LDC governments say “COP23 shone a spotlight on the impacts of climate change on island states and particularly vulnerable countries”

18 November: As COP 23 drew to a close, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, Gebru Jember Endalew, said, “As an Ethiopian, I know intimately the pain caused by climate change. My country is in the grip of a severe drought that has put 13 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia at risk of increased food insecurity. At the same time, our friends in South Asia have been drenched by extraordinary monsoon flooding, friends in the Caribbean have been battered by devastating hurricanes, and island states in the pacific are watching their homes disappear before their eyes beneath the water.” Continue reading

Reclaim power – World-wide alliance set up at COP23 to escalate and expand energy campaigns

(NOV 14, 2017) – Bonn, Germany. On the sidelines of the UN Climate Summit an unprecedented global alliance of civil society groups warned that 2018 would see an escalation of activism against polluting dirty energies. The alliance, known as Reclaim Power, sports representatives from over 75 countries across every continent and has already coordinated on over 2000 protests and events calling for the transformation of energy systems as a key step in addressing climate change. Continue reading

People, planet and the climate talks: poles apart?

November 10, Bonn, IBON International Updates, Tetet Nera-Lauron, – The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking part in Bonn, is expected to come out with decisions on a range of issues, including (a) the ‘Paris Rulebook’ – the manual that details how the 2015 agreement will be implemented; (b) a ‘Facilitative Dialogue’ to track progress on countries’ implementing the domestic actions they pledged to do; (c) what money is forthcoming and who will foot the bill for lowering emissions and transitioning to low-carbon economies (mitigation) and helping those who face the severest impacts of climate change (adaptation), and (d) how the global community responds as the impacts get more frequent and intense, and the damages are permanent and go beyond the economic sphere (loss and damage). Continue reading

COP23: Conservation Agriculture: Zambia’s Double-edged Sword against Climate Change and Hunger

Zambia, 8 -11-17, Friday Phiri (IPS)- As governments gather in Bonn, at COP 23 to hammer out a blueprint to implement the global climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, a major focus will be on reducing emissions to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C by 2020. While achieving this goal requires serious mitigation, LDCs such as Zambia are also emphasising adaptation as enshrined in Article 2 (b) of the Paris Agreement: Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production. Continue reading

COP23: NGO side event – Reclaiming Power: People vs. Polluters in the Energy Transformation

The energy sector is the biggest contributor to climate change, but leaves 1 billion people without electricity. Fossil fuels are no longer viable yet are still heavily subsidized.

LDC Watch along with Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD), Freedom from Debt Coalition Inc. (FDC), Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) and Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries (SCMM)

Thursday – 10 November, 11.30 – 13.00

Meeting Room no. 12, Bonn Zone


COP23 – Main issues: Role of US; lack of ambition in near-term (pre-2020) targets; increasing ambition of countries’ contributions to global action; addressing climate change impacts; provision of support

Bonn, 1 Nov, 2017) Following a year of increasingly visible climate change impacts, governments will gather from November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd annual UN climate change conference (COP 23). Over two weeks, negotiators will attempt to flesh out a set of implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement – a long-term global strategy to address climate change – ahead of a 2018 deadline. Continue reading

World Bank Not Doing Enough to Resolve Energy Poverty, says new NGO report

October 31, 2017: The global rate of electrification has slowed down in recent years leaving 1.06 billion people still without access.  If progress is not substantially increased, the United Nations’ and World Bank’s Sustainable Energy for All goal to reach universal energy access by 2030 will not be met. Simply put, there are not enough new electricity connections taking place because there is not enough funding for it. Continue reading

Trade will remain vital for global economy says UNCTAD

Trade will remain the main engine of growth for the but it needs to evolve with respect to emerging technology, business and policy innovation. The export-led growth strategy will yield results only when the surpluses generated from such growth are deployed for public good. This was stated by Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Continue reading