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Report on local government and implementation of climate policies

 

FARN_PB_FOTOWritten by Daniel Ryan-FARN

Increasingly , cities are adopting policies and programs to address climate change. However, the progress and the effective implementation of these policies change  considerably between cities (or even between different public policies within the same city). There is a substantial gap between the discourse highlights the importance of local action on climate change and political reality.

The purpose of this report wrote by FARN is precisely address this issue by analyzing the factors and conditions that affect the implementation of local climate policies in developing countries . This report is based on an extensive review of the literature on climate change and urban policies , as well as preliminary results of our comparative research project on climate policies in Buenos Aires , Mexico City and São Paulo , Brazil .

This report is available in English. We are currently being translated into Spanish.

This Policy Brief was originally published in CDKN website.

For download the Policy Brief “SHAPING CLIMATE LOCAL POLICIES: A REVIEW OF EXPERIENCES” click on the box below.

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A rare opportunity to put sustainability on Brazil’s electoral agenda in 2014

 

Cromo.com-Rio-20_Admi-580x360Sustainable development has been peripheral to Brazilian elections, yet this election could mark a turning point. Street protests in 2013 sent a clear message to politicians: people want to debate Brazil’s future in the 2014 election, but so far politicians have reduced the election to a debate around personalities and power. In the run up to the October election we have a chance to show that sustainable development is not merely a debate among elites but an essential issue for Brazil’s struggle for citizen rights and equality. The task this year is to connect the dots between the environment, development and citizen rights thus making sustainable development a key electoral theme in 2014. Could the street protests and new political coalitions help promote sustainable development as a campaign issue? We argue that the political situation in Brazil may create a rare opportunity to do so for the first time since the return of democracy in the mid 1980s. Here we explain why. Read more…

Tackling Climate Change and Poverty in Cities

 

This event is organized by CDKN in the World Urban Forum in Medellin

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The new detractors of the climate pact

 

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Historically, the U.S. has been identified as the main detractor in international climate negotiations, mainly for its continued refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol. Later, with the collapse of negotiations at COP15, the expectations of the cooperation of the U.S. went down even more. Read more…

Can Chile balance growth and climate action?

 

By Alison Kirsch and Guy Edwards 

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Chile is at a crossroads. Copper prices are falling, the gap between energy supply and demand is widening. Chile faces a difficult balancing act to maintain its strong economic growth and the energy this requires, while ensuring progress on its climate, environmental and clean energy goals. In this whirlwind of domestic change, Chile has the opportunity to reaffirm its position as a global leader on climate change. Read more…

How can Peru make next year’s climate summit a success?

 

peruAs delegates begin to reflect on the limited success of the UN Climate Change negotiations in Warsaw which ended last week, eyes are now turning optimistically to Peru as the incoming president of COP20 in 2014. Read more…

Confrontation, losses, damages and climate reality

 

Tacloban_Typhoon_Haiyan_Trocaire/ Wikimedia CommonsIn early November, during the meeting at Chatham House in London, Todd Stern, U.S. special envoy for the climate negotiations, expressed once again the refusal of the U.S. to agree on a mechanism of loss and damage  if this was based on the compensation due to the responsibility for historical emissions of developed countries. This same negative was expressed by European countries individually and as a block on the eve of the Conference of the Parties in Warsaw. Read more…

Governments can say no to fossil fuels

 

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The fossil fuel lobby has a disproportionate influence on world leaders, but governments are not as powerless as they pretend.  If we are serious about closing the emission gap this decade and avoiding serious dangerous climate change, our work in finance, technology, and politics must drive decision makers towards saying no to high carbon infrastructure that would lock in emissions for the decades to come.

Governments do have the choice to say no. Read more…

Grey Skies in Warsaw: the UNFCCC Climate Change Negotiations Enter Their Second Week

 

By Timmons Roberts and Claire Langley

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The winter skies were a dim grey as the second and final week began at the United Nations climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.  Sadly, the hopes for an ambitious global effort to address the grave risks of a destabilized climate look similarly dim.  Read more…

Latin America can be a bridge builder on climate change

 
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