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United Mission to Nepal

United Mission to Nepal (UMN) strives to address root causes of poverty as it serves the people of Nepal in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ. Established in 1954, UMN is a cooperative effort between the people of Nepal and a large number of Christian organisations from nearly 20 countries on 4 continents. Multicultural teams of Nepali nationals and volunteer expatriate staff work alongside local organisations in less developed areas of the country, building partnerships that lead to healthy, strong and empowered individuals, families, and communities.

Contact Information: 
United Mission to Nepal
PO Box 126

ActionAid India

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency operating in over 40 countries, working with poor and marginalised people to end poverty and injustice together.

We have been working with poor and marginalised people in India since 1972. We partner local NGOs, community based organizations and people's movements to collectively address poverty, inequality and injustice.

Our focus is on the rights of India’s most marginalised communities: Dalit and indigenous people, rural and urban poor, women, children and minorities. These groups face an acute lack of access to and control over resources, services, and institutions.

We pay special attention to those in vulnerable situations such as people living with chronic hunger, HIV/AIDS or disability, migrant and bonded workers, children who are out of school, city-dwellers without a home, and people whose land or livelihood is under threat.

We also work with women, men, girls and boys who have been trafficked, displaced, or hit by natural and human-made disasters.Our vision

A world without poverty and injustice, one in which every woman, man and girl and boy enjoy the right to life with dignity.

Our mission
To work with poor and excluded women, men, girls and boys to eradicate poverty, discrimination and injustice.

Our goals
1. Poor and excluded people and communities will exercise power to secure their rights.

2. Women and girls will gain power to secure their rights.

3. Citizens and civil society across the world will fight for rights and justice.

Contact Information: 
R 7, Hauz Khas Enclave
110016 DL
Delhi IN

CAN-International Board

Picture of majority of the CAN-International Board, at the CAN Strategy Retreat in Bonn, April 2010.  

Kneeling (l-r):  Marianne Werth, Steven Guilbeaul, Georgina Woods, Nina Jamal

Standing (l-r): Jasper Inventor, Marstella Jack, Gaines Campbell, Sanjay Vashist, Emmanuel Seck

Not pictured:  Peter Bahouth, Matthias Duwe, Golam Rabanni, Mohamed Adow


Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)

Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) is an independent, non-profit, non-government, policy, research, and implementation institute working on sustainable development (SD) at local, national, regional and global levels. BCAS addresses sustainable development through four interactive themes:

(a) environment-development integration,
(b) good governance and people’s participation,
(c) poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods, and
(d) economic growth and public-private partnership.

It was established in 1986, and over the years has grown to become a leading institute in the non-government sector in Bangladesh and South Asia.

BCAS envisions to promote people-centred sustainable development by applying and advancing scientific, technical and local knowledge through research, by developing models, demonstration, policy advocacy and project implementation. To achieve the goal, BCAS gives great importance to integration of environment and development, promoting people’s participation and good governance, encouraging rapid economic growth, and facilitating public-private partnership for poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods. BCAS is committed to develop southern perspectives, ensure north-south dialogue and environmental justice and access to resources and knowledge for the poor. 

Contact Information: 
House #10 Road #16A Gulshan Avenue
1212 Dhaka , DHA
Dhaka BD
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CAN Intervention - LCA Opening Plenary - April 9, 2010

Distinguished Delegates, today I speak on behalf of the Climate Action Network.

My name is Raju Chetri. I am from Nepal, and the future of my family and my people depends on the success of these negotiations. Yet I have only one minute to tell you what civil society wants from the LCA track.

The emissions reduction pledges made by many of you before and since Copenhagen, if met, would raise global average temperatures by above three degrees.

What would be the impact of that be on a vulnerable country like Nepal?

How can we survive that impact, when attempts by vulnerable countries to create an insurance mechanism to shield us from disaster have been blocked?

But we are not the only ones that will suffer from climate change. When your grandkids come and ask you where you were, when the future of the planet was decided, could you honestly say you were pushing as hard as you could - to get this issue resolved as soon as possible?

We have had enough of your time-wasting. You know what you need to do this year. Cut pollution so that global emissions peak by 2015. Provide the support that we need to cope with the problem you are exacerbating. Make the decision in Cancun. Do this, and give us back our future.

Thank you.


Fossil #1: Saudi Arabia, 
Kuwait, Qatar, Oman

First place fossil goes to these four Parties for risking the good faith and integrity of the negotiations by blocking all attempts to secure a technical review of the 1.5 target and suggesting that vulnerable countries use Google to get information that they need/want. They did this in the teeth of emotional pleas from vulnerable countries and 
numerous rounds of diplomatic efforts to reach a compromise.

Saudi Arabia even gave us a list of traded goods which would be in peril from a 1.5 target. See if you can spot which one is their true concern: rice, cocoa, tomatoes, coal, oil.  (If you’re stuck, look up their chief export on Google.)

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