The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, was held in Durban, South Africa on 28 November - 9 December 2011.

Through the side event and meetings during the conference, IGES presented its policy proposals and exchange ideas on the critical issues such as low-carbon development in Asia and market mechanisms in order to formulate the future global climate regime which will get involved with the Asian developing countries.

What's New?
Press release: COP17 Side event highlights: How China and Japan can work toward a low-carbon Asia (8 Dec. 2011)
COP17 Side Event: Low-carbon development in Asian countries (1 Dec. 2011, 20:15-21:45)
Related Publications
Side Event Co-organised by IGES
1 December 2011, 20:15-21:45
Jointly Organised by IGES and Tsinghua University, China
Low-carbon development in Asian countries

On 1 December 2011, at the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban, South Africa, IGES and the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University convened a side event entitled “Low Carbon Development in the Asian Countries”, which drew many participants from government, civil society and the private sector. The event highlighted recent research findings, domestic policies and activities, and potential areas for future cooperation towards the low carbon development in China and Japan.
For details

Photo courtesy of IISD/ENB

Date & Time
Thursday 1 December 2011, 20:15-21:45
Durban Exhibition Centre(DEC), Room "Blyde River"
Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, Tsinghua University
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Press Release
COP17 Side event highlights: How China and Japan can work toward a low-carbon Asia
Related Info.
For details (event summary)
The event was also covered by the IISD's "Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)"
IGES related event
29 November 2011, 15:30-17:30
LCS-RNet Side Event
LCS-RNet: Transition toward low carbon societies in a changing world

This side-event was proposed by the “Reseau LCS-RNet”, a network gathering research teams from the G8 countries (Wuppertal Institute, Germany, Cired, France, Fondatione Enrico Mattei, Italy, IGES, Japan, UKERC, UK, MIT, USA). It examined how to make the “paradigm shift” of climate policies demanded by the Cancun declaration happen (to “offer substantial opportunities and ensure continued high growth and sustainable development”). However this call for a shift came up in a quite untimely context (financial turmoil, public debt…) meanwhile emerging economies are about to build the bulk of their basic infrastructure. The side-event addressed many facets of how to overcome this contradiction by launching a long run transition.This side-event opened a fruitful dialogue between teams of G8 centered LCS-RNet and a group of scientists and policy-makers from the BASIC countries: Coppe, Brazil, Indian Institute of Management of Ahemabad , University of Cape Town, South Africa, ERI, China.

* LCS-RNet is An international initiative for research on low-carbon societies that was agreed upon at the G8 Environmental Ministers Meeting and found in 2009. IGES serves as its secretariat.

Date & Time
Tuesday 29 November 2011, 15:30-17:30
International Convention Centre (ICC) North Plaza / European side-events room "Brussels"
Agenda and presentation materials (LCS-RNet Website)

30 November 2011, 18:30-20:00
IPCC Side Event
Finalisation of the IPCC Software for the 2006 Guidelines, and Recent and Planned Work of the TFI

Briefing of final development stages of the IPCC software for the 2006 IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidelines. Recent and planned work of the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Programme was also explained.

* Japan supports the IPCC's Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI), and its Technical Suuport Unit (TSU) is hosted by IGES.

Date & Time
Wednesday 30 November 2011, 18:30-20:00
Durban Exhibition Centre(DEC) Apies River
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Agenda and presentation materials (IPCC-NGGIP TSU Website)

Related Publications & Interview

Monthly Asian Focus
October 2011 : Towards COP17 - Common but Differentiated Responsibilities -
Dr. Saleemul Huq (Senior Fellow, Climate Change Group, Internaitonal Institute for Environment and Development)

IGES Climate Change Group
Operationalising MRV of Support - Analysis of Finance, Technology and Capacity Building Support
Fukuda, K, Kato, M. and Y.Mizutani
Nov. 2011
IGES Policy Report 2011-05

This paper focuses on the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of support and looks at the elements of funding support, capacity building, and technology development/transfer, which make up support for developing countries. It also gives a broad overview of the development of the negotiations while sorting out similar structures from the viewpoint of MRV, and analyses the structure of the modalities.

Hayama Proposal: Post 2013 International Framework on Climate Change
Asuka, J.
Nov. 2011
IGES Working Paper-CC-2011-02

To advance the currently stagnant negotiation of international framework on climate change, by presenting the "Hayama Proposal", under which both developed and developing countries are to compromise.

Financial Support to the Implementation of Adaptation Measures
Fukuda, K., Wakiyama, T. and N. Shimizu
Nov. 2011
IGES Working Paper-CC-2011-03

This paper draws upon experiences with relevant funding mechanisms - the Adaptation Fund and the Climate Investment Funds/Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (CIF/PPCR) - to highlight issues central to structuring GCG capable of servicing those diverse needs.

Biofuels - from CDM to NAMAs
Romero, J.
Nov. 2011
IGES Working Paper-CC-2011-04

This paper reviews the trend of biofuel development and performance of biofuel projects under CDM as well as provides insights on how biofuel projects could transition to NAMAs.

Why the United States Lacks a Federal Climate Policy:
Collective Action Problems, Tea Parties, and Blue Dogs

Zusman, E., Fukuda, K., Yoshino, M., and J. Ichihara
Nov. 2011
IGES Working Paper-CC-2011-05

This paper uses a logistical regression model to demonstrate that a divided Democratic party made enacting climate change legislation in the United States particularly challenging. It then outlines a strategy for breaking the coalition between tea party and pragmatic Republicans and strengthening ties between blue dog and green Democrats. Such a strategy will be critical to getting the collection action needed for a federal climate change policy in the United States.

The Politics of Climate Policy in China: Interests, Institutions and Ideas
Tamura, K. and E. Zusman
Nov. 2011

IGES Working Paper-CC-2011-07
This paper attributes China recent reforms to these two omitted dynamics. It demonstrates that institutional reforms that granted the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) the climate portfolio and forged linkages between subnational promotional incentives and energy efficiency targets helped China recognise climate change can complement its national interests.

Designing Climate Finance to Enhance Low-Carbon Investment through Local Intermediaries: Applying a Concept of Direct Access to Climate Finance
Wakiyama, T.
Nov. 2011

IGES Working Paper-CC-2011-08
This paper examines the best options among innovative national financing schemes to enhance low carbon investment by identifying and examining the barriers and benefits of low carbon investments and multi level financing mechanisms.



Related links
IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)
UNFCCC COP17&CMP7 Daily Report
UNFCCC COP&COP/MOP Official Information
UNFCCC website: COP17 & CMP7
COP17 & CMP7 Durban official website (

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