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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A Green Climate Fund as if people and the planet mattered

What do climate-impacted communities in developing countries need from the GCF negotiations in Bali? A Southern Civil Society Statement issued at a media forum held this evening for the Indonesian press answers just that. 

No more deception! No more excuses! Climate Finance now!
A Green Climate Fund for People and Planet and not Private Profit!  Read more…

Development Justice Now! Declaration of the Peoples’ Global Camp at WTO

as the latest WTO round closed in Bali this week, we are cross-posting the declaration which came out of the Peoples’ Global Camp.

We, representatives of people’s organizations, social movements and political forces come together in the People’s Global Camp (PGC) in Denpasar, Bali on December 3-6, 2013 to collectively expose, resist and call to junk the renewed neoliberal offensives of the World Trade Organization.

We bring the experiences of struggles from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and the United States, to further advance the people’s rights and to affirm our collective resistance against the new round of deception and maneuverings pushed by the WTO in this 9th Ministerial Meeting. Read more…

Days 12 & 13 Policy Updates: Muddles and Huddles

by Earth in Brackets team and friends

Negotiations in Warsaw carried on essentially non-stop from Wednesday morning until Saturday night, with many delegates not sleeping for at least the final 48 hours. There were three concurrent issues being negotiated over the course of Friday and Saturday: finance, loss and damage, and the ADP draft text. Finance and loss and damage were in closed contact groups all day and night. ADP had two separate drafting sessions that were open to observers.

Huddle over ADP

Huddle over ADP

At 5am on Friday, a new draft text of the ADP was issued. By 11am a drafting session was convened which ran to 3pm. Up for discussion was a draft text that had been released at 5am that morning. Read more…