The Informal group on various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long Term Action (AWG-LCA) met on 5 December to discuss the amalgamation text of 3 December
The December working level meeting will be a chance for all new OGP participating countries to share their experience to date on developing action plans and undertaking country consultations with their peers.
The Group of Reflection and Support to the World Social Forum Process (GRAP- WSF) and the Thematic Social Forum Organizing Committee are now launching the initial proposal of the process- which should be complemented at the International Seminar during October 22nd and 23rd.
After 9 days of negotiations there is no doubt that we saw this movie before. It is the third remake of Copenhagen and Cancun. Same actors. Same script. The documents are produced outside the formal negotiating scenario . In private meetings, dinners which the 193 member states do not attend.
On the final day of the climate negotiations in Durban, negotiations intensify over critical issues, which include the future shape of the climate regime as well as the outcome on the Green Climate Fund.
Statement from Civil Society of the OGP Steering Committee on the South African Protection of Information Bill
The coalition expresses concern that the bill compromises the progress that South African has made in guaranteeing basic rights and freedoms, including its pioneering right to information law
Stabilizing concentrations of greenhouse gasses (GHG) in the atmosphere, and adapting to the impact of climate change, have significant economic costs. Can these costs be met under the macroeconomic policy posture currently embraced by most countries?
Although expectations have been low for a successful outcome of the UN climate change talks in Durban, there has been cautious optimism about the potential for further agreements at Durban concerning REDD+.
China wants to be the new International Monetary Fund (IMF). If this is true, it is exactly what China and the other developing countries in the G20 should NOT do!
the European banking crisis could trigger a global crisis, not just in banking but in the financial sector generally, given the multiple institutions and instruments through which financial markets are interlinked today
Now that finance ministers on their gilded steeds have turned and fled from the dragons of commodity speculation, the G20 is unlikely to slay any of the monsters threatening global food security – biofuels expansion, land grabs, speculation, price volatility, low public investment.