Can we score goals in the right place? – Day 2+3 OWG12

by khristian méndez // Inside the Headquarters of the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals are being negotiated. Negotiations are taking place not only between governments at the formal and informal negotiations at the ECOSOC Chamber, but also outside of it in bilaterals, between Major Groups and other stakeholders. Chairs are asking to trim down numbers of targets and goals,...

What exactly is the way forward? – Day 1 OWG12

by khristian méndez // A little after 9am this morning, the doors of the Economic and Social Council Chamber were opened to dozens of members of Civil Society who were awaiting the morning briefing. Right before they opened, Roman and I had a lovely exchange with a lady who spent 30 years working in this building, so she’s become… quite skeptical of these processes. She is now an elder...

Earth in Brackets hits the airwaves!

by Khristian Méndez EN - Hello! As part of our work on the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals, we will by publishing a series of podcasts, the first of which can be found here. Enjoy after the jump! ES - ¡Hola! Como parte de nuestro trabajo sobre el Grupo Abierto de Trabajo sobre las Metas de Desarrollo Sostenible, estaremos publicando una serie de podcasts, de las cuales...

Sustainable Development Glee

by khristian méndez These eight little icons will serve to illustrate the past fifteen years in the global politics of sustainable development. These icons, along their accompanying statement, represent the Millennium Development Goals. And as we wave these eight promises goodbye from the international agenda, we are preparing for a new generation of promises to guide the work of the...

Overview of UNFCCC Finance

by Bohdan Zymka In an effort to prepare for the coming COP in Warsaw, Earth in Brackets presents a brief overview of finance under the UNFCCC. The cost of climate change is rising. South Centre put the costs of mitigation and adaptation at 600 billion USD to 1.5 trillion USD per year, 5-10 times more then what has been pledged under the UNFCCC, and the costs of loss and damage have yet to be...