COP 12 and COP/MOP 2 Nairobi

United Nations Climate Change Conference
COP 12 and COP/MOP 2 

Nairobi, Kenya
November 6-17, 2006


COP 12 Report

Government negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi continued two processes launched last year in Montreal to consider next steps in the international climate effort, and agreed in the final hours to open another track to review the Kyoto Protocol.  In two weeks of talks, parties also agreed on modest steps on adaptation, debated approaches to reducing deforestation and accelerating technology transfer, and heard proposals from South Africa and Brazil on ways to promote stronger action by developing countries.

The conference – known formally as the Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 12) and the Second Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 2) – was the first such gathering in sub-Saharan Africa.  Its high-level segment featured an opening statement by outgoing UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who lamented a “frightening” lack of leadership from governments and announced the “Nairobi Framework,” an initiative to help spread the benefits of Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) among more developing countries.

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The Center's Activites at the Nairobi Climate Change Conference

Presentation of Pocantico Report –
View the presentation here at the UNFCCC website.

At the invitation of the UNFCCC Secretariat, C2ES presented a report of its Climate Dialogue at Pocantico at the Convention’s Dialogue on Long-Term Cooperative Action.  The Pocantico dialogue brought together senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries to explore options for advancing the international climate effort post-2012.  The group’s report, released in November 2005, recommends engaging major economies through a flexible framework allowing countries to take on different types of commitments.  The report was presented November 16 at the Convention Dialogue by Elliot Diringer, the Center's director of international strategies. View the presentation here at the UNFCCC website.

Release of New Adaptation Report –

The Center held a side event on November 15 (1:15 pm – 2:45 p.m. in the Acacia Room) to release a new report, Adaptation to Climate Change: International Policy Options.  The report explores key issues in strengthening international adaptation efforts and outlines three broad sets of options: steps under the Framework Convention, working through the development process, and climate "insurance."  It is coauthored by Ian Burton of the University of Toronto, Elliot Diringer of the Center, and Joel Smith of Stratus Consulting Inc.

Speakers at the side event included:

  • Elliot Diringer, director of international strategies;
  • Emily Massawa, lead climate change negotiator, Kenya;
  • Alf Wills, lead climate change negotiator, Republic of South Africa;
  • Ian Noble, climate change advisor, The World Bank; and
  • Thomas Loster, chairman, Munich Re Foundation.


Further background on the Nairobi conference is available at the UNFCCC Secretariat website.