Climate Change Conference

This week is the UNFCCC extraordinary session on climate change in Bangkok, Thailand. IIED principal researcher Achala Abeysinghe has suggested that it is one of the last opportunities to negotiate the rules needed to put the Paris Agreement on track. 

In two recent blogs, transparency requirements and operational guidelines for the Paris Agreement were examined. Read the blogs and find further related reading below:

Tshewang Dorji, Transparency negotiator for the Least Developed Countries Group and Deputy Chief Environment Officer of the National Environment Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan discusses why transparency requirements need to work for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Negotiating transparency for the Paris deal: next stop, Bangkok.

Achala Abeysinghe says this week’s UN climate talks need to make progress on agreeing the operational guidelines or ‘rulebook’ for the Paris Agreement – a vital step towards putting the climate deal into practice, in Governments must move to formal negotiations in Bangkok and start shaping the final rulebook.

IIED's Clare Shakya says, 'if the poorest countries are to get a fair deal, the Bangkok climate negotiations need to move forward in concrete terms with enough time for those issues that have made less progress and tackling the links between issues discussed in different tracks.'

IIED support to the Least Developed Countries Group
Case study, 33 pages 

IIED support to the Least Developed Countries Group

Members of the LDC Group are most vulnerable to climate change and have limited capacity to influence global climate change negotiations. To help them advance their priorities and make their voices heard in talks leading up to the Paris Agreement, IIED provided technical, logistical and financial support to increase the group’s engagement, strengthen the role and profile of its chair, and promote LDC positions in the media.
Pocket Guide to NDCs Under the UNFCCC
Toolkit, 90 pages

Pocket Guide to NDCs Under the UNFCCC

This guide was developed to provide negotiators with history of the negotiations on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to achieve the objective of the agreement of limiting the global temperature increase to well below 2°C while pursing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C; a ready reference to the key decisions that have already been adopted; and a brief analysis of the outstanding issues from a developing country perspective.

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