Tuesday 13 July: Setting the Scene

0830 Keynote: Democracy Governance and Climate Change

What particular challenges does climate change pose and how do these affect how it is governed? How has this changed since Copenhagen?

1130  Evidence in Science and Policy

What does science tell us about climate change and why is it so complex? How do we communicate this to policy makers and the general public? How can we best use science to make informed policy decisions?

1400 Vulnerabilities and their Variability
Who is vulnerable to the effects of climate change? How does this vary – between different countries, industries, sectors and social groups?

1600 Not Just Environment
A selection of delegate forums on the relationship between climate change and other topical issues – Conflict, Gender, Health, Migration, Trade (Chaired by delegates)

Delegate Forum – Gender and Climate Change

Delegate Forum – Migration and Climate Change

Delegate Forum – Trade and Climate Change

Wednesday 14 July: International Responses 

0830 Keynote: The Global Effort – Where are we now?
Why must we tackle climate change together at the global level?  What are the key issues at the global level and how does the UNFCCC address these? What does the principle of “common but differentiated responsibility” mean in practice?  How does measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) contribute to efforts to address climate change?  How are we doing so far and what more needs to be done?

1000 Global Mechanisms
Detailed parallel discussions on aspects under the UNFCCC.  Each session will include a discussion of how the mechanism is applied to specific cases. 

The Clean Development Mechanism

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)


Financial Transfer Mechanism

1145 The role of International Organisations in tackling Climate Change
What role to regional bodies and international organisations such as the Commonwealth play in both mitigation and adapting to climate change?  What advantages do they offer over global approaches and which issues are they particularly suited to dealing with?  How can we ensure regional efforts are coordinated and compliment efforts at local, national and global levels?

Thursday 15 July: Responses on the Ground

0930 Working with…
Parallel discussions exploring the role of specific potential partners, and how best to work with them.  Delegates choose one session.  Each session will analyse case studies of climate change mitigation and adaptation, which will form part of the toolkit for parliamentarians.

Civil Society

Faith Groups – with support from the British Council

Local Government

1130 Low Carbon Energy
What low carbon energy technologies are available and under development?  How do they compare with each other?

1400 Our Role as Parliamentarians and as Parliaments
What are parliamentarians responsibilities in addressing climate change?  What parliamentary structures, such as committees, can be held up as examples of best practice and how could these be used in other parliamentarians?