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Days before COP19 in Warsaw begins, read our overview

Date
07 November 2013
Days before COP19 in Warsaw begins, read our overview

LONDON: Ahead of his attendance in Warsaw next week, Damian Ryan, Senior Policy Manager, The Climate Group, has written COP19 Warsaw - thoughts and expectations.  

This year’s UN climate conference (‘COP19’) takes place in Warsaw, Poland from November 11–22. Progress on a range of issues and clarity on the process moving forward is essential in Warsaw, if countries are to agree an effective new global deal in 2015.

“We approach the meeting in Warsaw at a pivotal moment in the international process to address climate change. We still have time and the means to limit warming to the internationally agreed two degrees Celsius target. But to meet this international commitment, we must respond to what science is telling us. We need to urgently harness all existing momentum and use all the tools we have at our disposal to shift to low-carbon and build resilience to climate change,” commented Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This short briefing is intended as a primer on COP19. It recaps the main outcomes from last year’s COP in Doha and the progress made since then. It provides an overview and introduction to the COP process and key issues expected to shape UN climate talks at COP19 in Warsaw.

The paper is part of our regular ‘Insight’ series, and will be complemented by blogs and a post-COP briefing to be produced by Damian Ryan during and after Warsaw respectively. Our COP coverage can be found here.

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