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.
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.
The Pathway to Paris project will be activating a number of issue-focused citizen workstreams on the World We Want platform. These workstreams will be built on the foundation of working sessions, through which advocates, collaborators, experts and newcomers, join together to reach coordinated approaches to raising ambition on the issue in question. These workstreams will allow partners from around the world to support deeper understanding and more creative thinking about actions agreed in Paris. The open working sessions and issue-focused workstreams will, in turn, serve as the foundation for a lasting, always-active Citizens' Climate Engagement Network, that will accelerate direct participation in future climate policy process, ambition and implementation.
Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change calls for facilitating participation by citizens, but does not lay out a specific process for that engagement. As a result, the governments who are Parties to the UNFCCC have left the focus of Article 6 more on education and information, sometimes making an effort to provide training and support to constituencies that can benefit from participating in climate solutions.
In June, the Article 6 dialogues called for a significant intensification of:
- Climate education, at all levels, especially among youth
- Training and support for vulnerable communities
- Technical training for businesses and local officials
- Direct citizen participation in climate policy and in the global process
The question, for many, remains: what can citizens do, while stepping up their engagement, to help achieve the other goals of the Convention, such as especially: avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system?
- Watch our press conference on the subject here
- Help kickstart the Workstream by joining this UN e-discussion
We invite you to join the founding team for the Participation Workstream, to go live in late August 2015.
To sign up, go to pathwaytoparis.org/workstreams and join.
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
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