Notes of CJN! Conference call 14 May 2009

Highlights and key questions for responses from network:

  1. We still need to have a discussion on processes re decisions on funding, interventions, messaging.
  2. Can any of the groups who offered to help with a less expensive website take the lead to set up a website, with the support of a small working group? This needs to be done very soon, with a clear deadline.
  3. Is there any objection to a small working group repairing a funding proposal to cover the basic infrastucture and shared resources of the network, such as website, conference calls, translation and publications?


On call

Adam Wolfenden, Cape Town, SA              AFTINET

Daphne Wysham, Washington DC, US         Institute for Policy Studies

Dorothy McDougall, Canada                         Kairos, Canada

Fabrina Furtado, Buenos Aires, Argentina         Jubilee South

Helena Paul, UK                                EcoNexus

Janet Redman, Washington DC, US                 Institute for Policy Studies

Joe Zacune, Cape Town, SA                       Friends of the Earth International

Kevin Smith, London, UK                    Carbon Trade Watch

Michael Dorsey,                                  USA

Moomin                                           Amsterdam

Nicola Bullard, Cape Town, SA              Focus on the Global South

Payal Parekh, San Francisco, US              International Rivers

Phil Thornhill, London, UK                    Global Climate Campaign

Rachel Smolker, USA                              Energy Justice Network, US

Reede Stockton, San Francisco, US              Global Exchange

Ronnie Hall, Cape Town, SA                       Global Forest Coalition

Tim Jones, London, UK                    WDM

Tristen Taylor, Cape Town, SA              EarthLife Africa

Tom Golgtooth, US                                Indigenous Environment Network

Tom Kucharz, Cape Town, SA              Ecologistas en accion

Victor Menotti                                           International Forum on Globalisation

Confirmed but unable to join for various reasons:

Ana Filipini, Montevideo, Uruguay               WRM

Antonio Tricarico, Rome, Italy          Campaign to Reform the World Bank

Christophe Aguiton, Paris, France                 ATTAC France

Eliot Whittington, London, UK              Christian Aid

Jason Nardi, Rome, Italy                   Social Watch

Lidy Nacpil, Manila, Philippines            Jubilee South

Osver Polo, Lima, Peru                    GCAP Peru

Wael Hmaidan, Beirut, Lebanon               IndyAct


Chris Lang, REDD Monitor, Germany

Patrick Bond, CCS Durban, South Africa

Bente Hessellund Andersen, NOAH, Denmark


Report back from Bonn 1, (29 March – 8 April) from Janet. Main focus on targets, timetable and finance. Also what will be in the CDM. In the REDD discussions, some governments mentioned Indigenous Peoples, but even this can be seen as an achievement.

Preparation for Bonn 2 (1 –12 June). Same issues likely to be key.

Payel will be in Bonn. She is coordinating the CAN CDM working group and trying to push their position as far as possible. It seems that only a few groups are in favour of REDD being discussed in LULUCF and most are against. It might be worth using this as a way of driving a wedge between those who support market-based solutions and those who don’t, and exposing the market solutions. It would also be a way to raise a discussion about offsets in CAN.

Joe will be in Bonn. There will be a large youth contingent and would like to approach certain CJN folk to meet with them. There will be a FOEI/ GFC REDD side event: “REDD traps” on 3 June, evening. Possible actions? Identify common media targets? e.g. World Bank, REDD: forests out of carbon markets, stop plantations, counter spin on China and India being held responsible. Bolivian proposals useful.

Other comments:

Coordination on the ground? Janet will help with coordination and we are negotiating with the UN secretariat to have a regular meeting space for 9-10am daily.

Have some messages on vision, not all just anti.

Connecting up / supporting governments like Bolivia? Meet with Bolivian delegation? Fabrina will see whether it will be possible to meet with the Bolivian delegation.

Key to have close coordination with indigenous networks.

Other reports:

IFG meeting report back from Nicola and Victor. Janet and Anne Peterman were there.  Many issues were discussed and there are still clear divisions between some CAN positions and climate justice positions, however there was a clear interest from the North groups to push for equitable international financing mechanisms.

Anchorage Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change report back by Tom Goldtooth. The Indigenous summit was very historical and brought near 400 indigenous peoples together from throughout the world. Respecting the diversity of cultures and different approaches for economic development, there was a consensus document that came out of the summit. A strong piece of the declaration was a call for emission target reductions by annex 1 countries of at least 45% reduction by 2020 (1990 levels) and 95% by 2050. The declaration also made statements against false solutions, i.e. agrofuels, nuclear energy, clean coal, including carbon trading and offsets, etc. (The declaration was circulated n the CJN list, and can also be found at Tom reported there was concern from many indigenous peoples at the summit of the heavy presence of World Bank, the UNREDD agency and NGO’s pushing REDD initiatives at the summit. The declaration reaffirmed the demand that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples be fully implemented by the UNFCCC and all other global and national negotiations on climate change policy, including REDD. Tom reported there will be a strong presence of indigenous peoples at Copenhagen.

Climate camp report back from Kevin. Lot of legal stuff still underway as a result following the G20 climate camp. There will be a week long camp towards end of summer in the region of London. Would it be possible to have some input from CJN? Lot of local activity in UK. Moomin gave an update on the Global climate camp-activities in Amsterdam.

Future of CJN.

Website. Cost concerns, so how to move ahead? Tom – re premade websites and webhosting in Spain cheap about 70 euros per year. Janet – upkeep? Can get funding for both if groups happy with this. Need to move quickly. Michael – can’t really rely on volunteers to do this in the long run would be better to hire someone. General discussion about whether others comfortable with this idea. Put out another plea for proposals, with a deadline. Also re comfort levels re funding. Nicola – add questions to notes from the call, so it’s collective. SEE ABOVE

Funding proposals. Need? Process? Coalition of groups to take forward?

Payel – funding for South participants to inter-sessionals to match CAN. The reaction from several peoples was that it is very difficult deciding who to send, and there are simpler things to spend money on, that can benefit the whole network, such as website, publications, translation, conference calls. Victor – raised the question of logistics and whether we need a coordinator on the ground. Daphne – cover share of peoples’ time around the world? Tom – also not to supplant other existing networks, support other networks, synergies. These networks have people, how to add value. Young moment in network, perhaps not good to overload with infrastructures that already exist elsewhere. Janet – possible conclusion is for organisations to channel funds to southern participants, not formally as CJN, focus on reserving funds for shared practical resources eg website. Nicola – send this as a proposal in the notes from this meeting. SEE ABOVE

We still need to have a discussion on processes re decisions on funding, interventions, messaging.

Rachel, website that allows people to interact could be useful way of moving this forward.

Payel – still a missed opportunity to raise funds for people to come. Compromise – some of the other existing networks – share possibilities on leads to those networks.

Next call – after Bonn – 17th June