BASIC Ministers reaffirm Durban process not to renegotiate Climate Convention

Bonn, 15 February, 2012 (Meena Raman)- BASIC Ministers, in a joint-statement issued at the conclusion of their 10th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change from February 13-14, 2012 in New Delhi, emphasized that the agreement on the Durban Platform was part of a carefully balanced package of ‘mutual reassurances’ between the parties. Continue reading “BASIC Ministers reaffirm Durban process not to renegotiate Climate Convention”

In the face of doomed negotiations: CLIMATE Asia Pacific calls for Wider Climate Change Education and Genuine Solutions

We have an urgent environmental crisis, but the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 17th Conference of Parties that ends now in Durban, South Africa has remained stuck on deliberations on vague and false solutions to the climate problem. Continue reading “In the face of doomed negotiations: CLIMATE Asia Pacific calls for Wider Climate Change Education and Genuine Solutions”

Ministers to address difficult issues

Durban, 8 Dec (Meena Raman) – With less than two days left for the conclusion of the Durban climate talks, Parties are still far apart on many critical issues that remain unresolved at the level of negotiators. These issues are now expected to be addressed by Ministers. Continue reading “Ministers to address difficult issues”

Leaders outline expectations for Durban

Durban, Dec 7 (Meena Raman) –  Leaders at the opening session of the joint-high level segment of the 17th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC and the 7th session of the Conference of Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) outlined their expectations for the Durban outcome which took place on Tuesday, 6 December. Continue reading “Leaders outline expectations for Durban”

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development Statement

We acknowledge that “gender” has gained recognition and that gender language has been included in the official documents and appears in many projects or side events at the COP17. However, we are concerned that the term, “gender” has been poorly conceptualised in official documents and lacks the critical edge that we have been advocating for. It is used just like the word “green” to greenwash the “brown”.  To achieve gender and climate justice, a fundamental transformation in the current global economic system and climate change negotiations has to occur.  Central to this is ending the marginalisation of women’s concerns and integrating women fully into these negotiations as key agents in making this transformation happen. Continue reading “Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development Statement”

G77 and China calls for fair and equal treatment of issues

Durban, 30 Nov (Meena Raman) – The Group of 77 and China called for a fair and equal treatment of issues on the agenda of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWGLCA) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Continue reading “G77 and China calls for fair and equal treatment of issues”

The African Group and Durban: The United African Position at UN Climate Talks

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Durban, South Africa, between 28 November and 9 December 2011, represents a critical moment in the international climate change negotiations. Continue reading “The African Group and Durban: The United African Position at UN Climate Talks”

Durban COP17, agriculture and soil carbon markets

To: African Agriculture and Environment Ministers  

We, the undersigned civil society organisations from Africa and around the world, strongly object to a decision in Durban for an agriculture work programme focused on mitigation, which would lead to agricultural soils and agroecological practices being turned into commodities to be sold on carbon markets, or used as sinks to enable industrialised countries to continue to avoid reducing emissions. Continue reading “Durban COP17, agriculture and soil carbon markets”

BASIC ministers outline priorities for success in Durban

Beijing, 3 Nov (Chee Yoke Ling) – The success of the UN climate conference in Durban in late November will depend on the adoption of the next phase of greenhouse gases emission reductions by developed countries and the completion of the negotiation mandate adopted in Bali, Indonesia in 2007. This was said by Ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of their meeting in Beijing from 31 October to 1 November.

The Ministers, who met to coordinate their views for the upcoming climate talks, emphasized in their joint statement that “the Kyoto Protocol is the cornerstone of the climate regime and its second commitment period (of emissions reduction by developed countries) is the essential priority for the success of the Durban Conference” that will be hosted by South Africa on 28 November to 9 December. The first commitment period will end in 2012. Continue reading “BASIC ministers outline priorities for success in Durban”

COP17: Inspiring the global climate justice movement

by Nnimmo Bassey

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: What role will Environmental Rights Action (ERA) and Friends of the Earth International be playing at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban? What will you be pushing for?

NNIMMO BASSEY: While there is a generally low level of expectation from the Durban Conference of the Parties (COP17), we see it as a great moment to stand with impacted peoples and the environmental justice movement and call for a climate tackling regime that understands the depth of the crises and the fact that the impacts are already manifesting. We will push for polluting countries to cut emissions at source and not through offsets and related market mechanisms that help polluters profit from the damage they do. We will push for legally binding emissions reduction targets to ensure that temperature increase is kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. ERA will demand the recognition and payment of the accumulated climate debt due to centuries of exploitation and colonisation of the atmosphere. Continue reading “COP17: Inspiring the global climate justice movement”