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WEDO

Mission

To contribute toward its vision for the world, WEDO’s mission is to ensure that women’s rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles-as well as the linkages between them-are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.

Approach
WEDO views strong and diverse partnerships as integral to meeting its goals. It allies with women’s organizations; environmental, development and human rights organizations; governments; and intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, to achieve its mission. WEDO’s core competency has been high-level advocacy in international arenas, while building bridges among a range of stakeholders.

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355 Lexington Ave., 3rd Floor
10017 New York , NY
United States
New York US
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Woods Hole Research Center

The Woods Hole Research Center addresses the great issues for a healthy planet through science, education and policy.

What We Do:

Center staff combine remote sensing with field research to study, model, map and monitor Earth’s land surface, and advance the knowledge gained to define solutions for sustainable well being. Current core areas for the Center include climate change, land use, and water.

Where We Work:

We work around the Earth, from local to global scales, including the Amazon and Cerrado of South America, the Congo Basin and East Africa, the high latitudes of North America and Eurasia, and across the United States. We are unique in the depth of our science capability in combination with our commitment to the environment.

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Woods Hole Research Center
149 Woods Hole Road
02540-1644 Falmouth , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
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World Resources Insitute (WRI)

WRI’s goal is to protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change.

 

Increasingly frequent extreme weather events, record annual global average temperatures and disruptive seasonal changes in vulnerable countries all point to increasing evidence of anthropogenic climate change. Continued reliance on outdated energy sources, coupled with a growing population and the emergence of a global middle class, put the world on a pathway to experience climate impacts of a dangerous and irreversible magnitude.

This fossil fuel-based growth trajectory of the last century is no longer sustainable or economically viable.

In order to achieve their economic and development aspirations while also responding to climate risks, the world’s nations, businesses and citizens need to fundamentally rethink current energy policies, practices and actions.

To this end, WRI conducts rigorous, independent research and develops innovative policy and business approaches to help countries build low-carbon economies and adapt to a changing climate. In particular, WRI aims to:

  • Provide analysis and policy solutions that help governments at all levels meet economic and development goals while reducing their countries’ climate impact;
  • Develop new business models that engage companies in achieving a zero-carbon economy;
  • Build transparency and accountability around countries’ progress on low-carbon development and climate change;
  • Develop strategies for adapting to a changed climate and building resilience;
  • Accelerate the pace of innovation for low-carbon technologies.
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10 G Street NE, Suite 800
20002 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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World Wildlife Fund

 

Climate change has been a priority for WWF for over 20 years as climate disruption poses a fundamental threat to the vulnerable places, species and people WWF seeks to protect.

To adequately slow climate change we must urgently reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. We are leveraging the power of WWF’s network of organizations around the world to build support for global climate action.

Promoting domestic and international efforts to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases to at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, WWF is calling on the U.S. Congress and Administration to act decisively on climate change. Combining global outreach with local expertise WWF has led a variety of adaptation and resilience projects around the world, published leading text on climate change issues, and established the global initiative Earth Hour, when millions of people around the world cast a vote in favor of action on climate change. Learn more about the WWF Climate Program and what you can do to make a difference.

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1250 24th Street NW
Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.

Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Now under the leadership of population expert and author Robert Engelman, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.

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1776 Massachusetts Ave
20036 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
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CAN Press Conference - Bonn June 2011 Wrap-Up

Media Advisory – Webcast Notice
June 17, 2011

UNFCCC CLIMATE TALKS IN BONN

NGO BRIEFING ON THE NEGOTIATIONS

[Bonn, Germany] Climate Action Network International will host a media briefing, webcast live, to assess progress during the two weeks of UN climate talks in Bonn which kicked off last week and end today. Panelists will speak about the outcome of these talks and their impact on preparations for the Durban climate talks to be held at the end of the year, with emphasis on what countries must do between now and Durban in order to ensure a successful outcome.

The briefing takes place in Bonn, Germany, on Friday, June 17, at 15:30 local time (13:30 GMT), UNFCCC Press Conference Room, Room Haydn, Maritim Hotel.

It will be webcast live at: http://unfccc2.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/110606_SB34/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=171

NGO experts on the panel will include Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists; Tasneem Essop, WWF; and Tove Ryding, Greenpeace.

What: Briefing on the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Bonn
Where: UNFCCC Press Conference Room, Room Haydn, Maritim Hotel
Webcast: via www.unfccc.int and at: http://unfccc2.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/110606_SB34/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=171
When: 15:30 local time (13:30 GMT), Friday, June 17, 2011
Who: International NGO experts on UNFCCC negotiations

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 700 NGOs in 95 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.  For more information go to: www.climatenetwork.org

For more information please contact:

David Turnbull, CAN International, +12023163499 (US cell phone number), or +4915153657307 (local number while in Bonn)

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Farewell Bonn, Hello… Who Knows?

At the time ECO went to press, we’d heard all sorts of rumors about where the next intersessional might be: Panama, Bangkok, Mars? But despite this week’s lunar eclipse, our thoughts are firmly earthbound. ECO is confident that parties can see the sense in holding another intersessional, including workshops, technical negotiations, and the resumed sessions of the two AWGs. But, dear delegates, please leave behind the tedious haggling-over-the-agenda sessions. An additional meeting must be used productively so that Durban has a better chance of delivering the basis for a fair, ambitious and binding agreement. 

First, developed countries must acknowledge there is no alternative to a Kyoto Protocol second commitment period. Period.

We deplore the current stance taken by Japan, Canada and Russia. The hypocrisy is staggering. Japan presided over the COP that produced the KP. Russia’s support for the KP brought the treaty into force. Canada deftly launched the negotiations for a second commitment period (CP2) in Montreal. Where are those climate ambitions now?

The rest of the pack – the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland – used Bonn to elaborate their conditions for joining a KP CP2. We expect these countries to declare their full support for extending Kyoto’s commitments beyond 2012, and to come to Durban with pledges that top their current commitments. The world shouldn’t accept anything less!

The unvarnished truth, however, is that what is on the table now is not going to deliver a safe climate. Even the US has acknowledged that developed countries need to decarbonise their economies by 2050, based on low-carbon development strategies; as agreed in Cancún. These low carbon development strategies should contain a 2050 decarbonization goal, a plan to get there, and initial reduction targets of more than 40% by 2020, based on     common     accounting     rules     and

enhanced   national   communications  and biennial reporting as essential ingredients.

A second piece of the puzzle should be tackled by developing countries.

As AOSIS noted in their workshop presentation, developing countries also have a role to play in closing the gigatonne gap. ECO looks to all developing countries who have not yet submitted pledges to the UNFCCC or have not elaborated their plans further, including Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, DRC, Nigeria, Iran, Venezuela, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Thailand. It’s not on their shoulders alone. But they need to make it clear how they can reach their ambitions through a mix of supported and unsupported actions. 

The third major element of the Durban package is finance.

Finance negotiators have been hard at work on designing the Green Climate Fund and the Standing Committee. But all too many are missing the big picture: that the best-designed financial institutions in the world will be quite useless without substantial finance to govern. Concrete decisions must be made at COP17 to move us firmly onto a pathway to increase climate finance so as to reach $100bn per year by 2020, as committed by developed countries in Cancún.

Here in Bonn, the US has worked furiously to block much-needed discussions on all sources of finance, from budgetary contributions to supplementary innovative financing options such as bunkers, FTTs and SDRs. Discussion is also needed on common but differentiated responsibility for climate finance, no net incidence and compensation. We’re relieved to see some countries are asking for workshops to pave the way to a appropriately ramped-up 2013-2020 climate finance plan; all developed countries need to come to Durban prepared to put forward their mid-term financing commitments from 2013 onwards.

Finally, Durban must launch negotiations on a complementary legally binding agreement to Kyoto.

This agreement should address the major elements of the Bali Accord: comparable mitigation commitments by the United States, expanded financial commitments by developed countries, and developing country action.  Virtually every country says they support a legally binding agreement; in Durban, they must rise above their well-known differences on the exact form of such an agreement and commit to turning those words into action. 

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