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Cancún Climate Change Conference

Coverage of Selected Side Events at the Cancún Climate Change Conference

29 November - 10 December 2010 | Cancún, Mexico


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Rethinking Climate Change Governance

Presented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
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L-R: John Drexhage, IISD; Deborah Murphy, IISD; Michael Grubb, Climate Strategies; Benito Müller, University of Oxford; Amb. Lumumba Di-Aping, Sudan; and Franz Tattenbach, IISD
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This event examined the changing role of the UNFCCC in international climate governance. John Drexhage, IISD, said nation states are increasingly playing a greater role in climate policy, stressing that change will be significant regardless of whether or not we see a binding accord.

Deborah Murphy, IISD, highlighted recent research on “rethinking climate change governance.” Murphy explained four issues addressed by the project: policy linkages; the role of nation states; the role of non-state actors; and efficient use of resources. Among others, she noted: concerns about the proliferation of finance mechanisms; the value of knowledge and expertise from non-state actors; and that nation states may be an “obstacle to progress.” On non-state actors and finance, Drexhage questioned the role of the private sector in making decisions about appropriate investment.

Michael Grubb, Climate Strategies, said the question of whether nation states are an “obstacle” to climate governance bears some thought. He highlighted their importance in the context of implementation, especially with respect to MRV and in the treatment of double counting. He said we need top-down structures that are created from the bottom up.

Benito Müller, University of Oxford, discussed why we need the UNFCCC. He stressed that we need both top-down and bottom-up regimes, emphasizing that international institutions are needed to compensate for imbalances in geographic and thematic allocation of funds.

Franz Tattenbach, IISD, stressed that the UNFCCC negotiations should not get in the way of implementation. He questioned why climate change has become a de facto proxy for sustainable development, positing that this may be because climate change has become such an important issue that policy making in other areas must be framed in terms of climate change.

Amb. Lumumba Di-Aping, Sudan, said rights to existence and development are at the heart of why the UNFCCC negotiations are making very little progress. He added that the UNFCCC is unable to sustain momentum because it lacks the permanency that other organizations have.

Participants discussed funding options and the efficiency of having one funding structure for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Franz Tattenbach, IISD, said the efficiency of adaptation projects should not be overlooked, and countries must get “the most adaption they can for the dollar.”
Amb. Lumumba Di-Aping,  Sudan, called for an international independent institution capable of monitoring all parties.
Benito Müller, University of Oxford, stressed that a devolution of decision making to the national and local levels is a matter of global justice.

 

 

Deborah Murphy, IISD
Michael Grubb, Climate Strategies
John Drexhage, IISD

 

 

More Information:
http://www.iisd.org
Contacts:
Jessica Boyle (Organizer) <jboyle@iisd.ca>
 

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Global Green Growth Institute: A Powerful Action Story

Presented by Global Green Growth Institute
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L-R: Deddy Hadriyanto, Indonesia; Inger Andersen, World Bank; Lord Nicholas Stern, GGGI; Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Seung-soo Han, GGGI; Eldana Sadvakassova, Kazakhstan; and Rae-kwon Chung, UNESCAP.
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This event introduced a vision by GGGI to promote green growth in developing countries. Lord Nicholas Stern, GGGI, introduced the Institute as a new and effective body established in Seoul, Korea to tackle climate change in developing countries. He emphasized GGGI’s goal to consider the development ambitions of developing countries before introducing any green growth initiatives.

Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Seung-soo Han, GGGI, noted that seven out of the ten highest emitters in the world are from the Asia Pacific region. He discussed the concept of a green economy wherein developing nations shift from relying on fossil fuels to promoting renewable energy growth. Han said Korea adopted an initiative called “Low Carbon Green Growth” in 2008 as its vision for a new era, explaining it established legal, institutional, and administrative infrastructures for green growth. He noted that central and regional governments and the private sector are now joining hands to promote a “green revolution at every corner of society.” He explained that under Korea’s National Strategy for Green Growth and its Five-Year Action Plan, his government hopes to be one of the world’s seven largest green economies by 2020 and one of the world’s five largest green economies by 2050.

Tae Yong Jung, GGGI, emphasized the importance of building local knowledge and capacity to ensure the sustainability of green economies within developing countries. He said local ownership by countries is essential to the success of green growth.

On in-country projects, Mattia Romani, GGGI, said in the five to six months since GGGI was established, it has supported three projects, in Brazil, Indonesia and Ethiopia. He said lessons learned from their engagement in the three countries will improve their support for other developing countries. Deddy Hadriyanto, Indonesia, thanked GGGI for supporting the East Kalimantan government’s low carbon growth strategy. Eldana Sadvakassova, Kazakhstan, said support from GGGI will allow Kazakhstan to apply green growth into their development strategy.

Rae-kwon Chung, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), emphasized the need for governments to drive green growth. He said it will not happen automatically and that political leadership is essential to its success. He said GGGI is a “think and action tank” that could provide support to developing countries who want to adopt green economies.

Inger Andersen, World Bank, welcomed the efforts by GGGI in supporting poor countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change. She said it is important to target poor vulnerable countries as they suffer the most and the earliest from climate change. She said the Bank integrates a green growth element into their work. Andersen congratulated GGGI and welcomed them as a partner in tackling climate change.

Participants discussed various issues related to GGGI, including how the Institute will complement UNEP green growth initiatives and the role of agriculture in green growth.

Lord Nicholas Stern, GGGI, said green growth must consider development ambitions.
Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Seung-soo Han, GGGI, said Korea adopted an initiative called the “Low Carbon Green Growth” as its vision for a new era.
Inger Andersen, World Bank, welcomed a partnership with GGGI on encouraging green economies.

 

 

Contacts:
Ji-eun Lee (Organizer) <cj.lee@gggi.org>
 

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Related Links
UNFCCC resources
*Side Events & Exhibits website
*Side events schedule
*Cancún Climate Change Conference website
*Cancún Climate Change Conference overview schedule
*Cancún Climate Change Conference programme
*Cancún Climate Change Conference conference documents
*Climate Change meetings archive

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*IISD RS coverage of the Development and Climate Days at COP 16, 4-5 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010, 4 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Oceans Day at Cancún, 4 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Thirty-second Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 11-14 October 2010, Busan, Republic of Korea (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Tianjin Climate Change Talks - October 2010, 4-9 October 2010, Tianjin, China
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - August 2010, 2-6 August 2010, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - May/June 2010, 31 May - 11 June 2010, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - April 2010, 9-11 April 2010, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Japanese: PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, 7-19 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
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*IISD RS coverage of the Barcelona Climate Change Talks 2009, 2-6 November 2009, Barcelona, Spain
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*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Thirty-first Session of the IPCC, 26-29 October 2009, Bali, Indonesia (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Japanese: PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the UNFCCC Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning, 2-14 October 2009, UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS coverage of the Bangkok Climate Change Talks - 2009, 28 September - 9 October 2009, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - August 2009, 10-14 August 2009, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - June 2009, 1-12 June 2009, Bonn, Germany
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*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - March/April 2009, 29 March - 8 April 2009, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary report of the UNFCCC Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes, 10-12 March 2009, Havana, Cuba (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Climate Change Conference - Poznań, 1-12 December 2008, Poznań, Poland
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