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Watch out for Brown’s CDL at COP23 in Bonn

Brown’s Climate and Development Lab is revving up for the UN climate change negotiations or COP23 in Bonn under the Fiji presidency following a busy couple of months of preparations.

Two squads of CDL researchers will attend the two weeks of the negotiations, where we will be working closely with some of our partners from around the world. Here’s a look at what we will be up to:

Working with our partners:

During the COP, CDL researchers will working with a variety of individuals and groups including:

  • Supporting the Least Developed Countries Group Chair, Mr. Gebru Jember Endalew of Ethiopia
  • Working with the United Nations Development Programme, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (Bangladesh), Climate Action Network International, and Oxfam International.  
  • Collaborating with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) which focuses on the Small Island Developing States and working specifically with the Seychelles and Palau delegations.
    Working with Climate Home to report on events and conduct interviews with leading figures at COP23.

Events at COP23:

The CDL is hosting an event at the German Development Institute Interconnections Zone in Bula on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 - 11:00  called, “Transparency, Governance, and Accountability and Governance in Climate Adaptation – Perspectives from the Developing World”. We are co-hosting this event with AdaptationWatch, the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). A second overlapping event will be held that afternoon in the WWF Pavillion, also featuring CDL work through the AdaptationWatch consortium.

The CDL’s director Professor Timmons Roberts will be on the panel for a side event at COP23 in Bonn titled, “LUCCC, A LDCs initiative to build long-term climate capacity and implement Article 11 of the Paris?” on Thursday, November 16th from 11:30 to 13:00. The panel will discuss the context, vision, and function and the role of universities outlined in LDCs University Consortium on Climate Capacity (LUCCC) under Article 11 of the Paris Agreement.

The lab is co-sponsor of and participant in Capacity Building Day, 16 November, at GIZ GmbH, Heinrich-von-Stephan-Strabe 9, 53175 Bonn. Our partners include the UN Development Programme, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (Bangladesh), University of Colorado-Boulder, Oregon State University, and the United Nations University.

Preparing for Bonn:

In preparation for COP23, lots of exciting work has been underway. Our latest book, the Paris Framework for Climate Change Capacity Building: Time for a Fresh Approach, is being prepared for publication with Routledge.

Other recent publications include the major annual policy report from Adaptation Watch on the implementation process of adaptation governance under Paris.  

The CDL works with partners from GFLAC, PACJA, Adaptify (Netherlands)Both ENDS (Netherlands)ENDA Tiers Monde (Senegal)Grupo de Financiamiento Climático para América Latina y el Caribe (Mexico)International Centre for Climate Change and Development (Bangladesh)Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (Nepal & USA)Nur University (Bolivia)Oxford Climate Policy (UK)Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (Kenya)Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden)Transparency International (Germany)Université Libre de Bruxelles, Centre d'Etudes du Développement durable  (Belgium), and University of Colorado-Boulder's Environmental Studies Program (USA)
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A series of policy briefings have been released weekly from the AdaptationWatch network. This work was coordinated by Danielle Falzon of Brown’s CDL and Kevin Adams of the Stockholm Environmental Institute and can be found at

Researchers in our lab are are contributing to a myriad of projects ranging from supporting energy sovereignty for tribal nations through grant writing to contributing editorial content to

Further, we have researchers working with the US Climate Action Network on a climate finance brief for congressional staffers, and others researching financial flows to climate action and denial organizations. Several other projects are also in the works.

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This story originally appeared at The Climate Development Lab website.
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