The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has a critical role to play in ramping up global action. Parties need to come to COP 19 in Warsaw prepared to work from day one.
With little more than two years left before the deadline for a new climate agreement and for global emissions to have peaked in terms of the science, we cannot afford 2013 to be another lost year for climate action.
In Warsaw WWF expects parties to:
- Agree to concrete steps to close the pre-2020 emissions gap.
- Set up an independent expert process on equity tasked with proposing an equity reference framework.
- Devote high-level political energy to mobilizing climate finance, and ensure that a clear trajectory is agreed at COP 19 for scaling up public finance towards US$ 100 billion per annum by 2020.
- Agree on a roadmap for the 2015 agreement.
Warsaw must mark a turning point for the climate negotiations. It must bring the “contemplation phase” to a decisive and productive end. It must produce concrete outcomes on how to close the pre-2020 mitigation gap, a road map for scaling up finance to 2020, and a plan for reaching a new legal agreement in 2015. Anything short of this will set us up for failure.