IIED debrief: COP25 and what it means for the climate crisis

Event, 14 January 2020

After the UN climate talks in Madrid, Spain, ended with widespread disappointment, IIED is hosting a discussion in London on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, to unpack the decisions and declarations made at COP25. An expert panel will examine what blocked progress and discuss what needs to happen over the coming year in order to deliver success at the climate summit in Glasgow in November 2020.

A house destroyed by hurricane

2019: Hurricane Dorian, the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, caused billions of dollars of damage across the Caribbean (Commonwealth Secretariat via FlickrCC BY-NC 2.0)

In 2019, conditions forced a climate change reality check on the world. We have seen the grief and anguish of communities that have been subject to climate-related disasters. We have seen a wealth of new evidence highlighting the speed and severity of the climate crisis come to light, as well as the power and influence of millions of young people striking in our streets, compelling world leaders to listen and act.

On Sunday, 15 December, COP25 finally ended after numerous delays. This major climate conference was the last opportunity for governments to finalise the rules that will guide the implementation of the Paris Agreement, before they have to submit emission reduction plans that match their promises to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

Despite two additional days and nights of difficult negotiations, the summit ended weakly as diplomats failed to come to agreement on the rulebook for the Paris Agreement, meaning no real action and dangerous delay.

In response to the Madrid climate talks, this event at IIED’s London headquarters on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 will unpack what happened at this pivotal meeting.

An expert panel will examine whether the progress made by countries is ambitious enough and to what extent the outcomes respond to the priorities of the 47 least developed countries (LDCs), those that are least responsible for the climate crisis but are suffering the most from its impacts.

The panel will discuss what the road to COP26 (in Glasgow in November 2020) must look like, and what needs to happen to ensure governments act quickly and decisively to reverse the undermining outcomes of COP25 and take ambitious action to tackle the climate crisis.

Event details

Date and time: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 (9.30am-12pm)
Venue: IIED, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH
To book your place: Register via the Eventbrite online booking platform



Juliette Tunstall (juliette.tunstall@iied.org), internal engagement and external events officer, IIED's Communications Group