At its core, climate change is a cross-cutting issue. Actions to reduce climate change impacts and promote lower-emission economies must reach across a variety of sectors, including energy, agriculture, health, water resources, and forestry. At the international level in Bali in December 2007, governments agreed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that they would seek to reach agreement on a number of these cross-cutting issues by the 15th Conference of the Parties in December 2009 in Copenhagen. This process - called the "Bali Road Map" - included negotiations centred around the four thematic "building blocks" of adaptation, mitigation, technology and financing. Land use, land-use change and forestry was another key topic.
In this section of the website, you will find:
- our Background for Beginners section, which includes many useful introductory materials; and
- the Bali Road Map section, which explains why the two years of negotiations in 2008-9 were considered so important;
- our Negotiations News page, which has the most recent announcements;
- the Archives sections, which contains summaries from all the UNFCCC climate talks in 2009, as well as other relevant meetings.
And be sure to download our featured publications on the negotiations: