Aims and objectives


To support parliamentarians in contributing to, and in holding their executives to account on the formulation and implementation of climate change policy at local, national and international levels.


Addressing the challenges to:

1. Recognise that climate change is a complex and multi-layered issue which must be addressed through co-ordinated local, national, regional and international action

2. Emphasise the urgent need to act on climate change, even in the absence of a global treaty

3. Recognise the need for immediate international focus on climate change despite scientific uncertainties

4. Underline the responsibility of parliamentarians in responding to climate change, including:

a) Overseeing and scrutinising the Executive
b) Promoting climate change awareness across all sectors and at all  levels; in local, national and international arenas
c) Contributing to policy development

5. Analyse why negotiations at Copenhagen failed to produce a global treaty and consider the role of the Commonwealth and other international groupings in working towards international agreement

Climate change policy and action to:

1. Share ideas on the responses of parliamentarians to climate change

2. Consider how the variance of impact of climate change on different groups in society and at different levels affects policy formulation, referring to issues such as water supply and sanitation, health and disease, food supply, flooding and drought

3. Discuss international strategies of climate change mitigation and adaptation, including:

a) The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol which allows industrialised countries to finance projects in developing countries that reduce carbon emissions as an alternative to meeting their emission reduction obligations domestically
b) Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), a set of mechanisms designed to reduce carbon emissions caused through deforestation and forest degradation and to increase existing forest cover
c) Financial Transfers and Technology Transfers from industrialised countries to assist developing countries in both mitigation and adaptation

4. Evaluate case studies of climate change mitigation and adaptation at local and national levels and discuss their relevance across the world

5. Discuss how best to work in partnership with the media, civil society and the private sector in climate change mitigation and adaptation

Output to:

1. Agree a conference communiqué highlighting priority issues for parliamentarians

2. Contribute to a toolkit for parliamentarians, which will assist attendees in leading on climate change issues and activities in their respective parliaments