In continuation of the EMAPS project, the médialab of Sciences-Po Paris (medialab.sciences-po.fr), the LSIR of the EPFL (lsir.epfl.ch) and the Atelier Iceberg of Nantes (ateliericeberg.fr), have developed a climate change debate exploration platform focusing on deliberations at the highest level of the UNFCCC (United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change).
The platform hopes to assist climate negotiation actors and observers, providing them with the tools required to navigate through the last twenty years of international discussions on climate change:
All the data analyzed and distributed by the Climate Negotiations Browser derives from reports of the Volume 12 of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
The ENB is an information service published by the IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development). and covers 33 UN negotiation processes on environment and development. Volume 12. is devoted to climate negotiations and includes all the meetings relating to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the Conference of Parties, Subsidiary Bodies, Ad Hoc Working Groups and the thematic workshops. The ENB is considered one of the most reliable and comprehensive sources of information on the UNFCCC negotiations. The bulletins are issued daily and summarize the discussion at the official negotiation tables and, when possible, in the corridors.
The problem with the ENB is that the content is published as daily documents mixing different negotiation tracks and formats, making it difficult to have both a whole view of the negotiations and to access specific pieces of information. The main goal of this platform is to facilitate the access to this information.
All the metadata and full text data used and presented in this interface is freely downloadable and reusable as a zipped CSV (utf-8) file published under the ODC-by OpenData licence.
The discussions on climate change are one of – if not the most – complex multilateral negotiations of the United Nations system. Such complexity derives from:
The development of the Climate Negotiations Browser entailed 6 different phases:
The source code of the scripts wrote to generate, tag and prepare the metadata used in this web interface is freely available and reusable as free software under the MIT License on the GitHub repository of this project.
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