Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Throughout 2014 and into early 2015, a series of workshops with selected solar radiation management experts examined and developed ways in which procedural governance can be further employed to ensure cooperation, information disclosure, transparency and assessment especially in light of various concerns about the risks that such activities may present to the environment and about their complex social and political implications.
The Arctic Council Leadership Merry-go-round: Words of Advice as the United States Assumes the Arctic Council Chairmanship
Monday, 26 January 2015
In April 2015, the United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and its focus on climate change must be complemented by efforts to further advance sustainable economic development. The credibility and relevance of the Arctic Council is at stake — leadership is needed to establish a long-term vision, strengthen the council’s governance model and work with all stakeholders to tackle the substantial policy challenges that the region faces.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
The sustainability and societal impact of the financial sector have been discussed intensively since the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. Although voluntary codes of conduct — such as the Equator Principles (EPs) for project finance, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment that focus on the sustainability of institutional investments and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Financial Initiative (UNEP FI), a general guideline for managing sustainability in the financial sector — have been in place for at least a decade, they were unable to point the financial sector in a sustainable direction in order to prevent the financial crisis.
Friday, 12 December 2014
One can only be dazzled by Peru, a country with 28 of the 32 world climates and a vast range of cultural and culinary traditions. And one has to give credit to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment for Peru and COP 20 Chair, for bringing a modern perspective to climate change.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Calls for changes to national and state constitutions to allow citizens and courts to have a role in preventing “climate change chaos” and protect human rights were heard from senior South American jurists at a seminar held December 8 at the Peruvian Constitutional Court during the COP 20 meetings in Lima.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
While national governments in North America are spinning wheels in reducing carbon emissions, “sub-national” initiatives by Canadian provinces and American states are attracting attention at COP 20 in Lima.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Climate change action and the lack thereof has not infrequently evoked reference to Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot. Watching the play one wonders, why the characters are stuck in that dismal landscape and who is the mysterious Godot with the power to change everything.
Friday, 5 December 2014
Weighty but ill-defined terms frame the agenda at COP 20. One attends a session on “Equity and Differentiation in the Context of INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions]” and the speakers promise they will not waste time defining equity since the audience understands the term well.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Environment and international law experts from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are available for interview on the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) and tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10) in Lima, Peru.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
There are at least two things going on at the COP 20: building of relationships that endure and solving deeply complex problems. The relationship building is important because it helps scientists talk to policy people and lawyers, NGOs talk to technical experts, and government representatives interact with civil society and the business community.