Side event on Climate change in the post 2015 development agenda: Implications for Agriculture and Livelihoods
On Nov.13th, BCPH organized an equally well-attended side event on the issue of – “Climate change in the post 2015 development agenda: Implications for Agriculture and Livelihoods”. The side event discussed how climate change has not been addressed adequately in post 2015 development agenda, and why it is extremely crucial to have a global agreement before 2015. A Beyond Copenhagen Publication “Engaging with Climate Crisis; Perspectives on Critical Aspects of Climate Change” was also released at the side event. (Pls find a brief report of the side event attached).
Meeting with the Minister Beata Jaczeuska
The collective organized a meeting with deputy Env minister of Poland during the COP. The Minister informed the delegation, that during the first week, the negotiations have progressed as expected except lack of progress on certain issues. She emphasized that since most of the decisions are political in nature, they can be resolved only at high level meetings in the second week. She also underlined that Poland and COP 19 President is putting all efforts possible to see a meaningful outcome from the COP. She informed, the participants on bilateral efforts made by the hosts, and COP President and Deputy Ministers including her having whirlwind tours around the world to discuss important issues. She highlighted that for the hosts, transparency, inclusiveness and fairness of the process are important and all efforts are being made to ensure these. She also underlined that hosts are collaborating with Peruvian and French Government in a Troika Spirit to ensure that a collective effort is made to have a new agreement before Paris.
A Brief Report on the Outcomes of UNFCCC COP-19, just concluded in Warsaw, Poland.
A COP with low expectations: The world seems to have learnt a bitter lessonfrom the experiences of Copenhagen COP-15 in 2009 (and the subsequent ones inCancun-Mexico, Durban-South Africa and Doha-Qatar), where high expectations from the government negotiators and the country-party negotiating process, lead to frustrations amongst all those expecting a positive & progressive deal. This particular COP in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, was not expected to deliver much. This was also for a few reasons. The COP-21 scheduled in Paris in 2015 is supposed to finalize the new, all-nations-included climate treaty, and 2014 COP-20 in Lima, Peru will – in all likelihood – workout the framework for that. The other reason was Poland’s known regressive political posturing about a possible shift to clean energy, the right-wing upsurge in these parts of Europe etc.