UN climate conference – Copenhagen, December 2009

Source: Cacim.net
With the Cochabamba Conference, held after the Copenhagen UN climate conference and organised eight months before the next Conference of the Parties (COP) in Mexico, the Bolivians have created a vital opportunity at all levels: at the level of social and political movement, at the governmental level, and most importantly, in the public sphere and in the imaginations of peoples everywhere. By Jai Sen. April 2010. [see more]
There is much talk about the 2009 climate change meeting that takes place 7-18 December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark as a crucial moment in global climate change negotiations - let alone for the future of humankind and the planet.

Mainstream media has been talking about a breakthrough “post-Kyoto agreement” or “post-2012 agreement” but these descriptions are not entirely accurate. As noted by one senior developing country official: “the Kyoto Protocol is not yoghurt; it has no expiry date”. The 2012 date is simply the commencement of the second commitment period. Negotiations under the Convention are for action now, up to and beyond 2012.

As the climate negotiations intensify on the road to Copenhagen, a key issue that has occupied much attention is the issue of mitigation and the burden-sharing between developed and developing countries. At stake in the climate negotiations, therefore, is among the largest divisions of wealth and resources in modern history.

With less than 20% of the population, developed countries have produced more than 70% of historical emissions since 1850, far more than their fair share based on equal per-person emissions. This basic and undeniable truth forms the foundation of the global climate justice movement.

Women’s groups are also challenged to introduce gender into the climate negotiations, forming alliances with governmental organizations and UN agencies.

Another key issue for environmental NGOs is the market-based responses to climate change proposed by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), carbon markets and schemes aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). These mechanisms have been widely criticized because they would exacerbate local social and environmental conflicts and foster land grabs whilst failing to tackle the climate crisis.

Activists from all over the world are coming together in a series of events to demand a fair outcome of the conference. Follow their activities and statements in the links below.
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Tuesday, April 06 2010
Be the seed
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Thursday, February 11 2010
After Copenhagen, the way forward
(Source: South Centre)

Official web sites

Gender at COP-15

Gender activities leading up to COP15 in Copenhagen (Gender cc)

Global Gender and Climate Alliance (WEDO)

Civil society positions

Be the seed (Cacim.net)

Act now to meet the post-Copenhagen climate emergency!

Comments on the Copenhagen Accord (South Centre)

Climate Shame: get back to the table (Oxfam)

Copenhagen: a disaster for the world's poorest (Friends of the Earth International)

Social Watch statement on climate negotiations in Copenhagen (Social Watch)

Repay the climate debt: A just and effective outcome for Copenhagen (Friends of the Earth)

Hemispheric Social Alliance demands effective commitments

Copenhagen: let's look before we leap (ETCGroup)

Civil society events

Klimaforum 09

Flood for climate justice

Via Campesina calls to mobilise for a cool planet

Camp for climate action

News and reports

How to cure the post-Copenhagen hangover (Transnational Institute)

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Overcoming the Copenhagen failure (The Cap Times)

Copenhagen Accord (COP15)

Draft Accord weak on cuts, funding (IPS)

The truths Copenhagen ignored (The Independent)

Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure (The Guardian)

Why Copenhagen failed (Counter Currents)

Divide and rule: paving the way to an unjust deal (TNI)

Kumi Naidoo's speech at the Copenhagen Global Day of Action (YouTube)

Fact sheet: What's at stake in Copenhagen (TNI)

Carbon trading- how it works and why it fails (Carbon Trade Watch)

Expanding global cooperation on climate justice (Bretton Woods Project)

NGOs call for finance for socioeconomic and climate justice (Institute for Policy Studies)

Climate debt: A primer (Third World Network)

Climate change a decisive threat to development (IPS)

Divide and rule: the politics of climate change negotiations (OilWatch)

Significant pressure needed for a just outcome in Copenhagen (Friends of the Earth Blog)


After Copenhagen, the way forward (South Centre)

Developing countries express concerns about Accord process (Third World Network)

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