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- Leaving on a high! The 8th blog from COP 23 How time flies when you are enjoying yourself though somehow the end came almost too suddenly and as I walked away from the Bonn Zone on Friday afternoon and left behind the memories of all the great people I had met during the previous 2 weeks, I felt a distinct tinge of sadness. Having said ...
- What a Reception! Blog 7 from COP 23 Leonardo DiCaprio, on being presented with the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Oscars, rather than thanking his family etc. said this:
“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders ...
- People Power. The 6th Blog from Bonn It is amazing how the Bonn Centre, where all the exhibitions and pavilions are based, has filled up at the start of the second week. There has been talk of 25000 expected at the COP but it seemed relatively quiet during week one. All that has now changed and the queue at the German Pavilion ...
- A weak end to the weekend! The sun hasn’t shined yet during the 8 days that I have been in Bonn, at least not as far as I am aware although it is fair to say that in the Conference complex it is hard to know what is going on outside. At least the journey to and from my Airbnb has ...
- Gore and More – Oliver’s Blog from Bonn The Indonesian and Fiji Pavilions have played their part in some of the more noteworthy events that I have attended. On Thursday Hashim Djojohadikusumo and Willie Smits gave an excellent joint presentation on their agroforestry scheme which is effectively about restoring deforested areas in Indonesia using sugar palm planted in a mix of other trees. ...
- Side Events and yet more Side Events! The really impressive point coming out of this COP so far is the need for us all to work together collaboratively to stem global warming. A side event yesterday, with many speakers from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), entitled Disappearing Islands, highlighted the issues, many of which appeared in the film ‘Troubled Waters’ which I ...
- We are all in the same canoe A second blog from COP 23
The words of the Fiji Prime Minister during his opening address at the Fiji Pavilion, which would ring painfully true if only everyone was on board.
This COP is being funded by the German Government but hosted by Fiji so it was appropriate that their two pavilions should be not only ...
- From the Rhone to the Rhine! The first of a series of blogs from Oliver Maurice from COP 23 in Bonn
The journey from the Rhone Valley, where I live, to the Rhine, on which Bonn is located, has been a long excursion and perhaps not the most auspicious start to what is going to be a very busy fortnight. 3 days ...
- Past the finishing line 9th and final blog from COP 22 The marathon is over and I am now back in France having had a chance to sleep, draw breath and reflect on a remarkable COP. Why remarkable? Because having never had an official side event at the conference centre at previous COPs we managed no less than 4 in Marrakech. In Durban we held one ...
- A fond farewell to Marrakech 8th Blog from COP 22 So it is almost over. Geoff and I packed up the display in the stand this afternoon but not before we had both had an interesting morning at our various side events and through networking.
My morning started with an update from the UNFCCC Secretariat and then over to the Green Zone to the British Embassy ...
- Moonshine! 7th Blog from Marrakech Two nights ago we were watching a super-super moon where the moon appeared bigger and brighter than for many years. And it will be many years before it happens again.
This morning we had a little more moonshine in the form of Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing UN Secretary General. It was his last appearance at the ...
- Inspirational or what ? Blog 6 from COP 22
The man who has given his all to defend the world from the effects of climate change spoke inspirationally this morning to an audience of at least 800. John Kerry, Secretary of State for the US Government, gave a hugely uplifting speech on the state of play with climate change despite there being absolutely no ...
GALICIA December 2013
I spent 2 days with our INTO member, Tesouros de Galicia (T deG), in the company of its President, Javier Losada, last week. Lots of meetings on the first day, notably with the President of La Coruna Province, Sr Diego Calvo Pouso and his team where I gave a presentation on the NT (EW&NI) and INTO. A newspaper report followed the next day. Click here to read it.
During the afternoon, a visit to a section of the Camino, the Pilgrims’ Way from La Coruna to Santiago de Compostela. This particular route is known as the English Way as the English Pilgrims arrived at the ports of La Coruna or Ferrol, further north, before embarking on the walk. T de G are keen to promote the heritage along the route, ensure it is maintained and form links with the British public to encourage more to visit and use the walk .
An evening meeting took place with the Mayor of the nearby town of Artexia to discuss a new balneario or spa hotel and the principles of sustainable tourism, particularly to the coastline around the municipality.
The following day we visited a museum associated with a nearby Iron Age Hill Fort which we went on to see. Stretching over 12 ha it is certainly an impressive site though, sadly, marred by the proximity of an enormous electricity station with associated pylons right on the boundary and cables crossing the fort !
From there we journeyed to Finisterre with another representative of T de G, saw the fishing museum in an old castle in the village and then on to the Lighthouse, accompanied by a Councillor for Finisterre Council. A newspaper article on this visit is also attached.
Back to the hotel in La Coruna where I was staying and a long evening meeting with Javier to discuss the visit, the forthcoming face-to face- meeting of the Executive Committee, to be hosted by T de G next September and, in advance of which, a fundraising walk for INTO by members of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat and others from Galicia and Britain
10 Dec 2013
November 18, 2013 COP 19
Although INTO is not represented this year at the COP – the first Simon Molesworth and I have missed since COP 15 – we are receiving a number of daily bulletins from different organisations with whom we have worked and are working closely.
Chief of these is the Loss and Damage Group which was formed at COP 18 last year in Doha when 46 organisations, including INTO, signed an Open Letter to Ministers seeking a new framework to adddress loss and damage to include consideration of non-economic losses, including loss of culture, ecosystems, indigenous knowledge and territory.
The Group is headed by WWF, Action Aid and Care International. In the last few days, these organisations have drafted a further letter which will be presented to Ministers when they start to arrive this week in Warsaw. It is a global call for action for the establishment at the Warsaw COP of an international mechanism for loss and damage. It too has been signed on behalf of INTO by Bill Turner, Vice Chair, and myself. Loss and Damage has now become a key focus of the talks and is highly relevant to our work.
The text of the letter includes a number of issues that are highlighted in the Entebbe Declaration. As a consequence I have forwarded the Declaration to all members of the Loss and Damage Group.
Now Over 100 Non-Governmental Organisations have signed the “Stop The Madness” letter. Read it here in PDF” lettre.
ALSO available “ECO-newsletter” CAN-International’s ECO Newsletter-Warsaw-Nov 19
Climate Vulnerable Forum
20 developing countries participating in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) are uniting behind a plan to push for international progress and to lift ambition through to 2015. The event will share the two-year Action Plan targeting progress in six different key multi-lateral sectors of international affairs and include a Q&A with high-level panelists.
Currently Chaired by Costa Rica, since 2009 the CVF has been an active mechanism for cooperation and knowledge building on climate change policy issues – advancing the common cause of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet.
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