COP22: LDCs have contributed the least in the climate change, but they are its worst victims. They should be saved from climate related vulnerabilities 

gauri-pradhanGauri Pradhan,International Coordinator of LDC Watch, 9-11-16:Climate change is affecting every individual, community and country on earth. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are contributing to climate change every passing day. It threatens the natural and social balance and confronts sustainable development. Examples have shown the substantial impacts of climate change such as changing weather patterns, rising sea level and melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas. Continue reading

COP22: What’s in it for Least Developed Countries at the climate talks in Marrakesh?

ldcwatvh-logoLDC Watch statement, 9-11-16: “Finance is the key” to mitigate the effects of climate change on Least Developed Countries, and help them adapt to the threats it poses,” said LDC Watch, the umbrella group of civil society organisations in Least Developed Countries, at the start of the UN Meeting on Climate Change in Marrakesh. Continue reading

COP22: Plus ça change: Paris Agreement enters into force, but more urgent action needed from countries meeting in Marrakech

climate-change-rallyMarrakech, 7 November: Civil society leaders from diverse constituencies around the world are voicing their concerns that countries are not doing enough to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.

During  the Climat Change conference this week developed countries must raise their levels of short-term climate targets and finance, which the Paris Agreement did not address. Scientists consider steep emissions reductions in the current decade as the key to achieving a just transition to a low-carbon global economy.

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COP22 How wealthy countries are avoiding helping the world’s poorest cope

Ian Johnston, Independent, 6-11-2916: On the eve of the climate change meeting in Marrakesh, starting Monday, 7 November, a new report details how the world’s wealthiest countries are paying far less money to the poorest nations to help them cope with the effects of climate change than they claim. Continue reading

COP22 – Civil society demands increasing ambition and equity

dcj-logo-256x256pxCivil society organisations united under the banner of the Climate Justice campaign issued their demands on the eve of the Marrakesh meeting.

“The Paris Agreement passed the threshold for entry into force earlier than anticipated after being ratified by 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions on October 4th,, so the Agreement will enter into force on 4th November and the Marrakech meeting will also host the first Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA). Continue reading

LDCs must strengthen their capacity to face climate change

bangladesh-climate-changeOct 23, 2016 (BSS)– Climate experts in Bangladesh this week called for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) like Bangladesh to strenthen their bargaining capacity by acquiring knowledge on different aspects of the climate change issue to avert its possible harmful impacts. LDCs must be united by developing strong leadership to pile up pressure on industrialized nations to take action to stem the planet’s rising temperatures, they told a press conference on “COP 22 Climate Change Conference: Expectation of civil society” at the Jatiya Press Club here. Continue reading

Join the Africa CSO Working Group on SDG’s!

african-cso-working-groupAll African CSOs are invited to join the African CSO Working Group (AWG), a platform of over 120 African CSOs that coordinates African CSOs engagement in SDG-Agenda 2063 implementation. It has a clear African focus and seeks to connect the SDG agenda with African reality, potential and challenges. The AWG was formed during the High Level Panel (HLP) process as a way of coordinating African CSOs in the post 2015 process. A Monrovian Africa CSO Forum held in October 2012 concluded with her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accepting to host the Africa CSO Working Group Secretariat within her office. Continue reading

Pacific LDCS – Wave energy could provide the answer to the Islands’ energy needs

wave-energy– Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, they are now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region. The Pacific Community’s wave energy cost analysis report presents tangible costs of purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining wave energy devices in the region for the first time and concludes that “the costs of generating energy using waves are on par with other renewable energies, such as wind and solar.” Continue reading

WTO rules must be revised if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, says civil society

wto-2016On Thursday, 29 September, at the WTO Public Forum,  civil society speakers will argue for a change in WTO rules to achieve the SDGs. Speakers from the Third World Network,  Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), Uganda, International Trade Union Confederation and LDC Watch will explain that in September 2015 governments agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the SDGs cannot be achieved under existing WTO rules. Continue reading