Media briefs at Copenhagen

Media briefs on all the key issues under debate at the UN Climate Summit are available for download.

The briefs cover what will success look like; emission reductions - rich countries double duty to act; finance - who controls the money; finance - poor countries won't be fooled by old money; finance - hard cash could make or break copenhagen; adaptation - securing the survival of the poorest gender and climate change; the role of business at the climate talks; and food and climate change.

COP Outcomes Climate change kills. It is taking lives today, and will threaten entire communities, countries, and ways of life within a generation, unless world leaders agree a fair, ambitious and binding deal. Read full brief.
Finance Financing for tackling climate change in poor countries can make or break the Copenhagen agreement. Unless poor countries see hard cash on the table, there is a real danger they will simply walk away. Read full brief.
Additionality Money to help developing countries adapt to the climate impacts and pursue low carbon futures must be new and additional. The fight over ‘additionality’ will be one of the most important battles at Copenhagen, with massive implications for poor people around the world. As always, the devil is in the detail – or lack of it. Read full brief.
Mitigation To avoid catastrophic climate change, the science says we must keep global warming as far below 2°C as possible – the threshold at which ‘tipping-points’ are likely to be triggered increasing the danger of runaway climate change. Read full brief.
Governance For communities on the ground in developing countries, the way in which financing is governed and delivered will make all the difference. Who gets to decide on the ways in which funds will be spent? Who is the fund accountable to? Read full brief.
Gender When natural disasters strike, they hit poor communities first and worst. And since women make up an estimated 70 percent of those living below the poverty line, they are most likely to bear the heaviest burdens. Read full brief.
Agriculture More than one billion people will go hungry today. The number of hungry people around the world has reached dire proportions as the result of the food price crisis in 2008 and the global financial crisis. Read full brief.
Adaptation The impacts of climate change on people’s lives are already devastating. They range from storms, floods, droughts, sickness, shifting seasons to desertification and rising sea levels. Read full brief.
Business The business community plays a central role in the fight against climate change. Companies have both a responsibility and a business imperative to take significant steps to cut their own emissions in line with keeping global warming well below 2°C. Read full brief.