The SDC’s involvement at the Cancún Conference
With the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen still fresh in everyone’s memory, the 193 signatory countries to the Kyoto Protocol are gathering to go back to the drawing board again in Cancún. From 29 November to 10 December 2010, SDC will be amongst the Swiss delegation in Cancún and will represent our country when it comes to development issues. Several studies and projects funded by SDC will be presented to the international public and to negotiators throughout different side events. The official Swiss side event, hosted for the first time by SDC’s Global Program Climate Change, will look at the economics of adaptation in the context of climate change.
The aim of the Cancún Conference is to determine the principal elements of the Copenhagen climate deal. Numerous elements such as the reform of the CO2 bourse (emissions exchange) and the establishment of a new multilateral climate fund for the year 2012 will be on the negotiations agenda.
Side events to stimulate discussion on concrete projects
As a member of the Swiss delegation to Cancún, SDC’s Global Program on Climate Change (GPCC) will for the first time, organize Switzerland’s official side event. Lead by Swiss RE, the World Bank, and the University of Zurich seven studies financed by SDC will be presented. These works are all meant to facilitate the formulation of national strategies for adaptation to climate change.
Moreover, SDC has been invited to participate in other side events presenting the concrete results obtained in its projects, specifically in Peru and in India.
Furthermore, the GPCC has recently begun to support the Secretariat of the new international programme called REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). This Programme, emerged from the Climate Conference, aims at setting up strategies for reducing emissions in forest zones, emissions which make up some 20% of global CO2 emissions.
Finally, the GPCC provides support to a new UN initiative called UN CC: LEARN. This Platform, whose Secretariat is located in Geneva, is meant to foster the capitalization and diffusion of the latest knowledge on climate change issues. The Platform is all the more necessary for the developing countries given that their needs for such knowledge are constantly rising.
In Cancún, the international community will attempt to find a consensus so as to limit the dramatic impact of climate change. To this same end, the SDC will strive to convince and to find pragmatic solutions to propose to the countries of the South.
Additional Information and DocumentsDocuments
- Switzerland side event "Adaptation Economics" - 9th December
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- Side event of SDC's partners: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change in Mountain Areas
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- Low Carbon Technology Transfer: Lessons from India and China
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- Recycling in Brazil
- Disaster risk reduction in Bangladesh
- Climate change in Peru
- Making new buildings in India more energy-efficient