Cancun December 2010 Climate Change Negotiations

1 January 2011

What does the balance sheet from the climate change negotiations look like?

Expectations were low going in to Cancun. Throughout the two weeks we heard several refrains reflecting that the problems in Copenhagen the year before were not to be repeated: “There are no secret texts.” “There are no closed meetings.” And there were not. “A balanced package in Cancun means that everyone gets something but no one gets everything.” There must be compromise. And there was.

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UN Climate Change Conference 2010

1 December 2010

Jessica Chen, program director, and Catherine traveled to Cancun, Mexico on 27 November, 2010, to take part in the first week of the 16th session of the UN Conference on Climate Change.  While there, they will be lobbying governments to make stronger commitments to overcome the effects of human-caused climate change using two recently commissioned cartoon postcards emphasizing the effect of climate change on water (12). We hope to provide you with two or three short updates on the website for the two weeks of the session.

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Upcoming advocacy opportunity: Climate change

1 November 2010

Jessica Chen, Program Coordinator, and Catherine Ferguson will attend the first week of the 16th Session of the UN Climate Change Negotiations to be held in Cancun, Mexico from 29 November–11 December 2010. UNANIMA, along with the Blue Planet Project, will collaborate in a side-event with the Third World Network and the South Centre. Get more information.

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Failure of UN Conference on Climate Change

1 January 2010

Over and over again the Africa group negotiating at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, repeated the statement: “Africa is very disappointed in what’s on the table in Copenhagen.” They told the negotiators and the observers in the plenary assemblies and in their press conferences. What is being promised cannot even ensure that the increase in global warming will not reach a cap of 2 degrees Celsius. We need a cap of no more than 1.5 degrees or the science estimates Africa’s temperatures will increase by 3.5-4 degrees. Our continent will become a furnace. Our water will dry up and our agriculture will fail.

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