Last week in Bonn, during the ADP 2.10 (the 10th Part of the 2nd Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action), there was a general sense that too little progress is being made toward estabishing clear foundations for the text-specific negotations for the Paris agreement. There are many explanations for why, but one stands out as potentially the most instructive and useful: everyone knows what needs to happen, yet no one is fully confident that all others will go far enough, fast enough.Read more
In the latest episode from Context News, we take you through the past rounds of climate negotiations, and help to frame what is coming up next week in Bonn, Germany, where 196 countries will again sit down to streamline, refine, and strengthen the text on which the global climate pact to be agreed in Paris, in December, will be based.
A run-through of the issues at stake in the intersessional climate negotiations, being held in Bonn, in preparation for the Paris agreement.
Analysis by Ron Israel and Lois Barber, Co-chairs of the Citizen’s 2015 Global Climate Agreement Campaign.
The 21st United Nations sponsored Conference of the Parties (COP21) will be held in Paris this December. The goal of COP21 is to produce the first meaningful, legally binding international climate treaty since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. As we have already seen, a global average surface temperature rise of 0.8 º Celsius above pre-industrial levels and another 0.5 º Celsius are already in the system, due to ongoing greenhouse gas emissions.Read more
In this episode of Climate Countdown, Kaia tours through the UNFCCC climate negotiations, held in Bonn, Germany, in June. She interviews youth delegates, reporters, policy advocates, and experienced advisors to national negotiating teams, and shows both the elusive nature of the language of the negotiations and the complexity of the effort to ensure good-faith negotiation can be the standard.
I have just launched my new web-series Climate Countdown — with fellow CCL and Pathway to Paris member Nicole Crescimanno — based around 2015 as the year for the global community to solve the climate change crisis. The web-series maps out what scientists, activists, policy makers and citizens are actually doing to tackle this problem. We examine different facets of this complex issue and break it down into bite-sized bits. Join us as we follow the people who are crafting paths toward a pivotal global climate change agreement this December in Paris — COP21.
Today, the Co-Chairs of the ADP—the ad-hoc all-nation working group that is responsible for writing the Paris climate agreement—released their new draft of a potential streamlining approach for the standing legal text, agreed in Geneva, in February. The Co-Chairs note, in a preface, to this new draft, that “inclusion of certain (sets of) articles or paragraphs is without prejudice to the views of the Parties, and that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”Read more
The governing paradigm for energy policy and climate action is shifting, now, in real time. With a few crucial innovations, we can achieve a more rapid pace of decarbonization than was previously thought possible by any players in the global negotiations. We will need:
- Commitments that are catalytic, cooperative, and accelerating over time;
- A framework that makes clear no one wins by stalling action;
- Regular escalation of national commitments, with tangible economic benefits;
- More direct participation by citizens and civil society, at all levels.
Though many are frustrated with the pace of progress toward the Paris consensus, we have seen meaningful progress on all of the above.
On June 5—World Environment Day—we held a press conference to announce CCL's effort, through the Pathway to Paris project, in collaboration with the World We Want, to build a worldwide always-active Citizens' Climate Engagement Network. The press conference was conducted in association with the Climate Matters video interview series, as well as COY11, CliMates, IAAI GloCha, Context News, and the Association Actions Vitales pour le Developpement Durable.Read more
On February 27, Switzerland became the first nation to officially submit its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), under the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, to the UNFCCC. The summary of Switzerland’s national commitment to the global climate solution reads as follows:
Switzerland commits to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, corresponding to an average reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent over the period 2021–2030. By 2025, a reduction of greenhouse gases by 35 percent compared to 1990 levels is anticipated. Carbon credits from international mechanisms will partly be used. The INDC is subject to approval by Parliament. The methodological approaches underlying the Swiss INDC are included in this communication.Read more