COP20 UN Climate Change Conference 2014

Lima, Peru 1-12 December 2014


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC) is an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Convention sets an ultimate objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations "at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human induced) interference with the climate system."

The supreme body of the convention is the Conference of Parties (COP). The COP held its first session in 1995 and since then every year the members of the UNFCCC from around the world meet to discuss science, progress and actions at the COP. This year the COP will be held in Lima between the 1st and 12th of December.

Practical Action at COP 20

Practical Action recognises that tackling climate change is indivisible from tackling poverty.  The people that we work with are telling us every day that the effects of climate change are blighting their lives.

Climate change hits the poorest hardest, the very people who did nothing to cause it. For many it is already too late, they have lost their homes, belongings and income. Urgent mitigation is needed to turn the situation around and this has to be financed by the big polluters.

At this year’s COP Practical Action is calling for an increased commitment to support:

  • Adaptation for communities facing severe climate change
  • A loss and damage mechanism for those already suffering the impacts of irreversible climate change 
  • Concerted global action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions using the ‘polluter pays’ principle
  • Governments in the developed world must meet their commitment to investment in the Green Climate Fund

Practical Action recognised as leading example of action against climate change at COP20

For the second year in a row, Practical Action has received a UNFCC Lighthouse Activity award. This year, Practical Action was recognised with others in the Zurich Flood Resilience Program for an innovative initiative that aims to save the lives and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities by preventing floods from becoming disasters.

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Practical Action staff from Bolivia, Kenya, Peru and the UK will be attending and presenting at a number of COP events. This will include Practical Action's CEO, Simon Trace, and other policy and programmatic experts in Energy, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Agriculture.





01 December 2014

'Isolated rural Electrification'  

Partners: Acciona Microenergía, Powermundo, Practical Action    

Practical Action representative: Ivo Salazar  

Energy Auditorium


01 December 2014

Adaptation & Agroecology: women's strategies for climate change

Partners: Action Aid, Practical Action

Practical Action representative: Chris Henderson.

Official Venue

13:15 - 14:45

03 December 2014

Productive use of energy

FONER/ World Bank, Swisscontact, SNV.

Practical Action representative: Miguel Aréstegui

Main Auditorium

14:00 - 18:00

08 December

Resilient cities and El Niño

Practical Action Representative: Pedro Ferradas

Sustainable cities Auditorium


09 December

Peruvian Partnership Dialogues on Public-Private Collaboration for Climate and Development. Break-out Session: Building Resilient Economies Through Water Security

Practical Action Representative: Colin McQuistan

Event Flyer

Peruvian Pavillion

09 December 2014

From Vision to Action Plan - Raising the Global level of ambition

Partners: ICLEI, IPU.

Practical Action representative: Pedro Ferradas

Official Venue

18:30- 20:00

09 December 2014

Zurich Award Cocktail

Practical Action representative: Colin McQuistan

Belmont Miraflores Park Hotel

20:00 - 23:00

10 December 2014

Zurich Momentum for Change Award

Practical Action representative: Colin McQuistan

Official Venue

16:15 - 20:00

10 December 2014

Access to cleaner energy  - in Latin America and the Caribbean for social, economic and environmental benefits

Practical Action representative: Rafael Escobar

Energy Auditorium

18:00 - 20:00

10 December 2014 

Learning in low carbon technology

Partners: SNV, IICA, Swisscontact, OSINERGMIN.

Practical Action representative: Ivo Salazar

Main Auditorium

18:00 - 20:00

12 December 2014

“Achieving Universal Energy Access: A development imperative in addressing climate change”

Partners: UNF, WEP.

Practical Action representative: Simon Trace

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Official Venue

13:15 - 14:45

12 December 2014

Economics and Inclusive Opportunities

Partners: IICA, MFS, Ministerio de Finlandia.

Practical Action representative: Jorge Elliot 

Forests Auditorium

10:00 - 13:00


Climate Change affects every area of our work including: agriculture, disaster risk reduction, energy, and urban services. In the following publications we draw on nearly 50 years of experience of working directly with poor communities around the world and we advocate strategies for tackling the manifold issues associated with climate change.

Briefing Paper COP 20: The Crucial Role of Smallholder Farmers for Food Security and Eliminating Poverty in a Changing Climate

Making climate change mitigation more meaningful: the link to universal energy access

The second paper in our poor people's energy briefing series argues that unless the global energy access agenda is more robustly paired with the climate agenda, the energy poor will remain what they have always been: left behind. It provides justification for the pairing of the two agendas on a number of fronts, and provides a series of recommendations on how decision-makers and institutions can quickly and effectively begin to address both issues simultaneously.

The Right Climate for Development

Climate Change Hits the Poorest Hardest

Practical Action shares its experiences of climate change

The Agrarian Crisis

Presentation By Chris Henderson at COP 2014

Blog listing

Ever heard of a Floating Farm?

Meet Shujit Sarkar, a 36 year old farmer from Bangladesh. Shujit is married to Shikha and they ha...
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Reflections on a week at COP23 – the 23rd annual meeting of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change

Within a short time of arriving in Bonn early last week, one thing became very clear, it was not ...
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Is the snail accelerating?

With the first week of the conference done and dusted, where are we in negotiations? ...
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Pumpkins against poverty and climate change in Bangladesh

Pumpkin farming in Bangladesh helps some of the most vulnerable people to cope with floods &a...
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Learning to fail

Often we celebrate success and seldom talk about failures. In a modern work-space it is difficult...
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Poverty cannot be tackled without fighting climate change: new report

A new report by Practical Action and partner NGOs has highlighted the links between global poverty and climate change against the backdrop of a meeting of world leaders in New York in September at a summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It says the conference offers a vital opportunity for the international community to tackle climate change, which is driving people into poverty.

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Call to major philanthropic foundations to back move to renewables

Ahead of the global Climate Change talks in New York this week a group of 160 environmental prize winners from 44 countries called on the major philanthropic trust and foundations around the world to apply their billions of dollars of trust funds and endowments to “turn the tide of climate change”.

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As the costs of renewables plummet, are we about to see Technology Justice in the energy sector?

Business as usual in the energy sector will not keep us below the CO2 levels necessary to avoid severe climate change, but that doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix (one of the 3 UN Sustainable Energy for All targets for 2030) would.

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Climate Change Hits the Poorest Hardest Brief

3 Page abstract from Practical Action's report on it's experience of climate change

Peruvian Partnership Dialogues on Public-Private Collaboration for Climate and Development

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 15:30 – 20:00, Peruvian Pavilion, Pentagonito (main venue of COP20).

Achieving Universal Energy Access - COP20

This event at COP20 in Lima, 12 December 2014, will showcase innovative approaches to reach the ambitious but achievable goal of universal energy access by 2030.

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