The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Doha, Qatar from November 26th through December 7th. The meeting includes the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 8). Over the course of the two weeks, the COP and CMP sessions will convene, along with five subsidiary bodies: the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Ad Hoc Working Group on Annex I Parties’ Further Commitments under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). ‘

The COP will discuss progress made over this past year including that of the new ADP, established last year with a mandate to develop a protocol, other legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties by 2015. The CMP is anticipated to adopt amendments to the Kyoto Protocol for the second commitment period, to begin January 1, 2013. The AWG-LCA is expected to present its final outcome to the COP and conclude its work.

Documents, decisions, and resources for use during the COP18/CMP8 conference can be found below.

Summary of G8+5 Country Climate Change Positions

Climatico summarizes the climate change positions of G8+5 countries leading into COP18/CMP8 in Doha, Qatar and the end of the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Summary of G8+5 Country Climate Change Positions (2188 downloads)

COP-17 De-briefing: Enhancements, Decisions, and the Durban Package

Within this report, we summarize some of the key subjects under discussion in the COP and CMP meetings: adaptation, mitigation, capacity building, technology, finance, REDD+, and the flexibility mechanisms: CDM, JI, and emissions trading. Within these sections, we make note of the background of these areas leading into Durban, discuss some of the issues under debate, and discuss their subsequent outcomes. In addition, we have included a compilation of negotiating positions, emission reduction proposals or commitments, and financial pledges.

COP-17 De-briefing: Enhancements, Decisions, and the Durban Package (2112 downloads)

Cancún De-briefing: An Analysis of the Cancún Agreements

This report highlights some of these key issue areas under discussion in the COP16 and CMP6 meetings: adaptation, capacity building, technology transfer, finance, REDD+, and the flexibility mechanisms: CDM and JI. Within these sections, we make note of the background of these areas leading into Cancún, discuss some of the issues under debate, and discuss their subsequent outcomes.

Cancún De-briefing (1578 downloads)

Copenhagen De-briefing: An Analysis of COP15 for Long-term Cooperation

This report analyses key issues under discussion in Copenhagen including finance, technology transfer, REDD+, CDM and JI, as well as the ongoing conflicts between Annex I and Non Annex I countries. The Copenhagen Accord is also discussed along with its potential effect on future negotiations.

Copenhagen De-briefing: An Analysis of COP15 for Long-term Cooperation (1556 downloads)