No more delays, No more deception, No more evasion!

Since Copenhagen we have witnessed the escalation of efforts by developed countries, led by the United States, to undermine and overturn Climate Convention principles and legally binding agreements. Governments of Canada, Japan and Russia have even explicitly stated they have no intention of fulfilling their obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. Continue reading

New UK climate finance package ‘will push up developing countries’ debt’

A new climate change finance package, announced today by Chris Huhne, will push up developing countries’ debt, say campaigners from the World Development Movement. Continue reading

African Ministers Meet in Durban – African Countries to Stand Firm in Climate Negotiations

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – Yesterday – Ministers from over 50 African countries met to reinforce their position, demanding an ambitious second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, effective action under the Bali Action Plan and scaled-up finance, ahead of the final week of the UN Climate Conference in Durban. Continue reading

Recognise the Rights and Roles of Rural and Indigenous Women in Tackling Climate Change

by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Women and men, due to their gender roles and existing unequal power relations between them, have different vulnerabilities and responses to the impact of critical and harmful condition of global climate change. They have differentiated capabilities and preferences regarding policies and measures to tackle the problems. The existing policy framework to tackle climate change, however, is ignorant of unequal power relations between men and women. Continue reading

Memorandum from the Rural Women’s Assembly to the UNFCCC, the government of the Republic of South Africa and the Governments of Africa

We the Rural Women’s Assembly of Southern Africa, meeting in Durban on the event of the 17th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC in Durban from 30 November to 5 December 2011 demand that governments take the following immediate steps to address the clear and present danger posed to rural communities by the climate crisis. Continue reading

Climate Smart Agriculture and carbon markets will be a disaster for Africa: Groups warn against Zuma’s agriculture prize at COP17

South African president Jacob Zuma has declared his intention to have a decision on Agriculture at the UN COP17 climate negotiations in Durban; while the World Bank is promoting so-called “Climate Smart Agriculture” and carbon offsets as the future of African agriculture and climate solutions.  Continue reading

Climate fund to be decided in Durban, climate activists worry about business role

Through the fourth day of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa, national representatives heatedly debated on the issue of reopening for discussion the draft governing instrument of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) which was submitted by the Transitional Committee for COP adoption. Continue reading

CLIMATE TALKS: ALL EYES ARE ON AFRICA

WILL AFRICA LEAD THE WORLD WHERE RICH COUNTRIES HAVE FAILED?

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 2 December 2011 – Continued strong and united leadership by African governments is essential at the UN climate talks in South Africa if the world is to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, Friends of the Earth International warned today. Continue reading

DEVELOPED NATIONS – LED BY US, UK AND JAPAN – TRY TO TURN GREEN CLIMATE FUND INTO GREEDY CORPORATE FUND

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, Dec. 1, 2011— Today 163 civil society  organisations from 39 countries released a letter exposing an attempt  led by the US, the UK and Japan to turn the Green Climate Fund into a  “Greedy Corporate Fund” at UN climate talks in South Africa. [1] Continue reading

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