Terug naar UN climate conference COP18

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 200 countries have gathered in Doha since Monday November 26, to discuss how global warming can be limited to 2’C. TAlks have been going on since almost two decades, but have up to now not led to less emission of Green House Gasses (GHG).
The most important issue in the negotiations of COP18 is the extension of the Kyoto protocol, the only international climate agreement. This protocol ends on January 1, 2013. The EU has recently agreed upon extension. “The EU and our global partners have to keep up their promises. It’s time for action” said Matthias Groote, German president of the environmental commission of the European Parliament delegation. This goal however seems meaningless now that many countries do not want to support this. Our expectation therefore is that again, no innovative treaty will be signed.
In closed off back rooms, there are agreements being made. Also the many bottom-up initiatives that are being presented at side events signal hopeful developments. Scientists and multinationals will discuss measures for innovative green projects. NGOs and international youth organizations want to approach the negotiators with a strong, common and positive message. Our goal is to report about these positive initiatives. If you want to hear a different sound about the UN Climate Change Conference, follow our blog in the upcoming week!

mber 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 200 countries have gathered in Doha since Monday November 26, to discuss how global warming can be limited to 2’C. TAlks have been going on since almost two decades, but have up to now not led to less emission of Green House Gasses (GHG).
The most important issue in the negotiations of COP18 is the extension of the Kyoto protocol, the only international climate agreement. This protocol ends on January 1, 2013. The EU has recently agreed upon extension. “The EU and our global partners have to keep up their promises. It’s time for action” said Matthias Groote, German president of the environmental commission of the European Parliament delegation. This goal however seems meaningless now that many countries do not want to support this. Our expectation therefore is that again, no innovative treaty will be signed.
In closed off back rooms, there are agreements being made. Also the many bottom-up initiatives that are being presented at side events signal hopeful developments. Scientists and multinationals will discuss measures for innovative green projects. NGOs and international youth organizations want to approach the negotiators with a strong, common and positive message. Our goal is to report about these positive initiatives. If you want to hear a different sound about the UN Climate Change Conference, follow our blog in the upcoming week!

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