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Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 01-10-2011 22:15:45

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Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-12-2010 09:37:51

Posted on behalf of Dr. Ann Braudis, MM Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns Co-Chair, UN Committee on Sustainable Development (CoNGO, NY) Report from COP 16 Cancun Wednesday, December 08, 2010 Celine Paramunda, Martha Gallahue, Mark Wolff and I arrived in Cancun on Monday, December 6. Fortunately we met at the airport; since we had arranged to stay at the Marriott Cancun Courtland we were happy to be together to figure out how to get to the hotel; this turned out to be easier than we imagined as the hotel shuttle was right there at the entrance of the baggage claim section and all we had to do was climb aboard. After dropping our bags at the hotel we headed for the conference center in order to register. Remembering the endless registration lines at Copenhagen, I was anxious to get this step behind us. As it turned out, we were attended to immediately and with great good humor. I forgot to mention that there was another shuttle bus at the hotel to take us to Cancunmesse, the Conference Center where we registered and where most of the side-events are being held. Then we realized that we had to take another bus to get to the Moon Palace where the official negotiations are taking place. We climbed on the third bus of the afternoon and were taken to the extraordinary Moon Palace, opulent beyond my powers to describe. While scanning the crowd at the Moon Palace for a familiar face, I saw Tarique Banuri. It was good to talk to him to get an insider’s view of what was happening. At that point, Tarique seemed less than hopeful that the Conference would produce a result that would be satisfying. On that discouraging note we ended our first day at COP 16. It was getting late and we still had to catch two buses to get back to the hotel. The next day brought better news starting with the announcement that China was posed to make a significant concession. Then we started to hear that there was a big push to produce an agreement that would preserve the UN process with a multilateral approach. In the early afternoon, the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, and other High Level officials held a briefing regarding the UN system delivering as one. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon was entirely hopeful that an agreement would be reached by Friday. However, there would be aspects that the Parties would not be able to agree upon. These points of disagreement would have to be worked out later but should not hinder forging an agreement that, while not perfect, definitely would show progress. While I began to register hearing the term low-carbon industrial revolution, which I liked, I also noted global economic growth being used repeatedly. A lot of emphasis is given to private sector collaboration as it is the private sector that provides the innovative technologies and products and will be called upon to help make the shift to a (true) green economy. While this is reasonable, to decouple well-being from the growth mindset will be a great challenge. Nevertheless, all about us we see reminders that development must be sustainable, within planetary limits. Today, Wednesday, we received copies of the drafts for the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (LCA), the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol and Enhanced Action on Mitigation. This morning the four of us attended the Indigenous People’s briefing. This was helpful because it indicated what to look for the in the LCA that is of importance to the IPs: No opportunities for using markets in the REDD agreement, clear articulation of human rights and gender balance, specific mention of safeguards of the knowledge and rights of Indigenous People and local communities in all that relates to them. Now that I have had an opportunity to read through the LCA text I see that there is confusion regarding market opportunities; this is potentially disastrous and will have to be clarified. In the afternoon, there was another high-level briefing by the Secretary General; this time regarding the findings of the committee for naming potential sources of funding in order to raise the hundred billion dollars required annually starting in 2020 to finance adaptation and mitigation in vulnerable, poor and developing countries. In general, the main sources would be carbon trading based on a fixed carbon price per ton, carbon taxing, carbon taxation of international transportation and the reallocation of funds that currently subsidize fossil fuels. It was repeatedly stated that while not easy, it is entirely feasible to raise the $100 Billion annually. Sir Nicolas Stern was a member of the committee. He spoke eloquently and convincingly of the possibility for moving forward with this financing. However, he also referred to economic growth, although rooted in sustainability. Frans Verhagen approached him regarding carbon based monetary transformation. Stern agreed that this probably is in the future but feels that the price of carbon must be stabilized first. I would have liked to have heard a debate about this. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia spoke brilliantly and was pursued afterwards by the press in grand style. Frans also managed to have a brief conversation with the Prime Minister. We have taken in many other events and have had very rich experiences, sometimes together and sometimes going our separate ways. Martha has been diligent in looking for opportunities to distribute the CSD CC paper and had a good conversation with Jonathan Pershing about this and other points. Now I’m about to catch my first bus of the day.

Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-12-2010 09:29:49

Posted on behalf of Lily Schwabe UN Representative, Temple of Understanding UN Committee on Sustainable Development (CoNGO, NY) [Re: UN CSD (CoNGO, NY) Climate paper at] ... the paper was spread throughout the conference. I did hand deliver it to the Bloomberg reporter!

Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-11-2010 22:47:23

Here is interesting running commentary on the Cancun conference process from the environmental organization Friends of the Earth:

Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-11-2010 03:18:12

Running commentary on the process leading to the Cancun Agreements is in the Time Magazine Ecocentric Blog by Bryan Walsh:

Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-10-2010 23:45:21


Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-10-2010 08:49:39

Fr John Brinkman, M.M. (Commission on Ecology and Religion, Maryknoll) has written the article "CANCUN CROSSROADS", which is posted here:

Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-10-2010 01:23:12

Posted on behalf of Martha Gallahue Chair, Climate Change Working Group of the UN Committee on Sustainable Development (CoNGO, NY) National Service Conference of the American Ethical Union There are nearly 155 US delegates here including John Kerry and James Inhofe from US Senate. After briefing: I spoke with Jonathan Pershing and handed him our [CSD CoNGO Climate] statement which he read between meetings. We have a personal connection through ethical culture. More later, Martha Re: Subject: US Delegation Briefing for Environmental Groups, Tuesday 7 PM Dear All, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will host a briefing for Environmental Groups at COP-16 in Cancun on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM in room Mar (Azteca). We expect the briefing will last for half an hour. Please note that this is a closed briefing. Best, Anne Kolker US Delegation

Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-05-2010 10:49:44

Posted on behalf of Martha Gallahue Chair, Climate Change Working Group of the UN Committee on Sustainable Development (CoNGO, NY) National Service Conference of the American Ethical Union Dear Members, Once you have joined this network, go to the December 2nd issue to read update on Cancun Conference. Begin forwarded message: From: Earth Negotiations Bulletin Date: December 1, 2010 10:51:27 PM EST To: "Earth Negotiations Bulletin (PDF)" Subject: MEA Bulletin - Issue No. 105 Reply-To: Earth Negotiations Bulletin IISD RS is pleased to announce that the newest issue of MEA Bulletin is now available. To access the 105th issue directly, visit: . To read past issues and to sign up to receive the PDF version, visit: MEA Bulletin is a publication created by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (UNEP DELC). --------------------

Jan Dash (Author) wrote: 12-03-2010 12:07:38

Posted on behalf of Lily Schwabe UN Representative, Temple of Understanding UN Committee on Sustainable Development (CoNGO, NY) Dear All, I had the opportunity to go see Jonathan Pershing this afternoon. Press briefing had been changed to 3pm. Mr. Pershing assured the audience that the US was committed to achieving a successful outcome that builds on what came out of Copenhagen. The US focus was to work towards an agreement that seeks a balance of agreements. "We expect to be pragmatic and expect others to do so also." It is obviously early in the negotiations phase and the next week will bring about some progress. He addressed the fact that China and the US had no intentions of making any bi-lateral agreements but rather be a part of the whole picture that included all participating countries. I took good notes but I've had a full day and I'm exhausted. I will stay in touch. Warm regards, Lily Schwabe