UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets out the basic legal framework and principles for international climate change cooperation with the aim of stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

To boost the effectiveness of the 1992 UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in December 1997. It committed industrialized countries and countries in transition to a market economy to achieve quantified emissions reduction targets for a basket of six GHGs. The Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period took place from 2008 to 2012. The 2012 Doha Amendment established the second commitment period from 2013 to 2020. In December 2015, parties adopted the Paris Agreement, which requires all parties to determine, plan, and regularly report on the nationally determined contribution (NDC) that it undertakes to mitigate climate change. Parties also submit aggregate progress on mitigation, adaptation, and means of implementation, which are reviewed every five years through a Global Stocktake.

Events

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2021 Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The Subsidiary Bodies (SBs) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convened for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event 31 May 2021 - 17 June 2021

Climate Ambition Summit 2020

On 12 December 2020, the United Nations, United Kingdom, and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy, will co-host a virtual Climate Ambition Summit 2020 to mark the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.
Event 12 December 2020

UN Climate Change Dialogues 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and the 52nd meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been postponed until 2021.
Event 23 November 2020 - 4 December 2020

June Momentum for Climate Change

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bonn Climate Change conference was postponed from June to October 2020.
Event 1 June 2020 - 10 June 2020

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019

The following events were covered by IISD Reporting Services: 2019 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week Pursuing greater climate ambition in Latin America 2019 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week Presented by EUROCLIMA+ The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week 2019 aimed to…
Event 19 August 2019 - 23 August 2019