2013 climate change conference in Warsaw

November 2013
The international community convened in Warsaw, from 11 to 22 November 2013, for the annual conference on climate change. The meeting, formally known as the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), was a key marker on the road to 2015, when major agreements on both development and climate change are expected and hoped for. 

Any climate deal must deliver for the planet and for the poor. This Autumn, ODI’s work on climate change has focused on informing three major public and policy debates:

  • Our report on the geography of poverty and disasters, released in October, highlights how extreme weather linked to climate change is increasing and will likely cause more disasters. Such disasters, especially those linked to drought, can be the most important cause of impoverishment, cancelling progress on poverty reduction.
  • Our report on fossil fuel subsidies calls for governments to 'change the game' on fossil fuel subsidies, which now top half a trillion dollars globally and are creating perverse incentives favouring investment in carbon-intensive energy.
  • Our report on climate finance assesses the state of funding to help developing countries mitigate against, and adapt to, the effects of climate change – and proposes a road map for climate finance to 2015. It is accompanied by 10 things to know about clmate finance in 2013 - an infographic presenting the state of the funds.

These three flagship reports (and the many other pieces of research ODI is releasing on climate change this November) aim to build global knowledge around the major issues of climate finance and the economics of climate change – and to build consensus on the way forward.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Audio interviews at COP19

19 November 2013 - Overseas Development Institute

Recorded at COP 19 climate change conference in Warsaw, ODI's Jonathan Tanner and Sam Barnard ask delegates to reflect on the climate change negotiations and any progress made thus far. Interviews feature: Former Irish President Mary Robinson, Stacy Swann from the World Bank, and ODI's Shelagh Whitley, among many others.

Ten things to know about climate finance in 2013

Publication - November 2013
Smita Nakhooda, Sam Barnard, Alice Caravani, Aidy Halimanjaya, Liane Schalatek and Nick Scott
This infographic explores the numbers on climate finance, offering an annual analysis of data from the world’s only comprehensive public climate finance commitment tracker – Climate Funds Update. In 2013, it finds that pledges through multilateral climate funds have fallen by 71% on last year, but Europe remains a leader.

Rolling up the sleeves for the Green Climate Fund: expectations and experience regarding Green Climate Fund readiness

Event - 15 November 2013 19:00 - 21:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
​The Green Climate Fund (GCF) continues to take shape. Activities to prepare countries have started. What are the needs and expectations? What’s controversial? What are the initial lessons learnt? What kind of readiness do we need for effective climate finance with transformational impact? This event, held at the climate change conference in Warsaw, explores.

Climate finance: charting the road to Paris

Event - 14 November 2013 22:15 - 23:15 (GMT+02)
​What role could the delivery of effective climate finance play in securing an ambitious deal to avoid catastrophic climate change? This side event at the COP 19 will reflect on progress in deploying climate finance, and options for scaling up and using finance to support low carbon climate resilient development.

Mobilising international climate finance: lessons from the fast-start finance period

Publication - November 2013
Smita Nakhooda, Taryn Fransen, Takeshi Kuramochi, Alice Caravani, Annalisa Prizzon, Noriko Shimizu, Helen Tilley, Aidy Halimanjaya, Bryn Welham
This report reviews donor country commitments during the 2010-12 'Fast-Start Finance' period. While donors appear to have surpassed their initial commitments, concrete comparisons are restricted by definitional and operational biases.

The plumbing of adaptation finance: accountability, transparency and accessibility at the local level

Publication - November 2013
Pieter Terpstra, Annaka Peterson Carvalho and Emily Wilkinson
'Adaptation is local but reaching the local level is not always easy. This paper explores the challenges of reaching the most vulnerable people with adaptation finance. It identifies opportunities for improvement and proposes a framework to assess delivery of adaptation finance focusing on transparency, ownership, responsiveness and equity.'

The climate emergency

11 November 2013 - Tom Mitchell
'With the full picture of devastation only now unfolding in the Philippines provinces of Leyte and Samar, the sheer scale of the relief and recovery effort is becoming evident. The typhoon disaster may well turn out to be the most expensive in the history of the Philippines, in terms of both human lives and economic damage.'

3 lessons for long-term climate finance

11 November 2013 - Taryn Fransen, Smita Nakhooda and Takeshi Kuramochi
'Developed countries pledged to deliver US$ 100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing nations mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Mobilizing this finance —and securing more climate finance in the future—are two topics high on the COP 19 agenda this week.'

How to pay for a greener future?

Event - 7 November 2013 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+00)
Ahead of the next round of UN global climate talks in Warsaw, in November, the UK's Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Guardian's Global Development site are hosting a global conversation on climate change to explore what's at stake for poor countries. What can be expected from the COP19 talks and how is the world responding – or not – to climate change?  Who's put money behind mitigation and adaptation efforts – and where is it going? What are the particular challenges facing developing countries?

Who’s ready for climate finance?

1 November 2013 - Richard Calland (Africa Climate Finance Hub) and Smita Nakhooda (ODI)
'Is it a bird or is it a plane? The question of what ‘readiness’ for climate finance involves has attracted a great deal of attention and debate, particularly since the Green Climate Fund is supposed to channel $100 billion a year by 2020 for climate action and policy in developing countries.'

Report launch: The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030

Event - 16 October 2013 10:00 - 12:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
This event, attended by Ms.Margareta Wahlström the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), is designed to bring together different stakeholders from development and humanitarian agencies, the media, government departments, research organisations and private sector bodies to discuss the ODI-Met Office-RMS joint report titled The Geography of Poverty, Disasters and Climate Extremes in 2030.  What impact will climate change have on hazards in the next 15 years and what effect might this have on efforts to eradicate poverty?