Insight Briefing - COP20 Lima

Thoughts and expectations
Reading time: 9 minutes
27 November 2014

Ahead of the 20th annual UN climate conference (COP20), which takes place from December 1-12 in Lima, Peru, our Head of International Policy Damian Ryan shares his thoughts and expectations in this special edition Insight Briefing. The paper will be complemented by a post-COP briefing as well as COP coverage in our news and blogs.

The meeting occurs at the end of an eventful year for climate change efforts, and 12 months before a new global climate deal is set to be agreed in Paris. COP20 will therefore act as an indicator of whether events such as Ban Ki-moon’s high-profile Climate Summit and the release of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report have helped influence negotiating positions, as well as provide a sense of likely ambition for the year ahead.

This briefing note focuses on the key required outputs from Lima, namely agreement on:

  • the elements of a draft negotiating text;
  • the form and structure of ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ submissions; and
  • how to enhance ambition in the pre-2020 period.

It begins by considering the backdrop to Lima, and concludes with a short assessment of the politics and positioning of key countries. This briefing is part of our regular ‘Insight’ series, the latest of which are listed below.

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