Kindly find attached stories I produced for Malawi's weekly newspaper, the weekly news. It can be edited as it was produced for a local newspaper. I will also be sending you some other stories from Ethiopia. I have talked to the African group negotiators on the African common position some days before. many tks, Tewodros Negash Bayu
Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks about the latest edition of the UNFCCC newsletter: Welcome to the latest edition of our UNFCCC newsletter. The stage is set for a week of international climate change talks in Barcelona in the first week of November – the final round of negotiations before the Copenhagen conference gets underway. Important issues need to be resolved. In Barcelona, all nations must step back from self-interest and let common interest prevail.
The Central American Integration System (SICA) is the institutional framework of Regional Integration in Central America, created by the States of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. SICA was established in 1991 with the objective of securing the integration of Central America in order to become a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development. Our colleague Carlos Gomez is in charge of communication at SICA and he writes: We’ve been busy as well we launched a website with all information regarding climate change in the region. There are all sorts of stuff we’re keeping there. Included all the speeches given by the protemporary presidency during the negotiations in Bangkok. The website is:
The 31st Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened this morning in Bali, Indonesia. This meeting will be held from 26 to 29 October 2009 in Bali, Indonesia. During the meeting, the three IPCC Working Groups (WGs) will also convene to agree on the respective chapter outlines and schedules of work for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The IPCC is then expected to accept the outcomes of the three WGs’ sessions, as well as consider crosscutting matters, a proposal for the preparation of a Synthesis Report, and other issues. The IISD Reporting Services will be providing a summary and analysis of the meeting.
As the world makes final preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Ghana has reaffirmed its solidarity and commitment to join the comity of nations to confront the challenges of climate change and arrive at a new global deal. Our colleague Frederick Opoku writes about the preparations in Ghana for COP15: Ghana Gears Up For Copenhagen Climate Summit
Addressing the media on the final day of the Bangkok session, Yvo de Boer spoke of a constructive two weeks of talks, and said that all the ingredients for a successful outcome in Copenhagen are on the table.
World leaders set out a clear mandate to prevent dangerous climate change at last month's New York summit, he said. In Bangkok, their negotiators have shown rapid progress on concrete ways to implement the mandate, but are still hanging on to long-held differences.
Mr. de Boer stressed the urgency of raising ambitions and bridging the disconnect, adding that now is the time to step back from self interest and let common interest prevail.
With the next session in Barcelona only three weeks away, Mr. de Boer said he hopes negotiators will use the time to go back to those world leaders who called for a breakthrough in Copenhagen and get from them a mandate to resolve the key political issues that remain outstanding.
Our colleague Andrea writes: In my hometown, Belo Horizonte, in Brazil, the State of the World Forum launched the international "2020 Climate Leadership Campaign". The magazine that I work for supported the event and published 12 pages about it. I was requested to conclude this covering by doing an analysis of the campaign. I decided then to talk about the power and the role of the cities to combat climate change, since the campaign will be launched in many other cities around the world (the next is Washington). Framing all the analysis was the Climate Summit for Mayors, parallel event of COP15. All the best, Andrea.
A new piece from our colleague Frederick Opoku in Ghana: The attached is a piece on the UN Secretary General's special climate change summit held in New York. I once mentioned this event in one of my articles on the blog and wish to share the summit outcome with colleagues. Thanks.
8 Global A Vision of Paradise: global warming and religion – this was a four part series on climate change and the faith communities’ response to it. I wrote the scripts for episodes one (on the science) and four (solutions). This was aired on SABC2 during August 2009.