Tag Archives: climate
A Conference Carol – III
The disenchantment with unfair globalisation should be a wakeup call for those who think justice and ethics have nothing to do with global climate negotiations. Any global treaty or process that imposes an unfair burden will eventually be rejected. The “citizens of the world” may not have a vote through which to express their anger, but they will express themselves nevertheless, by rejecting the unfair. Continue reading
Scaling up adaptation 1: What does it mean?
The need to rapidly “scale up” successful climate change adaptation projects, programmes and policies is widely recognised, but there are currently few adaptation-specific examples to demonstrate how such scaling up can take place, or what elements are necessary for such … Continue reading
Consolidation for devolution: Balancing top-down and bottom-up elements of climate finance governance in India
Consolidating national and international climate finance in a national fund in India could help ensure common principles; coherence with national strategies; distributive justice; prioritisation of the needs of the most vulnerable; and flexibility through a continuous review process. However, such consolidation must come with a strong commitment to devolution. Continue reading
Climate change and the Post-2015 goals: Passing ships or all in the same boat?
CBDR was viewed as a dilution of the more straight-forward polluter pays principle, where the concepts of responsibility and liability are better defined. Two decades later, developing countries feel that even this diluted version of the polluter pays principle is threatened. Developed countries would like to replace CBDR with “applicable to all” in the climate negotiations, and “universally applicable” in the post-2015 negotiations, to reflect the “changing world order”. Continue reading
Draft report of High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda does not address the bigger (and more problematic) picture
In my last two posts on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I have tried to point out that the global community must tackle broader issues that are stalling existing multilateral processes. Without addressing issues such … Continue reading
The rot starts at the top
Last week, I was at the second meeting of the open working work discussing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN headquarters in New York. Everyone here agrees that “coherence”, “integration” – call it what you will – is … Continue reading
The Post-2015 “golden thread” must weave in a global strand
It is time, already, to talk of “Post-2015”. For the uninitiated, Post-2015 refers to life after the 2015 deadline for meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the global community in 2010. A Post-2015 process is already underway. … Continue reading