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Lessons from Lima


December 19th, 2014

Associate Directors Jennifer Klein and Jessica Wentz Working into the early morning on Sunday, negotiators from almost 200 nations finally reached an agreement after the two-week United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) in Lima, Peru. UN officials were scheduled to release the agreement at noon on Friday. However, the negotiations ran past the deadline, […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq., Associate Director & Fellow Meredith Wilensky, Esq., 2013-2014 Associate Director & Fellow During the past two days, negotiators have continued to work their way through draft text. When observing negotiations, it quickly becomes clear that the COP has its own distinct vernacular, with commonplace terms taking on new meaning. Here, we […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq., Associate Director & Fellow Meredith Wilensky, Esq., 2013-2014 Associate Director & Fellow On Day 3 of COP20, the ADP continued detailed discussions of the draft negotiating text in breakout sessions. The morning sessions addressed portions of the text by topic, including adaptation and finance. Tensions built in the afternoon session surrounding […]

Meredith Wilensky, Esq. 2013-2014 Fellow SCCCL has been on the lookout at the Lima climate negotiations for developments related to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping. The Kyoto Protocol excluded shipping emissions from reductions targets.[1] Instead, the Protocol directed countries to work through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations’ specialized agency on shipping, […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow International negotiators descended on the Pentagonito for Day 2 of COP20 this morning. After yesterday’s opening ceremony and initial events, people seem determined to start working in earnest towards a draft agreement. The day began with a plenary meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the […]

Jennifer Klein, Esq., Associate Director and Fellow Meredith Wilensky, Esq., 2013-2014 Associate Director and Fellow The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference began today in Lima, Peru. The two week event is being held at the Cuartel General del Ejercito del Peru, a military headquarters also known as the “Pentagonito” (the little Pentagon). This morning, […]

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 […]

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