Major clash of paradigms in launch of new climate talks

Geneva, 13 December (Meena Raman) – The main outcome of the two-week UNFCCC Durban climate change conference was the launching of a new round of negotiations known as the Durban Platform aimed at a new regime (whether a protocol or other legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force) under the Convention and involving all countries. Continue reading

Deep divide over Russian proposal to amend UNFCCC Article 4.2(f)

Durban, 7 Dec (Chee Yoke Ling) – There is deep divide over the proposal from the Russian Federation to amend Article 4.2(f) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, with the majority of Parties supporting continued discussions at the 18th meeting of the COP 18 next year and the Russian Federation requesting for a vote by the Conference of Parties. Continue reading

CBDR must guide work on international transport emissions, say several developing countries

29 November, Durban, (Chee Yoke Ling) – Several developing countries stressed that work undertaken at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) must be guided by the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities, and cautioned against unilateral measures and revenues from market-measures as a possible source of climate finance. Continue reading

Bolivarian alliance calls for extending and strengthening the Kyoto Protocol and climate adaptation aid to poor countries, and opposes the commodification of forests under REDD

Representatives from the Latin American and Caribbean governments that comprise the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) met in Bolivia on November 17-18 to coordinate their battle plan ahead of the international climate change summit scheduled to start in Durban later this month. Continue reading