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.
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?
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.
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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