The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Bonn from November 6th to 17th, 2017 under the presidency of Fiji. The goal is the advance of the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is held annually. The overall…

Climate change is a hot topic. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, cities and states have vowed to step up.  It is also time for other nations to step up on climate commitments. Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1 °C since 1850 as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions into…

Over the past two weeks, the international policy, scientific and NGO community came together at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, and participated in the SB46 (Subsidiary Body 46) of the UNFCCC. A delegation of IFLRY had the privilege of observing these pre-negotiation meetings, which seek to serve as the foundation for the Conference…

“In a time where the world experiences a drastic change in leadership, liberals must unite to deal with one of the most existential threats: climate change.” These are the words of Martin Lidegaard, the former Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Minister for Energy and Climate Change and founder of the Danish green think-tank CONCITO….

On the 12th of December, 196 Parties adopted the Paris Agreement: the first major international agreement on the issue of climate change since the 1992 Kyoto Protocol. On Earth Day, the 22nd of April, over 170 Parties signed the agreement. But this is only the beginning of the process. As with any big agreement, the…

Why the EU needs to step up its 2030 game: In December, world leaders gathered at Le Bourget, Paris, for the UN climate negotiations, COP21. After both tense and intense negotiations, the international community managed to put together – for the first time in history – a binding and global treaty on climate change. The…

IFLRY (the International Federation of Liberal Youth) represents over two million youth members around the world, and our Climate Change team had the opportunity to bring unique perspectives to COP21. With representatives from Norway, the Philippines, Ukraine, Canada, and the Netherlands, we each had our own national positions and challenges in mind while observing the…

Four years ago in Durban, South Africa, a working group was established to develop a protocol and a legally binding agreement that would be ready no later than 2015, for adoption at COP21 in Paris, France. IFLRY had the opportunity to witness the culmination of four years of tough negotiations by 196 parties, and to…

On October 19th, Canada elected its 23rd Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau’s leadership brought the Liberal Party of Canada to a strong victory, forming a majority government after a decade-long Conservative administration. A long time coming, the Liberals won on the promise of “Real Change”, a slogan they have managed to convince many voters with –…

We are entering an era of increased risk of conflict due to climate change. We depend on resources for survival, and thus, they have throughout history always been an important factor for conflicts. As anthropogenic climate change and unsustainable use of resources causes scarcity, we are already seeing the link between climate change and conflicts….