COP 20/CMP 10 opened yesterday 1 December 2014 in Lima, Peru

As countries gather to negotiate climate action, the Foundation will join delegates and observers to highlight the importance of a people-centred, equitable and legally binding climate agreement.

Our COP will begin with the Development and Climate Days organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre on the theme of Zero poverty. Zero emissions. Within a generation.

Mary Robinson will chair a two-part session that will firstly examine the ways in which development agencies are learning how to effectively integrate climate change into development programming. The second part will move on to explore how climate and development knowledge broker organisations are generating and making available information, evidence, data and knowledge on climate and development issues. Later that day Dr Tara Shine will participate in a debate style session ‘Tough talks – the trade-offs of reaching Zero-Zero’ also at the Development and Climate Days.

Tuesday 9 December is the official COP Gender Day – the Foundation will be involved in a number of activities and will also host a meeting of the Troika+ of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change. Mary Robinson will join Christiana Figueres, Executive Director United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women for a discussion on the role of women in addressing climate change at Momentum for Change: Women for Results’ a UNFCCC event that will also showcase on-the-ground climate action led by women.

Wednesday 10 December, Human Rights Day around the world, will see us co-host with the Presidency of COP 20/CMP 10 a high level meeting on ‘Human Rights Informing Climate Action’.  The meeting will bring together a broad range of stakeholders from government, civil society, and international organisations for a discussion on the importance of integrating human rights into all climate action.

The Foundation will also participate in a Global Environment Facility side-event on adaptation, listening to the voices from the climate frontlines in a side-event hosted by UN Women, UNHCR and IOM and engaging with representatives of various constituencies including government, the private sector, indigenous community, grassroots organisations and youth throughout our time in Lima.


To understand the COP process, check out our timeline