19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Event date: 11 November 2013 - 22 November 2013

Venues: The National Stadium, The Palace of Culture and Science
City: Warsaw
Country: Poland
Organsiers: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Website/further information: UNFCCC COP19

Description: The 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19)  and the 9th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to Kyoto Protocol will be held in Warsaw, Poland from 11-22 November 2013 at the National Stadium.

The COP19 official timetable:
2-4 October 2013 – the pre-COP, Hyatt Hotel, Warsaw
4-9 November 2013 – pre-sessional meetings, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
11-22 November 2013 – COP19, The National Stadium, Warsaw
19-22 November 2013 – COP19 High Level Segment, The National Stadium, Warsaw

About the UNFCCC
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992.

The objective of the treaty is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.

The UNFCCC was opened for signature on 9 May 1992, after an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee produced the text of the Framework Convention as a report following its meeting in New York from 30 April to 9 May 1992. It entered into force on 21 March 1994. As of May 2011, UNFCCC has 195 parties. The parties to the convention have met annually from 1995 in Conferences of the Parties (COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change. In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was concluded and established legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The 2010 Cancun agreements state that future global warming should be limited to below 2.0 °C relative to the pre-industrial level.

One of the first tasks set by the UNFCCC was for signatory nations to establish national greenhouse gas inventories of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals, which were used to create the 1990 benchmark levels for accession of Annex I countries to the Kyoto Protocol and for the commitment of those countries to GHG reductions. Updated inventories must be regularly submitted by Annex I countries.

The UNFCCC is also the name of the UN Secretariat charged with supporting the operation of the Convention, with offices in Bonn, Germany. From 17 May 2010 the head of the secretariat is Ms. Christiana Figueres from Costa Rica. The Secretariat, augmented through the parallel efforts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), aims to gain consensus through meetings and the discussion of various strategies.