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What do activists and NGOs need to know to be allies to communities on the frontlines of climate change?

23 Jun 2022

23 June By: Kera Sherwood-O’Regan Relationships are the foundation of meaningful climate action. We know that climate justice requires us to work within and across communities, tackling the systemic causes of climate change which are also the root causes of systemic oppression like racism or ableism. Upholding standards of Free, Prior, Informed Consent can help […]

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We Aren’t Heading for a Happy Ending  / No nos dirigimos a un final feliz (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

As SB56 reminds us of a fantasy world far from reality, we are reminded of a book where wizards must follow certain rules. The first rule states, “People will believe a lie because they want it to be true or because they’re afraid it might be true”. Another one: “Willfully turning aside from the truth […]

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Climate Wars – Episode SB56: The Crushed Hopes of Glasgow  / Climate Wars – Episodio SB56: Las esperanzas aplastadas del diálogo de Glasgow (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

A long time ago, in a conference hall far far away, COP26 saw the Scottish government put £2 million on the table – de-tabooing a tabooed issue. But since this show of solidarity, the plea of civil society and of First Minister Sturgeon has remained unanswered. The Glasgow Dialogue must deliver a Loss & Damage […]

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Watching Delegates Play the MWP is Lava! / ¡Mirar a los delegados jugar al MWP es lava! (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

After 10 days of “intense” negotiations, delegates are tired and bored, and decided to start playing ‘Mitigation Work Programme (MWP) is lava’ in the Chamber Hall. The rules are simple: in this game, all Parties pretend that the MWP informal note is made of lava, and thus must avoid touching (agreeing to) it. What Parties […]

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Santiago Network: All the Work is Still to be Done / Red de Santiago: Todo el trabajo está por hacerse (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

One of the expected outcomes stated by many developed countries prior to the SBs in Bonn was operationalising the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage. Sadly, as we enter the final day, all the hard work remains. One of the critical obstacles to progress has been reaching agreement on the governance of the Santiago Network. […]

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Bad prognosis? What’s the treatment? / Prescripción de París: 1,5 para salvar vidas (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

Urgent climate action can contribute to protecting human and planetary health as well as our economies.  Diseases and deaths themselves are considered under “non-economic” losses and damages by the UNFCCC, but nevertheless have associated costs, whether because of health care provision or reduced work and labour productivity. These costs exceed the costs of mitigation in many countries. In […]

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Through the Bottom of the GlaSS / A Través del Fondo del GlaSS (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

It sort of doesn’t matter what the details are that have delayed progress this session towards the operationalisation of the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA). To the millions condemned to autonomous adaptation – that is people dealing with the increasing impacts of the climate crisis on their own – this means that they are going […]

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Set the Record Straight, We’re Here to Participate! / Aclare las cosas, ¡estamos aquí para participar!  (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

At times, ECO feels like a broken record. Perhaps our tune isn’t catchy enough. Or perhaps you haven’t heard it because observers have rarely been given the floor. So, we’ll say it one more time: public participation and the ability of people to freely participate, including in UNFCCC meetings, is a human right and essential […]

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Goodbye… For Now! / El viaje del GST de Bonn a Sharm el-Sheikh (ECO 10, SB56)

16 Jun 2022

As the SB56 comes to an end, a sigh of relief can be heard throughout the convention centre. Alas! Soon, two weeks of endless negotiations will be over, and delegations will return back to their capitals with the comforting sense of professional accomplishment. Alas! Soon, the ranting of climate activists, youth, and the victims of […]

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The GST’s journey from Bonn to Sharm el-Sheikh / El viaje del GST de Bonn a Sharm el-Sheikh (ECO 9, SB56)

15 Jun 2022

Farewell, farewell… ECO assisted the last events on the Global Stocktake on Tuesday with the plenary session and the Joint Contact Group meeting, where sadly observers could not take the floor during the second one. The World Café was probably the highlight of this first technical dialogue. Even if the place was noisy and a […]

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