In the final decision of COP25, Parties mandated the Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to hold a dialogue on strengthening action on the oceans and climate change, originally scheduled to take place this week. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to inflict immeasurable suffering in communities around the world and prevent in-person meetings, the 52nd meeting of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC (SB52) and the SBSTA Chair’s dialogue have been postponed until October. Instead, this past week, Parties and Observers to the UNFCCC assembled virtually from around the world for the week of June Momentum for Climate Change, while the UNFCCC works to find new ways to maintain momentum on climate ambition even during these unprecedented times.read More
Climate Change Policy
Reflections on the First Blue COP
Feeling blue about climate change? That could be a good thing.
There are plenty of reasons to be glum regarding global inaction on climate change. The emissions gap. The lack of strong political will at COP25—widely hailed as the first “Blue COP.” A certain 17-year old trying unsuccessfully to educate a certain leader on basic science.
So how about some good news?READ MORE
1/CP.25: New Draft of Text on the Ocean-Climate Nexus Released
In the early hours December 13 in Madrid, a new draft text was produced by the COP25 Presidency, containing a number of potential “landing zones.” These draft paragraphs in a document (known in the climate diplomacy circles as 1/CP.25) are the likely areas of legal convergence countries are debating as they work to wrap up the Blue COP.READ MORE
First Draft of Text on Ocean-Climate Nexus Released at COP25
The first draft text on oceans and climate has been circulated at COP25 in Madrid.
As COP25 enters its final week, momentum is building among parties for a strong policy outcome from the first Blue COP. In our previous blog, we explained the context of the high-level ministerial process leading to introduction of text on oceans and climate.READ MORE