United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP19 and CMP9


The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 9th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP8) to the Kyoto Protocol will be held at Warsaw, Poland from 11 November- 22 November 2013. COP 19 brought together representatives from governments, international organizations, and civil society. The key issues before the COP 19 are (a) setting a roadmap with clear milestones for finalizing a global agreement in COP 21 scheduled in Paris in 2015, (b) Capitalization and operationalization of the Green Climate Fund, (c) enhancing the mitigation ambition for pre-2020 as well as post-2020 period, and (d) progress on equity reference framework.

As such the expectations from the COP are low. The continued reluctance of Annex-I Parties to commit to long-term finance, coupled with slow recovery from financial crisis and insistence on redefining equity by way of demanding that large developing economies should also take mitigation obligations has long stalled concrete progress on much desired agreement. At this stage the political opinion seems to be focusing on setting a time bound agenda for COP21 and ensuring that progress on that agenda does not deviate from the Principles of the UNFCCC.

Like all previous COPs, TERI will be engaged in active constructive dialogue on climate policy and action. The formal platforms include the TERI exhibit and various side-events, including organized by TERI, where TERI colleagues will share TERI's research and insights on climate policy and sustainable development practices with wider audience. The details of TERI's engagement at COP 19 are given below.

Side events and other participation information

TERI's side event
Tuesday, 12 November, 2013
13:15 - 14:45, Side Event Room Wroclaw
Contact: Mr Manish Kumar Shrivastava
Climate Action in Developing Countries: Case Studies from South Asia and Africa

Organized by: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), & Leadership for Environment & Development (LEAD)

At the time when the UNFCCC was agreed by global leaders as a guiding framework for climate policy, developing countries had hoped that developed world will be true to their word and deliver necessary mitigation results allowing developing countries a breathing space in their pursuit to design a sustainable development path. developing countries a breathing space in their pursuit to design a sustainable development path. Read more...

Other side events involving TERI
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Secretariat, UNFCCC
Contact: Ms Neha Pahuja
SBI In session Workshop on NAMAs

This event will elaborate on two critical issues related to institutional arrangments for NAMA implementation. Ms Neha Pahuja (TERI) will discuss the various options and approaches that could be deployed for determining baselines for NAMAs with reference to diversity of type, scale and scope of NAMAs currently being discussed.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Contact: Ms Neha Pahuja
RTCC Climate Change Awards 2013
This year the RTCC website launched it's 2013 Climate Change Awards. TERI has won the 'Greenest University and Research Institution' award for 2013. Read more

Saturday, 16 November 2013
Contact: Ms Neha Pahuja
Encouraging energy efficiency in established and emerging economies

Organized by: Carbon Trust

Saturday, 16 November 2013
Japan Pavilion
Contact: Ms Neha Pahuja
Making Nationally determined Contributions Operational and More Ambitious
This side event discusses and explores specific steps and time frames that aim to add ex-ante clarity to nationally determined mitigation contributions and enhance their levels of ambition. Various options for the process through which mitigation "contributions or offers" would be put forward, reviewed and possibly re-submitted will be discussed. Ms Neha Pahuja will be a discussant reflecting on the presentations made by three panelists on the issue.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Saski Room Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel
Contact: Mr Manish Kumar Shrivastava
Asia Regional GSEP (Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership) PPP Workshop

Organized by: Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership

The event launches of a new PPP conference program to be deployed worldwide for openly sharing expertise and views on the best strategies to stimulate and strengthen the collaboration between public and private actors in the development of concrete sustainable electricity projects.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
IETA Pavillion
Contact: Mr Manish Kumar Shrivastava
The three pillars of energy transformation: A global collaboration by the clean energy community
The global clean energy community comprising of renewables, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS) was recently lauded by the ADP as being additive rather than competitive and collaboration to demonstrate at scale to overcome challenges must be to the benefit of the global commons. The event will discuss the actions and commitments necessary to accelerate the portfolio of next generation clean energy projects required to support the achievement of the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC (stabilising anthropogenic emissions to avoid dangerous levels of climate change).

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Japan Pavillion
Contact: Ms Neha Pahuja
2015 under the Durban Platform

Organized by: National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

The objective of this event is to discuss the items of potential agreement for 2015 under the Durban Platform by inviting panelists from Japan and overseas. It will be implemented on the basis of the outcomes of an international survey conducted as part of the research project 'Study on international climate change framework for years beyond 2020' funded by the Environment Research Fund of Japan's Ministry of the Environment. Read more

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Hotel Warsaw
Contact: Ms Neha Pahuja
Effectiveness of climate finance, heraton

Organized by: CPI, ODI and WRI

The discussion will be framed around our growing body of work on these issues. We envision a two-part discussion. First, we will reflect on the state of play in climate finance drawing on CPI's report Global Landscape of Climate Finance 2013 and the forthcoming ODI WRI IGES OCN report Mobilising International Climate Finance: Lessons from the Fast-Start Finance Period. Next, we will draw on insights from ODI's work analysing the effectiveness of climate finance and from the San Giorgio Group case studies on the effectiveness of climate finance, to discuss what it takes to use climate finance well. Participation is by invitation to foster a focused expert discussion. The meeting will be held under the Chatham House rule to facilitate candid exchange.

Discussion Papers/ Research Material/ Presentations /Policy Briefs
Adaptation Finance strategies for Africa TERI-ACPC policy brief
Leveraging NAMAs for development in Africa TERI-ACPC policy brief
NAMAs-Design label and monitor
Negotiating New Market Mechanism TERI-ACPC policy brief
Role of Carbon Finance in Africa TERI-ACPC policy brief
TERI Exhibit

Coordinator: Mr Manish Kumar Shrivastava

TERI as a knowledge based institution has been working on climate change issues both in India and in Asia and Africa. The Exhibit Booth of TERI will showcase TERI's flagship initiatives, TERI technologies along with disseminating knowledge products relevant to the climate policy focusing on India, Africa and climate change negotiations. Specific issues include climate negotiations, carbon markets, climate modelling, GHG mitigation, climate friendly development, adaptation, technology development and dissemination, intellectual property rights, energy policy, shale gas in India, carbon finance options in Africa, green growth etc.

Exhibition Booth at COP19
TERI's exhibition booth at COP19

Date: 11-22 Nov 2013
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Category: Conference


Mr Manish Kumar Shrivastava
Associate Fellow
for Global Environment Research
Earth Science and Climate Change Division
E-mail: mshrivas@teri.res.in
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