Will it be the Warsaw Miracle? ADP and long-term finance adopted at COP 19, just loss and damage to go.

Early this afternoon, the ADP adopted draft text after a lengthy “huddle” to decide on 2(b) and 2 (c). Cuba and Bolivia made reservations as they thought the new text did not go far enough under Article 4 of the UNFCCC. In the COP19/CMP9 session, the COP President Marcin Korolec adopted the new ADP text. He…
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Updated Loss and Damage text – “Warsaw international mechanism” under Cancun Adaptation Framework, still L&D not LDM

As of Saturday morning, the COP 19 delegates negotiated a new draft text (FCCC/CP/2013/L.15) for the international arrangement for loss and damage (L&D), hereinafter referred to as the “Warsaw international mechanism” (para. 1). The draft text outlines the general structure of the international mechanism, recalling decisions 1/CP.16, 7/CP.17, and 3/CP.18 but most of the discussion will center around…
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COP 19 still going… we’re still in extra time: penalty-shoot out or a nil-nil draw?

The UNFCCC COP 19 is still going and going, much like the Energizer bunny or a cricket match. At this point in the game, the negotiations have produced two draft text on ADP (Agenda item 3) and long-term finance (LTF), but an updated draft on loss and damage remains in the locker room with some…
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COP 19 is the never-ending story… ADP, Loss and Damage and Finance still unresolved

The clock has passed 1:30 am and the COP is still going… Negotiators and the High Level Ministers are still hard at work tweaking draft texts for the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), Finance, and Loss and Damage, respectively.The UNFCCC COP19/CMP was supposed to end on November 22nd, ideally with much pomp and circumstance,…
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New Acronym of the Day – INTEQ

I learned a new acronym today from a representative of a YOUNGO, and it’s an important one: “INTEQ,” which stands for intergenerational equity. Intergenerational equity is a legal and values-based principle that wants current generations to consider future generations rights to assets and resources. Future generations should not have to suffer because the current generation was…
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LOST: Will “lost and damage” find its way? G77 countries walk out of negotiations

With the climate talks surrounding the tragedy in the Philippines, the concept of “loss and damage” has taken center stage at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland. At some point, adaptation and mitigation fail to deal with negative climate change impacts. Thus, the…
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Made in the USA: Mr.Todd Stern talks up USA climate commitments & looks towards Paris 2015

During today’s High-Level Segment, Mr. Todd Stern, USA’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, presented USA’s position on the UNFCCC negotiations (see TBach’s previous post on Stern’s remarks in the HL ADP). Mr. Stern spoke about how the USA is leading the way on humanitarian relief efforts in the range of $30 million in humanitarian assistance…
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More Drama in Poland – UNFCCC COP 19 President Marcin Korolec fired as Poland’s Minister of the Environment

To add some more drama to the COP 19, news broke today that the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, fired UNFCCC COP 19 President Marcin Korolec from his day job as Poland’s Minister of the Environment. Prime Minister Tusk, in his second term, is reshuffling his cabinet, also firing the Finance Minister from his Cabinet…
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Gender Day – UNFCCC’s Christiana Figueres gives no love to (coal) scrubs, calls on women to demand climate action

Today is Gender Day at the UNFCCC COP19. The purpose of Gender Day is to raise awareness on gender in the climate change context. It is not just a thematic day, it is a legal mandate from the Doha Climate Gateway, Decision 23/CP.18, to examine gender balance in the UNFCCC negotiations. “2. [The Conference of the…
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Poland at the Crossroads: catching fire as COP 19 hosts World Coal Summit

On Monday, CAN International awarded Poland the “Fossil of the Day” award for their recent, anti-climate behavior. So, what did the Polish government do to deserve this backlash from the climate change policy community? COP19: World Coal and Climate Summit Review (video) Currently, Poland is hosting the UNFCCC COP 19, one of the largest environmental negotiations…
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Strengthening the Environmental Governance, Climate Change, and Human Rights Dialogue in the UNFCCC Process

Part of the excitement of attending a COP is attending cutting-edge side events and workshops. This past Saturday, I spent my first day at the UNFCCC COP 19 attending the workshop “Rights, Governance and Climate Change,” jointly organized Yale University’s Governance and Environmental Markets Initiative (GEM) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research…
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Full video and transcript of Naderev “Yeb” Saño’s plea to UNFCCC #COP19: “It’s time to stop this madness.”

“Loss and damage is a reality across the world.” Mr. Saño http://vimeo.com/79117298 Link to full transcript of his speech: “It’s time to stop this madness” – Philippines plea at UN climate talks – See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2013/11/11/its-time-to-stop-this-madness-philippines-plea-at-un-climate-talks/#sthash.Vf9RKwgG.dpuf: Mr. President, I have the honor to speak on behalf of the resilient people of the Republic of the…
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COP’ing it Part Deux: Tracking #COP19 & Loss and Damage

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 18th session in Doha, Qatar, as a student representative of Vermont Law School. It was my first COP and I learned so much “on the job” that cannot be taught in the…
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