COP20 Lima: Expectations from our Head of Policy in new Insight Briefing

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27 November 2014

LONDON: Next week, the world's leaders will head to Lima in Peru, for the next round of global climate talks, COP20. Our Head of International Policy, Damian Ryan, shares his thoughts and expectations ahead of the meeting, in a special edition Insight Briefing

This year the annual climate talks are happening at the tail end of a very eventful year for climate action. And, taking place from December 1-12, COP20 marks 12 months before a new global climate deal is set to be agreed in the same talks next year in Paris.

Because of this, COP20 will act as a crucial indicator of whether the year's building climate momentum - driven by 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.

But most importantly, the conference will also provide us with an insight to the likely ambition of world leaders toward securing a global deal in Paris.

This Insight Briefing note focuses in on the key required outputs from Lima, specifically the expected agreements 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, as we head into the one of the most important years for climate action in history.


This briefing is part of our regular ‘Insight’ series, the latest of which are listed below. It will be complemented by a post-COP briefing as well as COP coverage in our news and blogs and on Twitter. And in case you need it, here's a brief background to COP20 in Lima.


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Want to read more about COP? Over the next two weeks we are releasing pre and post-COP briefings as well as producing COP20 coverage in our news and blogs and on Twitter. Our States & Regions events in Lima can be tracked on hashtag #statesandregions.

And in case you missed it, here's our CEO Mark Kenber's op-ed "If we fail in Lima, we will fail in Parisand our infographic showing the history of the COP negotiations.

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