UNFCCC Executive Secretary’s Decision to Speak at the Coal Summit

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, released a letter explaining her decision to speak at the International Coal and Climate Summit. The summit was organized by the World Coal Association and Poland’s Economy Ministry and will be taking place here in Warsaw next week, November 18-19. Her letter was a response to an open letter written and signed by several NGOs, which expressed concern for her presence at the event. It will be interesting to see what happens at the coal summit, as well as whether and how Figueres’ decision to speak there will affect the negotiations next week.

Letter from NGOs to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres

Response from Christiana Figueres

Here are background articles about the coal summit if you would like more background information:



Tuesday: A Day in Review

The last few days have been a whirlwind!

This morning we met up with other students interested in agroforestry. Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Finland, New Zealand and Australia were all represented in this workgroup. I am expecting these morning meetings to be a good setting to brainstorm and update each other on the status of the negotiations around agroforestry. REDD+ was the topic of a few people’s research; however, many were new to the idea of REDD+ and its variations. Since many of us from this meeting are attending similar events, we ran into each other often through out the day. We are meeting up again tomorrow morning to continue discussion.

Rachel and I tried to attend the Coalition for Rainforest Nations Meeting at 1, but were turned away at the door. That said, Beth heard today that the number of open meetings is evidence towards the idea that these negotiations maybe more accessible for observers than previous negotiations.

Climate Displacements: Rights and Responsibilities was next on my schedule. This was an emotional side event to attend. Many shared testimonials about their impending or experience with forced migration. Over and over I’ve heard Annex II countries plead Annex I countries to take responsibility for their role in creating the climate crisis that displaces whole groups of people. Addressing displacement issues under the loss and damages addition (see Caitlin’s post) is not seen as an solution since forced migration is such a large field of concern that demands an alternative approach. The group called for a revision of rights to ensure equity and dignity to the estimated 200 million climate migrants by 2050 (IPCC). 

Evolving Requirements and Solutions for REDD+ Monitoring, with Community Focus and Indigenous Peoples and REDD+ followed. We road the rail system back to the hostel and just were unpacking when our research teams back home called us to Skype in with updates.