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Ed. Caucus Article Calling on Global Leaders — COP21 Paris Stakeholder Forum’s OUTREACH “Wrap-up Edition”

Outreach Stakeholder M-zine

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The UNSD Education Caucus Climate Change delegation was invited to submit an article to Stakeholder Forum’s wrap-up edition for OUTREACH.  Appended is a copy with links to all the articles.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612

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From: OUTREACH <outreach@stakeholderforum.org>
Subject: OUTREACH COP21 Paris: Wrap-up Edition
Date: 18 December 2015
To: acutter@stakeholderforum.org

UN Women AVIVA WHO

 

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Living on Earth — Rachel Kyte [the most important work at COP21 may have happened out of the spotlight]

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Environmental Education as part of the multi-dimensions of working towards sustainability can be seen at the implementation, engaging stakeholders level.  Here is Rachel Kyte, UN Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative :
“Across a spectrum of issues, often outside of the convention, remarkable working coalitions have now formed and are making very substantial pledges,” explains Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s special envoy for climate change. These “coalitions of the working, …”
Taken from an interview on “living on earth” [http://loe.org/index.html].
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators with Climate Change Team
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
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Gratitude — ENB and IISD COP21 Paris – Climate Agreement

FROM:  Kimo Goree
Colleagues

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 BisiauxHalldor ThorgeirssonChad CarpenterNick NuttallJohn HayDaniele 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 SchulzTallash KantaiKate 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/climate/cop21/enb/ and a damn fine summaryhttp://www.iisd.ca/vol12/enb12663e.html with an exceptional analysis;
2) Daily coverage of eight or nine selected side events each day in “ENB On the Side” http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/enbots/ ,
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/videos/climate/unfccc-cop21/
4) Daily and summary coverage of both the Africa Pavilionhttp://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/cdafrica-ap/ (and in Frenchhttp://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/cdafrica-ap/fr/ )
5) Daily reports from the Rio Conventions Pavilionhttp://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/cbd-rcp/ and
6) Coverage of three “special’ days. UNEP’s “Buildings Day at COP 21″http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/lpaa-buildings/ and The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Focus Day on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs)http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/lpaa-slcp/ and finally the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Focus Day on Energyhttp://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/lpaa-energy/

Then there was our lively Twitter feed @IISDRS https://twitter.com/iisdrsand links to all of our content from our page IISD Reporting Services on Facebook.

Thanks to Lynn Wagner who kept the the announcements flowing to the 31k+ subscribers to CLIMATE-L each day! (While Virginia Wiseman, the usual moderator, was busy writing on the ENB Team.)

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/…/2015-bulletin-f…/pdf/iof_bulletin_7.pdf

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/…/…/fossil-fuel-subsidies-climate-change/

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”

 

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Climate Agreement Has Been Adopte, 2015

UN FCCC logoClimate agreement Paris 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 
The Climate Agreement has officially been adopted.  This is a starting point to build on as we move forward from COP 21 to the Global Treaty on Climate, 2020.  To read the Agreement in full, http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/6911.php?priref=600008831
 
 
•  To read theDecisions adopted by COP 21 and CMP 11, http://unfccc.int/2860.php
 
 
 
 
•  Of special note, Decision -/CP.21:
Terms of reference for the intermediate review of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention [1 /4 pages]
 
 
 
All the best,
UNSD Education Caucus Climate Change COP 21 Delegation
 
 

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COP21 Sharing a Table with An Eye For An Eye – EE using Photography

An eye for an eyeLA PHOTO DU MOIS // PICTURE OF THE MONTH

SamkeloVous pouvez trouver de tout dans une déchetterie, même une poupée.
Samkelo, Ivory Park, Afrique du Sud

You can find everything in the dumpsite, even a doll.

Samkelo, Ivory Park, South Africa

ZOOM SUR LA COP21

 ZOOM ON THE COP21

#Cop21Ce mois-ci, An Eye For An Eye a présenté l’exposition “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” à l’espace Générations climat de la 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.

Bonne nouvelle : le projet “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” continue en 2016, avec de nouveaux ateliers en Chine et au Groenland !

Restez connectés !

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!

Stay tuned!

Exposition “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” à la COP21, avec la visite de Nicolas Hulot.
Crédits photo : Timothé Beaulieu

The exhibition “Children Focus On Planet’s Future” at the COP21, with Nicolas Hulot.
Photo credit: 
Timothé Beaulieu

Clip “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” // “Children Focus On Planet’s Future” Clip

Dans les médias // In the media    
Bienvenue Baïka Magazine!
Dans ce premier numéro, le magazine consacre deux doubles pages aux enfants photographes de An Eye For An Eye.
Welcome Baïka Magazine!
In the first issue, two double pages about the An Eye For An Eye photographer-children!
Géo Ado présente le projet de An Eye For An Eye “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète”.
The project “Children Focus On Planet’s Future” in Géo Ado.
Vice News FR cite l’exposition “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” dans la présentation de l’espace Générations climat de la COP21.
The exhibition “Children Focus On Planet’s Future” in Vice News FR.
“Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” sur France Bleu.
“Children Focus On Planet’s Future” in France Bleu.
Actuphoto présente l’exposition “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète”.
The exhibition “Children Focus On Planet’s Future” in Actuphoto.
Wired Italia cite l’exposition “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète” à la COP21.
The exhibition “Children Focus On Planet’s Future” in Wired Italia.
Le Petits citoyens présente aux enfants le projet “Regards croisés sur l’avenir de la planète”.

Le Petit citoyens introducing kids to “Children Focus On Planet’s Future”.
                                         

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OUTREACH COP21 Paris: Edition 5 – Business, Investment and Innovation

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In Asia – COP21 & Korea’s Role in Climate Action; 7 Facts on Today’s Elections in Indonesia; Hope for Pakistan’s Religious Minorities

December 9, 2015
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COP21: A tribute to the life of Maurice Strong, Tuesday 8 Dec, 2015,  Hall 6 Room 11

Special Event
A tribute to the life of Maurice Strong
We invite everyone present at this COP to come and pay tribute to the life, vision and accomplishments of Maurice Strong who passed away November 28, 2015 on the eve of COP 21.
The event will take place on 
Tuesday December 8, at 18:00 in Hall 6 Room 11
Maurice Strong, a visionary Canadian, was, among many accomplishments, Secretary General of the 1972 Stockholm Conference, and first head of UNEP. As Executive Secretary of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio his role and contribution to combating climate change and COP 21 cannot be emphasized.
Tributes will be led by Canadian Minister Catherine McKenna, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres as well as close collaborators and friends  David Runnalls and Michael Zammit Cutajar.
After these initial tributes others present will be invited to remember Maurice and his exceptional life
This event is hosted by three friends and collaborators of Maurice’s
Andrei Marcu, former Chief of Staff of Maurice Strong,
Frank Joshua, partner and xxxxxx??  tbd
Dirk Forrister, former Chair White House Task Force on Climate Change
For further information please contact
Andrei Marcu at +33 6 46 80 93 22 or by email at andrei.marcu@ceps.eu
Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
Vice President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
300 E 56th St. Apt. 11D – New York, NY 10022  USA
Direct Line: +1 973 273 5860 Plaxo public business card: http://kimogoree.myplaxo.com
Email: kimo@iisd.org Mobile phone: +12128107701 Skype: kimogoree Twitter: @kimogoree

Where: 27 Nov -12 Dec Paris COP21

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Outreach COP21 Paris: Edition 1 Climate and Health

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COP 21 
Edition 1: Climate and Health
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Download a PDF of today’s edition on 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.
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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.
 
Alice McGushin from the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations describes her first COP experience and why climate change is so relevant for young and future health professionals.
Climate Change and NCDs: Lessons in Communication on the road to 2030

Juliette Wittich, Jack Fisher and Mats Junek from NCDFREE draw links between climate change science and non-communicable diseases and suggest ways for successfully communicating the complexity of both.

 

Representatives from the World Medical Association identify where health related issues have been included in parties’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and discuss how climate change represents one of the greatest global health opportunities of the 21st century.
Global survey of climate change and health policy reveals countries lack preparedness to protect the health of their citizens from climate change

Fiona Armstrong from Climate and Health Alliance summarises the results from the Climate Change Health Policy Assessment that suggest that most countries have a long way to go in preparing and dealing with health risks linked to climate change.
The World Health Organization draw attention to the constructive role that Health Country Profiles play in supporting countries to reflect on the importance of commitments to low-carbon solutions and to scale up effective climate and health activities.
Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package

Genon Jensen from HEAL describes how health professionals from around the world are calling for an energy approach that is healthy for both people and planet.
Cristina Tirado-von der Pahlen from UCLA, International Union of Nutritional Sciences, draws out key messages from a report launched today on how sustainable food systems can address climate change while promoting health.
How can actions against climate change be public health opportunities?

Peter Byass from Umeå Centre for Global Health Research joins the dots between actions that are good for the planet and good for our individual health, with a particular focus on air quality.
Health and conservation co-benefits in action in Borneo 

Ashley Wineland from Health in Harmony provides an example of a climate solution in action in Borneo, which brings together local health and economic needs and conservation measures to reduce logging.

Impacts of Climate Change on Health in Tribal Communities of Odisha, India

Mayarani Praharaj from the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar explores the interconnections between tribal communities, health and climate change.

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
Room: 
Observer Room 1
Outreach is produced by: Outreach is made possible by the generous support of:

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COP21 Africa Day at the African Pavilion

On Tuesday, 1 December 2015, Africa Day at the launch of the African Pavilion during UNFCCC COP21. This video by IISD Reporting Services provides an overview of the side events: a High Level Event on African Climate Solutions hosted by the Conference of the African Heads of State on Climate Change (CAHOSCC); a televised Energy Debate hosted by the African Development Bank (ADB); and a panel on Africa’s Journey in the UNFCCC negotiations: Key Findings of Stocktaking Studies hosted by UNECA. These events raised awareness of challenges as well as possible solutions to climate change for Africa, promoting an empowered and unified voice for Africa.
You can find our written reports and photographs for this meeting here:

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Indigenous People

Something is happening at the fringe of the COP, 2015

Please share widely with your colleagues and networks.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Something is happening at the fringe of the COP21.
Here is a short statement.
All these people are sharing a vision of where humanity wants to go and to do about Climate Change.
I think it is important.
Please share this far and wide.
Best regards,

John D. Liu

Director, Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP)
Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO)
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Ecosystems Ambassador, COMMONLAND FOUNDATION
john.liu@commonland.com
+86-13911-565016
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Immage Indiginouse PeopleYOUTUBE:

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Welcome to Asia IPS day in Paris …….Fwd: Please circulate this to those who are here in Paris for the COP!

Dear All,
You are welcome to Asia IPs day event in Paris. Pls find the detail information.
Best wishes for hour fruitful day in Paris,
PasangSent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:

From: Joan Carling <joan@aippnet.org>
Date: December 1, 2015
To: Ei Min <point.director@gmail.com>, indigneousrightsinclimateagreement@googlegroups.com
Cc: Tom Griffiths <tom@forestpeoples.org>
Subject: Please circulate this to those who are here in Paris for the COP!

Asia-IP Day Events COP Paris

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[The IECA] Blog post: Glocal news and COP21

Posted by: Juliet Pinto, Saturday, November 28, 2015

The week before I left for the COP21 talks, I spent a considerable amount of
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
concerns.

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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Time-Sensitive: Accreditation request for COP21

Dear Dr.Pam,
I trust this finds you well and in good spirits.
As the COP21 draws closer, I am still finding an potential organisations that could assist me in gaining an accreditation to the conference, as a global south youth. I have tried approaching a few youth organisations, but to no avail. Any assistance would be most appreciated. Please feel free to share with you networks.
Thank you very much for your continued support.
Sincerely,
Ali Shahbaz
 
Pakistan Youth Delegate, UNCSD-Rio+20
Asian Youth Network- UNFCCC

Fellow, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program
Member, UN-Education Caucus
Youth Ambassador: SDPI

Convener, LCS
 
T: +92-423-5172001
 
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GGKP Webinar – COP21 and beyond: Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy (5 October 2015)

 

Dear Colleagues,
Please find below an invitation to an upcoming webinar hosted by the GGKP on the topic of “COP21 and beyond: Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy“, 5 October 2015, 15:00-16:30 (Paris time).
Kind regards,
Rena Gashumba

From: Green Growth Knowledge Platform <contact@ggkp.org>
Date: Thu, Sep 24, 2015
Subject: GGKP Webinar – COP21 and beyond: Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy (5 October 2015)
To: contact@ggkp.org

COP21 and beyond:
Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy
Webinar
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)

COP21pics

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).
Moderated by: Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director of Policy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (see bio here)
Presentation by: Virginie Marchal, Policy Analyst, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Development Division, OECD Environment Directorate (see bio here) and  Richard Baron Manager, OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development (see bio here )
Presentation by: Simon Müller, Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (see bio here)
Discussant: Rasmus Valanko from the Climate & Energy Cluster, World Business Council on Sustainable Development
The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Background resources:
Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy (Report) (Video)

For more information click here or email the GGKP at contact@ggkp.org

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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.org/les-syndicats-font-part-de-leurs?lang=fr

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-csi.org/los-sindicatos-entregan-sus?lang=es

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.
ENDS

Read the Trade Union demands for the Paris Climate Talks
http://www.ituc-csi.org/trade-unions-topline-demands-for  (English)
http://www.ituc-csi.org/priorites-des-syndicats-pour-la  (French)
http://www.ituc-csi.org/demandas-sindicales-prioritarias  (Spanish)

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COP 20 Landscapes Forum – Voices and views: How participation in gender research enriches understanding

Dear Colleagues,
This past December in Lima, the Global Landscapes Forum, where thematic pavilions aimed at knowledge-sharing included a Gender Pavilion hosted by CIFOR in partnership with CIATICIMODIUCNGGCA, RECOFTC and REFACOF.  Below is a blog from CIFOR, with contributions from fellow GGCA members, that shares how participation in gender research enriches understanding.  You can also view it online.
Enjoy the read and enrich your own understanding,
Cara

Voices and views: How participation in gender research enriches understanding

From the recent toolboxes and manuals developed by CIFOR, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and CCAFS, as well as the many research and development initiatives already under way, participatory gender research was on the rise in 2014.
One can look no further than December’s Global Landscapes Forum in Lima, where thematic pavilions aimed at knowledge-sharing included a Gender Pavilion hosted by CIFOR in partnership with CIATICIMODIUCNGGCA, RECOFTC and REFACOF.
Informed by a well-rounded group of research, development and advocacy organizations, the Gender Pavilion focused specifically on participatory approaches to gender research. Participatory approaches differ from traditional research methodology in both ideological and practical terms. As a rule, women and men—for whom the project is anticipated to have differentiated impacts—should be empowered to meaningfully participate in the project, starting from target and priority settings.
Participatory approaches introduce a bottom-up view toward research and development, as the informed consent of those impacted is essential. Information is ideally not only extracted from participants, but also produced in cooperation with them. Participatory methods are thus designed to allow for these objectives to be met.
One initiative showcased at the Gender Pavilion was CIAT’s ongoing participatory photography project. In her presentation, Manon Koningstein, Research Officer at CIAT, explained that the project is based on the idea that the use of videography and photography can make participatory research even more inclusive.
“There is no need to be literate; men and women can participate in an equal way,” Koningstein said. “By showcasing their voices, we as researchers are able to understand local needs and can use this in our research strategies and recommendations to be able to adequately adapt them to these local needs.”
 
PARTICIPATION AND PERSPECTIVES
The “whys” and “hows” of participatory gender research received further attention in a group discussion during the Forum’s Knowledge Share-Fair. During the discussion, Tatiana Gumucio, a visiting researcher at CIAT, commended participatory approaches for their ability to capture perspectives that “can sometimes get overlooked or that aren’t able to get captured through other research design/frameworks.”
Jennifer Twyman, CIAT’s newly appointed Gender Coordinator, added that, especially when coupled with quantitative methods, participatory gender research can “help identify problems, guide the design and development … [and] aid in interpreting results from quantitative studies.”
Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Scientist and Gender Coordinator at CIFOR, raised another dimension: “[P]articipatory research is one way in which research organizations can do research while simultaneously doing capacity building and outreach.”
CIFOR’s ongoing research project on gender-equitable rights and access to forest and tree resources and benefits, led by Esther Mwangi and Anne Larson, has paired research with action. The project uses a methodology known as Adaptive Collaborative Management to collect data for research—an approach that has also contributed to women’s increased participation in decision-making, as well as more tolerant attitudes from men towards women’s leadership in study sites.
Non-research organizations also acknowledge the benefits of participatory research. RECOFTC, for example, reported that it often uses participatory research to continue building evidence to inform its advocacy work.
 
AMONG THE CHALLENGES: TIME
As with all research methods, participatory approaches come with challenges, and should be employed with caution. As Twyman warned, participatory methods are clearly beneficial but often time-consuming, both for researchers and community members.
“Community members are busy people, and sometimes adding to their time burden does not make sense,” Twyman said. “We as researchers need to consider the costs and benefits of interacting with people and understand how to most efficiently use their time.”
Chandra Silori, REDD+ Coordinator at RECOFTC, noted the importance of cultural sensitivity: “For me the first and foremost challenge is to understand the basic concept of gender, gender mainstreaming, gender equity, equality. Also, these terms need to be understood in local cultural context.”
Chanda Gurung Goodrich, Senior Gender Specialist at ICIMOD, cautioned against adopting a crude, binary analysis in gender research, which she said often “focuses on highlighting differences between men and women, and forgets to highlight those within the categories of ‘men’ and ‘women’.”
Designing projects methodologically to ensure that all voices are heard, the experts noted, is therefore essential for detecting and analyzing more complex and socially differentiated aspects of power.
 
THE SCIENTIST-PARTICIPANT RELATIONSHIP
Other crucial considerations are the timing, location and design of research in order to ensure women’s participation in research projects. Margaux Granat, Policy Specialist at IUCN, mentioned women’s domestic responsibilities, such as child care and cooking, as examples of issues that might restrict women’s participation in projects located far from their homes.
The group discussion at the Gender Pavilion also touched upon more deep-rooted challenges, such as potential biases stemming from local power dynamics, and the relationship between the researcher and the researched.
Of course, although these are important and challenging issues for every participatory initiative, Basnett also warned the group against overemphasizing biases and thus delegitimizing participatory research.
“Feminists have written quite a bit about ‘biases’ and the ways in which researcher, researched and the production of knowledge from the interactions between the two are fundamentally biased regardless of the type of methods being used—whether household surveys or other methodologies,” Basnett said. “We need to be aware of these issues rather than delegitimizing one type of knowledge generation as being more biased than another.”
Editor’s Note: Tatiana Gumicio, Manon Koningstein and Jennifer Twyman of CIAT; Chanda Gurung Goodrich of ICIMOD; Margaux Granat of IUCN; and Chandra Silori ofRECOFTC contributed to this article.
Markus Ihalainen may be reached at m.ihalainen@cgiar.org; Bimbika Sijapati Basnett may be reached at b.basnett@cgiar.org.

 

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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.umich.edu/rossmedia/Play/4d80a368637a4249ab10866abe41a9471d

All  the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with
Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tich Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, Barbara Benish, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators:  Katherine Browne and Fumi Kikuyama
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Youth & COP 20 Lima, Peru

Dear UN  SD Education Caucus Members, Liam and TIG Members,
Partnering with Taking IT Global (TIG),  the UN SD Education Caucus, a team of Youth delegated from The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment joined our climate change delegation for the UNFCCC COP 20, climate change meeting December 1-12, 2014, hosted by the government of Peru. The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment sent a team of graduate students to actively participate in this key climate change meeting in the lead-up to the Climate Agreement, COP 21 to be held in Paris at the end of 2015.     There were  multiple strategies in play but the one we would like to highlight is the Communications efforts both with the virtual back-up team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and among the SNRE delegates during COP 20.
The first part is an example of a communique from Lima  to Ann Arbor.  Alexander “Lexis” Brewer coordinated this effort, if you have any questions and/or would like to learn more about setting up such a strategy for other UN large meetings, she can be reached  <abrewe@umich.edu>.  We also set-up a team of four Co-Coordinators facilitating communications among the delegation who in turn engaged the team in preparing for the meeting, such as interview training, radio presentation, designing a plan of action, filming skills, and more. We were lucky to have skilled film makers on the team and team members already building communications and information into their degree program.  Credit goes to all the members of the Youth delegation, an amazing team effort.  Please share the following with your colleagues and networks.
The second part are the blogs and a link to the films, media resources posted on YouTube.
A big shout out to TIG and their continuing support,  engaging Youth in UN negotiations meetings!
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Climate Change Co-Coordinators with Tiahoga Ruge [Mexico], Jim Taylor [South Africa], Tich Pesayani [Southern Africa], Kavita Myles [India], Suzana Padua [Brazil]
   Youth:  Katherine Browne [USA], Fumi Kikuyama [Japan]
COP 20 Co-Chair: Barbara Benish [Czech Republic]
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Dearest Team:
We’re now at the end of Week 1, and 7/9ths of the team have (ostensibly) made it to Lima. Pearl is flying out this afternoon; I’m flying out somewhere between 9am and 1pm tomorrow (I’ll figure it out).
I. What’s on the Back-up team roster for today:
  • 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:

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  • ^^^ 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. 
II. What’s going on in Lima:
  • 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.com/channel/UCQrAqp5bReww80TCSO77l7g
  • 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.landscapes.org/glf-2014/live/
  • 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.
What happened yesterday at the Conference:
  • 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.
III. What our awesome back-up team did yesterday
  • 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.
Happy feels, y’all!!
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COP 20 Japan Pavilion:  Reports & Presentations are

Dear Climate Change Colleagues,
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We would like to thank all of you who visited the Japan Pavilion and wish the uploaded reports would be of your help.

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We wish you a happy New Year and see you again at COP21 in Paris.
Thank you.
Secretariat: Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC)
Address: NP-Onarimon 3rd Floor, 3-25-33, Nishi Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003 Japan

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A LEGACY FROM COP20

Dear Friends
Please find this article on COP20
Cordially
Arq. Rodolfo Beltrán Bravo
Founder of ECOARKI SAC
6th International Green Award Winner
NC. La información contenida en este correo y cualquiera de sus anexos es confidencial. Eliminar si Ud no es el destinatario
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Attachment Included — Lima: COP 20 Reports Climate Change

Dear Community of Educators,
The reports from COP 20 held in Lima, Peru December 1-12, 2014 are starting to be posted.   As they become available we will share with our UN SD Education Caucus members and colleagues.  Please feel free to share with others.
From one of our Youth colleagues, Christi Li, who attended the Global Landscapes Forum 2014, Attached a summary of highlights from the Masterclasses for Youth participants.
Buzz in the Hallways Keynote Speaker
Of all of the keynote speakers, Rachel Kyte Vice President of the World Bank, spoke at the high-level opening plenary session on the fist day of the Global Landscapes Forum 2014. It became apparent she had a tremendous impact on participants as they asked “Did you hear Rachel Kyte’s talk?”
The session explored how integrated approaches support the achievement of multiple benefits in the landscape, by addressing the following points: Which processes and principles can be applied that help in negotiating multiple benefits? What are the main obstacles to achieving combined land use solutions? And what does “good landscape governance” look like?
Here is the video link to her talk so you to can judge for yourself:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney, Bremley Lyngdoh, and Barbara Benish COP 20 Co-Chair [Czech Republic]
Co-Coordinators with:
Tiahoga Ruge [Mexico], Jim Taylor and Tish Pesanayi [South Africa], Kavita Myles [India], Suzana Paduda [Brazil] and Youth: Katherine Browne [U.S.A.] and Fumi Kikuyama [Japan]
 Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

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Lima: COP 20 Reports Climate Change

Dear Community of Educators,
The reports from COP 20 held in Lima, Peru December 1-12, 2014 are starting to be posted.   As they become available we will share with our UN SD Education Caucus members and colleagues.  Please feel free to share with others.
From one of our Youth colleagues, Christi Li, who attended the Global Landscapes Forum 2014, Attached a summary of highlights from the Masterclasses for Youth participants.
Buzz in the Hallways Keynote Speaker
Of all of the keynote speakers, Rachel Kyte Vice President of the World Bank, spoke at the high-level opening plenary session on the fist day of the Global Landscapes Forum 2014. It became apparent she had a tremendous impact on participants as they asked “Did you hear Rachel Kyte’s talk?”
The session explored how integrated approaches support the achievement of multiple benefits in the landscape, by addressing the following points: Which processes and principles can be applied that help in negotiating multiple benefits? What are the main obstacles to achieving combined land use solutions? And what does “good landscape governance” look like?
Here is the video link to her talk so you to can judge for yourself:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney, Bremley Lyngdoh, and Barbara Benish COP 20 Co-Chair [Czech Republic]
Co-Coordinators with:
Tiahoga Ruge [Mexico], Jim Taylor and Tish Pesanayi [South Africa], Kavita Myles [India], Suzana Paduda [Brazil] and Youth: Katherine Browne [U.S.A.] and Fumi Kikuyama [Japan]
 Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

Cell:  + 1-(734) 352 7429

Landline:  + 1-(734) 994-3612
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BON Statement on COP 20 outcome

Dear friends,
Sharing with you IBON’s take on the outcomes of COP 20.
Paul Quintos
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[COP20] Day 2 Digest: “No Internet, Mo’ Problems”

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 We have a team of Youth delegates representing the UN SD Education Caucus  from The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.  They have organized themselves to communicate with the next graduate students who will be part of next year’s team for COP 21.  They are exceptional here in Lima very relaxed with fitting right in with all that is going on.  Here is an example of their reports/ communications with the back-up team.  Enjoy.
 All the best,
Pam
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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.pdf
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 Impressions
Sounds like the COP is even zanier than we had anticipated (and we anticipated zany):
What happened at the Conference:

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    •  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 yesterday
Whew! 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!!
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That’s all for now!
Best, 
Lexi
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Peace always, Tamra

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