Official photo and delegations



The Grand Staircase - Foreign Office - Whitehall - London
14 January 2013

The following delegations attended the Summit:

  • EU
  • PERU

Ed Davey's Biography

ed-davey-bioThe Rt. Hon. Ed Davey MP attended Nottingham High School and went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford and to gain an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.

From 1989 to 1993 he worked in the Commons as an economics researcher for the Liberal Democrats, becoming the party's senior economics adviser. In 1993 he left Parliament to work for Omega Partners, specialising in consultancy in the postal services sector.
Edward became Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton in 1997 and was appointed the party’s economics affairs spokesman in 1997. After the 2001 election he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the first of a number of shadow roles, including shadowing the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for local government and the regions (2002-2005), Shadow Education and Skills Secretary (2005-2006) and Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary (2006).

After serving as Chief of Staff to party leader Menzies Campbell, and Chair of Campaigns and Communications for the Liberal Democrats, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs after Nick Clegg was elected party leader in 2007. He was appointed as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 3 February 2012.

Edward lives with his wife and son in Surbiton.

Read Ed Davey's Speech


Christiana Figueres' Biography

Christiana-Figueres-bioChristiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May 2010. With a long and distinguished career in the field, Ms. Figueres was a member of the Costa Rican climate change negotiating team 1995- 2009.

She represented Latin America and the Caribbean on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism in 2007, and was then elected Vice President of the Bureau 2008-2009. She conceived the new financial instrument "programmatic CDM" with four groundbreaking publications that marked global thinking on this novel concept.

She initiated her life of public service as Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Bonn, Germany in 1982. She served as Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning in Costa Rica, and was then named Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture. Moving to the USA, she was Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA) which she directed for eight years. She designed and helped to establish national climate change programs in Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, becoming a prime promoter of Latin America's active participation in the Climate Change Convention. She served as high level advisor to both governments and private companies, including Endesa Latinoamérica. In 2001 she received the Hero for the Planet Award from the National Geographic Magazine.

Ms. Figueres has made important contributions to the analytic literature on the design of the climate regime, is one of the most widely published authors on the topic, and a frequent public speaker. She has a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish, English and German.

Read Christiana Figueres' Speech


Welcome by Alistair Burt MP


Alistair Burt MP is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Here is the full transcript of Foreign Office Minister Burt's welcome to GLOBE legislators gathered in London on 14 January for the opening session of the 1st GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit:

"Good morning and welcome to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Welcome to this conference which launches the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative. I’m delighted to be here to mark the launch of this ambitious work. And it’s wonderful to see delegates from so many countries here in London for this event. I am particularly pleased to welcome Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. She is a great champion of the importance of climate legislation and we are grateful that she could be here today.

Thank you, Lord Deben, for inviting me open this conference and for giving me the opportunity to say a few words about the importance of national legislation in addressing dangerous climate change.

Consensus and the UK experience

As legislators, we understand the value of parties and politics. They are the life-blood of good governance and open debate. But we also understand that there are issues of long-term strategic importance for our countries and our planet. To address these, we need to work together across the political spectrum to build consensus and take action.

That’s not easy. And it’s because it’s not easy that we are particularly proud of our Climate Change Act and the statutory mechanism of Carbon Budgets that we have in the UK. These will ensure that we play our part in achieving a transformative reduction in carbon emissions to 2050 and beyond.

There’s still more for us to do. We’ve recently launched the Green Deal – which makes it easier for households to make energy-saving improvements. We’ve launched the UK’s Green Investment Bank – which will leverage private sector investment into the low-carbon economy. And we’ve just announced a major reform of our electricity market, which will ensure that we deliver on our emissions reductions commitments under the climate change act. At the same time, it will safeguard the UK’s future energy security. We are proud of these achievements.

We are also proud to have been able to support GLOBE in its recent work Mexico, China and South Korea and elsewhere. And we are proud to be supporting this new Climate Legislation Initiative because it will be crucial to building the international consensus that we need.

Across the world – even in areas which we think of as rooted in carbon dependency, like the Middle East – we see the tender shoots of action on emissions reductions and renewable technology. And COP 18 in Qatar last year acted as a catalyst for debate across that region. It’s essential that our work together, through GLOBE, acts as a stimulus for raising awareness and building a true global consensus.

The 2015 ambition

The impacts of climate change are already being felt. This is clear in the shifts we’re seeing in global weather patterns – in the increased frequencies and intensities of droughts, flooding and heatwaves in certain parts of the world, and the economic losses and human suffering that go with these events. We are clear that we need to respond with a global, comprehensive and legally-binding deal on emissions reductions, and that we have a narrow window in which to achieve this. Getting there will require effort, consensus and compromise. The clock is already ticking.

As legislators, we can to contribute to this process by seizing the opportunity to build a constructive political climate for the discussion of climate change. And we have the unique privilege of being able to enact legislation which will act as a framework for domestic and global action for years to come. It is against this backdrop of high domestic ambition that we stand the best chance of achieving a meaningful and effective agreement in 2015.

There are other prizes to be had too. Increasingly, countries are drawing a link between low carbon and high value. There are economic gains in cracking the issue of energy efficiency and developing hi-tech low carbon industry. The Confederation of British Industry reported last year that over one third of the UK’s growth in 2011-12 came from green business. And the green sector in the UK grew at 2.3% last year. This is a powerful argument – especially in these difficult economic times.

There’s a lot of work to do. Building agreement and enacting legislation by 2015 is an ambitious task. You will know better than me what the obstacles to be overcome in your countries are. But I can offer you the example of what has been achieved in the UK as a demonstration that it can be done. And I can offer you the UK’s continuing support for the work of GLOBE International and for your work at home.

On behalf of the Foreign Secretary, I would like to wish you well for these busy two days of talks. And I wish you well for your work between now and 2015. Thank you."


[Read the official Foreign Office announcement from 14 January 2013]

The 1st Climate Legislation Summit


On 14 January 2013, GLOBE International presented the 3rd edition of the Climate Legislation Study and formally launched the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative at a high level Summit held in the Locarno Rooms of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt MP welcomed delegates on behalf of Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon. William Hague MP (who was on business overseas and wrote a letter to delegates).

Over 100 delegates from 26 countries attended the 2-day summit.

The Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben, President of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International), Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change, and former UK Secretary of State for the Environment chaired the summit (read the Chairman's Summary).

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, delivered a keynote speech on the importance of domestic climate legislation in reaching an international agreement in 2015 (watch video interview).

During the first day of the summit, GLOBE released the 3rd Climate Legislation Study – produced in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. This is the most comprehensive research project that audits climate legislation across the world’s major developed and emerging economies. The study was produced with the support of the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Zennstrom Philanthropies.

The Summit launched the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative, which will support legislators to advance climate legislation between 2013 and 2015. This will be conducted in a parallel process to the international negotiations under the Durban Platform (read more about GLOBE's Climate Change Programme).

At the end of the first day, Summit delegates were addressed by House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon. John Bercow and by International Development Secretary, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, in a reception hosted at the Speaker’s State Apartments in the Palace of Westminster.

The Rt Hon. Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, delivered a keynote speech on domestic climate change legislation which opened the second day of the summit.

On the second day the Summit agreed a REDD+ Declaration and a Chairman’s summary of commitments was also approved.

This section of the GLOBE website includes links to download country presentations and speeches, provides links to the official photos from the event and the documents approved by the Summit.