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COP22 From Bed

The Conference of the Parts is the most important event in the world. Most high-level strategies and decisions on our planet's climate.
Do not worry there are ways to follow everything happening in Marrakech from bed!

These are some of the best resources we've found: 

  • Earth Negotiation Bulletin (ENB)
    A daily internet news publication covering every negotiations, workshops and conferences. 
    Check out their twitter, they could be the most active account out there. 
    @enbclimate
  • UNFCCC Side Events Streaming
    COP is the one of the biggest knowledge consentrators, generating amazing side events all the time on a widerange of topics and perspectives. UNFCCC is uploading and streamingMost Conferences for you to watch when ever you can. 
     
  • How COP looks and feels like?
    Finally if you want to get a glimpse of the experience, do not miss out on the daily Instagram Stories being uploaded to this account.
    @ ses.2017

 

Some other things you must follow are:

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High-level Week: COP 22 is On

The most important threat to human kind has 1 week a year the spotlight. In 2016 the 134 countries in the Paris Agreement meet at Marraketch to celebrate that the biggest international agreement ever signed entered into force the past 4rd of November. This meeting like every year is the time to make desertions on how economy, culture, education and policy have to chango in order to have a bright future for human kind. Climate Change might represent an issue for the century, but also represents the unity of the world to achieve a sustainable future for all. It is an obstacle that is making businesses, academics, diplomats, indigenous people, and everyone open to a dialogue and look for common ground. So, today the High-level week of COP starts in beautiful and interesting city as a host of the event they are looking to keep the momentum of last year´s great agreement. I only hope the party keeps going despite the uncertain future, i hope we are better than this.

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COP22: End of week 1

                                                                                                                                             It is my first time at a COP and it has been surprising, moving, inspiring but most of all overwhelming. There are so many people from so many countries gathered in one same place working over one common interest, fighting Climate Change.
It has taken me by surprise the amount of young people, like myself, that are involved here at COP 22. I am sure that the next international leaders are being forged within this venue.
Although we have not access to most of the negotiation sessions word is out that parties are ready for next week, when the real happening begins. 

Here is a quick recap of this week’s most important news:

 

       - Good news: parties seem to be negotiating with a good spirit.

- Not so good news: Some countries and groups are delaying the negotiation sessions for unknown reasons. Also, the Paris Agreement was signed a lot before everyone’s expectations (which is good) but the problem is that most of the parties are maybe not ready to start with their NDCs.

 

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11/9

9/11, as in September eleven, will forever be a marked date in the calendar of the global human imaginarium, as will, from now on, 11/9, as in November 9. 

 

Today was the third day of COP22, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that is not easy to drive, has lots of disagreement areas, and lacks the international visibility of its French precessor. We will also see if it misses Laurent Fabius' impressive negotiating skills as its President. Unlike at COP21, delegates at Marrakech have the heavy burden of implementing the ambitious agreements that they hopefully and faithfully reached one year ago in Paris; when implementation was so far away, it was easy to trust our leaders, elected by our societies, to have done the right thing by now. 

 

It seems, though, that our societies have failed. Today, a climate change denier was elected President of the United States, which pretty much means that around 25% of the global emissions will be blind-eyed by the person who can do the most about it. Another slightly frightening issue is that China, responsible for around another quarter of the global emissions, has always approached this deals in an "I go if the US goes" basis. 

 

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Mexican students at COP22!

I have the enormous privilege of leading a group of 35 Mexican students devoted to transitioning the world towards a sustainable energy future. The largest part of what we do is organizing the next International Student Energy Summit, that will be held on June 13-17 2017 (www.studentenergysummit2017.com).

As part of our activities in Mexico City, we approached the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to look for a global partnership that would allow more and more diverse students to come to our event next year, only to find that we have a complete mutual understanding on why it is so important to tackle the energy challenges that we'll face from a multidisciplinary point of view. 

With them we have come to COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. Global meetings, such as COP, are always eye-opening. Only one day has gone by, and I have already come to appreciate the importance of hearing all voices and voicing all concerns when it comes to climate change. 

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Feeling ''trumped''?

                                                                                                                                         Now what about that? Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States of America. Like the rest of the world, negotiators and observers at COP 22 were caught by quite some surprise this morning when it became clear that Mr. Trump had actually won the 2016 presidential election. On the surface, everything seems to proceed as normal, meetings and workshops as well as official negotiation rounds are being held to ensure that necessary steps on the road to implementing the Paris Agreement will be taken. Beneath the surface, however, the mood has changed. The uncertainty caused by his election takes its toll, leaving many people here with the question what this will mean for international climate policy and on global action to fight disastrous climate change. Like with everything in life, there are two sides of the coin. First of all, the climate community at COP 22 seems not to freak out, which is important. Yes, during the election campaign, Donald Trump has said things that could leave anyone that worries about climate change in tears and fear, but in fact we do not know how he will decide and what he will do in terms of climate action.

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Just Transition, Baby!

Trade Unions at COP 22 are working hard to make sure that the aspect of a just transition, which is essential to them and their work, remains high on the political agenda. Just Transition as a concept was anchored in the Paris Agreement preamble, therefore making it part of a legally binding agreement. Many parties such as the EU or Canada and also other stakeholder such as the ILO have openly stated their support for the importance of a just transition, especially when it comes to transitioning from a carbon-intensive to low-carbon industries. For the ITUC, however, just transition means much more than just accompanying the transition process for workers. It also includes, for example, the support for social dialogue, social protection and decent work conditions for all people. The concept is not supported by all parties. In a meeting today it became clear that some of them have a problem with it and would rather see it untouched and not talked about anymore. Trade unions need to make sure that they try to influence their government delegations here in Marrakech to advocate for a transition to a sustainable energy future for all. For some delegations, it is an important topic as well, but it tends to fall behind everything else in the negotiation process. Just Transition is a very important concept. If you want an energy transition to be successful and fair, there is absolutely no way around it!

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COP 22 - Action and Implementation

                                                                                                                                                               The past year has been both a good and an alarming year for the world's climate. On the one side we saw a global committment to facing out of dangerous HFCs and even the international shipping and aviation industries have started to publicly announce that they want to do something about their harmful emissions. Additionally, the Paris Agreement came into force last Friday, as fast as no one would have imagined. On the other side, we saw super hot summer months and extreme weather conditions around the world that can be linked to climate change and have destroyed or threatened the livelihoods of thousands of people. Today COP 22 officially started in Marrakech. The tasks that lay ahead for everybody are huge. The Paris Agreement was a historic success, but now it is time to implement it. And here is where the challenge starts.

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Scaling up green livelihood initiatives-an antidote for climate change induced migration by Sachin Kumar
Environmentally induced disasters have been disrupting livelihood systems of communities significantly, forcing people to move out of their villages. This movement has far-reaching ramifications for the cities where they are going and the villages they are leaving. This issue has been dealt with at two levels, in an obstructive as well as constructive ways. Efforts are being made to ensure proper care of migrants at the place of their arrival which could be considered as one of the constructive ways. At the same time, if we develop resilient communities, provide them with adaptation and mitigation mechanisms and ensure livelihoods at their own places, they would not be forced to leave. These approaches have been bracketed under obstructive ways to deal with migration. It is important to note that both approaches are valuable. BIG GREEN project, supported by FES India can be termed as intermediate-term, obstructive way to deal with environmentally induced migration. We believe that a number of community driven green livelihood initiatives (GLIs) are available throughout the world which is ecologically sustainable, socially equitable and economically viable. But the impact of such GLIs has been limited and they remain small islands of successes. It is important that GLIs are scaled up so that their impact gets maximized and people are not forced to leave their place. It would not only check the influx of people on already
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Escaping the Double Whammy of Climate Change - Way forward for Global South´- by Shaleindra Bisht
Developing countries have to engage in a difficult balancing act of generating employment, protecting environment and fulfilling growing aspirations of a young population. This has been exacerbated by the renewed emphasis on tackling climate change on war footing. The global south has thus been burdened by additional charge on their meager resources. The Global South has to account for public opinion when their citizens may believe is that they are not responsible for the 'Climate Change mess'. There might be two ways to go forward´- Top Down led by Global North and Bottom Up led by citizen led but Global South state supported initiatives. Let me first discuss the prevelant model for tackling Global Climate Change where the developed countries provide the technical know-how, execution skill and financial resources. This could then be used by developing world to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. This is certainly faster and might be operationally and financially efficient but runs the risk of being too centralized and thus not responding to ground realities of global south.
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