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UN climate conference COP18

From November 23 to December 7 I will report about the United Nations Conference on Climate Change which will be held in Doha, Qatar. For the youth section of a Dutch liberal democratic political party, I will report about the top by posting blogs and social media updates, organizing a meeting afterwards in The Netherlands. Also I will organize several interviews and meetings at the top itself. Focus will be the prevention of climate related conflicts, and the sustainability of the top itself.

Blog JD part 4: It’s the finance, stupid!

December 7, 2012. Written by Jorine Boink and Jacqueline van Dooren   Amazing, all those idealistic speeches of worldleaders. A mentality of “Yes we can!”. All countries agree to really combat climate change. But then the negotiations start, and funding is needed. Who is actually paying for combating climate change? That is the major question …

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Blog JD part 1: warming up for COP18

December 1, 2012 Originally Written in Dutch by Jorine Boink From November 26 to December 7, a delegation of the Dutch Young Democrats (youth department of social liberal party D66) will attend the UN Climate Change Conference COP18 in Doha, Qatar. This is done through the International Federation of Lberal Youth (IFLRY). Negotiators from about …

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Blog JD part 2: The best has yet to come?

December 4, 2012 Authors: Jorine Boink and Jacqueline van Dooren Half way through COP18″ it’s time for a status update. During the opening ceremony, the atmosphere was very positive about the negotiations and possible results. All coalitions of countries pressed the urgency of the top, and of getting agreements on how to combat climate change, …

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Blog JD part 3: A climate conference in Qatar?!

December  5, 2012 Authors: Jorine Boink and Jacqueline van Dooren When it was announced that the next UN Climate Conference was to be held in Qatar, there were only few positive sounds to be heard. Organizing a climate conference in a country based on oil is of course not the first logical location. On the …

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First week of COP18

As the end of the first week of negotiations is approaching, it’s time to review. Where are we now, where do we want to go? Renewing the Kyoto Protocol The Kyoto protocol is ending on January 1st, 2013. Therefore it’s crucial that decisions are being taken at COP18. Every country is positive about new agreements. The …

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A sustainable visit to COP18: eat a camel and other tips

– compensate for the CO2 emission of your flight through www.greenseats.com or similar sites. – use a tablet. Admirable: through the PaperSmart policy, you really don’t need anything else! And tablets are sustainable: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/sustainability-tablets-infographic.html -additionally: leave your laptop at home. There are laptops everywhere, and as these are already on, it would be a waste to use your …

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Sustainable conference?

Sustainable conference? The idea seems contradicting: 17,000 people flying the world over, thereby producing tons of CO2, to decide on how much CO2 can be produced by each country. This conference however is climate neutral as much as possible, and therefore shows its care for the environment. Examples of this are that the conference building …

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Opening of the Conference

Monday November 26 at 10 am local time, the 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) started. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, president of the previous conference which was held in Durban, transferred her position to H.H. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah vice prime minister of Qatar. She reminded of the power …

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