Climate change represents a difficult challenge for policy makers because the intersectoral connections are complex, it involves serious equity and moral issues, and it involves difficult issues of sequencing and competitiveness. This message, presented by Graeme Wheeler, Managing Director, Operations, The World Bank Group, during the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008
), is evident in the stories Linkages Update
presents this week.
From stories about the Commission on the Status of Women’s discussion of gender perspectives on climate change, to the International Maritime Organization’s focus on emissions from ships, to efforts related to System-wide Coherence and ‘Delivering as One’ within the UN system, it is clear that many perspectives, actors and interests will need to be involved if meaningful progress is to be made. The multiple venues in which climate change issues are discussed, even at the highest level, add to the complexity of understanding government positions, and the sequencing strategies that may underlie them. In the past fortnight alone, for example, two expert groups met under the aegis of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development convened in Japan, and participants at the EU Spring Summit discussed energy and climate issues. Many publications and resources are being developed to assist policy makers, such as the International Energy Agency’s recently updated Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Databases and the UN Environment Programme’s new online clearinghouse for national sustainable consumption and production (SCP) programmes, but keeping track of all of the actors, developments and resources can be a daunting task.
To help climate change policymakers manage this information, IISD RS will launch a new service in mid-April 2008. Building on our successful Climate-L listserv
, we are creating Climate Change Policy & Practice, a knowledge management project providing information to policymakers on the actions of international organizations responding to the challenge of global climate change. If you haven’t already subscribed to this listserv, we encourage you to do so. And we hope you will use Climate Change Policy & Practice once it is launched, to help you manage the complexities of climate policy.