Carried out by iCS and the Center for Studies in Sustainability at FGV EAESP (FGVces), the initiative involved 40 iCS grantees, partners of the Institute, participating in the event

The Institute for Climate and Society and the Center for Studies in Sustainability at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGVces) have started the training program “Simulation of International Negotiations about Climate Change.” This is aimed at a group of iCS grantees who will monitor the process of negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The objective is to develop and improve the skills of the participants in climate negotiations, preparing them for the monitoring of the discussion topics at COP 29, which is to be held in November 2024, in Azerbaijan, and COP 30, which will take place in Belém (PA) in 2025. The first meetings took place on May 9, 10 and 16, and the activities are planned to continue until December of this year. In total, 40 representatives from iCS grantee organizations are participating in the training.

“Whatever the role is of an organization during a COP or in the monitoring of the international process, it is very important to know how the negotiations work in order to formulate strategies,” says Cintya Feitosa, a specialist in International Strategies at iCS. “Therefore, even if an organization does not monitor the negotiation topics in detail, knowing more about the topics that are being debated is essential for effective participation.”

The group had five lessons to improve the development of their technical knowledge. Guarany Osório, a researcher and project coordinator at FGVces, explained how international negotiations about climate and the COPs work, and clarified how Brazil is included in the discussions. He also showed data about global CO2 emissions and demonstrated the challenge the world has in keeping global warming below 1.5 ºC or 2 ºC.

The grantees also received a lesson about climate financing — which is the main topic of COP 29, this year, when a decision is expected with respect to the new goal of climate action financing. Annelise Vendramini, who is also a researcher and project coordinator at FGVces, presented the current state of global climate financing.

Another topic addressed was land use and food systems. Rodrigo Lima, from Agroicone, an iCS grantee, presented the implications for Brazil when committing to zero deforestation by 2030, as proposed in the latest update of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). He also warned of the risks of addressing the transition of food systems transversally in the COP agendas, recognizing the declaration made at COP 28 as a high-level political message, but risky in the long term because it occurred outside the convention.

Finally, the group participated in a lesson about adaption to climate change with Mariana Nicolletti, a researcher and project coordinator at FGVces. The presentation clarified several issues, from the definition of the concept to the evolution of international and national adaptation agendas, culminating in the salient points of COPs 29 and 30 on the subject.


Photos: Guilherme Horta/FGVces

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