A new article by Joy Hyvarinen highlights the importance of getting the right legal framing for the future climate change agreement and its components. Groundbreaking research on international treaties by Jean Galbraith has shown that the right legal framing can be even more important than the legal content.
FIELD Executive Director Joy Hyvarinen comments on the negotiations on loss and damage in this 3-minute video and talks about potential alternative approaches.
This FIELD comment considers a new proposal by developing countries at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, which puts the issue of compensation for climate-related loss and damage firmly on the negotiating table.
Climate-related loss and damage is on the agenda for the Warsaw Climate Change Conference. The main question is if countries will agree on a new international mechanism for loss and damage to help vulnerable countries. A new FIELD comment considers issues and prospects.
FIELD hosted a web discussion on 4 November for an initial exploration of what important new research on treaty design could mean for the UNFCCC negotiations. These notes summarize key points from the discussion.
As the UN General Assembly opens in New York Joy Hyvarinen writes about climate change and the high-level political forum in Outreach, arguing that the new forum must take into account climate change impacts on poor and vulnerable countries and communities.
UNEP’s Richard Munang and Joy Hyvarinen comment in Al Jazeera on “Africa and climate change: What’s at stake?”, with less than two months to go until the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.
African countries have much at stake in the climate change negotiations, but they also have much to bring to the negotiations. Richard Munang, Africa Regional Climate Change Head & Co-ordinator at UNEP, and Joy Hyvarinen highlight priority issues and African experience in this article for Al Jazeera.
A new online version of FIELD’s Guide for REDD-plus negotiators is available to help negotiators and others preparing for the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.
A new FIELD paper recommends that Parties consider a new structure and style for COP decisions and suggests ways of making decisions simpler. Simpler decisions would be fairer to non-English speaking countries.
FIELD thinks UNFCCC COP decisions should be made clearer and simpler and provides an example of how a COP decision could be rewritten in a new paper on "Simpler and clearer UNFCCC COP decisions".