Ed. Caucus Article Calling on Global Leaders — COP21 Paris Stakeholder Forum’s OUTREACH “Wrap-up Edition”
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Living on Earth — Rachel Kyte [the most important work at COP21 may have happened out of the spotlight]
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Gratitude — ENB and IISD COP21 Paris – Climate Agreement
FROM: Kimo Goree
It has been two weeks since the final gavel at COP21 and I’m still buzzing with excitement in the long denouement.
Here are some photos from the last hours. Thanks, Kiara Worth for capturing these magical and historic moments at the conclusion of COP21. Even after fourteen days of post-Summit decompression the residual adrenaline remains.
We did what??? Shake me, pinch me..wake me from this dream. It is still a bit difficult to believe that we really did it.
I”m proud of the whole UN family, both representatives from Member States, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and those of us inside and outside of the Secretariats (UN, UNFCCC and others) who are responsible for a string of successes in Sendai, Bonn, Addis, New York and finally culminating in Paris that has made 2015 a remarkable year for the United Nations and multilateralism.
I’m am in absolute awe and have the most profound admiration for my dear friend Christiana Figueres who has become, as I told her in the weeks before her appointment as UNFCCC Executive Secretary, “the future face of environmental diplomacy.” With an almost pathological optimism and indefatigable and unstoppable force she willed this agreement to its conclusion. We owe Christiana and her remarkable Secretariat an enormous debt for their extraordinarily professional performance in picking up the pieces following COP15 and pulling together a diplomatic/scientific tour de force in 2015. Thanks particularly to my friends in the Secretariat, including (inter alia) Alexander Saier, Megumi Endo, Alice Bisiaux, Halldor Thorgeirsson, Chad Carpenter, Nick Nuttall, John Hay, Daniele Violetti andJohn Maina Kiarie as well as all of our other friends in the UNFCCCS.
I’m so proud of everyone on our IISD Reporting Services team and my colleagues at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)for our whole team effort in Paris, I’d like to particularly express my deepest gratitude to my Team Leaders Anna Schulz, Tallash Kantai, Kate Louw,Robin Smith and Brett Wertz, and particularly my co-founder of the ENB,Pam Chasek, who keeps us all intellectually honest as the “Seat Warmer in Chief” from the IISD New York Office. Rachel Kyte was dangerously spot on when she wrote that she is the “one and only Pam Chasek” (and I just wear nice ties between bike rides.)
We produced some prodigious output:
For fourteen days + in Paris we published:
1) Daily issues of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin from inside the negotiations in English, French, Japanese and Arabichttp://www.iisd.ca/
2) Daily coverage of eight or nine selected side events each day in “ENB On the Side” http://www.iisd.ca/
3) Thirty-three videos with five video crews (videographer and producer/writer/on camera talent) with more than 14,935,942 views of more than ten seconds. (Yes, you read that correctly… almost 15 million views on Facebook alone.. plus heaps more on Vimeo and Youtube)http://www.iisd.ca/
4) Daily and summary coverage of both the Africa Pavilionhttp://www.iisd.ca/
5) Daily reports from the Rio Conventions Pavilionhttp://www.iisd.ca/
6) Coverage of three “special’ days. UNEP’s “Buildings Day at COP 21″http://www.iisd.ca/climate/
I’m proud of how closely we worked with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, publishing a series of newsletters on the insider process leading up to COP21. Here is the link to our final French-language only briefing note, published after COP21 http://www.iisd.ca/…/
We also had a great IISD side event! On Monday, 7 December 2015, the International Institute for Sustainable Development organized an event on Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Change to put a spotlight on the scale and nature of subsidies to fossil fuels, national and international efforts to reform subsidies and the growing momentum behind the International Communiqué to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. Check out the summary of the meeting and the video of the event .http://www.iisd.ca/…/…/
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our donors who supported our coverage in Paris. Without them we would not have had the resources needed to bring our readers this information. The Sustaining Donors of the Bulletin are the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)), and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2015 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies – IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Specific funding for coverage of COP21 has been provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the European Union (EU), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment, and Water Management, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and (thankfully at the last minute!!) the Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, the Wallonia, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).
And finally, I’d like to thank the Government and the People of France, who despite suffering a tragic loss on the cusp of this event, welcomed us with open arms. The Le Bourget venue, transportation, meeting rooms, food… well, everything was great. They pulled this Conference off with remarkable élan
And, in closing, I have stolen from the preface to our analysis of COP21:
“In Paris, we have seen many revolutions.
The most beautiful, most peaceful revolution has been achieved, a climate revolution.
—François Hollande, President of France”
Climate Agreement Has Been Adopte, 2015
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COP21 Sharing a Table with An Eye For An Eye – EE using Photography
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ZOOM ON THE COP21
Grâce aux photos prises par les enfants impliqués dans les ateliers An Eye For An Eye en France, Inde, Cambodge, Bolivie, Afrique du Sud et au Groenland, beaucoup de visiteurs ont pu découvrir la protection du climat comme une notion transculturelle.
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This month, An Eye For An Eye showed the exhibition “Children Focus on Planet’s Future” at the Climate Generations area of the COP21 !
Thanks to the pictures taken by the children involved in the An Eye For An Eye photo workshops in France, India, Cambodia, Bolivia, South Africa and Greenland, many visitors discovered environmental protection as a cross-cultural concept.
Good news: the project “Children Focus On Planet’s Future” will go on in 2016, with new workshops in China and Greenland!
Exposition “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” à la COP21, avec la visite de Nicolas Hulot.
Crédits photo : Timothé Beaulieu
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OUTREACH COP21 Paris: Edition 5 – Business, Investment and Innovation
In Asia – COP21 & Korea’s Role in Climate Action; 7 Facts on Today’s Elections in Indonesia; Hope for Pakistan’s Religious Minorities
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Outreach COP21 Paris: Edition 1 Climate and Health
Edition 1: Climate and Health
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The World Health Organization underline the health co-benefits associated with mitigation, reasons health should be prioritised in adaptation finance and why a strong climate change agreement is a strong health agreement.
Unprecedented consensus of health stakeholders demands ambitious climate action at 2015 Climate and Health Summit
Erica Parker from Global Climate and Health Alliance reports on the Climate and Health Summit and advocates for the promotion of health to be a central principle within the COP21 outcome.
Alistair Wardrope from Healthy Planet illustrates how fossil fuel companies have resisted climate change science and suggests that health sector should divest as a logical response.
Side Event: Why the Climate Change Agreement is Critical to Public Health
Organisers: WHO, UNCBD, UNICEF, UNEP, WMO, UNECE
Date: Tuesday 8 December
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
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COP21 Africa Day at the African Pavilion
You can find our written reports and photographs for this meeting here:
Something is happening at the fringe of the COP, 2015
John D. Liu
Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO)
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Ecosystems Ambassador, COMMONLAND FOUNDATION
Welcome to Asia IPS day in Paris …….Fwd: Please circulate this to those who are here in Paris for the COP!
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Date: December 1, 2015
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[The IECA] Blog post: Glocal news and COP21
Posted by: Juliet Pinto, Saturday, November 28, 2015
time driving around my local neighborhoods in Miami and watching water pool
on the streets. It bubbled up rapidly through storm drains, spreading across
streets, turning green grass into yellow stalks, sloshing across roadways as
cars splashed through and people held their shoes in their hands to gingerly
tiptoe across.No, it wasn’t a water main break or a storm: It’s higher sea levels,
combined with a rainy year and the passage of annual king tides, which
together mean that the infrastructure that was constructed decades ago to
deal with flooding is simply being overwhelmed. And it means a glimpse into
our future, as seas continue to rise at accelerated rates, when such flooding
will be the new normal.
So more than ever, as a scholar who studies interfaces of news media and
democracy, as well as a citizen who experiences climate change at a local
level, I wonder: What will the news narrative of the COP21 talks be? If you
view, as I do, news a social construction, then how media translate these
talks for global audiences has particular urgency. It certainly does for
those like me, who live on coastlines that are rapidly transforming, as it
does for others, who live where the forests are disappearing, or where the
rain has gone away, where the storms are more ferocious, or where once
ubiquitous species are disappearing at alarming rates.
And having just landed in Paris, the question for me now is: How will media
coverage frame these talks? Will it be in nationalistic terms, as 147 heads
of state come to negotiate? Will it be conflict, as U.S. President Obama and
Chinese President Xi Jinping, for example, will attend? Will it be much ado
about nothing, even for these historic talks, if a treaty isn’t reached
that is meaningful in terms of mitigating the world’s carbon output?
Missing from international news coverage of the climate talks in particular
lately have been the scaling down of these enormous challenges to the local
communities who experience them. These variables are fundamental when
discussing environmental challenges. After all, to paraphrase Tip O’Neill,
all environmental politics are local. We experience them on the ground, in
our own spaces, through our own filters. And in journalism, in particular,
too often that can be the anecdotal lede and then that’s it. Or a story
that does not provide the audience with any sort of agency, of voice, of
sense of hope or of community. I have certainly learned this lesson from my
own work with communicating impacts of sea level rise and other issues.
On the plane ride over, I read the International New York Times, with a front
page story on the security issues for Paris in hosting this historic event,
as well as lead stories in the World section on security challenges, fear and
terror, certainly forefront in everyone’s minds, given tragic recent events
and the scope of the talks. But a few pages back was another story about hope
and local action in an age of rapid climate change. Titled, “Guatemala’s
grass-roots effort to halt deforestation,” the thesis was, simply, that the
best way to protect natural resources is to empower local communities to care
for them. A message of hope and of agency and of local action to meet global
So I will be looking to hear at these climate talks from media coverage not
only what the international, powerful heads of state will be saying and
doing,but also an effort to bring these issues down to local experiences,
scaling of the coverage, an effort to bring the talks to those, like me, who
live at the front lines of climate change with messages of agency and
explanation. Climate change and its impacts are global issues that don’t
respect geopolitical boundaries, but they are experienced locally. Connecting
these talks to what people all over the world are already experiencing would
go far in bringing climate change from an abstract, secondary issue to the
forefront, where it belongs.
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GGKP Webinar – COP21 and beyond: Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy (5 October 2015)
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Date: Thu, Sep 24, 2015
Subject: GGKP Webinar – COP21 and beyond: Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy (5 October 2015)
COP21 and beyond:
Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy
5 October 2015, 15:00-16:30 (Paris time)
Featuring: Eliot Whittington (CISL), Richard Baron (OECD), Virginie Marchal (OECD), Simon Mueller (IEA) and Rasmus Valanko (WBCSD)
Addressing climate change requires urgent policy action to drive a global infrastructure and technological transformation. More countries are implementing core climate policies but still a number of obstacles stand in the way of effective change. In the lead up to COP21 in Paris, it is even more vital to harness global negotiation momentum for climate policy action and to reflect upon the importance of a coordinated approach to help the transition towards low-carbon economies and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The new report ‘Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy’ produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) presents the first diagnosis of the alignments of policy and regulatory frameworks with climate policy goals. The report demonstrates how solving policy misalignments with climate is pivotal to the achievement of green and inclusive growth.
Join the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) for a webinar exploring these issues on 5 October 2015, 15:00-16:30 (Paris time). The webinar will be moderated by Eliot Whittington (Deputy Director, Policy at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership) and include presentations by Richard Baron (Manager, OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development), Virginie Marchal (Policy Analyst, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Development Division, OECD Environment Directorate), Simon Müller (Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency) and Rasmus Valanko (Climate & Energy Cluster, World Business Council on Sustainable Development).
The presentations will highlight misalignments between climate change objectives and policy and regulatory frameworks across a range of policy domains (investment, taxation, innovation and skills, trade, and adaptation) and activities at the heart of climate policy (electricity, urban mobility and rural land use).
About the GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global partnership of international organisations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Founded by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank, the GGKP draws together over 40 partners organisations.
Trade unions deliver demands for Paris Climate Agreement to French Foreign Minister/COP21 President
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Trade unions deliver demands for Paris Climate Agreement to French Foreign Minister/COP21 President
Les syndicats font part de leurs priorités pour l’accord de Paris sur le climat au ministre français des Affaires étrangères/président de la COP21 – LIRE LA VERSION EN FRANÇAIS http://www.ituc-csi.
Los sindicatos entregan sus demandas para el Acuerdo Climático de París al ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Francia y Presidente de la COP21 – LEER LA VERSION EN CASTELLANO http://www.ituc-
Paris, 15 September 2015 (ITUC OnLine): Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Minister and incoming President of the UN climate talks COP21, addressed the Trade Union Climate Summit 80 days before the start of the climate talks in Paris.
Speaking at the conclusion of the Trade Union Climate Summit of 250 trade union leaders from Ghana to Brazil, Canada to the Philippines and climate experts, Foreign Minister Fabius heard union demands for a climate agreement which delivers and commits to just transition and ambition on climate change.
“Unions have been disappointed to see that workers and their families have been left out of the draft climate agreement and have called on the French Presidency to ensure just transition language is reinstated,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, the International Trade Union Confederation.
“Industrial transformation is critical to achieve a zero-carbon future. We know it can’t happen without dialogue with workers in the workplace and in national plans for our economies and industries. We accept our responsibility; we know there are no jobs on a dead planet,” said Sharan Burrow.
The Trade Union Climate Summit endorsed three topline demands for the Paris Agreement calling on governments to:
• put back the language of just transition that has been stripped from the draft agreement;
• raise ambition before 2020 and invest in the potential of jobs and climate action and commit to a binding review of effort;
• support the most vulnerable with the promised financial commitments.
“The Paris Agreement must set the world on track for zero carbon and zero poverty if we are to see a hopeful future for workers and their communities.
“Without a commitment to the just transition measures that must underpin the massive industrial transformation that is already happening, workers and their families will pay the price,” said Sharan Burrow.
Unions have committed to mobilise workers to take part in global climate rallies on 28th and 29th November, which will send a message to world leaders arriving in Paris that climate change is happening now and that people expect an agreement which reduces emissions and puts us on a pathway to limit global temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius or under.
Read the Trade Union demands for the Paris Climate Talks
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COP 20 Landscapes Forum – Voices and views: How participation in gender research enriches understanding
Voices and views: How participation in gender research enriches understanding
Post-COP 20 Youth Delegation Briefing Presentation Climate Change
Dear Community of Educators,
Last Friday, our Youth delegation crafted a professional quality presentation to brief The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment about COP 20. The UN SD Education Caucus continues to support intergenerational engagement and participation in UN global processes, Youth representatives on government delegations, and Youth advisors taking leadership roles within stakeholder groups/organization on the international stage. These students are in their final semester of their Master’s degree program, will be graduating with global engagement experience as they further develop their career goals. Having experienced the climate negotiations process and participated in stakeholder engagement events, many plan to participate in COP 21 in Paris for “the Climate Agreement” and other UN key meetings.
As you listen to their presentation, you will discover they have integrated their knowledge foundation at the university into the work on the global stage. They have paved the way for the further involvement of the University of Michigan with the UN; support for graduate students to bring their knowledge and developing first hand their leadership skills as part of their course of study.
Please use this link to review the recording: http://media.snre.
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Youth & COP 20 Lima, Peru
- Dannan, Christine, Nicole, Elena, Ben, Caitlin, Nadia, and Jenny are on call today (GO TEAM).
- IMMEDIATE HELP NEEDED:
- We need someone to tell us about RINGO:
- ^^^ No, not this Ringo, who has been happily chillin’ with Thomas the Tank Engine in Shining Time Station since 1989 (did you know he’s the conductor?!). We want to know about RINGO, the Research Independent Non-Governmental Organizationsgroup at the COP. Just a few bullets about its organization and steering committee would be really helpful.
- PROTOCOL: It seemed to work really well yesterday to “Reply all” on the email chain if you’re volunteering for some call for help, so let’s keep that going forward.
- It is 74˚F today in Lima. It is 39˚F in Ann Arbor. Hahahahahahaha.
- Last night, I went to the grocery store and bought ~40 granola bars and 2 lbs of trail mix, because the team has asked me to “bring food. like, really, bring food.” I am now the team’s soccer mom.
- Our media maven Kate is now in Lima, and will soon be making us all look a lot smarter than we really are through her amazing videos. And she created a YouTube channel for us! Hit follow or whatever the heck you do on a Youtube here: https://www.youtube.
- Tomorrow, one of the hip, hot side events, the Global Landscapes Forum, kicks off in Lima. Because your hip, hot SNRE delegates are in with the in-crowd, we’ve scored a ticket in, but you, too can follow the forum by watching it live, as it happens: http://www.
- Arman mentioned this in an email yesterday, but in case you missed it: we are all so amazed by how all of you have taken this on, this close to finals. I know the delegates in Lima have found your work absolutely critical, and I’m just honestly stunned by how many of you have taken on this work, and done it well. So thank you, thank you, thank you again.
- Thoughts from Katie:
- “I sat in on a number of the smaller negotiations and informal consultations yesterday. It is really interesting to see the country by country dynamics and tensions, though it is all under this sheen of diplomatic speak. I saw a great little spat between Brazil and China (both of whom really throw their weight around), which concluded with Brazil’s representative saying rather testily: “2020 or 2015, as the temperatures are rising, I don’t think mother earth really cares.” to which the Chinese representative replied even more sniffly: “I do think mother earth cares about the agenda.”
- One of the not surprising yet disappointing things I have seen is the demeanor of the US delegation in the negotiations. If I had to pick two words (because I can never pick just one): condescending and dismissive. For example, I was sitting in on a smaller negotiation about the common metric for CO2 emissions and witnessing what was, essentially, a conversation about the need to not have a conversation. Many of the parties of the room were expressing the common sentiment: “yes, this is an important conversation, but it is covered by the ADP, we can probably shelve it until 2016, but really, it is an important conversation.” The US representative gets the floor and says, straight up: “This conversation is irrelevant and a waste of our time. This issue is covered by the ADP and should not be discussed in a subsidiary body. Our position is that we don’t even know why we are talking about this.” The content of their statement was the same as everyone else’s, the tone was…to state it diplomatically, not conducive to cooperation.
- On a more humorous note: Aubrey had some slight issues with exploding liquids yesterday. On the bus on the way over, I made an absolutely hysterical joke (as I am prone to do) and was rewarded with a geyser of hot coffee all over my spiffy jacket. Then, 14 hours later, we were walking out of a highly rewarding side-event, high-fiving over our networking skillzzzzz, when Aubrey opened a bottle of water: geyser part II, all over the entrance forum. Got to use just about the only spanish I know though: “con gas.”
- In other news, Wufan emailed the she arrived in Lima, took a nap, and woke up at 4pm.
- Elena, Jenny, Ben, Mayank, Rachel, Allegra and Stephanie were on call yesterday (thanks all!)
- Yesterday was a flurry of blog-related help! Back-up team members helped pull together case studies of illegal logging activities in Peru for Sam, and helped with KB‘s and Aubrey‘s blogs.
- Stay tuned for those mini-teams.
news/12-04-2014/two_places_at_ once_unfccc_conference_of_ parties_in_lima_peru
news/12-11-2014/china_and_its_ role_at_the_20th_conference_ of_parties
news/12-03-2014/snre_students_ joining_youth_global_climate_ movement_at_the_conference_of_ youth_10
news/12-08-2014/in_the_eyes_ of_the_forest_the_answer_is_ simple
SNRE COP20 Delegation Media resources on Youtube
COP 20 Japan Pavilion: Reports & Presentations are
We would like to thank all of you who visited the Japan Pavilion and wish the uploaded reports would be of your help.
A LEGACY FROM COP20
Attachment Included — Lima: COP 20 Reports Climate Change
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Lima: COP 20 Reports Climate Change
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BON Statement on COP 20 outcome
[COP20] Day 2 Digest: “No Internet, Mo’ Problems”
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Hello all!Despite the craziness, our delegates in Peru are apparently alive and well (though possibly sleep deprived zombies). Here are today’s updates:I. What’s on the Back-up team roster for today:
- Nicole, Ricky, Nathan, Rachel, Mayank, Matt G., Stephanie, Christina, and Matt B. are on call today.
- Today from 6:00 – 7:00pm we will have a short meeting as a back-up team and also a Skype call with some of the delegates in Lima, in Dana 1028.
- If you’re interested, here is a schedule of today’s events at the COP: http://unfccc.int/
resource/docs/2014/cop20/od03.II. What’s going on in Lima:Logistics Issues
- Aaaand the internet just keeps getting worse. Apparently the internet cable BROKE at the hostel last night, so the delegates were completely cut off from email until this morning… oof! Wish them luck.First ImpressionsSounds like the COP is even zanier than we had anticipated (and we anticipated zany):
- The first blog, written by Arman, is live! Read it here: http://snre.umich.edu/
news/12-03-2014/snre_students_ joining_youth_global_climate_ movement_at_the_conference_of_ youth_10
- Sam: “We are spending 12 hours a day at COP, at least 2 hours a day in transit, and have been able to sleep only 5-6 hours a night…” Another oof.
- Katie: ”Every day here feels like a week. I feel like we have been here weeks, not five days.”What happened at the Conference:
- Psst: Sign up for this guy: http://www.iisd.ca/
- An overview of the plenary session today can be found here:
- In case you didn’t see it, Aubrey sent along this (upside down?) picture from the plenary of the ADP so you can get a sense of what it looks like. What is the ADP? It stands for the “Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action”. A tongue-in-cheek overview of what the heck this acronym stands for can be found here: http://www.
earthinbrackets.org/2014/03/ 14/the-way-here-and-the-way- forward-negotiating-a-new- climate-agreement
- From Katie: ”The ADP (The Adhoc working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action) plenary yesterday was hugely helpful for understanding the broader dynamics at play in the negotiations. All of the countries are aligned into various negotiating blocks (G77+China, The Umbrella States (US included), the SIDS (Small Island Developing States), BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China), etc. As this was the opening plenary for this particular working group- which is charged with coming up with working draft text for Paris 2015- each negotiating block stated their position, demands, aims, negotiating goals. Of course it is all couched in diplomatic speech and rah-rah we are going to save the world. But when you sift down to the core issues, you see that there are some nearly impossible obstacles to overcome: Africa says, “hey we are not going to slow our development”, the small island states say, “hey we are already under water how about loss and damage”, the G77 says, “hey how do we know anyone is going to do anything they say, because look at the Green Climate Fund and notice it is about 90 billion dollars short of the money developed states committed just last year”. So, insightful to the process and the scope of the challenge.
- That being said, the recent US-China announcement and EU establishment of emission reductions goals has created at least a sense of positive momentum. At the end of the day, if Europe, China, and the US don’t commit to anything, this whole process will fall apart (Katie)
- Love this frank tidbit from Aubrey: “We started the day by attending YOUNGO. They opened with 5 minutes of meditation, so I immediately knew I was never coming back. After squabbling about processes for 55 minutes, they announced they had no time left to speak to the representative of the indigenous movement who was attending (and by attending was missing the first part of the indigenous movement meeting), which, call me crazy, seems significantly more important than 5 minutes of group meditation. I decided an extra 2 hours of sleep every morning was an exponentially better investment of my time for the rest of the week.” It’s a pretty good microcosm of some perennial tensions at the COP.
- Fortunately, things got better later in the day, again from Aubrey: ”We watched WRI’s side event on the road to Paris 2015. It was delightfully insightful, and we are hoping to do an interview with one member, Jennifer Morgan, later this week. Main highlights included the discussion of developing a technical advisory board to determine what factors define equity, make individual country suggestions, provide support.Also, there was discussion of a different panel to assess if countries were a) accountably holding up their agreements and b) agreeing to their “fair share”.”III. What our awesome back-up team did yesterdayWhew! We asked a lot of you yesterday. Here’s an overview of what the busy little Back-Up Bees were doing:
- Christine, Allegra, Nadia, Meghan, Dannan, Caitlin, Mayank, Zu, and Stephanie were on-call (thanks guys!)
- Monday, Katie Browne was approached by the Environmental Quality Protection Foundation out of Taiwan to be interviewed about youth engagement in climate change. Back-up team members wrote three memos for her in preparation for her interview yesterday, talking about (1) The Climate Ride (2) The Great Adaptation Road Trip, and (3) SNRE Participation in the NYC Climate March. Her interview was supposed to be yesterday afternoon…. in true COP form, it has now been moved to tomorrow at 3:30.
- Back-up team members also helped Sam Shattuck translate interviews conducted with Peruvian youth at COY and on the streets of Lima. These interviews should pop up as a blog post pretty soon!Happy humpday!!<camel.gif> That’s all for now!Best,LexiCeline Paramunda
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