Tag: COP16

11 December 2010 | Richard Casson

As is being reported worldwide today (see coverage from the New York Times and from the BBC), progress has been made at the UN climate summit in Cancún. So, while we continue to pore through the text that was published last night, here's a quick overview of yesterday's events:

10 December 2010 | Richard Casson

Since UN climate talks began in Mexico last week, there's been one issue that's threatened to seriously derail progress here at the summit – Japan's decision to back away from the Kyoto Protocol.

Why is this a big deal? The Kyoto Protocol is the world's only legally binding agreement for the reduction of greenhouse gases. Adopted in 1997, Kyoto obligates countries to take action to tackle climate change. And until more ambitious targets and policies are agreed internationally, Kyoto remains the only solution we've got.

8 December 2010 | Natalie Brook

Natalie Brook explains the how climate change often has a disproportionate impact on women. Read more from Oxfam's team at the UN climate summit here.

As obvious as it sounds, climate change affects everybody. From the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in 2005, through to the floods that covered Pakistan in July this year, we're all in this together.

6 December 2010 | Richard Casson

Calling all Twitter activists! As we move into the second week of the UN climate summit, we need you to help us send a tweet of urgency to government representatives meeting in Cancún, Mexico.

1 December 2010 | Richard Casson

From 29 November until 12 December, Richard Casson will be blogging from the United Nation climate summit in Cancun, Mexico.  Read his other entries here.

As a 'newbie' to United Nations summits (I've never been to one of these conferences before) I was advised yesterday morning to take an hour to attend the opening ceremony.

29 November 2010 | Richard Casson

It's getting late here in Cancun. The blazing sun has set on the Caribbean coast, and a weekend of briefings is drawing to close before the next round of UN climate change negotiations officially begins tomorrow.

24 November 2010 | Richard Casson

Hello. Richard here from Oxfam. Over the next three weeks I'll be writing regularly for this blog. In just a few days time I'll be travelling to the United Nation's summit in Cancún. The event I'll be attending is an international meeting that takes place once a year where government representatives from across the world meet to assess progress on tackling climate change.

21 October 2010 | Frida Eklund

Last week, across Europe, in Italy, France, Ireland, Belgium and the UK, something was growing.  And it wasn’t the consensus to act decisively on climate change in the ongoing climate negotiations. No, it was a bunch of so-called ‘flashcrops’, organic installations highlighting the need to support food producers fighting climate change.

11 October 2010 | Natalie Brook

This week thousands of people will come together in the biggest moment of action against climate change the world has ever seen. And it couldn’t be more timely. While politicians are making infuriatingly slow progress in moving towards the fair, ambitious and binding climate deal we need, people around the world are ramping up demand for action and getting to work themselves.

7 October 2010 | Sarah Watson

Hi. I’m, Sarah from the Sow the Seed team, and I am really excited to tell you about how you can join me, Oxfam and thousands of others this October, to help create some noise about our growing concerns about climate change and people’s access to food.

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