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Knowledge without rights is extraction

11 Dec 2019

ECO is pleased to share our platform with the Indigenous Peoples Caucus to amplify their unique and individual voices. Bushfires have been raging across the illegally occupied lands of Australia for the past few weeks, wiping out homes, displacing communities and threatening wildlife populations to the point of extinction. Lidia Thorpe, Gunnai, Gunditjmara, Djab Wurrung […]

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Australia gets a big ZERO on climate policy – is it possible to be that bad?

11 Dec 2019

Last week ECO exposed the Australian Government’s role in pushing for use of carryover units from the Kyoto Protocol to meet a large portion of their already very low Paris NDC for 2030 €“ ECO likened this to a runner wanting to start a race at the half-way point, rather than at the starting line. […]

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Multilateral Development Banks Promise Paris Alignment: but won’t say when they’ll stop funding fossils

11 Dec 2019

Multilateral Development Banks Promise Paris Alignment: but won’t say when they’ll stop funding fossils. The nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) — which include the World Bank, the Asian Investment Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank among others — have an outsized influence on the private finance landscape and on countries low carbon development pathways.  As […]

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Ministers! Save the Second Periodical Review as the Science-Policy Interface of the Convention

11 Dec 2019

Last week the Global Carbon Project side event reminded us again how small the window is to avoid dangerous climate change. The pressure to act and incorporate recent science to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is rising. ECO is dismayed that Parties have not yet reached an agreement on the scope of the […]

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Finance for Loss and Damage = Essential COP25 Outcome

11 Dec 2019

Finance for Loss and Damage = Essential COP25 Outcome We came to COP25 in light of rising seas, heat and water stress, decreasing crop yields and fish stocks, spreading diseases, and increasingly frequent and severe floods, droughts and storms, which threaten the right to life, health, food, water and housing.  We came with the expectation […]

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Mind the GAP

10 Dec 2019

The Gender Action Plan (GAP) has been a critical driver of progress and action on gender responsive climate change, and there is an urgent need to renew GAP now. Civil society present at COP25 wants to remind governments of their responsibility to deliver a robust GAP to drive just and effective climate solutions. We are […]

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Putting People at the Center of Article 6

10 Dec 2019

Over the last week, we”ve heard a lot of talk about Article 6, and a lot of it has been very technical, including critical rules for ensuring global emissions are reduced globally, preventing double-counting, and what share of proceeds should go to the Adaptation Fund, amongst others. And ECO has been pleased to see an […]

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Why do we need the Escazú Agreement?

10 Dec 2019

Increasing climate ambition during this COP25 is one of the most anticipated results. This ambition must be effectively brought to action; in addition to climate finance and mitigation commitments, we need social conditions that facilitate implementation and ensure that the people most affected by climate change benefit from climate responses.  It is in this context […]

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CDM: Reserving the Right To Wreck the Planet

10 Dec 2019

Week 2 at COP is “rumours week”, and delegates turn into gossip-producing machines when it comes to predicting deals. One rumour in particular has made ECO’s heart skip a beat: let’s put all the old junk CDM credits in a reserve and only allow countries to use them if they don’t meet their NDC target.  […]

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Voices from the Indigenous Caucus

10 Dec 2019

Week 2 at COP is “rumours week”, and delegates turn into gossip-producing machines when it comes to predicting deals. One rumour in particular has made ECO’s heart skip a beat: let’s put all the old junk CDM credits in a reserve and only allow countries to use them if they don’t meet their NDC target.  […]

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