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COP 16 – 2010

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As COP-16 talks commence, we are kept up to date about the negotiations by Jackie’s Blog:

COP 16 commences in Cancun

Dec. 01, 2010

On Monday the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties began in Cancun, Mexico. At the start of the conference, the outlook for a meaningful international deal looks grim. With the US unwilling to make international commitments to reduce emissions, and Canada falling in line with the US position, analysts are predicting that Cancun will follow the dismal footsteps of Copenhagen. Progress is expected on REDD+, with Indonesia strongly supporting negotiations on international agreement towards payments for the ecosystem services of tropical forests. According to the UNFCCC, yesterday’s meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-LCA) shows signs of promise for the negotiations on adaptation finance and mitigation finance for developing countries. Meanwhile, newswires and blog reports from activists on the ground have reported renewed frustration with the UN process and its engagement with civil society.

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COP is dead, Long live the COP

Dec. 08, 2010

The Conference of the Parties, as the pluralistic democratic space for halting climate change, is dead. Long live the new Conference of the Parties, in which the autocratic, top-down institutions we are all so familiar with, will instruct us on how climate change is a reality to be adapted to and if we get on board, profited from.

We have been in Cancun since Saturday navigating the spaces for NGO-Governmental cross-communication and the halls are empty. At any given moment it feels like 100 people are in the space of Cancunmesse. Information booths are abandoned with only the occasional lone NGO delegate standing on duty. Side events have been cancelled throughout the daily schedule at Cancunmesse. There have been no internal protests by official NGOs, no sit ins, no coalitions walking out of negotiations in protest, and almost no media circulating the NGO centre.

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Following COP-16 … 

On the Successes of COP-16

Feb. 17, 2011

This past December, the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) took place in Cancun, Mexico. Like every other COP convened over the past two decades, the international community met to continue negotiations on the Convention on Climate Change, and evaluate how the world is fairing with respect to the greatest environmental challenge of our time. At the end of COP16, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, declared that the negotiations were a ‘success’, because countries had agreed to avoid a gap in the first commitment period and to continue negotiating up to 2012. The complete political failure of the COP process to achieve any meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade and a half could not be better exemplified by this current barometer of ‘success’, in which the continuation of negotiations themselves is viewed as a victory.

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