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Climate Action Network reaction to the 2007 UN Climate Change Conference outcome

Climate Action Network (CAN), – who Oxfam is a member of – held a press conference directly after the conclusion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference Press Conference Saturday 15 December 2007, in Bali Indonesia.

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December 15, 2007 at 9:44 am 5 comments

12 hours later and still no decision at the UN Climate Change Conference

It’s 12:30 pm – 12 hours after with we last spoke to you – here is a quick update direct from the United Nations Climate Conference plenary, where I am sitting and waiting with the rest of the Oxfam team, for the conference to reach a final outcome. (more…)

December 15, 2007 at 4:42 am Leave a comment

A quick round up while we wait for the final verdict

Oxfam New Zealand’s Executive Director, Barry Coates, gave us a quick round-up of the last two weeks of the conference, while he and the rest of the Oxfam team stay up late waiting for delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, to announce their final outcomes. (more…)

December 14, 2007 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Poor people can’t bear it – Oxfam’s Polar Bears reject the US Climate offer

Oxfam’s Polar Bears protest again for the UN Climate Change Conference to Save the Human. Photos Ng Swan Ti/OxfamOxfam’s Polar bears came back for a second visit to the Untied Nation Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia today, as they could not believe that on the final day of the summit, there was still no clear agreement on a way forward to tackle climate change. You can watch a video of what they got up to on our YouTube Channel.

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December 14, 2007 at 11:47 am 1 comment

Oxfam on Second Life for the Second time at Virtual Bali

Oxfam in SecondLife with OneCliamte.netDavid Waskow from Oxfam , will be taking part in a live seminar in Virtual Bali – a Second Life webcast organized by OneClimate.net

If you already have a Second Life account you can go directly to the seminar and if you don’t, you can follow the seminar on OneClimate.net

The Seminar starts at the following times

  • Bali : 23:00 – 22.00,
  • Europe : 14:00 – 15.00,
  • UK : 13:00 – 14.00,
  • US EST : 8.00 – 9.00
  • US PST : 5.oo – 6.00.

December 13, 2007 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Getting the voices of those impacted by climate change heard in Bali.

Sahba Chauhan. Photos Ng Swan Ti/OxfamSahba Chauhan has been busy for the past two weeks liaising with partner organizations in developing countries that Oxfam works with. I caught up with Sahba, at the conference on its second last day, to find out more about what she and our partners have been doing here in Bali.

Karina – Why is it important to have organisations from Least Developed and Developing countries here at this conference?

Sahba – Climate Change is a real issue in the lives and livelihoods of people struggling to fight poverty. For them, climate negotiations are not just front-page news, they are the decisions that will decide if they win or lose the fight against poverty. Therefore, it is important to have them here as an integral part of the process. Their experience and thoughts need to be heard loud and clear!

What activities where our partners involved at the Conference?

Our partners came here from China, India, Philippines, Vietnam and East Timor. While they were here, some worked with their country delegations to highlight the concerns of their communities who they work with back home. All of them were involved in various campaign activity and forums with other organisations from the across the world to ensure the conference heard directly form people already having to deal with the impacts of climate change.

In particular our partners represented and participated in global discussions on adaptation financing and used the opportunity to learn a lot about international negotiations on climate change, and how they can work with other of organisations across the world to find solutions to climate change.

What was the main message that stood out for you and our partners during the week?

I think the world has got a clear message over the past two weeks and that is – we live in a hugely unequal world! Over the past two weeks while most countries stood united to make serious commitments to fight climate change, a handful of rich countries, responsible for this problem in the first place, blocked the negotiation process in every way they could. In an equal world, majority wins. Today the majority is saying – fight climate change now!

How does being at a conference like this, help our partner organizations when they go back to their home countries?

I see it the other way round. The conference and post conference work (which is huge!) will benefit a lot with from the input and engagement of organisations that are at the front line of dealing with climate change. Their involvement at this conference will help represent many concerns about climate change impacts and the adaptation needs from their countries onto a global platform.

Once back home, they will inform local communities about the conference and continue to work with their governments on climate change.
The conference was important not only in our partners being able to share information from their countries but it provide vital learn from other organisations and countries that are experience similar problems such as techniques, research and understanding on key political processes.

Oxfam has collected video testimonies from people who are living with the impact of climate change from around the world, and has been showing them all this week at the conference. You can see a highlights from the messages on our YouTube profile

December 13, 2007 at 2:56 am 1 comment

The Bali Roadmap: Driving ahead or steering off course?

Oxfam’s Press Offcer, Jason Garman and Policy lead, Antonio Hill, take a look at whether the Ministers who arrive at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, will use the last three days of the conference to move steadily forward or fall asleep at the wheel.

Under unprecedented scrutiny around the world—in rich communities and poor—the Ministers of Environment from 189 countries arrived in Bali for the three final days of critical negotiation at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference.

A deal is on the table that could allow Ministers to say they have done what they needed to do: seal negotiations that will result in a fair and adequate climate deal for the world as a whole within two years. But the outcome hangs in the balance, and that outcome is not just about numbers on a graph—it is about the lives of tens of millions of people in the developing world.

Unless Ministers break the impasse and set course for the urgent post-2012 negotiations we all need, Bali will have failed to build on the momentum of the past year.

Stern did the economics, the IPCC did the science and the UN’s Human Development Report put the human impacts of climate change in stark terms. The Bali conference now needs to show that politicians have been listening and that they take their responsibilities seriously.

People around the world are taking action to deal with the climate crisis, whether they are farmers in Malawi, fisherwomen in the Philippines or frequent fliers in Europe questioning their carbon footprints.

As Ministers enter the plenary today, they will trail past 12 life-size images, organised by Oxfam, of people in poor and rich countries who are confronting climate change in every way they can. These women and men are challenging the United Nations, holding signs that say, “It’s up to U Now.” Take a look at images on our Flickr profile.

The critical responsibility for Ministers is to deliver a climate mandate for a post-2012 regime. The key elements of the deal must be: actions that put climate change adaptation on an equal footing with mitigation; rich country commitments to reduce greenhouse gases by 25-40% from the 1990 level by 2020; an agreement that global emissions peak and begin to decline before 2015; and commitments to provide assistance with the technology and financing urgently needed to help developing countries cope with climate change and put them on a low-carbon path to development.

Progress has already been made. Earlier this week, delegates agreed to get the Adaptation Fund up and running under the authority of the Kyoto Protocol with close supervision provided by a 16-member Board that will represent a balance of rich and poor countries. While many developing countries are still concerned that the programming of funds will be under the Global Environment Facility, the new board structure will increase the accountability of decision making and make funding available with fewer strings attached.

We will be updating our blog regularly over the next few days , as the agreements and negotations develop over these crucial last few days of the conference here in Bali.

December 12, 2007 at 5:00 am 1 comment

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