COP22: Marrakech

Dossier on the UN Climate Summit COP 22 in Marrakech

With regard to international climate protection, the global community currently seems determined to make up for the lost time of the past decades. The COP 21 in Paris marked the first time that all countries agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Even the 1.5°C limit, which many had already abandoned, was revived and enshrined in the climate agreement. And less than a year after the summit, enough countries have ratified the agreement to meet the necessary quorum for it to take effect on November 4, 2016.

The UN climate summit in Marrakech from 7th to 18th November is the crucial next step for operationalizing the Paris Agreement. Many controversial issues are on the agenda such as damages caused by climate change and financing for the poorest countries. However, COP 22 should not be mistaken for being a summit that will merely deal with technical details of the agreement’s implementation. Instead, Marrakesh offers a chance to finally start the transformation towards climate justice and a sustainable future.

Publications on the COP22

A change of course - How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world


In Paris in 2015 governments agreed to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees. The mainstream pathways pin theirhopes to risky and costly technologies. In this joint publication, together with Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and Misereor, we present alternatives that are possible and necessary for a change of course.

Carbon Metrics

Just in time for the current UNFCCC COP in Morocco (7-18 November 2016), we are publishing the second edition of "Carbon Metrics". The revised edition takes last year's Paris Agreement into account and also looks at the impacts of new technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Articles and Analyses on COP 22

Marrakech: modest progress on loss and damage, but more on the horizon

Marrakech was never going to write history on loss and damage in the same way that Paris did in 2015. Whilst the progress made in the Paris Agreement was tangible at Marrakech, rich countries didn’t allow a real breakthrough yet. The Marrakech talks did, however, lay some groundwork for future progress.

By Julie-Anne Richards

Radical Realism About Climate Change

Last December in Paris, 196 governments agreed on the need to limit global warming to 1.5°C. But political constraints are causing some to advocate solutions that will do more harm than good.

By Lili Fuhr

Loss and damage at COP22 – how do we top Paris?

Loss and damage is when climate change goes beyond what it is possible to adapt to such as typhoons or frequent droughts. The Paris Agreement made progress on those issues. COP22 in Marrakesh should now clarify the question of loss and damage finance.

By Julie-Anne Richards

Events hosted by Heinrich Böll Foundation in Marrakech

Official Side Event at UNFCCC COP 22
9 November, 3-4:30 pm, Conference Center Bab Ighli, Marrakesh, Blue Zone, room Bering
“The 1.5°C challenge: Promises and Pitfalls of Technofix Climate Politics” in cooperation with Misereor and Action Aid, (COP access badge needed)

Events at the Green Zone

  • 10. Nov, 5:00-6:30 pm: Analysis of the Electoral Manifestos of Morocco’s Political Parties, Green Zone, Room/Salle Draa
  • 14 Nov, 1:00-2:30 pm, Why 100% of Climate Finance must be Gender-Responsive, Green Zone, Room/Salle Souss
  • 15 Nov, 1:00-2:30 pm, Climate Governance and the Role of Climate Finance in Morocco Green Zone, Room/Salle Souss
  • 15. Nov 7-8:30 pm GCFWatch: CSO efforts to ensure the Green Climate Fund supports developing countries' inclusive and just transformation", Green Zone, Room/Salle Oum Errabia

Events at Riad Al Jazira , 8 Derb Mayara, Old Medina (Sidi Ben Slimane), Marrakech

  • 14 Nov, 5:00-7:00 Perspectives: Climate Activism in the MENA region
  • 15 Nov, 7:30-9:00 Energy Scenarii and energy policy making in North Africa: The cases of Egypt and Morocco
  • 16 Nov, 5:00-7:00: Enlarging the Climate Ambition: the EU and (South) East Europe.

For further reading

COP 21 and the Paris Agreement: A Force Awakened

Globally, political leaders are lauding the acceptance of the global and legally binding Paris Agreement on Climate Change at COP21 as a historical moment. It achieves a goal long believed unattainable. However, judged against the enormity of the challenge and the needs and pressure from people on the ground demanding a global deal anchored in climate justice, the Paris Agreement can only be called a disappointment.

By Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek, Maureen Santos, Hans Verolme, Dr. Radostina Primova, Damjan Bogunovic

COP21: Paris

After the failed climate summit in Copenhagen 2009, governments of 196 countries meet again at COP 21 in Paris at the end of November to negotiate a globally binding climate agreement. In this ongoing dossier we pick up these and other aspects and complement them with regional analyses from our international offices.

Dossier: New Economy of Nature

How did forests become ‚natural capital‘? Our web dossier illustrates what the concept of the „New Economy of Nature“ stands for and explains nature’s role in the Green Economy and why this approach has been of increased interest to economy and politics recently.

Dossier: Squeezed – Spaces for Civil Society

The civil society is globally under pressure. In many countries governments are restricting the activities of civil society organisations with targeted measures. In this dossier we deliver analysis and background knowledge, whilst exploring new scopes for action for civil societies.