UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC) is the foundation of the global effort to combat global warming. It is an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. 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.

UNFCCC Doha 27 November - 7 December 2012
Practical Action are attending the COP18 UN climate talks in Doha to promote our #adaptnow campaign. Adaptation is critical because it buys time which the world desperately needs to get a successor agreement to the Kyoto protocol and it saves lives.

UNFCCC Durban 28 November - 9 December 2011
The Durban conference will bring together representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society to discuss a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

Last year’s meeting in Cancun once again failed to reach agreement.  There were successes when the historically large-emitting nations put a figure of the amount of funds needed for developing countries, but their failure to agree legally binding emission reduction target delays the essential peak and decline of the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

UNFCCC COP-16 Cancun, Mexico, 29 November - 10 December 2010
In December 2010, nations gathered again to try to arrange a global mechanism for dealing with climate change. The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012 and at present there is no successor.

UNFCCC COP-15 Copenhagen, Denmark, 7-18 December 2009
The UN Copenhagen climate negotiations failed to deliver the necessary international climate deal needed to halt dangerous global warming.

UNFCCC COP-14 Poznań, Poland, 1-12 December 2008
Politicians and decision makers from around the world met at the United Nations talks in Poznań, Poland. This was the vital platform and opportunity for rich nations of the world to sign up to an agreement which will see plans for a vital adaptation fund put in place.

UNFCCC COP-13 Bali, December 3-14 2007
Practical Action was very disappointed that the Bali roadmap did not mention adaptation. Without this, developing countries will continue to suffer from the devastating effects of climate change.

UNFCCC COP-12 Nairobi, 6-17 November 2006
As the UN held talks on climate change in Kenya, only two hours away people were suffering the effects of climate change. Practical Action climate change experts were there, to offer recommendations for action on climate change based on our experience of working with communities and through partners in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

UNFCCC COP-10 Buenos Aires, December 2004
Practical Action (then ITDG) attended the the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10) in Argentina. At the Development and Adaptation Days event, held alongside the main conference, Practical Action expressed concern that mainstream development organizations still address climate change at the margins of their work.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website

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