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  • Quelle réception! Blog 7 de la COP 23

    Posted on novembre 17, 2017

    Leonardo DiCaprio, ayant reçu le prix du meilleur acteur aux Oscars 2016, plutôt que de remercier sa famille, etc.
    “Le changement climatique est réel, il se passe en ce moment. C’est la menace la plus urgente pour l’ensemble de notre espèce, et nous devons travailler ensemble et cesser de tergiverser. Nous devons soutenir les dirigeants du monde entier qui ne parlent pas pour les grands pollueurs, mais qui parlent pour l’humanité entière, pour les peuples autochtones du monde, pour les milliards et les milliards de personnes défavorisées qui seraient les plus touchées par cette . Pour les enfants de nos enfants, et pour ceux dont les voix ont été étouffées par la politique de la cupidité. ”
    C’est donc une grande honte que lorsque Angela Merkel a pris la parole hier (voir le blog 6), elle était très tiède sur le sujet de l’extraction du charbon en Allemagne, disant que c’était une situation très difficile. Tout le monde espérait qu’elle allait saisir l’occasion d’annoncer la fin du charbon, mais non – la politique de la cupidité?
    Andrew Potts et moi devions prendre la parole au Pavillon de l’UNESCO mercredi à 9h45, mais l’événement a dû être reporté car il y avait un problème technique empêchant la présentation des power points, couplé à une sorte de fonction sur le site voisin. scène publique où les niveaux de bruit étaient si élevés qu’il n’y aurait pas eu de concurrence!
    En 1130, tout était calme et la technologie informatique avait été restaurée. C’était un public de qualité plutôt que de quantité et à la fin il y avait un certain nombre d’excellentes questions et un échange de cartes pour les suivis. Un National Trust for Egypt a été discuté et une discussion avec un représentant de la Fondation Mohammed VI du Maroc pourrait conduire à davantage de dialogue et de soutien.

    Andrew Potts speaking at the UNESCO Pavilion

    I had arranged to have lunch with Edward Perry of Birdlife International who I met for the first time the day before. It seems that many potential ngos that I have come across both here and at previous COPs are associated with Birdlife and it could be useful to form a wider partnership. For those who were at the Cambridge ICNT you may recall an excellent address by their, then, very new CEO, Patricia Zurita. They are the world’s largest nature conservation organisation with over 10 million members and supporters!

    Birdlife’s Strategy


    Back at our stand I had various conversations with passing delegates and the home team from GEN and then to a side event on Empowerment for Inclusive Climate Action and Decision Making. The reason for being drawn to this event was because one of the speakers was to have been Wanjira Mathai, Chair of the Board of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, who we invited as a keynote speaker for the Cambridge ICNT. I had hoped to meet her for the first time but in the event she did not turn up.
    During lunch, Edward had invited me to a reception.at the Koenig Museum in Bonn jointly hosted by Birdlife and Nabu, a German conservation organisation. Founded in 1899, NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union), is one of the oldest and largest environment associations in Germany. The association encompasses more than 620,000 members and sponsors, who commit themselves to the conservation of threatened habitats, flora and fauna, to climate protection and energy policy. A definite follow up there!

    Ex President of Kiribati, Anote Tong
    addressing delegates at the reception

    At the reception the keynote was given by none other than ex President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, who appears in the Kiribati film referred to in a previous blog. At the reception afterwards I spoke with him for about half an hour about what life was really like for the inhabitants and their intangible cultural heritage, in the near certainty that they will be forced to move in the medium term or sooner. Even if global warming is kept to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, and we are currently on target for 3.4° by the end of the century, it will not be enough and anyway too late to save the islands


    One of the huge disadvantages of this COP is that the distance between the Bula Zone, where the high level discussions are taking place, and the Bonn Zone, where all the action is is about 1.5 km. In Marrakech and Paris the two zones were only 500m apart. This means that there is little incentive to make the journey either on foot or in one of the electric or hydrogen powered vehicles provided which go slower than walking pace! So it is very difficult to establish exactly what is going on at the main talks short of what one can read online.

    A little colour from Peru at my coffee table!

    And a little more colour!
    Kiribas girls handing out invitations to their event on Thursday evening


    However one thing I have learnt today is an announcement by Claire Perry, the UK Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, and her Canadian counterpart. Under the heading Powering Past Coal the UK and Canada have formed an alliance with 15 other countries and 8 states pledging to phase out coal. As might be expected, in the light of my earlier comments, Germany is conspicuously absent from the Alliance.
    Three more side events attended this morning and afternoon and a catch-up lunch with Andrew to discuss closer relations between INTO and ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN with which he may be able to assist along with support from Donald Hankey.
    I missed the beginning of a side event on the topic of human rights and climate change but arrived in time to hear the inspirational Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim from Chad, the Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, and a friend from previous COPs. What she said fitted well with our own Victoria Declaration so was music to my ears! If indigenous people and their traditional knowledge are to pay a part in our future strategy then she would be an excellent ambassador.

    Hindou Oumarou speaking with passion

    Mary Robinson at the same side event


    Oliver Maurice 16 Nov 2017

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