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As the world continues to feel the impacts of climate change in the form of heat waves, sea level rise, and extreme weather, the need for international action becomes increasingly clear. Under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries across the globe committed to create a new international climate agreement by 2015. Achieving an innovative, ambitious 2015 agreement will catalyze climate action in both developed and developing countries and help drive a transformation towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

The UNFCCC will hold its 19th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 19) from 11-22 November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. Policymakers will have to make critical decisions at this climate summit, as well as set the timelines and milestones for reaching a new agreement by COP 21 in 2015.

WRI’s team of climate policy experts will provide research, commentary, and analysis before, during, and following the COP 19 negotiations. We aim to provide information and other resources to help decision-makers move forward on key issues, including:

  • Designing an international climate agreement that is both ambitious and equitable;

  • Designing an effective and timely process for countries to put forward their “national offers” for reducing greenhouse gas emissions;

  • Developing a robust measurement, reporting, and verification framework and strong accounting rules to ensure that the international climate agreement is effectively tracked and evaluated;

  • Ensuring provision of sufficient support—including finance, technology, and capacity-building—to help developing countries reduce emissions and adapt to climate change; and

  • Developing a holistic approach to adapt to climate change and address the loss and damage caused by its impacts.

Check this page regularly to access our latest publications, blog posts, events, and other resources related to COP 19.

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