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Sandra Guzman calls on countries to step up ambition

Sandra Guzman calls on countries to step it up

Sandra Guzman
Program Director Air and Energy
Mexican Center of Environmental Law (CEMDA)

Mexico

Panama is the last stop towards the COP17 and is a meeting that should clearly define the future of the climate regime. We are less than a year until the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2008-2012) is completed, and because of the lack of definition of clear strategies to achieve the emissions reductions needed to combat the problem, this not only risks the failure of the negotiation process, but also risks the survival of humanity.

For me, Panama is not only a stop in the process, but also an opportunity to raise the voice of Latin America that has been so quiet in these negotiations. This is not a lack of willingness of the actors in the region, but rather, there is a lack of human skills and language issues.

There are many actors in the region who wish to participate and contribute with ideas and proposals, however, cultural issues are a barrier for a small percentage of players who also speak English. This hinders their interaction with various actors: other Governments and other international organizations.

Therefore, we need to take into account that climate change will affect us all and that means we all have to make efforts to address the problem, it is not enough to simply recognize that there are different views in the process. It is necessary to create the mechanisms to achieve the understanding between actors and then build a common language that allows us to address the underlying problems.

In Panama, we should leave with a clear message that there will be consolidated climate regime to establish clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, as well as definitions and clarity on key issues such as technology transfer, capacity building, adaptation and others that are vitally important to move forward. Without doubt, one of the great needs that must be addressed is the definition of clear targets for reducing emissions, both by developed countries and developing countries, which play a key role in the scheme of emissions and they are positioned as future leaders of the problem.

The goal of stabilizing emissions at 450 ppm to avoid a temperature rise more than 2 ºC, is necessary and we can not afford to reduce that ambition. We are at a critical juncture; we cannot allow countries to put aside what brought us to negotiate the future of mankind and not individual interests and diversions that do nothing but deepen the problem.

Taking into account all of these, the other important issue that is a key point to achieve all of this is the financing mechanisms. Where the money is going to come from? How we are going to guarantee the creation of a strong architecture, but with money inside? This is a crucial issue in Panama and is surely going to be a key point in Durban.

Time is running out and with it the lives of many people worldwide. Everyone needs to wake up and push to make things happen. We cannot continue in this scheme of vagueness and lack of will. We cannot wait. Government, business, academia and organizations cannot let the erratic visions take over the discussions. It is our commitment to make things happen, and it is our commitment that this is done better.

The next challenge is to bring this to the national level and try to get everyone domestically to discuss the implementation of public policies in our countries. I have been working in the strengthening of a climate policy in my country, México, preparing suggestions, studies and talking with key actors. My roll in México is to make things happen by having dialogues with the legislative power, the federal government, local governments, academy and civil society. We have already achieved the allocation of 300 million dollars to go towards fighting climate change, which is not enough, so we will push for more.
 

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Sandra Guzman calls on countries to step it up

Sandra Guzman calls on countries to step it up

 Sandra Guzman from CEMDA explains that countries need to increase their commitments on long-term financing before COP17.

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CAN Southern CSOs Pre-COP 16 Preparatory Meeting (Mexico City) - 2010

 

This meeting was one of the most intense discussions in a focused setting for CAN’s southern members. Last year CAN International under the Southern Capacity Building Program engaged in inter-country and regional capacity building sessions which were narrower in their objectives.  
The Pre-COP 16 Southern CSOs Preparatory Meeting was in a sense the next logical step forward in the discussions amongst Southern CSOs to strengthen their capacities and develop a joint understanding of the challenges existing in the global south. The range of expertise and backgrounds represented within the group of participants was another positive element responsible for the outcome of this meeting.
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Presentation CANLA workshop - Negociaciones globales sobre el clima - Sep 2010

 

Negociaciones globales sobre el clima: 

Estructura, Funcionamiento y Estado Actual 

23 de septiembre de 2010 

Presentado por

Francisco Soto 

Especialista en Cambio Climático Taller de Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en Cambio Climático 

para organizaciones de la sociedad civil de América Latina y el Caribe

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Presentation CANLA workshop - Bases Scientificas - Sept 2010

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ALGUNOS FUNDAMENTOS CIENTIFICOS SOBRE CAMBIO CLIMATICO

 

PROF. Ph.D. JOSE ANTONIO MILAN PEREZ

Una presentation sobre algunos fundamentos cientificos sobre cambio climatico que fue presentado en la taller de CANLA en Septiembre 2010.

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Humboldt Center hosts CAN-Latin America workshop and General Assembly

23 September 2010

Managua, Nicaragua - Centro Humboldt, in coordination with CAN Latin America and Suswatch, is hosting a capacity building and experience sharing from 23 - 24 September in Managua.  Participants from the majority of countries in Latin America are gathered in Managua to prepare for COP16, which will be held in Mexico in December, and for joint advocacy efforts in the Latin America region throughout the coming years.

In addition, on 25 September, members of CAN Latin America will be holding an official General Assembly, intending to discuss and make decisions on various CANLA governance and logistical issues.

For more information, see Centro Humboldt http://www.humboldt.org.ni/

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