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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provides the basis for concerted international action to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its impacts. The Handbook aims at providing an overview of the institutional framework as well as the thematic work undertaken under the convention. It targets governments, researchers, non-governmental organisations and others interested in the international climate change negotiations.

The Handbook is the outcome of a project carried out by Ecologic for the Climate Change Secretariat. It is structured along two parts.

The first part (Chapters 1-10) focuses on the institutional and process aspects of the international climate change negotiations. It reviews the history of the climate change process, and provides an overview of the institutional arrangements: who does what in the process (the Conference of the Parties, the Bureau, the subsidiary bodies, and the secretariat); who is who in the process (Parties, negotiating groups, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and media); and how to make changes to the Convention – amendments, adoption of protocols and annexes.

The second part (Chapters 11-19) provides an overview of the activities related to the implementation of the Convention, including on mitigation of climate change, adaptation to climate impacts, finance, technology transfer, capacity-building and reporting, as well as the discussions underway to shape future action on climate change.

While the Handbook is first and foremost about the Convention, it also touches on some aspects of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Handbook may be ordered free of charge from the Convention Secretariat:
Climate Change Secretariat
P.O. Box 260124
D-53153 Bonn
Phone: (49-228) 815-1000
Fax: (49-228) 815-1999
E-Mail: secretariat@unfccc.int
It is also available for download.


Blobel, Daniel; Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf; Carmen Schlosser-Allera and Penny Steel 2006: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Handbook. Bonn: Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC).

Carmen Schlosser-Allera
Penny Steel
216 pp.
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Table of Contents

Scope and purpose of the handbook
Introduction: Climate change
Chapter 1: Objective and principles of the Convention
Chapter 2: Institutional arrangements – who does what
Chapter 3: Parties, groups and observer states – who is who
Chapter 4: Cooperation with UN bodies/agencies and intergovernmental organizations
Chapter 5: Observer organizations and the media
Chapter 6: Multilateral consultative process: Article 13
Chapter 7: Settling disputes
Chapter 8: Amending the Convention
Chapter 9: Adopting, amending and reviewing annexes
Chapter 10: Adopting protocols
Chapter 11: Mitigating climate change
Chapter 12: Adapting to climate change
Chapter 13: Providing financial resources
Chapter 14: Developing and transferring technologies
Chapter 15: Furthering research and systematic observation
Chapter 16: Promoting education, training and public awareness
Chapter 17: Building capacity
Chapter 18: Communicating information on implementation
Chapter 19: Keeping up the momentum: the dialogue

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