International Negotiations

This page is intended primarily for policy makers, journalists and others who attend or report on international meetings about climate change. Hopefully though, it is also useful to anyone who wants better understanding of what goes on at these meetings, and what is at stake from their results.

For each meeting you will find Greenpeace position statements and other relevant documents, and often first hand accounts from our delegations.

More information: UNFCCC meetings page

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Emma Thompson speaking truth to power at the UN

Blog entry by Sofia Tsenikli | 14 September, 2016

Words are powerful, especially when they speak the truth and come straight from the heart. That’s why Oscar-winning actor and writer Emma Thompson’s plea to UN delegates to do what is right for the oceans moved so many of us. She...

The road to Arctic protection

Blog entry by Sara del Rio | 10 May, 2016 1 comment

Over the past year, many you have helped put pressure on OSPAR (the Oslo-Paris Convention) to stand up for Arctic protection. Since we started work on getting OSPAR to protect an area around the North Pole roughly the size of the UK...

We will defeat climate change - through cooperation

Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan and Bunny McDiarmid | 22 April, 2016 1 comment

Today, on Earth Day, more than 165 countries sign a global agreement - Paris Climate Agreement  - to protect our environment. This is a  record turnout  for an international agreement. It is an encouraging sign. After many years of...

Can a new ocean treaty protect the Arctic?

Blog entry by Sarah North and Magnus Eckeskog | 8 April, 2016 1 comment

Two thirds of our oceans are beyond national borders and belong to all of us. But right now it’s like the wild west out there – the oceans and seabeds are at the mercy of reckless exploitation because existing ocean law focuses far...

Evaluating the Paris Deal

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 5 February, 2016 5 comments

Hope and failure coexist in the Paris climate agreement. One may want to curse or cheer the deal, but it is history now, and we have to get on with it. The agreement provides an opportunity to assess our ecological progress and prepare...

The Paris Agreement: The end of fossil fuels is near. But where is justice?

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 14 December, 2015 3 comments

We at Greenpeace had three key expectations  for the Paris Agreement.  We wanted: a signal that the age of fossil fuels is over, a commitment to soon – and continuously – improve national climate action and ...

COP21: shows the end of fossil fuels is near, we must speed its coming

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 12 December, 2015 2 comments

The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There’s much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history. Parts of ...

Three solar power projects where women are taking the lead

Blog entry by Georgie Johnson | 9 December, 2015 1 comment

Forget international climate talks – women around the world are already taking the clean energy transition into their own hands in ways only women can. Yesterday was the third ever 'gender day' at the UN climate talks in Paris...

Will Europe lead the way towards 'zero deforestation'?

Blog entry by Sébastien Risso | 2 December, 2015 2 comments

From the time we're in school, we are taught that forests absorb and store carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases (GHG) responsible for climate change, and that they produce and release oxygen. Yet despite the essential role...

5 things you need to know about the Paris climate talks, COP21

Blog entry by Christine Ottery and Ruth Davis | 12 November, 2015

1. What is COP21? Between 30 November and 11 December 2015 a bunch of politicians and global leaders from over 190 countries will be involved in the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties ('COP21', as it's known). They're...

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