Good News

Friday, November 22’s issue of the Climate Action Network’s publication ECO described the full operationalization of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (“CTCN”) as “the good news story of COP19.” Indeed, a global network of experts committed to collaborating with developing nations to implement imperative climate technologies upon request is a significant success in globally…
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Linking Technology and People

Developing and transferring technologies is imperative for nations fulfilling their commitments under the UNFCCC. In Cancun, in 2010, the UNFCCC established a new Technology Mechanism by creating a policy arm- the Technology Executive Committee- and an operational arm- the Climate Technology Centre and Network (“CTCN”)(1/CP.16, para 123). Essentially, the CTCN, “[a]t the request of a…
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Carbon + Human Rights = REDD+

Resolving the climate crisis involves far more than carbon emissions. International commitments agreed on at the COP will result in profound actions by national governments. These actions will impact citizens at the local level in every nation involved. The UNFCCC REDD+ program has added “safeguard” programs to ensure that national policies under the program protect people…
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UNFCCC Article 6 Implementation

Article 6 implementation can provide life-changing opportunities and rights for indigenous people. On Monday, November 18, 2013, the Environmental Quality Protection Foundation (“EQPF”) and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (“CISDL”) hosted a COP side event on implementing Article 6. Nations interpret the UNFCCC Article 6’s principles of public participation with unlimited diversity of…
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Localizing Monitoring

The 2013 Global Landscapes Forum in Warsaw, Poland viewed ecology from countless angles. The climate negotiations at COP19 involve nations agreeing to commitments that will benefit the entire planet. Yet, it is “on the ground,” in local areas, where solutions to climate change will be implemented. Native people in their local communities are the ideal…
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Empowering People to Solve Climate Change

    Educating and empowering citizens to achieve climate mitigation and adaptation is an essential goal for every nation. Article 6 of the UNFCCC states Parties shall provide educational and public awareness programs, and train personnel, in order to maximize “public participation” in solving the climate crisis. Therefore, in addition to Parties sending delegates to the…
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