|22 December 2009|
|At several side events and meetings at the UNFCCC COP15/CMP5 (7-18 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES - Hayama, Kanagawa; Chair - Prof. Hironori Hamanaka) provided policy recommendations and exchanged views on issues such as low-carbon development, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), climate change adaptation, and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). IGES presentations drew upon original research and were intended to support the formation of a future climate change regime that reflects the concerns and development aspirations of stakeholders in Asia.
1. Summary of COP15
After two weeks of tense negotiations, COP15 concluded with a political agreement entitled the Copenhagen Accord. The Accord clearly states that drastic reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are needed to hold increases in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius. The Accord also provides for a significant increase in financing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. But the Accord does not refer to mid-term or long-term GHG reduction targets for developed or developing nations. These and other controversial issues were deferred to future negotiations. IGES will continue to track developments on these issues and provide strategic inputs into future climate negotiations on the road to COP16/CMP6 scheduled for 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico .
2. Summary of IGES Activities during COP15
(1) UNFCCC Side Event "Low-Carbon Asia: Visions and Actions" co-organised by IGES, the National Institute for Environmental Science (NIES) and the Japan Center for Climate Change Actions (JCCCA)
(3) Side Event "Institutional Set-up of REDD and the Involvement of the Private Sector", co-organised by the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum), IGES and others
(4) LCS-RNet Side Event "Research Community Shows Pathway towards Low-Carbon Society"
IGES also made presentations at several important events held by other organisations.