Opening Plenary for the Paris Agreement – False Promises on Transparency and Ambition

by Sergio Cahueque and Sara Velander The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) opening session took place on Sunday, November 29th at 5 PM, starting with a minute of silence to honor all the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago. The purpose of the ADP in the next week is to consolidate a document that the parties can adopt, as a protocol or...

The Manila-Paris Declaration: Not Ambitious Enough

p By Morgan Heckerd   The Declaration of the Climate Vulnerable Forum to be signed on Monday (tomorrow November 30, 2015) has directed our attention to the long-term goal section of the ADP text. This declaration includes ideas such as historic responsibility, common but differentiated responsibilities, and respective capabilities. I’d really like to put a strong emphasis on the importance...

What was it like being an observer for one day at the UN?

by Angela Valenzuela.   What was it like being an observer for a day in the last preparatory meeting for Paris COP21? Here there is a poem that I wrote after the last ADP session (Ad-hoc working group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action): The conviction for life and the breeze of change brought me to Bonn, to observe how love is lost, in the fast steps of this reunion. Diplomacy is...