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PROJECT: Funding support to the Marshall Islands in the UNFCCC process

Project Reference: ADGL-0003

This project aimed to ensure that the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) are provided with the legal and technical support to enable them to adequately and constructively take part in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process and Cartagena dialogue.

The key outputs include:

  1. Legal and technical support, as and when requested, provided to the RMI and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) group. In addition, reinforcing RMI’s leading role within AOSIS and provided technical and coordination support in the lead up to the Bonn intercessionals, at the 20th Conference of the parties (COP20) in Lima, and at subsequent UNFCCC meetings.
  2. On-going preparation of briefings and negotiating materials, and participation in international negotiations and relevant meetings, such as the UN Secretary General’s Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change, 23rd September 2014.
  3. Support to the RMI and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) engagement in the Cartagena Dialogue meetings, including preparing briefing notes, legal and technical support and the organisation, facilitation and delivery of strategic meetings for Cartagena Dialogue countries.
  4. Bolstering the effectiveness of the Cartagena Dialogue and carryover of progressive Dialogue messaging into the UNFCCC negotiations.
  5. Supporting the RMI’s 2013 PIF Chairmanship: Promoting the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership mainstreaming climate change and its impacts on prospects for sustainable development as a key issue.
  6. Building capacity of technical staff within RMI.
  7. Sharing and building on climate diplomacy lessons learnt in the RMI.

The key outcomes were an increase in the ability and capacity of the RMI and AOSIS group to participate effectively in the UNFCCC process, the Cartagena Dialogue and other climate change related forums and deeper and more substantial diplomatic linkages between RMI and other key actors in the negotiations.

The Climate diplomacy Policy Brief, which features the RMI as a case study, can be found here.

CDKN funding: £246,800

Project Manager: Nadia Schweimler

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