UNFCCC Negotiations

Photograph by Rhett Butler

Photograph by Rhett Butler


Increasing ambition, acknowledging resource rights – these have been key CLARA goals during United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations. More than three dozen representatives of CLARA member organizations were in Katowice, Poland for the 2018 Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24).  During those two weeks, CLARA members argued for greater attention to rights, for deepening the work program on agriculture, and for fair and robust accounting rules as part of ‘nationally determined contributions’ (NDCs).  Our partners analyze the Katowice outcomes here.   

CLARA seeks most of all full and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement mandate.  That includes commitments to climate-change mitigation that limits warming to less than 2°C.  That includes comprehensive NDCs, covering mitigation, adaptation, finance, tech transfer, and other forms of assistance as part of a ‘balanced package,’ in line with the principles of equity found in the Paris Agreement. 

But the agreement that came out of COP24 fell short – not balanced, and not ambitious enough.  See our statement from the conclusion of COP24 here.

 CLARA also participated in the ‘Talanoa Dialogue’ process, making two submissions (here and here).  Several CLARA members were included in the high-level Talanoa Dialogue roundtables in Katowice.  But the Dialogue did not send any strong signal on ambition.

Some of the for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) were decided in Katowice.  But negotiations about market- and non-market-mechanisms, as part of Paris Agreement Article 6, were not concluded.  CLARA continues to track these negotiations in 2019. We’ll be posting updates on this page.

CLARA is also contributing to UNFCCC and national discussions about the scope and content of Nationally Determined Contributions – ‘NDC Guidance’—and work on the Koronivia Joint Work Program on agriculture.  Please check back for updates!