New Perimeter

Our Global Pro Bono Initiative

Assisting Georgia with Climate Change Negotiations

About our work

New Perimeter provides assistance to the Government of Georgia’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection to support the country’s participation in international climate change negotiations, including the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (KP). Most recently, New Perimeter helped Georgia negotiate the historic Paris Agreement on climate change and participated in follow-on discussions. New Perimeter provides Georgia with both international legal counsel to better understand the complex legal and treaty texts and personnel to more effectively navigate UN climate negotiations.

Key deliverables

  • Supported Georgia's participation in the Cartagena Dialogue, an informal forum for countries committed to progressive international action on climate change
  • Assisted in developing effective negotiating strategies to achieve outcomes that encourage good practices in developing country Parties
  • Facilitated Georgia's accession to the ambitious Environmental Integrity Group (EIG), one of the four formal negotiating blocs in the UNFCCC process, increasing Georgia's ability to participate in negotiations
  • Prepared detailed background briefs on issues of particular interest to the Georgian government, including developing country obligations, carbon-market mechanisms and finance mechanisms
  • Attended international climate change negotiations as part of the Georgian delegation and assisted with all aspects of the negotiations

Key facts

  • The UNFCCC, KP and Paris Agreement are international treaties governing global intergovernmental cooperation related to climate change. The treaties represent the most important forum for meetings of countries related to issues of sustainable development, the environment and all matters related to climate change, mitigation and adaptation.
  • Georgia has an impressive low-carbon track record. Around 85 percent of its power generation is from renewable hydroelectric sources.
  • Georgia is the first member of the EIG from the Eastern European geographical group, and the first member not classified by the World Bank as a high-income economy.

The three of us on the ground doubled the size of the Georgian delegation, helping to ensure coverage in all negotiating sessions. Perhaps more important, though, was the team of volunteer lawyers supporting our delegation from DLA Piper's offices across the U.S. and Europe. Those volunteers provided daily updates on the iterations of treaty and decision text that were emerging from the Conference of Parties’ back offices. The team also conducted on-the-spot research as questions arose in the course of negotiations. ”

— Jesse Medlong, Associate, DLA Piper

This collaboration has been a great experience that provided Georgia the ability to be present at a number of parallel sessions which otherwise would have been impossible…[T]he Ministry would like to thank [DLA Piper] for your support throughout the Paris conference as well as for the assistance your firm has provided to our team in previous years. Working with [your team] has been a great asset all through the negotiation process.”

— Teimuraz Murgulia, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia

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Project dates

2014 - Ongoing

Program partner

  • Georgia's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection

Program manager

Sara K. Andrews