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Climate Finance and Global Development Post-2012: Clearing the Fog at Doha


For 15 years, climate policy wonks have been talking about “the post-2012 World,” describing the years after the end of the Kyoto Protocol’s “first commitment period,” which ran from 2005 to 2012.  Now just three weeks away, the post-2012 world is actually much fuzzier than ever before.  Just as we near the shore, a fog is descending.

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Latin American side events at COP18


Next week COP18 will kick off in Doha, Qatar. As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s main conference of the year, COP18 will draw thousands of civil society delegates in addition to the country delegations beavering away to try and find common ground for a new climate deal. Here we provide a brief list of the official side events related to Latin America scheduled for the Doha Conference.

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The Platform launches reports on climate change policies in 10 Latin American countries


The Latin American Platform on Climate (known by its Spanish acronym PCL) has published a report on the state and quality of public policies on climate change and development in Latin America, particularly those focused on agriculture and forestry.  This report is the product of an initiative by the PCL based on 10 national reports for countries in the region (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay).  All the reports, both national and regional, are available here in Spanish. An English version of the regional report only can be downloaded here.

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Latin America’s aviation sector takes off in threatening climate


By Suzy Mage and Guy Edwards

Chile’s LAN airline recently took over Brazil’s TAM, creating LATAM – the world’s second largest airline by market value. This merger reflects the impressive growth in Latin America’s aviation sector which is expected to see air passenger numbers almost triple by 2030. Given the rapid rise of aviation’s contribution to global carbon emissions, the connection between air travel and climate change in Latin America and other developing regions cannot be ignored.

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An open letter to Obama from the world’s poorest countries


This letter was originally published on the Guardian’s website by Pa Ousman Jarju who chairs the Least Developed Countries group at the UN climate change negotiations.

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High level Latin American officials and experts debate climate change policies at regional forum


More than 40 high level officials and experts from various Latin American countries met in Lima this month to debate the importance of public policies on climate change in the region, with a particular focus on the agricultural and forestry sectors, using as its basis a report prepared by the Latin American Platform on Climate.

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“We are sinking” and “no-agreement-text”- What is the relation between both ideas?


Following the global climate negotiations at the Bangkok intersessional meeting in September 2012, many questions are being asked in preparation for COP18 in Doha. Can we find any logical relationship between developed countries’ claims that this was an informal session, meaning “no-negotiation-text” was required as a result of Bangkok, while we read there is a major shrinking of the Arctic sea ice?

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A global climate pact requires negotiators to listen to each other


For many years now, climate change negotiations are not delivering what the world needs in order to stay below an increase of 2ºC. The influence of inaction and lack of ambition or compromise from developed countries means new big emitters are not willing to move forward.

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Could Ecuador play a more pivotal role on climate change within ALBA?


By Guy Edwards and Susanna Mage*

In an op-ed in The New York Times, Anita Isaacs suggests that Ecuador’s decision to grant WikiLeak’s founder, Julian Assange, asylum has little to do with UK-Ecuadorian relations or human rights. Ms. Isaacs argues that Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, is trying to bolster domestic support in the run up to a presidential election, antagonize the U.S., and position himself as a potential contender for the leadership of Latin America’s Left, given the declining health of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez.

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The Petersberg Climate Dialogue: looking for progress ahead of Qatar


The Petersberg Climate Dialogue is a space where Ministers from around the world can come together to participate in the international climate negotiations in support of the UNFCCC.

Supported by the German and Mexican governments, the dialogue was launched in 2010 with the goal of restoring the confidence that had been lost in the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen, as well as to prepare for the COP16 in Cancun. Germany has been particularly active in driving forward the dialogue.

The objective of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue is to contribute to the United Nations climate negotiations without any whole or partial attempt to substitute them. The Dialogue is an informal exchange of opinions between countries looking for key leverage points in the negotiations in order to strengthen trust between countries to push the negotiations forward.

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