Watching Bonn from Bar Harbor, ME

by Morgan Heckerd

 

Monday October 19, 2015 in Bonn, Germany was the first day of meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the earth morning G-77 and China paved the way for developing countries to make a stand against the Draft Paris Agreement which was released earlier this month (Oct. 5, 2015). Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Like Minded Developing Countries (LMDC), African Group, Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and others spoke of the injustice, lopsidedness, and danger of the Co-chairs’ text. They guided the seriously needed disruption and demanded the text be reworked immediately before any negotiations took place. The draft they rejected was extremely unbalanced– exclusively representing well developed countries.
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Introduction to Sustainable Development

IMG_7302So here we are writing blogs about the SDGs, talking about how there are these indicators supporting targets, and targets supporting goals and goals that make up this giant 15 year plan – yet you might not even know what any of this means. First of all, you probably want to know the conference we are attending. The four of us, Jenna Farineau, Aura Silva, Makiko Yoshida, and myself, Kimberly Lopez, are attending the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Intergovernmental Negotiations. Read more…