EAERE AT UNFCCC

In 2019 EAERE has officially become an Observer Organization at the UN Climate Change (UNFCCC). This admission status accords EAERE the right to nominate representatives of the organization to take part in UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties. The admission of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as observers at sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) is governed by Article 7, paragraph 6, of the Convention.

Read the list of UNFCCC Observer Organizations (NGO).

EAERE participated in the following Conference of Parties (COP):

COP28 was the first occasion in which the Global Stocktake report was published: this fundamental component to the Paris Agreement is used to monitor its implementation and evaluate the collective progress made in achieving the agreed goals, drawing from both governmental and non-governmental institutions’ contributions over the years. EAERE was present at the conference with two delegates: Simone Borghesi and Phoebe Koundouri.

EAERE, along with other international institutions, organised a Side Event at COP28: Innovative Instruments For Joint Biodiversity and Climate Policy. The session took place on December 10th and was focused on how climate change and biodiversity agreements are strictly interconnected and the means by which, through innovative economic and financial instruments can enhance biodiversity, increase resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. The event aimed to assess the potential of joint climate and biodiversity policies at different territorial scales, with numerous contributors and interventions and a final Q&A session. Speakers from EAERE included EAERE President-Elect Simone Borghesi and EAERE Past President Phoebe Koundouri. Detailed information can be found here. The full discussion can be watched on COP28 YouTube channel.

UN Climate Change Conference 27
Nov 6, 2022 – Nov 18, 2022, Sharm Ek Sheikh, Egypt

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed with a breakthrough agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters. EAERE was present at the conference with two delegates: Phoebe Koundouri (Head of delegation) and Simone Borghesi.

EAERE, along with other international institutions, organised a Side Event at COP27: Launching a European Climate Science Assessment Mechanism for Policy Support. The session took place on November 18th, and was focused on proposing a new European structure which addresses strategic gaps, and which will significantly enhance the profile and use of the outcomes from European investments in research and systematic observations. This envisions a European scientific assessment and stocktaking process, that is focused on three key interlinked challenges i.e. achievement of I) Climate neutrality, II) Climate resilience and III) Management of transition and societal transformation (social & economic). Speakers from EAERE included EAERE President-elect Phoebe Koundouri and EAERE Policy Outreach Committee Secretary-General Simone Borghesi . Detailed information can be found here. The full discussion can be watched on COP27 YouTube channel.

Bonn Climate Change Conference
56th session of the subsidiary bodies
Bonn, Germany, 6-16 June 2022

An EAERE delegation composed by Edward Barbier, Simone Borghesi, Conrad Landis and Artemis Stratopoulou took part virtually in the 56th session of the subsidiary bodies, which took place from 6 to 16 June 2022, at the World Convention Center Bonn, Germany.

Report on Week 1 (6-10 June), prepared by Artemis Stratopoulou
Report on Week 2 (11-16 June), prepared by Conrad Landis

21st meeting of the Adaptation Committee
29-31 March 2022, Hybrid

EAERE President Phoebe Koundouri was among the nominated experts to represent the UNFCCC Research and Independent NGOs (RINGO) at the  21st meeting of the Adaptation Committee. There were 14 discussion points outlined for the meeting, a summary for each of them is available on the UNFCCC AC21 web page.

UN Climate Change Conference 26
31 October-12 November 2021, Glasgow, UK

The main objectives of the 26th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties COP26 were to: commit to more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030; discuss measures to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change; increase funding for climate action, in particular for developing countries. EAERE was present at the conference with three delegates: Phoebe Koundouri (Head of delegation), Simone Borghesi, and Frank Convery.

EAERE, along with other international institutions, organised a EU Hybrid Side Event at COP26: Climate neutrality and biodiversity: renewables assets, reporting standards and sustainable finances. The session took place on November 3rd, and was focused on technological, economic and political pathways to climate neutrality. Speakers from EAERE included ERE Journal Editor-in-Chief Ian Bateman, EAERE Policy Outreach Committee Secretary-General Simone Borghesi and EAERE President-elect Phoebe Koundouri. Detailed information can be found on the EU Side Events at COP 26 web site. The full discussion can be watched on Youtube here.

AT COP 26 Frank Convery promoted the EAERE Magazine issue “The Climate Policy Baseline of the Big Four (China, European Union, India, U.S.)”: the volume aims to provide the baseline information on four key facets of climate policy in the above jurisdictions using a shared template.

UN Climate Change Conference 25
2-13 December 2019, Madrid, Spain

The conference aimed at taking further, crucial steps in the UN climate change negotiations. A key objective was to complete several matters for the operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The conference also aimed to create ambition in view of 2020, by when countries have committed to submit updated national climate action plans. EAERE was present at the conference with three delegates: Jos Delbeke (Head of delegation), Phoebe Koundouri and Aldo Ravazzi. Moreover, Lucas Bretschger gave a keynote speech at the event “New Perspectives on Climate Finance – A debate with experts and stakeholders on how to implement Article 2.1C” at COP25 venue on December 10, 2019.