Plenary at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, 2018.

Plenary at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, 2018. Photo: UNFCCC / Flickr .

After 25 years of regular negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Covid-19 has brought face-to-face meetings to a halt. But the pandemic has also forced a greater reckoning on whether the process – and in particular the large COP gatherings – remains fit for purpose. The most obvious alternative, to conduct the process at least in part or even primarily online, brings both challenges and opportunities.

That is why the Online Climate Negotiations project, funded by the Swedish Ministry of Environment, explores whether online technology could strengthen the process in ways that help overcome any of the constraints of a face-to-face process – and how we can turn the current challenge into an opportunity and make the climate negotiations more inclusive, transparent and effective.

The survey offered anyone with a stake in the process an opportunity to express their views. It was open until Sunday, 18 April 2021, 23:59 CEST.