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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Volkswagen's CO2 emissions: Das problem

Blog entry by Daniel Moser | 9 November, 2015

If lying about the nitrogen oxide emissions of 11 million of its cars were not bad enough, German carmaker Volkswagen shocked us again when it revealed it had understated the CO2 emissions of its cars in Europe as well. This is why...

Volkswagen's lies show need for real emissions tests

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 14 October, 2015 1 comment

Caught red-handed for cheating on diesel emissions tests, German carmaker Volkswagen's actions in putting profits before public health have underscored the need for urgent reforms of car industry pollution laws. These reforms must...

#ActionsforClimate – but still not enough

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 27 September, 2015 1 comment

The last few days have, for once, seen world leaders and the global media focused on the big issues of our time: poverty, inequality and the dangers of climate change. President Obama admitted he acted too late on climate change and...

Why President Obama's Clean Power Plan is an exaggeration

Blog entry by Kyle Ash | 3 August, 2015

Today, President Obama's EPA announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan , a policy designed to limit the level of global warming pollution coming from US power plants. This comes eight years after the Supreme Court ruled...

Ban Ki-moon and Arctic hope

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 10 July, 2015

This week I am just a wee bit jealous of the Secretary General of the United Nations. He has visited the Svalbard archipelago, somewhere I have always dreamed of going. I find myself trying to imagine what Ban Ki-moon must be seeing...

China begins the long march to Paris

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 1 July, 2015 1 comment

In the politics of climate change, it doesn't get much bigger than this. The world's biggest emitter last night announced how it intends to reduce its carbon emission beyond 2020.  China has joined 41 other nations to unveil its...

Now there is a new way to force action on climate change - the courts

Blog entry by Faiza Oulahsen | 25 June, 2015 4 comments

Today, something incredible happened in the Netherlands. In a landmark court case, in which NGO Urgenda along with 900 concerned Dutch citizens sued the government for failing to act on climate change, the Dutch court ruled in their...

OSPAR: The Arctic can't wait

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 22 June, 2015

Government representatives from 15 countries, including the European Union, are meeting this week in Ostend, Belgium. These countries make up the OSPAR Commission which regulates the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. A big part of the...

The encyclical: Spirituality and ethics join the climate debate

Blog entry by Giuseppe Onufrio | 18 June, 2015

When talking about climate change, ethical arguments have tended to be overshadowed by scientific, economic and political reasoning.  Of course, there are many good reasons to go after a strong and unequivocal climate agreement in...

Norway’s "no to coal" is a challenge to decision makers worldwide

Blog entry by Johan Hammerstrøm | 5 June, 2015

Today’s vote in the Norwegian Parliament marks a truly historic event: It is the first time in history that all our politicians — left-leaning and right-leaning — have come together to take a stand against coal. The parliament...

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