Note: Today is the opening day of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP18 climate summit. Following in the footsteps of the World Trade Organization, the UNFCCC has responded to increasing protests- including last year’s “occupation” of the COP17 climate talks- by moving its annual summit to the authoritarian oil-rich kingdom of Qatar, which leads the world with the highest carbon emissions per-capita. Global Justice Ecology Project has attended, documented, and organized against false solutions at these climate summits since 2004; this “Doha Round” is the first conference since then that GJEP doesn’t have a team on the ground.
–The GJEP Team
By Stephen Leahy, November 26 2012. Source: Inter Press Service
In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, conference flags are displayed ahead of the Doha Climate Change Conference, in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Associated Press
DOHA, Qatar – Extreme weather disasters, including floods and droughts intensified by climate change, have totalled many billions of dollars in damages this year.
And much worse is yet to come, warned the World Bank, International Energy Agency and even the big accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwC) in a separate reports detailing the consequences of failing to make major reductions in the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change.
Those reports also urged all countries attending the U.N. climate change negotiations here in Doha, Qatar to agree to do far more to reduce emissions.
“The U.S. does not anticipate increasing its emission targets beyond what has already been agreed to,” said Jonathan Pershing, head of the U.S. delegation at the U.N. Climate Change negotiations known as COP18. Continue reading
By Stephen Leahy, November 18 2012. Source: Inter Press Service
Obama talks with Hurricane Sandy victims at a shelter in Brigantine, N.J. He says dealing with climate change will be a personal mission in his second term. Photo: Pete Souza, official White House
Two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves cannot be used without risking dangerous climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week.
Preventing the consumption of those two-thirds will be the primary task of the annual UN climate negotiations that resume at the end of this month.
Late Wednesday, US President Barack Obama surprised many by saying climate change will be a personal mission in his second term.
“The re-election of President Obama guarantees continuity of the US pledge of reducing emissions 17 per cent below its carbon emissions in 2005 by 2020,” said Christina Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Note: As governments, civil society and social movements get ready for the 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in Doha, Qatar, here is a short guide to understanding the process around REDD within the UNFCCC. REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is one of the most controversial initiatives promoted at the UNFCCC, as it is already resulting in land grabs, plantations, and human rights abuses.
-The GJEP Team
By Chris Lang, November 8, 2012. Source: redd-monitor
Trying to follow the REDD negotiations at the UN level can be a difficult and frustrating process. This short guide aims to show you where the REDD texts are, what the texts mean and which issues are still under discussion.
Discussions about REDD take place mainly in the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). In 2011, COP 17 in Durban decided to extend the AWG-LCA for one year. COP 17 also established the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), which is supposed to agreed a “protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force”. It is not yet clear how REDD negotiations will continue if the AWG-LCA ends at COP 18 in Doha in a few weeks’ time.
The UK-based NGO Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) has produced a detailed “Guide for REDD-plus negotiators“, which was updated in October 2012 and includes all of the UNFCCC text relating to REDD since 2005 in one handy (but rather long) document. This guide is based on a presentation that Focus on the Global South asked me to give last month in Vientiane, Laos at the Asia Europe People’s Forum. It is in three parts: Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, and Doha 2012.