- An emotional opening statement from the lead negotiator of the Philippines
- Full statement of Executive Secretary of UNFCCC
- Conference expected to make progress on GHG emissions reduction, funding for adaptation, Green Climate Fund, and concrete steps to reach target of $100 billion by 2020 in climate funding
- Sessions of interest to evaluators of climate change and natural resources management
"A new universal climate agreement is within our reach" UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres at the opening of COP19 in Warsaw, Monday Nov 19, 2013.
Speaking at the Warsaw national stadium, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary explained that the world is ready for action on climate change. “There is a groundswell of climate action --not only for environmental reasons, but also for security, energy, economic and governance reasons. Political will and public support favor action now” she said.To view a compilation of the opening ceremony Click on the following link:
As expected the opening ceremony was marked by three minutes of silence in honor of victims of Typhoon Haiyan which killed hundreds of people in the Philippines over the week.
In an emotional speech, the Lead Negotiator of the Philippines to the conference, Yeb Sano called on the world to take immediate action to reverse the effects of climate change.
“What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw” Yeb declared at the opening ceremony.
Like previous conferences, several side events are on schedule. For climate change evaluators, many sessions might be of interest to you.
Top Five sessions to Follow:
- Emissions reductions: the coordination of economic tools
- The Mediation Adaptation Platform: For Climate Change Adaptation Methods and Tools
- New guide to climate finance at COP19, Warsaw
- Climate Adaptation: Weather Monitoring and Alerting Demonstration Project in Guinea, Africa
- Climate Finance and Gender Equality: Lessons for Sustainable Development
In addition to these sessions that you may follow online even if you cannot make it to Warsaw, there are also a whole hosts of new resources. We have flagged a few here for you:
- Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development planning: A Guide for Practitioners
- Establishing and Understanding Post-2020 Climate Change Mitigation Commitments
- REDD+ Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Manual