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):

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.