Director of publications
* IPBES: What progress? What challenges?
Thursday 22 October, Paris
The Fondation pour la recherche sur la biodiversité (FRB – Foundation for biodiversity research), in partnership with IDDRI, is organising a meeting to present the objectives and the progress of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) process, along with the challenges for French participation in this mechanism.
* Next sessions of the Seminar on Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics
Tuesday 27 October, led by Norichika Kanie (Sciences Po)
Tuesday 24 November, led by Laurent Mermet (ENGREF-AgroParisTech)
Tuesday 8 December, led by Patrick Messerlin (Sciences Po)
* Next sessions of the Seminar Rendez-vous franciliens du développement soutenable (R2DS)
Wednesday 28 October, led by Chao-Fu YEH (PhD student under the direction of Jean-Pierre Ortefeuil): Costs of Urban Mobility in Megalopolis: The case of Paris, Shanghai and Taipei
Wednesday 25 November, led by Thierry Lefebvre (PhD student under the direction of Philippe Descola): Institutional Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation
IDDRI at the heart of climate negotiations
On 7 December 2009, the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will open in Copenhagen (Denmark). As a key stage in the adoption of a new international climate regime to replace the Kyoto Protocol (1997-2012), the Copenhagen conference will conclude the round of negotiations launched by the Bali conference in December 2007. The priority and the challenge for the international community is to reach an ambitious, fair and effective agreement to ensure a massive, rapid and collective reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Yet less than two months before the Copenhagen meeting, its outcome is causing a great deal of concern due to the lack of political consensus on some key points of the negotiation.
Although the main obstacle on the road to an agreement in Copenhagen is the low level of emissions reductions proposed by developed countries, other stumbling blocks include: the kind of commitment developing countries will make; the creation of an insurance mechanism for adaptation to climate change; the amount, sources and governance of finance; and the issue of technology transfer and intellectual property rights.
In general, the negotiations are largely being hampered by a lack of trust, which fuels uncooperative attitudes to the detriment of common strategies. Although almost all States are now aware of the importance and urgency of acting, the participants seated at the negotiating table are all keeping their cards close to their chests, waiting until the last minute to show their hand.
In this context, IDRRI, which is both an observer and an actor in the negotiation process, is striving to highlight potential room for manoeuvre and to help to reveal points of convergence.
For the last two years, IDDRI has been focusing specifically on certain research areas (sectoral approaches, combating deforestation, urban policies, finance and adaptation, etc.) and has stepped up its publications and initiatives to inform the debate and facilitate the dialogue: support for Michael Zammit Cutajar, Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), the European Dialogue on the Energy and Climate Challenge, the Climate Frontrunners initiative to foster informal exchanges between the main negotiators, and the Copenhagen Club, which regularly brings together IDDRI’s industrial and institutional partners in order to share the latest information.
Today, while the last rounds of negotiations are being held on the international scene, IDDRI has launched its web page, Getting ready for Copenhagen, in order to clarify the issues and to follow the negotiations through to their conclusion on 18 December.