The 20th Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held from 1 – 12 December 2014 in Lima, Peru. In support of the negotiations, the UN system organized eleven joint side events and technical briefings at COP 20, coordinated through the  the HLCP Working Group on Climate Change. The events, among other themes, showcased innovative policy approaches to reduce risk and leverage climate financing; the potential of adaptation strategies to reduce the risks of climate-related displacement; and discussed new initiatives on health resilience to climate.

For the first time, a joint “One UN Exhibit Area” took place at COP 20, which displayed the UN system’s support to climate action by key issues. UNFCCC produced a short documentary on the One UN Exhibit and interviewed UN system representatives in their “Video Diary of Day 4 at Lima COP20", available on

UN System Side Events at COP20

The UN system will organize eleven joint UN system side events and technical briefings at COP20. The events will highlight the UN system’s work on climate action in a range of thematic areas, including climate finance, innovations, health, food security and transport. In addition, there will be a UN high-level event, organized by WMO. 

One UN Exhibit Area at COP20

For the first time, a joint “One UN Exhibit Area” will be organized at COP20, allowing delegates to explore the UN system’s expertise and services in key thematic areas, including Sustainable Energy, Industry, Green Investment, Education, Climate Science, Human Mobility and National Policies for Climate Action.