The upcoming 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP21) will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th. This is the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and will be a crucial conference. Member states will strive to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
Think tanks are in a unique position to effect positive change in their societies and, around the world, are working to minimize the disastrous effects of climate change. To date, we know that at least five of the think tanks funded by the Think Tank Initiative will be in attendance at this year’s COP21. These institutions include:
- Ghana’s Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)
- Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI)
- Guatemala’s Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (ASIES)
- Paraguay’s Instituto Desarrollo (ID)
- Pakistan’s Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
- India's Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Other think tanks have been instrumental in participating in discussions relating to their country level Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which is where countries set out their intentions to contribute towards the objective of the Convention (keeping global warming below 2°C). For example, the Institute of Economic Affairs in Ghana helped to craft recommendations for the Ghanaian government, developing a list of Action Points for West African Governments shared at a May 2015 conference.
Two institutions will host/participate in official side events, the details of which are:
- Friday, 4 December 2015 (16:45-18:15): Shaping equitable adaptation policies – Joint Adaptation Standards (Hosted by SDPI)
- Friday, 11 December 2015 (13:15-14:45): Domestic finance and climate learning key to Ghana’s INDC (ISSER as a speaker)
For further details, please visit the list of official UNFCCC side events.