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Al-Sumait Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 marzo 2019

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Amir of the State of Kuwait awarded the 2018 Al-Sumait prize, which comprises of one million dollars, a gold medal and shield at a special ceremony this morning in Kuwait.The co recipients of the 2018 Al-Sumait Prize for research that has impacted development in Africa were Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa and CAPRISA Professor of Global Health at Columbia University, who received half a million dollars. The second half of the prize shared equally by Professor Sheila K. West Vice Chair for Research Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Rakai Health Sciences Program represented by Professor Maria Wawer and Professor David Serwada.Professor Abdool Karim, the first African scientist to receive the award said, ”I am deeply humbled and honoured by the award as it is recognition not just for me, but for the thousands of researchers in Africa and around the world making a difference to those most in need.” He went on to say “Our work however, is far from done as nearly 5000 new HIV infections continue to occur around the world each and every day.”Professor West thanked the Amir and the Al-Sumait Prize Board of Trustees for the award and said, “158 million people live in trachoma endemic areas and the impact of the blindness it causes is both socially and economically disastrous this award will help us to build on the work we have done and raise awareness so families and communities don’t have to live under this threat in the future”Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers the prize told the audience that this years Laureates had been working tirelessly to improve life expectancy and quality of life for millions of people living on the continent of Africa and beyond and their dedication and determination was truly inspiring”.
Initiated in 2013 by His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development is designed to reward innovative and inspiring initiatives and research by individuals and organizations that address the challenges facing the African continent. The award recognizes and honours individuals or institutions that help advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in Africa.The Al-Sumait Board of Trustees comprises prominent international personalities in the field of development in Africa and are world-renowned philanthropists. The Board is chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait.Other trustees include Mr Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Makhtar Diop, Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, Dr Kwaku Aning, Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Mr Abdulatif Al-Hamad, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.

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Durban disappoints with lowest common denominator climate change deal

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 dicembre 2011

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Caritas says a deal reached at climate talks in Durban leaves the world facing a catastrophic 4C increase in global temperatures. The Durban COP17 summit ended with governments agreeing to work towards a legal treaty that will bind developed and developing countries to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.The U.N. talks in South Africa extended the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, allowing five more years to reach a wider pact. Caritas welcomed the progress made during talks, but says science shows it’s not enough to stop widespread droughts and the creation of millions of migrants as food production collapses. Caritas Internationalis Director of Advocacy and Policy Martina Liebsch said, “We are all polluting the environment now and everyone, every country should take responsibility for that.” Caritas says it was important to get the commitment at Durban towards a legally binding deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement was in large part due to leadership from a progressive alliance including the European Union and poorer countries against the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. It keeps a narrow pathway open to avoid a 4C rise, but lacks the ambition needed to safeguard millions of lives from the future impact of extreme weather caused by manmade climate change. Caritas welcomed steps towards setting up a ‘Green Climate Fund’ for poorer countries vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Every $1 spent now in mitigation and adaptation will save $7 spent on emergencies. But Caritas regrets that countries have not lived up to their pledges. Martina Liebsch said, “Money is urgently needed to help the most poor and vulnerable to adapt to Global warming and its effects. “We need to look at innovative funding resources such as a tax on maritime transport and aviation as well as a financial transaction tax.” Caritas is urging governments to move beyond the lowest common denominator deal in Durban and to use the Rio20+ meeting to deliver a step-change in climate action.

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Climate Crises deepen with UN talks ending amidst acrimony

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 dicembre 2011

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All attributable to Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director, who following a peaceful protest out side the main plenary hall yesterday has been barred from the Climate Conference in Durban.“Many governments departing the UN talks in Durban tonight should be ashamed. When they return home we wonder how they will be able to look into the eyes of their children and grandchildren. The failure here will be measured in the lives of the poor, the most vulnerable and least responsible for the global climate crises,” said Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.
“The UN climate talks in Durban, were supposed to both reinforce and agree new global rules for tackling climate change – from the outset the objectives were in stark contrast with what the reality of climate change demands. They have been about creating a base for a climate deal that is already many years overdue. “As the talks began they were about trying to close the massive gap between what climate science says needs to be done and what governments are currently committed to. Yet, they are not in Durban to close that gap, all they have to do is decide on a new deadline for agreeing, and they can’t even do that. “Two years ago in Copenhagen we were promised a 100 billion USD fund would be set up to help the poorest adapt to and mitigate climate change. In Durban they only planned to design a way to collect and distribute the money. They could not even do that. Now, not only do we not have a bank to put it in, the money remains as illusive as an I.O.U from Bernie Madoff. Today, vulnerable people are dying because of climate related impacts, they cannot wait, they need help now. “While the talks may be complex, the truth is simple. We are nowhere near where we need to be to avert catastrophic climate change. There is no real political capital on the table in Durban, big countries may be bullying the small ones into submission through aid programmes and trade. With the fate of hundreds of millions of people at stake, progressive countries need to get serious about reigning in the blockers like the US, they need to start talking sanctions, there must be repercussions. “Time has all but run out and a serious crisis requires serious political action on behalf of the willing. “Chief among the blockers by far is the US, which is clearly operating at the bidding of the carbon cartels. Its negotiators have no place in the room. Other powerful governments and blocs, like the EU, China, and India should have outmaneuvered them by joining together to side with the most vulnerable to make real progress rather than being forced to dance to the tune of the carbon corporations. “While the diplomats, lawyers, pundits, NGOs rake over the tepid embers of the full document in search of good news, any good news, the carbon cartels will once more be drinking champagne and dancing in the streets of Durban tonight – job done, business as usual.” Greenpeace will provide a brief on the details of the final agreement in the coming hours.

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Durban climate talks ending: Polluters won, people lost

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 dicembre 2011

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Durban On the closing of the latest round of UN climate talks in Durban Greenpeace today declared that it was clear that our Governments this past two weeks listened to the carbon-intensive polluting corporations instead of listening to the people who want an end to our dependence on fossil fuels and real and immediate action on climate change.“The grim news is that the blockers lead by the US have succeeded in inserting a vital get-out clause that could easily prevent the next big climate deal being legally binding. If that loophole is exploited it could be a disaster. And the deal is due to be implemented ‘from 2020’ leaving almost no room for increasing the depth of carbon cuts in this decade when scientists say we need emissions to peak,” said Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director.“Right now the global climate regime amounts to nothing more than a voluntary deal that’s put off for a decade. This could take us over the two degree threshold where we pass from danger to potential catastrophe.” “Our atmosphere has been loaded with a carbon debt and the bill, carrying a Durban postmark, has been posted to the world’s poorest countries. The chance of averting catastrophic climate change is slipping through our hands with every passing year that nations fail to agree on a rescue plan for the planet.”

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Si conclude la 17° Conferenza Onu sul clima

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 dicembre 2011

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Durban, Sudafrica. Dopo due settimane di lavori il solo commento possibile è che l’obiettivo numero uno, ovvero la riduzione di emissioni, è fallito. Kyoto scade tra un anno e non c’è consenso su un nuovo regime vincolante. Unico impegno: la continuazione delle negoziazioni per arrivare ad un patto entro il 2015, la cui validità potrebbe partire dal 2020. Decisamente troppo tardi per la scienza – che parla del picco massimo entro il 2015 – e per evitare la catastrofe, ovvero un aumento della temperatura media di circa 4°c (7 in Africa) l’inabissamento di molti stati insulari e di migliaia di km di coste, desertificazione, eventi climatici estremi, e 350mila vittime l’anno destinate ad aumentare, di cui fanno parte anche le vittime delle alluvioni italiane di questo autunno. Due anni fa alla Cop15 di Copenaghen erano presenti tutti i capi di Stato e ripetevano che i cambiamenti climatici sono la più grande minaccia per l’umanità. Solo due anni dopo e a situazione ambientale non certo migliorata, a Durban i capi di stato sono assenti e sui giornali quasi ovunque si parla solo di spread e debito, cancellando dalle prime pagine i rischi del caos climatico e le possibili alternative. Anzi, la crisi climatica è diventata spudorata occasione di speculazione per i mercati e la finanza, attraverso i noti meccanismi di carbon trade e redd+. Sullo sfondo, l’occasione fornita dalle grandi potenzialità economiche della green economy – non a caso strategico è il ruolo della Cina – venduta come ricetta per la febbre del pianeta ma in realtà benzina nel motore e nuova frontiera di espansione dello stesso modello di sviluppo che ha causato la crisi climatica ed economica. Una scelta irresponsabile e disastrosa per le sorti dell’umanità. Dall’altra parte la scienza richiama l’attenzione sulla necessità di agire rapidamente. Movimenti sociali, sindacati, comitati, organizzazioni e associazioni presenti a Durban hanno offerto soluzioni concrete per transitare verso un modello basato sulla sostenibilità sociale ed ambientale. Riconversione industriale, democrazia energetica, agricoltura organica sono le proposte a cui i governi e le forze politiche dovrebbero dare seguito. Facciamo in fretta.

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From the Durban conference centre

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 dicembre 2011

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Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace has been removed from the Durban conference centre and has been banned from the building.
He, along with nine other Greenpeace activists, has had his UN accreditation badge removed, meaning he cannot re-enter the site during the remainder of the UN climate conference. This afternoon Kumi joined scores of campaigners from across the world at a protest in the conference centre, outside the plenary room. During the protest he accompanied Dr Mohaemmed Shareef Environment Minister from the low-lying island country of the Maldives. After over two hours, along with over a hundred people from many different groups including 350.org, Friends of the Earth, AVAAZ, he was escorted out the conference.Before being taken out Kumi said: “We are here to stand with the most vulnerable countries whose basic survival needs have not been met by the men and women in that conference hall. We are here to call upon government minsters to listen to the people and not the polluters. The United States delegation is right now organising, line-by-line, the means by which United Nations member states will be eradicated from the map. We will not tolerate this.”
After being thrown out Kumi added: “While people calling for urgent action to protect the climate and save lives have been thrown out, it is a brutal irony that the US delegation continues to have free reign to continue obstructing any progress. I ask the proud American people, in whose name this is being done, to take just a moment today to consider what they would do if they learned that a conference of powers was plotting to wipe their great nation off the map, because for low-lying islands that is the future they face. “But the United States has allies here, and they are not inconsequential. Obama’s delegation can only destroy this conference if other big polluters join them. I make an appeal here to those nations, do not stand with the U.S. delegation, stand with us, stand with the nations facing eradication.”

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A Durban salviamo il clima

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 dicembre 2011

Mentre il Ministro dell’Ambiente Corrado Clini si sta recando a Durban, in Sud Africa, per rappresentare l’Italia alla conferenza delle Nazioni Unite sul clima, stamattina all’alba attivisti di Greenpeace sono entrati in azione a Roma, davanti a Palazzo Chigi. Gli attivisti dell’associazione ambientalista hanno aperto in Piazza Colonna un grande striscione con una foto della tragica alluvione di Genova dello scorso 4 novembre e il messaggio: “Il clima cambia. La politica deve cambiare”. Altri attivisti hanno scalato due lampioni davanti al palazzo sede del Governo con il messaggio: “A Durban salviamo il clima”.In contemporanea con la protesta di Greenpeace, due attori hanno messo in scena la rappresentazione della politica che si rifiuta di cambiare: vestiti e truccati come se fossero in un film in bianco e nero, hanno risposto alle domande dei giornalisti come se il problema del caos climatico non li riguardasse. “Quest’autunno la nostra penisola è stata martoriata, da Nord a Sud, da una serie di tragiche alluvioni che hanno causato la morte di decine di persone e miliardi di euro di danni. Questi sono chiari segnali che i cambiamenti climatici stanno avendo un effetto sempre più grave alle nostre latitudini e sul nostro Paese. Questi sono i segnali che la politica deve ascoltare.” dichiara Salvatore Barbera, responsabile della campagna Clima e Energia di Greenpeace Italia.L’iniziativa di stamattina rilancia infatti quella promossa la settimana scorsa da Greenpeace sul proprio sito (www.greenpeace.org/durban), dal quale è possibile inviare al Ministro Clini una “cartolina dal caos climatico”. Dimostrando come gli italiani siano preoccupati per i cambiamenti climatici, più di 15 mila persone hanno già mandato la cartolina al Ministro con la richiesta di assumere a Durban una posizione forte e ambiziosa per la salvaguardia del clima e per il rinnovo del protocollo di Kyoto. Numerosi studi scientifici, tra cui l’ultimo rapporto dell’IPCC [1], mostrano senza ombra di dubbio che i fenomeni atmosferici estremi saranno sempre più frequenti e distruttivi a causa dell’aumento delle temperature medie. In Italia i cambiamenti climatici stanno avendo impatti sempre più gravi: oltre all’aumento delle alluvioni, determinano la desertificazione di ampie aree del meridione e il ritirarsi dei ghiacciai di montagna, lo slittamento dei cicli agricoli e temperature estremamente alte d’estate o basse d’inverno.
Se il clima è chiaramente cambiato, lo stesso non si può dire della politica, soprattutto di quella nazionale. Lo scorso governo ha guidato l’Italia verso posizioni, a livello internazionale, sempre più di retroguardia nella lotta alle emissioni dei gas serra. Il Senato, in questa legislatura, ha addirittura approvato un atto che nega l’esistenza dei cambiamenti climatici e prende le distanze dalle politiche comunitarie a difesa del clima. “Esortiamo il Ministro Clini e il nuovo Governo a cambiare la politica climatica del Paese. Un primo banco di prova, oltre a quanto il ministro saprà fare a Durban, sarà la difesa degli incentivi alle rinnovabili. Il sostegno pubblico per questo settore è un investimento del Paese per il futuro occupazionale e ambientale. Le lobby delle energie fossili sono da tempo attivamente impegnate a frenare la crescita delle energie pulite: per questo il governo deve approvare con celerità,trasparenza e razionalità i nuovi decreti attuativi, per garantire stabilità e sviluppo al settore delle fonti rinnovabili” conclude Barbera.

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Greenpeace occupies Global Business Day

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 dicembre 2011

To name and shame the ‘Dirty Dozen’ corporations sabotaging climate action
Durban, 5 December 2011 – At the beginning of the second week of the UN climate talks in Durban, Greenpeace activists and supporters along with other NGOs converged on the Global Business Day conference to name and shame The Dirty Dozen1 carbon intensive industries who are helping stifle progress on agreeing a global deal to combat climate change.
Six Greenpeace climbers who peacefully occupied the World Business Council on Sustainable Development2 conference were arrested during an attempt to hang a banner demanding “Listen to the People, not the Polluters”. Life size puppets representing corporations, including Shell, Koch Industries and Eskom, which are pulling the strings of key world leaders, joined the protest. In particular they highlight links to including the US Congress, European Union President Barroso and Canadian Prime Minister Harper. “Meeting in the shadow of the vital UN talks these dirty dozen companies should be ashamed of their role in undermining global talks to tackle climate change, to save lives, economies and habitats. Putting short-term private profit before public protection is morally repugnant,” said Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace International, from the gathering. “Our political leaders need to close the door on dirty corporations who would celebrate failure in Durban, they must listen to the people and not the polluters. Our children and their children deserve nothing less.” Despite the urgency of the situation, the overwhelming scientific consensus, as well as the groundswell of support from the public and progressive corporations for real action on climate change, expectations of any meaningful outcome from Durban are at best low. “Greenpeace is calling on the politicians who hold the fate of our economy and environment in their hands here in Durban to listen to the people instead of polluting corporations like Shell, Eskom and Koch Industries,” said Tzeporah Berman, Co-director of Climate and Energy at Greenpeace International. “Today we are naming the names of the Dirty Dozen who are holding us back from making progress on protecting the climate.” The peaceful protest follows the launch of Greenpeace’s global report, ‘Who’s holding us back?’3 which details how carbon intensive industry is preventing effective climate legislation.
Speakers at the protest included Bobby Peek from groundWork, Jamie Henn from 350.org, Desmond D’Sa from SDCEA and Greenpeace spokespeople from several countries.

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Australia makes a big step in the right direction

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 novembre 2011

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Durban. Australia’s new climate legislation is a historic breakthrough and a substantial step in the right direction, but is still not stringent enough to help the world keep global warming to below 2 degrees C, according to a major analysis of the country’s climate actions, released here today by the Climate Action Tracker, a joint project by Climate Analytics and Ecofys. The 150-page analysis is part of an ongoing investigation by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) team as to whether current or pledged climate action will be enough to limit the negative effects of climate change by holding long term global temperature increase below 2°C. It examines all sectors: electricity, industry, transport, agriculture, forestry and buildings and compares action against the CAT’s own long term low-carbon vision. “After so many years of lagging behind the rest of the world, Australia has fundamentally changed the way it will tackle climate change. It has now set in place a legislative system that, if applied well and increased in stringency over time, can get it on the right track to a low carbon future,” said Bill Hare, Director of Climate Analytics. He noted that it was a difficult starting point for Australia, which has world’s sixth highest per capita emissions. “It’s a classic example of the longer you wait to take action, the more difficult it gets.” Ecofys Director of Energy and Climate Policy, Dr. Niklas Höhne, said that Australia still had a lot of work to do on setting the right policies. “The new climate legislation provides a positive long term signal, but Australia still needs to enhance policies in all sectors to be on track for a 2°C pathway, especially the transport sector and supporting renewable energy in industry and buildings, where it has huge resources,” said Höhne.

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Durban climate talks: Last Chance for the USA

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 novembre 2011

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Durban On the eve of the opening of the latest round of climate talks in Durban Greenpeace today declared that it is time for our Governments to stop listening to the carbon-intensive polluting corporations and start listening to the people who want an end to our dependence on fossil fuels and real and immediate action on climate change. This round of the climate talks, the 17th Conference of the Parties, must be the point where our Governments respond to the international climate crisis by adopting a clear roadmap towards a science based, global agreement, which ensures that all countries take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically and that financial and technical support is delivered to the poor countries. The COP is being held on the African continent which bears the greatest social injustices due to the impacts of climate change. South Africa, as the continent’s highest CO2 emitter, must show climate leadership to reach a meaningful outcome at the end of COP.“To be clear, Africa is already bearing the brunt of the climate gone awry but that’s not enough for the US government. When the Mississippi basin turns to dust they can hang their heads in shame for letting this opportunity slip through their fingers,” said Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director from Durban.
The argument that the US is a major emitter and must be part of a global agreement is increasingly looking like an excuse for inaction on the part of other governments, such as the EU, and emerging economies including India and China.
If the US still fails to cooperate and engage in a global fight on stabilising the climate, its time for govts such as the EU, and emerging economies including India and China.to stop using the US as an excuse for inaction. “The entire global effort must not fail because of the USA,” said Tove Ryding, Greenpeace International Co-ordinator for Climate Policy.

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Climate justice at UN talks in Durban

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 novembre 2011

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Durban, South Africa 29 November to 5 December. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will travel to UN climate talks. He will urge governments for a deal on climate change that puts poor communities in developing countries first and provides for a sustainable future. Cardinal Rodriguez and Caritas South Africa will be leading a delegation of representatives from the Caritas confederation’s over 160 Catholic aid agency membership. The 20- strong Caritas delegation will be taking part in several events in Durban in focusing on the impact of climate change in Africa. Cardinal Rodriguez said, “Our climate is changing. Caritas organisations are responding to increasing unpredictability and extreme weather conditions experienced around the world. This year we saw floods in Central America, South and South East Asia and drought across East Africa. “Urgent action is necessary. Climate negotiators in Durban must not further delay agreeing to international legislation to curb the threat of climate change and set the world on a path to a more just and sustainable future.” In 2011, the East of Africa suffered the worst drought in half a century. Drought is not new in East Africa but changes in weather patterns combined with lack of investment, competition for land and water
have eroded the capacity of local people to cope. “The whole world is vulnerable to climate change but poor countries are affected more,” said Cardinal Rodriguez. “Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to the impacts of climate change. Africans are taking a stand in Durban, it is time for the world to stand with Africa.” Caritas says negotiations
at the UNFCCC meeting must take the necessary steps for a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement that builds on the Kyoto Protocol. Decisions are needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent by 2020 by developed counties. Caritas says the Green Climate Fund must become fully operational. Adaptation measures should receive substantial public funding as poor and vulnerable populations are most affected. A key concern for Caritas is ensuring that all men and women around the world have enough safe and healthy food. Climate change affects food security because the modification of climate patterns seriously affects agriculture The right to food must be a guiding principle at Durban. For Caritas, it means ensuring that the one billion people living in extreme poverty are both the beneficiaries and the engines of agriculture and food security policies.

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Climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 ottobre 2011

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Climate change threatens to ‘undermine global prosperity and inflict significant social, economic and environmental costs on the world’, according to a global coalition of companies who today issued an urgent call to action to governments around the world. Shell, Unilever, Acciona, Cemex, Skanska, Philips, Barilla, KLM, Nestlé, Air France, and EDF Energy are among over 175 companies from 29 countries endorsing the 2°C Challenge Communiqué, which calls on governments to agree a ‘robust, equitable and effective agreement’ on climate change at the United Nations’ meeting in Durban, South Africa, in December.
Without such a deal ‘business will have insufficient clarity or certainty of action to invest to its full potential’, the statement says. Time is running out to keep global warming under 2°C and, if they fail to act, governments ‘risk permanent damage to their credibility’; however, the right action would ‘secure a low carbon-emission economy that is more resilient, more efficient and less vulnerable to global shock.’The Communiqué will be launched in a number of cities around the world including London, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Ankara and Johannesburg, by members of the Corporate Leaders’ Network for Climate Action. The aim is to influence governments ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place in Durban in December.Speaking ahead of the launch, the Chair of the UNFCCC negotiations Christiana Figueres said: “Governments have already established a clear, collective path to a low-carbon future but the world will need to cut emissions faster in the coming years to meet the full challenge of climate change. The companies endorsing the 2°C Challenge Communiqué set a great example. Corporate leadership that provides powerful vocal support for action gives governments the greater confidence they need to move forward a global climate change agreement that will ultimately cover the current ambition gap.”As well as a reiterating strong support for a global deal, the companies endorsing the Communiqué challenge governments to take immediate action at the national level. They say ‘we cannot, and should not, wait for a new international treaty to be in place’ but must adopt ‘national policies and measures that ultimately drive action now’.Among the specific policy actions that companies are calling on all countries to adopt are:A carbon price sufficient to drive necessary emissions reductions Effective adaptation programmes
Increased funding for innovation, investment and low-carbon development Help for businesses and consumers to cut emissions by using energy more efficiently Targeted regulation and procurement, together with new thinking on intellectual property rights to encourage low-carbon innovation Action to conserve and increase forests and other land-based carbon sinks
International agreement to establish and maintain strong institutions including a reformed Clean Development Mechanism and an operationalised Green Climate Fund An end to fossil fuel subsidies The 2°C Challenge Communiqué was produced by business leaders from a range of sectors including energy, finance, retail, and manufacturing, via the newly established Corporate Leaders’ Network for Climate Action (CLN). The CLN includes groups from Brazil, Chile, the EU, US, Hong Kong, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and South Africa. The Communiqué is the fifth in a series of statements initiated by The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change (CLG) and managed and developed by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director of The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change said: “The expansion of the network to include business groups from other countries shows that, far from losing interest in climate change as an issue, there is an emerging and increasingly international consensus amongst enlightened corporate leaders of the need for urgent action. We will be taking signatures up to June next year and look forward to being joined by other businesses.”

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Conferenza Onu sul razzismo

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 marzo 2009

“Bene ha fatto il Ministro degli Esteri Franco Frattini a ritirare la delegazione italiana dalla conferenza delle Nazioni Unite sul razzismo”: è quanto dichiarato dall’On. Gianni VERNETTI, Deputato del Partito Democratico e già Sottosegretario agli Affari Esteri. “E’ inaccettabile avallare i lavori di un organismo come Durban II che, come già nel passato, produce testi contenenti frasi antisioniste e aggressive nei confronti di Israele e che si rivela essere solo uno strumento surrettizio per aggredire ideologicamente l’unico Paese realmente democratico del Medio Oriente da parte di alcune nazioni che democratiche propriamente non sono”. Conclude l’On. Gianni VERNETTI: “Credo che la conferenza sul razzismo dovrebbe più seriamente occuparsi delle affermazioni negazioniste pronunciate dalle autorità dell’Iran, Paese che rappresenta il vero pericolo per la stabilità dell’area mediorientale”.

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