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Meredith Wilensky, CCCL Associate Director & Fellow The United States is currently negotiating the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade and investment agreement, with 11 other Pacific Rim countries. From the outset of TPP negotiations, the Obama Administration has said it would “insist on a robust, fully enforceable environment chapter in the […]

On June 25, 2013, President Obama delivered a major speech on the topic of climate change. In it he outlined a broad policy agenda aimed at addressing the challenges posed by the changing climate. The agenda, detailed in The President’s Climate Action Plan, relies almost entirely upon executive powers; Congress is not even mentioned in […]

By Stéphanie Chuffart, Visiting Fellow  Late Saturday night, after two weeks of climate talks and more than 24 hours after the official closing time, the 19th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP19) ended with some last-minute deals. Attended by more than 10,000 people, including national delegations, NGOs, advocates, journalists and business leaders, the talks were […]

Meredith Wilensky, Associate Director & Fellow Columbia Center for Climate Change Law Just three days before the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC was set to begin in Warsaw, Poland, Typhoon Haiyan hit the eastern provinces of the Philippines killing as many as 10,000 people and displacing over 600,000. With winds up to […]

On Saturday, December 8, the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) and the 8th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) were concluded in Doha.  While the meetings may have taken a day longer than their original schedule, agreement was finally reached.  According […]

This should have been the last of our reports from the UNFCCC negotiations in Doha, but it is now in the early hours of Saturday, December 8 and it appears that the negotiations are far from over.  A message frequently repeated today was the need to create a “package” outcome, which no party may think […]

At the second last day of scheduled talks in Doha emotions were starting to run high. During a plenary meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), a delegate of the Philippines delivered an impassioned speech about the devastation caused in his country this […]

There are now less than 48 hours until negotiations in Doha are scheduled to conclude, on the evening of Friday, December 7.  While the President of this 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC remains confident that the negotiations will end on schedule, the feeling in the hallways is that talks are […]

On Tuesday, December 4, the High-Level Segment of the climate change negotiations began in Doha.  Various Heads of State or Government, Ministers and Heads of Delegation are here to speak and act on behalf of their nations. The opening ceremony for the High-Level Segment began with a video highlighting the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on […]

The negotiations in Doha have passed their halfway point, although it is still not clear whether real progress will be made on some of the major issues under negotiation.  With the conclusion of the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol looming at the end of this month, there is increasing pressure on the parties […]

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