From 28 November to 10 December, world leaders met in Durban, South Africa, for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol.
SEI researchers attended to advise government and NGO delegations, monitor negotiations, and participate in a wide range of side events, including a high-level discussion of sustainable development and adaptation in the context of Planetary Boundaries, with South African President Jacob Zuma, Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri and several other high-profile guests, co-hosted by SEI Executive Director Johan Rockström.
In addition, SEI York Centre Director Johan Kuylenstierna spoke at the unveiling of a major United Nations Environment Programme report on short-lived climate forcers, a follow-up on a major report coordinated by Kuylenstierna released in June at the UNFCCC conference in Bonn, and SEI-US senior scientist Sivan Kartha presented his analysis of developed and developing-country climate mitigation pledges multiple times, responding to requests sparked by negotiators citing his work during the talks.
Stockholm-based SEI research fellow Clarisse Kehler Siebert presented a UNEP report on bilateral finance institutions for which SEI was the lead author and spoke at the release of a UNESCO policy brief on geoengineering that she co-authored, and SEI senior research fellow Francis X. Johnson offered a preview of his upcoming book on sugar cane and low-carbon development in Africa. And on Agriculture Day at COP17, the SEI-run SIANI project hosted a learning event on climate-smart agriculture and the potential for carbon finance to support farmer training.
Click on the News from COP17 menu item on the left for coverage of those events, or click on the subject-area titles for collections of the best recent SEI work in those fields, including publications issued during the conference. We hope you will find these resources useful and valuable.