[Earth] member delivers SBSTA Closing Plenary Intervention at COP22

At every COP meeting, constituencies have the opportunity to address opening and closing plenaries through interventions. The closing of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice closed today at COP22, and a member of our COP22 delegation, Jenna Farineau, gave the speech on behalf of the UNFCCC youth constituency (special thanks and shoutout to all the people who worked on the intervention behind the scenes: Laura Berry, Caroline Jeanmaire, Amalie Cordes, and Jenna Farineau).

You can watch her speech here at 1:13:00 and find the transcript below.

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High Level Segment Intervention

by Klever Descarpontriez

Tuesday, 8 December 2015.

Today the high-level segment continued hearing statements from ministers and other heads of delegations in joint meetings of the COP and CMP. The high-level segment concluded with statements by inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The Youth Constituency (YOUNGO) of the UNFCCC  was given two minutes to express their views on the process so far, after being kicked out of the rooms for the last week and a half. We spoke to an empty room where there were no Parties to be seen (maybe they are all busy negotiating a fair and ambitious deal?). Read more…

Major Group of Children and Youth Intervention

Our very own Aura Silva had the privilege of sharing the intervention on behalf of the Major Group for Children and Youth this morning in the opening session. The intervention states the thoughts and demands from the position of children and youth on the Sustainable Development Goal indicators that have been discussed here for the past 3 days. The intervention was received very well, especially from Mr. Damaso Luna, the Deputy Director General for Global Issues of the Government of Mexico. He agreed with Aura in her statement that setting back the dates of the targets that have been moved to 2030 is entirely counterproductive.

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Gender Day at COP20

Klever Descarpontriez was on the panel for the high-level event on gender and climate change for Gender Day at COP20 last Tuesday, 9 of December 2014, representing Earth in Brackets and YOUNGO (the youth constituency).

During the panel, Klever was asked to give his views on these two questions. We are copying the transcript of the conversation that took place.

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[Earth] intervention at the SBI closing session

On December 5, Maria Escalante of [Earth] delivered the SBI closing session intervention for Climate Justice Now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdofYWXumxw&feature=youtu.be

On a day where UNEP has confirmed that the cost of adaptation is continuing to rise, and could become $500 billion per year or much higher by 2050, we have to register our deep disappointment and anger at the paltry sums thus far offered by the rich countries.

You have money for wars and fossil fuels, but very little for adaptation finance. This disregard for your moral and legal responsibility forces developing countries to finance their own adaptation effort rather than other priorities. We demand support for the preparation and implementation of NAPs.

As I have seen in my country, Colombia, and as we keep seeing in the Philippines, there are limits to adaptation. Beyond those limits, there are impacts. Loss and damage is an issue of today — the Warsaw Mechanism must be fully operationalized at this session so it can be incorporated into the 2015 agreement.