Commonwealth Parliamentary Association/ United Nations Environment Programme Legislators’ Experts Workshop on Climate Change

Date: 26 – 28 October, 2015
Location: London, United Kingdom 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) will jointly convene a Climate Change Workshop in London United Kingdom, 26 – 28 October 2015. The Workshop is part of the CPA’s programme of professional development for Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff. 

Objectives: This workshop aims to bring together legislators from the Commonwealth and other Parliaments to engage in discussions on the key thematic areas under negotiations on climate change and to update legislators on the process and other peripheral issues surrounding the negotiations such as caucusing, negotiating techniques and, specifically, the role of parliaments during, before and after the conclusions of negotiations.  Closely related to this will be the identification and categorization of specific climate-related issues and regulatory approaches that can be included in the development of model legislation which can be used as a guide by those countries or regions wishing to develop legislation that underpins climate change. The inclusion of financial mechanisms, relevant institutions and other attendant issues necessary for the proper development and implementation of climate change policy will also be considered. 

Background: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted in 1992 and it has been signed and ratified or adopted by 194 Countries, while its related Kyoto Protocol has to date been ratified by 192 Parties. At the Conference of Parties (COP) held in Doha, Qatar in 2012, Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted the Doha Amendment which has now been ratified by 32 Parties – it requires a minimum of 144 countries to become binding. Currently, these three form the basis upon which the international climate change regime has been built. New scientific information, largely from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and evolving economic realities dictate that a new and significantly more ambitious agreement is concluded as a matter of urgency.  

In 2011, the COP formed the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The mandate of the ADP is to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome document with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties. It is anticipated that this is to be completed no later than 2015 in order for it to be adopted at the twenty-first session of the COP and for it to come into effect and be implemented from 2020. A series of ADP meetings have been held since 2011, with two more scheduled for August and September 2015, before culminating into the COP in December 2015 in Paris, France.  It is envisioned, that input from this workshop will help contribute towards the development of this document.

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