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

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

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

African Anger at European Calls for A ‘New Mandate’, Civil society groups attack ‘Durban Mandate’ proposal as a ‘great escape’

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – Today – Civil society leaders from across Africa, with support from global movements, launched a letter to climate negotiators that warns that focusing on launching a new mandate at the Durban talks risks backtracking  on promises to the poor and the planet. Continue reading

A dirty deal coming down in Durban

By Patrick Bond, The Mercury, Eye on Society column

What, now, are the prospects for a climate deal by Friday?

The biggest problem is obvious: COP17 saboteurs from the US State Department joined by Canada, Russia and Japan, want to bury the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol treaty. Instead of relaxing intellectual property rules on climate technology and providing a fair flow of finance, Washington offers only a non-binding ‘pledge and review’ system. Continue reading

Second commitment period remains elusive

Durban, 5 Dec (Chee Yoke Ling and Xu Chengcheng) – At the end of the first week of the Durban climate negotiations, Parties to the Kyoto Protocol were presented with four options by the Chair of the AWG-KP with regard to the second commitment period of greenhouse gas emission reductions under the Kyoto Protocol. The first commitment period will end in 2012. Continue reading

Durban battle on climate regime’s future

Durban, 5 Dec (Martin Khor) – The two-week UN Climate Conference taking place in Durban is at mid-point and its prospect for success is not looking bright.

The political leaders have started to arrive to confront a range of problematic issues. It is likely that compromises will be worked out and a few successes will be claimed. The reality is that they won’t be enough to tackle the worsening climate situation on the ground. 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

Durban: Stocktaking of CDM and Carbon Markets

by Payal Parekh

The first week of the negotiations in Durban at the UN Climate talks are over, so it is a good time to take stock of new developments in the negotiations as they relate to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and new market mechanisms. It’s been a busy week, since issues related to the CDM are discussed under the Kyoto Protocol negotiating track, as well as two technical wings, Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). New market mechanisms are discussed under the Long-term Cooperative Action (LCA) track. Continue reading

THOUSANDS PROTEST AT COP17 – DEMANDING ACTION TO SAVE THE PLANET

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 3 December 2011 –  The people demand that governments have to radically change their behavior at the UNFCCC negotiations, if the world is to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. Continue reading