Pre-Cop 17 Consultation: Priorities and Possibilities in COP 17

Consultation in Collaboration with the Host High Commission of South Africa
24th November 2011, Delhi
Beyond Copenhagen organized a discussion on priorities and possibilities in COP 17 with the hosts’ mission in New Delhi on 24th November 2011. Some other missions representing Annex 1 countries and developing countries including EU, Belgium, Italy, Norway and Philippines also participated in the discussion. The discussion was organized to see the perception of the hosts and know about their bilateral and multilateral efforts towards making COP 17 successful and possibility of sealing a fair and equitous deal on climate change. Other missions were also invited to share their perception on how countries are approaching COP 17 and know their priorities in COP 17.

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Agriculture in the UNFCCC: Focusing on Small Holder Farmers and Producers

Side Event in COP 16, 30th November 2010
In the COP15 Agriculture received a lot of attention but the focus was on industrial agriculture and mitigation. At the global level more than three fourths of farmers are small holders and it is not certain whether they will be able to take the benefit of credits for mitigation.

Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations; What Can We Expect at Cancun?

Workshop 5 – Round 2 at 4th Adaptation to Climate Change Conference as held in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 25th of November 2010
This particular workshop was organized by the Beyond Copenhagen coalition consisting of 40 Indian NGO’s, which do participate in the COP16 conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Networking and Liasoning with Other Groups

COP 15: The delegation organized meetings with various groups from India, Asia and Europe in order to bring convergence in the objectives and efforts. Largely all the groups have been part of advocacy efforts around the themes of climate justice and equity in the available carbon space.

Participation in Energy Tour

COP 15: An Energy tour was conducted by the Denmark Government to highlight its major energy efficient programmes mainly related to the Dairy Farming and Solid Waste Management. Five members of the Collective participated in Energy Tour to understand the model, method and means of reducing carbon emissions. The Chairman of Heisenberg and company which is looking after the environmental issues presented the case study on the productive use of waste to energy. The municipal solid waste dumped in the landfill sites was used to collect methane gas which was upgraded to be used as a fuel for the city transport buses.

Participation in the Climate Action Rally on 12th December at Copenhagen

COP 15: A Global Day of Action Climate March was organised in Copenhagen on 12th December 2009. Thousands of activists from the Climate Justice Action and Climate Justice Now networks joined the climate march under the banner of SYSTEM CHANGE AND NOT CLIMATE CHANGE to denounce the climate negotiations as a predictable failure.

Collective’s Exhibition Booth in COP 15

Collective’s exhibition booth showcased the literature and other publications of the Collective. It also helped in engaging the visitors to the booth on informal exchange of ideas on many issues related to climate change and COP 15 negotiations. Members of our Collective made their best efforts to persuade each and every visitor towards bringing agriculture into focus in the Climate Change Negotiations.

Media Engagement at COP 15

The Collective engaged the Indian media at Copenhagen and provided them valuable inputs on agriculture and climate change, climate change impacts in India, and civil society and farmers perspective on negotiations and expectations from COP 15. Bytes from the Collective were covered by a number of media agencies including Star News. The participation of Mr. Om Thanvi, noted media person, also helped to interact with various print and electronic media representatives from India. While the news on negotiations was covered widely in India print media, Mr. Thanvi’s editorials also raised many important issues regarding the social, economic and political aspects of climate change and COP 15.

Side Event on Bringing Agriculture in Focus in Climate Change Negotiations

COP 15: Unfortunately the atmosphere at the official centre (Bella centre) of the negotiation was dominated by business interests and agriculture was prominent by its absence. The Collective organized a workshop discussing why agriculture is important within the climate change discourse and why it should be debated at length in climate change negotiations. The speakers from different countries emphasized the importance of agriculture in ensuring food security in their country and region and how climate change has impacted agriculture.

Representation to the Official Delegation in COP 15

Members of the Collective including Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahu, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Chhattisgarh Government and Mr. Anil Mahadev Dave, Member of Parliament met the official delegation of India and underlined the civil society and Collective concerns with regard to international negotiations. The official delegation assured us that they are aware of the sentiments and concerns of the farmers and civil society and will make all efforts to alley their apprehensions. The official delegation categorically said that India will strengthen the G 77 and will stick to its stand of heavy cuts in the emissions in developed countries and financial and technological support for the developing countries.

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Conference of Parties (COP)

PAIRVI has been participating in the UNFCCC annual meeting Conference of Parties (COP) since 2009. PAIRVI as a part of Beyond Copenhagen organized a number of event/activities and interventions in every COP. The coalition has been participating in the Cop to highlight issues of climate justice, agriculture and food security and small farmers in climate change negotiations. The coalition has also scaled up these issues at sub national, national, regional levels. Pairvi’s experience at these side events have contributed significantly in capacity building, policy discussion and legitimizing global governance.