The 19th Conference of the Parties in Warsaw, Poland

This conference took place in November 11-22, 2013. Delegations from national governments were joined by indigenous groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and other decision-makers.

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CI staff members working in nearly 10 countries participated in the meeting as both national representatives and observers to inform and advise governments and key stakeholders on important issues based on our field, scientific and policy expertise.

Building on a solid foundation of climate science, field work and policy engagement, CI is working with governments to define an ambitious global climate agreement, emphasizing the role that natural ecosystems can play in dramatically cutting emissions and preserving the adaptive potential of our biosphere. Our climate work helps to ensure that participating world leaders and a diverse group of stakeholders have the best possible information and tools to inform their decisions.


Agreement was reached on a package of REDD+ decisions, including guidelines for REDD+ implementation and establishment of national level coordination systems that ensure that REDD+ will be implemented strongly, transparently and in a participatory fashion.

A new agreement will dramatically alter the current international framework to address climate change by shifting from a system of largely voluntary commitments by developed countries to a system that is legally binding and applicable to all nations, thus shifting the “teams” countries have traditionally played on when taking climate action.

While the compromise reached does reaffirm that the agreement will be applicable to all countries and lay out some next steps, sacrifices were made in terms of the requirements for both developed and developing countries under the new agreement to reach this compromise. Thus, there remains a lot of negotiating left to do to ensure an ambitious draft agreement text will be ready in time for the next COP in Lima at the end of 2014.

– From Kate Hanford, manager of strategic engagement in CI’s Center for Environment and Peace. Read more reflections from the conference on our blog.

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