International climate policy

UN Climate Change Conferences

Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann (r.) und Umweltminister Franz Untersteller vor dem Areal der Weltklimakonferenz COP 21 in Paris, Le Bourget.

Every year, a great number of delegates convenes at the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The representatives of nation states strive for mutual agreements for climate action. As climate change is a global problem, which just one country cannot tackle all by itself, such a coordinated approach on the international level is indispensable.

In this article, you get an overview of the contents of the framework convention on climate change, the structure of the multilateral climate negotiations and the most important milestones of the climate diplomacy so far. As a last point, an assessment of the international efforts for climate protection and against the negative impacts of climate change ensues.

Milestones of the international climate negotiations

Conference of the Parties 25 in Glasgow

: COP26 in Glasgow

The next COP will take place in Glasgow in October 2021, United Kingdom (postponement due to Corona virus). Until then, nation states shall present their new or updated NDCs. In Madrid at COP25, already 120 countries joined the “Climate Ambition Coalition” and announced to achieve climate neutrality or net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Moreover, 80 states pledged to upward revise their NDCs.

UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow 2020