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United Nations Climate Change Conference, Cancun 2010

29 November to 10 December 2010 Cancun, Mexico

This year's United Nations Climate Change Conference included the sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) and the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). It was hoped that these key meetings will make long overdue progress on creating a binding agreement on climate change. 

COP's two advisory bodies -  the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice - also be held sessions as did the two major negotiating teams (the Ad hoc Working Group for the Kyoto Protocol and the working group for Longterm Cooperative Action) will be holding sessions as well.

Find out what happened

FANMex participates in the Dialogue on Water and Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tanveer's blog from COP16

Countries call for water to be addressed in the climate negotiations

COP16: FAN Mexico Coordinator Nathalie's first impressions


German Rocha, FAN South America Convenor, reports from COP16

Water & Climate Coalition at COP16

How did FAN get involved?

FAN is a member of the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) who are focused on lobbying at the negotiations to push water management up the agenda in the adaption text and pushing for a work programme on water and climate change adaptation.  We also aimed to achieve a greater understanding around why we are calling for water to take prominence in the agenda (this is the lens through which finance is directed).  This was the focus of the lobbying work of the FAN delegation.  

We produced a short document in time for the negotiations to promote FAN and present our members' perspectives on climate change.  We conducted a short survey to all of our members to gather some further information about the views and understanding of our members in relation to climate change to inform the communication.  

Read FAN Climate Change document (pdf):

English  Spanish French

Also, read FANCA's position papers on for the conference (Spanish):
Posicion comun sobre Cambio Climatico de los paises miembros del Sistema de la Intehracion Centroamericana (SICA) (PDF 62 Kb)

Estrategia Regional de Cambio Climatico (PDF 1.2 Mb) 

Danielle Morley, Executive Secretary of FAN will be supporting our small delegation comprising of Rolando Castro, FANCA, German Rocha, FANAS, Nathalie Seguin, FAN Mex and Tanveer Arif of FANSA.  They will all be sending regular updates through Twitter and our blog.

Sunday 28th November

Orientation meeting to plan for the next week of lobbing.  WCC met every morning as well to plan, share, strategize etc.

Tuesday 30th November

WCC held a closed meeting with negotiators.  Secretariat represented members' concerns in this meeting.  There were at least 10 around the table.

Friday 3rd December

WCC wrap up / final session looking at how to make the outcomes of the COP16 more meaningful.

Monday 6th December

Official side event hosted by WCC and GWP.  One of our FAN representatives presented on the impact of CC on water management, the challenges faced on a day to day basis in those areas where CC is already having an impact.

The World Bank held meetings around their Water and Climate Alliance.

CONAGUA held a series of side events outside of the official negotiations called the Dialogs for Water and Climate Change (D4WCC)

Past action

To date, we have taken part in key UNFCCC events to try and create support for a Copenhagen outcome that clearly recognised the importance of water for tackling climate change and which includes strong and action-orientated text to this end. 

In this process, FAN is partnering with the Water and Climate Coalition (WCC) who are  calling for the establishment of a work programme on water and climate change under the UNFCCC and is planning various discussions around these issues during the negotiations.

Read more: 
-Moving forward from Copenhagen. What next for water in climate change negotiations? 
Kolleen Bouchane FAN Advocacy Officer at COP-15
-Water makes a splash at the Barcelona Climate Change negotiations 
FAN at 'Water Day' an event that took place alongside the Climate Change negotiations in Barcelona
-FAN inputs into to Copenhagen climate talks  
Ceridwen Johnson, FAN's Communications Officer, delivers a presentation on behalf of FAN to the delegation at Bonn in the lead up to COP 15.

-General resources on climate change and integrated water resource management 

-See also the February 2010 edition of Freshwater News, which had a special focus on climate change and a write up about events at the Water Day in Barcelona

COP-16 influencer's kit

Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe's speech - sets out the key political issues for Cancun 

Meeting schedule showing the different meetings and when they’ll happen (with lots of blanks for the informals – there’s a section in the ‘My Delegation’ guide on these)

Ad hoc Working Group - Longterm Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA)

Scenario note - sets out how each item will be handled and the structure of the session (they usually provide the final details at the first plenary) 

Annotated agenda - annotated agenda (by the Exec Secretary) which sets out the items and some details

Negotiation text (INF1) - what will be referred to in contact groups and plenaries. It’s probably worth having a copy of the Convention and the KP to translate when people start quoting articles from them.

Overall documents page - throughout, there will be new versions of papers (usually keeping the same title, but adding revX to the title) – these will be on the respective documents pages

Ad hoc Working Group - Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP)

Annotated agenda

Scenario note

Negotiation text 

Overall documents page

Text of the Copenhagen Accord

Jargon buster  

COP: Conference of the Parties
Essentially the supreme body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); meets annually.

CMP - Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol 
Serves as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol’s top body; meets annually at the same time as the COP.

AWG-KP: Ad hoc Working Group - Kyoto Protocol
One of two major negotiating groups which focuses on negotiating further legally-binding commitments for Annex I Parties beyond 2012. Attended by the 37 industrialised Annex I countries, plus other Parties to the Protocol and Parties to the Convention who did not ratify Kyoto but may attend as observers.

AWG-LCAAd hoc Working Group - Longterm Cooperative Action
The second major negotiating group. It was established in Bali in 2007 to conduct negotiations on a strengthened international deal on climate change, which was to be concluded at COP 15 in Copenhagen. Its work was extended by a year at COP 15 and the group will report back to the COP in Cancun this year.

SBSTA: Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice
An advisory body to the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Serves as a link between information and assessments provided by expert sources (such as the IPCC, responsible for compiling the world’s government-approved science) and the COP, which focuses on setting policy.

SBI: Subsidiary Body for Implementation
The SBI is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies created by the convention, with the other being the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). It makes recommendations on policy and implementation issues to the COP and, if requested, to other bodies. 

Plenery
A formal meeting of the entire COP, CMP or one of its subsidiary bodies.

REDD: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries
A set of steps designed to use market/financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation. Its original objective is to reduce green house gases but it hopes to deliver added benefits such as biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.

LULUCF: Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry

A greenhouse gas inventory sector that covers emissions and removals of greenhouse gases resulting from direct human-induced land use, land-use change and forestry activities.