IDEAS Members, Friends, and Supporters,

With the passing of Thanksgiving not only have we entered the tail end of 2014, and the heat of the holiday season, but the beginning of December also kicked off the UNFCCC COP 20 Climate Change conference in Lima, Peru! Though it is yet to be seen what results this conference might yield, the importance of the meeting remains largely evident.

First and foremost this discourse is focused on the mitigation of immediate threats posed by climate change, as well as the continuation of a long series of commitments and concessions made by participating nations towards a more energy conscious world. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has cautioned the international community of potentially critical rises in sea level, increases in the intensity of storms and natural disasters, and more if change is not made to current environmental regulations and carbon emission practices and thus, as is the case with every year’s COP, emphasis is placed on these impending dangers. However, this year’s meeting carries an additional weight as it will serve the secondary purpose of setting the stage for 2015’s Paris conference on the international framework for post-2015 development and climate change mitigation. Specifically, a number of the countries participating at Lima will be engaged in an Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action in order to establish realistic prospects for the discussion points, concessions, goals, and costs of the Paris agreement. Countries will be submitting Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by the first quarter of 2015, in preparation for Paris, and thus Lima will help in defining what these INDCs will need to contain prior to their expected due date next year.


Clearly the implications of Lima are vital to the success of climate change mitigations plans, and the discussions taking place in Peru are of paramount importance to the entire international community. If you wish to keep up to date on the discussions taking place in Lima, you can visit to view webcasts of the conference and stay posted for more information coming from us at IDEAS regarding the conference and its conclusions! Happy Holidays from IDEAS for Us!

– Nick Stampar