Climate Negotiations

the front table at the UNFCC climate negotiations in Lima, Peru

The 20th Conference of Parties (COP) in Lima, December 2014. | Credit: UNFCCC.


As changes in climate become more extreme, their affects are being hardest felt throughout developing countries. Since 1994, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has laid out actions to limit the increase of global average temperatures and confront the impacts of climate change.

To date, 195 countries are members of the Convention and meet each year in the so-called Conference of Parties (COP) to review their commitments, celebrate achievements, and discuss the challenges remaining in the global fight against climate change. AIDA is actively involved in these climate negotiation sessions. 

Our Focus Areas


One of the most important aspects of the Convention is the commitment of developed countries to provide new and additional resources for developing countries to implement adaptation and mitigation projects to counter the affects of climate change. In alliance with international networks like Climate Action Network International (CAN-I), we seek to influence the climate negotations to ensure the fulfillment of financial assistance, and that the responsible use of this assistance benefits the communities most vulnerable to climate change.




The agreements reached at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico established the obligations of Member States to fully respect human rights in all climate change related activities. AIDA seeks for the new climate accord, a binding tool to help implement commitments under the Convention, to include specific and comprehensive language on the obligation of countries to protect, promote and respect human rights in all climate actions. 




AIDA at the COP

COP22: Marrakech, Morocco

On November 4, 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, ratified by more than 100 countries. Now it’s time for those nations to make their commitments a reality. The agreement reiterates the commitment made by the world’s most developed nations to provide $100 billion to finance climate actions, from 2020 on. This goal will be reviewed and, hopefully, increased during negotiations at COP22. 




COP21: Paris, France

The path to the new global climate accord to combat climate change will end in Paris. AIDA is working for the accord to help to effectively implement existing agreements on a global level, and to strengthen the commitments under the Convention in terms of climate finance and the protection of human rights. 




COP20: Lima, Peru

AIDA advocated for the negotiations to determine a clear plan for how and when the governments would fulfill their commitment to provide $100 billion per year starting in 2020 to finance activities of climate change adaptation and mitigation. We also urged the Member States of the Convention to draft the new climate agreement to include specific language on the protection of human rights in all climate actions. 




COP19: Warsaw, Poland

We advocated for the COP to be a space of accountability regarding the rules of operation of the Green Climate Fund. We carried with us a brief on short-lived climate pollutants and their important role in tackling climate change in the short term. 





COP18: Doha, Qatar

Our efforts were focused on encouraging the quick and effective implementation of the Green Climate Fund, an operating entity of the Convention’s financing mechanism, which will mobilize large amounts of public and private money to help developing countries confront climate change. 





COP17: Durban, South Africa

We worked closely with the governments of Latin America to strengthen a joint position on the need for immediate climate financing. 







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