Climate Change

The Climate Change project is a UNFCCC Observer Project, Official Observer Organization for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Talks and Conference of the Parties (COP).

MBB’s Climate Change team continues its work this year with attendance at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP20/CMP10) which is taking take place December 1 to 12, 2014 in Lima, Peru. In addition, the Climate Change team will also attend the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) for the sixth part of its second session from October 20-25, 2014 in Bonn, Germany.

Please CLICK HERE to see an interview given by team co-leader Gregg Walker and team member Suzi Norbeck at the end of week one of COP19. The team continues to make progress discussing the benefits of mediation and advocating for a Party to endorse mediation as one method to solve and manage climate change conflicts.

Board Liaison: Rose-Anne Moore
Project Team Leaders: P. Mark Kirwin, Executive Team Leader/UNFCCC Designated Contact Person; Tom Fiutak, Executive Team Leader; Gregg Walker, Executive Team Leader
Project Team: MBB continues to have mediators present at the UNFCCC climate change talks and will be participating in the Conference of the Parties.


Summary of Participation

MBB is an accredited observer organization of the UNFCCC since the fall of 2009. Since that time, MBB members have attended UNFCCC sessions in Bangkok, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Bonn, Cancun, Panama, Durban, Doha and Warsaw promoting sustainable conflict resolution capacity and advocating for the inclusion of mediation into legally binding instruments.

MBB is a non-profit, humanitarian organization established to partner with communities worldwide to build their conflict resolution capacity for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. This partnership involves the design and implementation of sustainable peace building initiatives responsive to the needs and culture of the communities, and to the history of each conflict.

MBB interprets “beyond borders” broadly. It acts across geographical, political, economic, societal, and cultural boundaries. MBB partners with NGO’s, universities, political and activist groups, community organizations, professional societies, environmental, commercial and other entities worldwide to develop skills for group facilitation, public dialogue, strategic planning, collaborative negotiation, peer mediation, restorative justice, and public policy consensus building.

MBB considers the term mediation to be inclusive of a broad range of conflict management and dispute resolution endeavors. Activities such as conciliation, consulting, facilitation, consensus building, conducting public dialogues, system design, restorative justice initiatives, education and capacity building to mitigate or prevent violence are all encompassed within a sweeping definition of mediation. Further, a mediator is impartial as defined by the operant culture, invited to intervene by the stakeholders to the conflict, and skilled in non-violent dispute resolution techniques.

MBB proposes the inclusion of the term “mediation” to be included as an appropriate term for the peaceful settlement of climate change conflict and disputes to be addressed and used by the different UNFCCC Working Groups, as a mechanism to settle (manage and resolve) in a balanced, neutral, integrated, and comprehensive manner, conflicts and disputes stemming from the implementation, interpretation, and consequences of the policies implemented by UNFCCC for an agreed outcome and legal instrument to address climate change.

Therefore, MBB  proposes the following text for consideration by the Parties to be included a legally binding instrument under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: “Recognizing that conflicts and disputes are an inevitable and adverse effect of climate change, the Parties are encouraged to use mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and actions before the International Court of Justice to settle their climate change conflicts and disputes.”

MBB further proposes that under Article 6 of the Convention, Education, Training and Public Awareness; that the Parties should promote and facilitate at the national, subregional, regional and local levels, the development and implementation of educational and public awareness programmes for mediation, conflict management, and informal problem solving to address climate change and its effects.

We have also provided you with a link to the UNFCCC website which contains up to date developments and documentation regarding the Climate Change Talks. (

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