The Conference of the Parties is the largest event of the year for those working on climate change. This year attention turns to Qatar, the host of the 18th of these major conferences.
Once again, the hot topic will be how to finance developing-country efforts to mitigate the effects of - and adapt to - climate change. 2013 marks the end of the 'Fast-Start Finance' period, during which time developed countries havecommitted to delivering $30bn of new and additional finance for climate-change activities in developing countries. Delivery of this 'Fast-Start Finance' was intended to help developed countries prepare to deliver $100bn per year from public and private sources by 2020. There will be much discussion on how this finance has been used, and how further funding will come, in Doha.
In addition, the conference will seek progress on efforts to mitigate and halt climate change. An increase in the scale of ambition is desired, including through the Kyoto Protocol, which places binding emission-reduction commitments on signatories.
Climate finance will be a core focus for ODI’s outreach and engagement at this major international meeting. Over the course of the two weeks we will draw on our growing body of high-quality research and analysis to:
- facilitate discussions on the effective delivery of scarce public climate finance
- discuss the development of new tools that local civil society and communities can use to monitor how climate finance is being spent within developing countries
- provide commentary on climate finance, adaptation, energy and technology-based mitigation, as well as efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation.