Leaders Event and Japanese position toward the COP 21

Leaders Event and Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Government of Japan on the Japanese position toward the COP 21 from the first day of Climate Negotiation

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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 other legal instrument, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The brief one-hour opening session of the ADP, facilitated by the ADP co-chairs Ahmed Djoghlaf from Algeria and Daniel Reifsnyder from the US, comprised of several welcoming remarks from the COP20 and COP21 presidents. The president of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, emphasized that this ADP session should finish with an agreement and that will require radical change in modes of work in order for the ADP to succeed in the objectives laid out in Durban three years ago. In order to be effective in these negotiations, the COP20 president highlighted the need to follow text-specific, solutions-oriented engagement among the parties. Parties will need to apply inclusiveness and transparency to the party-driven process so that a “balanced and concise agreement” will be reached by the end of the first week.

Opening Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced action.

Opening Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced action.

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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 about to rip off its eyes,
with its smiles that retain bites,
with its war of words,
diplomacy fractures its hands.

Do I let my future in fractured hands?

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EL ADP: la gran batalla de la COP20 Lima

por Klever Descarpontriez & Maria Alejandra Escalante (con la colaboración de muchos amigos)

Los impactos del cambio climático no tienen paciencia con la lentitud de los progresos en las negociaciones intergubernamentales y la muy limitada cantidad de acciones que se están tomando para detener el calentamiento global. Ya estamos viviendo los impactos: el aumento del nivel del mar ha desplazado a las comunidades insulares de Bangladesh, las sequías han disminuido en un 50% la producción agrícola en Guatemala, tifones han cobrado la vida de cientos de personas en las Filipinas, los glaciares andinos peruanos siguen derritiéndose, y la lista de los impactos colaterales como la pérdida de la biodiversidad, la deforestación y la desertificación, entre otros….sigue y sigue.

Estas manifestaciones son sólo la punta del iceberg. A la fecha, la temperatura mundial ya se ha incrementado en un 0,8 ℃ desde el comienzo del siglo XX, y los países ya están experimentando enormes penurias y dificultades para hacer frente a los impactos. El mundo necesita reglas estrictas que vengan de arriba hacia abajo, reglas radicales que sean adoptadas por los gobiernos en la Conferencia Marco de las Naciones Unidas contra el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este año que viene, el deber que tienen los gobiernos es hacer que las emisiones de carbono lleguen a su pico para el año 2017 con el fin de tener un 50% de probabilidades de permanecer por debajo de un aumento de 2 ℃ de la temperatura global. Para que esto suceda, los principales contaminadores tienen que escalar dramáticamente sus esfuerzos de mitigación para que coincidan con el nivel de ambición que se necesita (visiten esta página web para entender más acerca de los usos justos del espacio atmosférico desde una perspectiva de justicia climática). Si los objetivos de reducción de emisiones no se cumplen a su debido tiempo, entonces, deberíamos comenzar a aceptar la idea de un mundo en el que eventos catastróficos, como que los pequeños estados insulares desaparezcan causando migraciones masivas de refugiados climáticos, se conviertan en nuestra sombría y común realidad.

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ADP: the biggest fight at COP20 Lima

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by Klever Descarpontriez & Maria Alejandra Escalante(and many friends)

Climate change impacts show no patience with the slow pace of progress at the intergovernmental negotiations and the very limited amount of actions being taken to halt global warming. We are already facing the impacts: sea level rise has displaced island communities in Bangladesh, droughts have decreased yields by 50% in Guatemala, typhoons have taken the lives of hundreds in the Philippines, Peruvian Andean glaciers keep melting, and the list of collateral impacts like loss of biodiversity, deforestation, and desertification goes on and on.

These manifestations are just the tip of the iceberg. To the date, the global temperature has already increased by 0.8℃ since the 1900s, and countries are already experiencing tremendous hardships and difficulties coping with the impacts. The world needs strict, radical, top-down rules coming from the governments at the UNFCCC. During this next year, their duty is to make global carbon emissions peak by 2017 in order to have a 50% chance to stay below a 2℃ increase of global temperatures. For this to happen, major polluters have to dramatically ramp up their mitigation efforts and match the level of ambition that is needed  (check out this website to understand more about the fair uses of atmospheric space from a climate justice perspective). If emission reduction targets are not met by their due time, then, we should start accepting the idea of a world where catastrophic events, like small island states disappearing causing massive migrations of climate refugees, becomes our bleak common reality.

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