As Carla posted here, a number of countries sent heads of state to the Climate Summit two weeks ago. They or their U.N. ambassadors communicated a variety of pledges. As the media reported, President Obama repeated the pledges he’s made since COP15 in Copenhagen; he also made pointed statements aimed at his absent colleague from China. Numerous developing countries pledged to pursue less carbon-intensive development. For example, Costa Rica announced that it will be “powered purely” by clean energy by 2016, and Chile declared that it will derive 45% of its energy from renewables by 2020. Industrializing southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Malaysia pledged, respectively, to cut GHGs by 26% and 40% by 2020. The World Resources Institute (WRI) blogged here its take on the Summit.
For those of us who didn’t have access to the Summit, there are two ways to get an insider’s look at what happened, unfiltered by the mainstream press (or blogs). For those who prefer to read their information, check out this edition of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s summary report of the meeting. It covers the individual ministerial interventions in some detail, as well as the information presented at the various thematic sessions. Embedded in it are a variety of photos, but IISD’s more glamorous photo gallery is here. I rely on this reporting service’s impeccable minute taking and summarizing of the UNFCCC/KP meetings that they publish under the title Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). You can find the most recent ENB covering the June 2014 SB40 and ADP meetings here.
For those who prefer watching their news rather than reading it, you can find the archived webcasted sessions here on UN TV. From Ban Ki-moon’s opening speech (and Leo’s contribution not long thereafter) to the plenary where country ministers outlined their pledges, from the thematic sessions meant to convey current information on climate change and health, jobs, agriculture, and the economy to the poem read by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner of the Marshall Islands, it’s all here for your viewing pleasure.
Next stop on your must see and must read international climate change negotiations tour? The webcasted meetings of the October 2014 special session of the ADP and the ENB that will result. Don’t switch that dial . . . er, I mean bookmark.