Bonn Climate Talks Conclude Amid Projections of Record High Atmospheric CO2 Levels Photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons: Adopt a Negotiator The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2)—the latest intersessional of the international climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—concluded [...]
Deciphering the Doha Outcome Arabs lead the first ever climate march in Qatar, calling on nations to lead in UN climate negotiations. (Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/adoptanegotiator) In a dramatic twist, the Doha climate talks came to an abrupt end a little more than 24 hours after their scheduled conclusion. Many participants were surprised to see [...]
Bangkok Climate Talks (Photo credit: Adopt A Negotiator, Creative Commons/Flickr) Last week, the latest round of climate talks concluded in Bangkok, Thailand. The talks were held in preparation for the next UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 18), which will begin November 26, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The Bangkok sessions set out to resolve and [...]
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, more commonly recognized as Rio+20, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to a close last week. Read about the outcome and find related resources by reading more.
Bonn 2012: So We Have an Agenda, Now What? It seems like the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by parties at the end of the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban was not carried over to the 2012 Bonn intercessional meetings held May14-25. The two weeks of agenda fights and deadlock in Bonn regarding how to move forward [...]
Special Bonn Edition As I write this, I’m sitting in the back of the plenary hall of the Intercessional United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference here at the Maritim Hotel just outside of Bonn, Germany. The meeting I am observing goes by the impressive name: AWG-LCA workshop on clarification of the developed [...]
The COP 17 climate talks in Durban ended on Sunday December 11th, making it the longest COP in the history of the UN climate talks. Delegates worked into the wee hours of Sunday to broker a deal that renewed the Kyoto Protocol and set into motion a Durban Roadmap. The Durban Roadmap for the first time in the history of the UNFCCC sets up a process to negotiate a comprehensive and balanced legal instrument to avert climate change; the legal instrument which would come into force by 2020.
Last Wednesday, leaders of sixteen major nonprofit organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Clinton expressing concerns that U.S. negotiators are blocking progress at the COP17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Signers of the letter included: Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace USA, National Tribal Environmental Council, Native American Rights Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam America, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Population Action International, Population Connection, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund.
Please join US CAN in welcoming our new Outreach Director, Justin(J.P.)Leous. J.P. arrived in Durban yesterday and will be actively engaged with members and friends. J.P. has extensive experience with community organizing, climate policy and non-profit management. J.P. comes to USCAN from The Wilderness Society where he covered a range of climate-related policy issues. J.P. [...]
Yesterday, the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began in Durban, South Africa. The UN Climate Talks will span two weeks and include delegates from 194 countries but also hundreds of public interest organizations and thousands of activists from around the world will join them to advocate for a fair, ambitious and binding agreement that will reduce global emissions, build vulnerable nations’ resilience to climate change and foster a low-carbon green economy globally.