COP22

A message from Jesse Young, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State

A message from Jesse Young, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State: Please join U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing for an after-action conference call with civil society organizations on the outcomes of COP-22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. For both those that joined us in Morocco and those that did not, this call will be a useful opportunity to discuss the lay of the land now that the meeting has wrapped.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 11:00 AM [EST]

Dial-in (U.S.): (800) 230-1093              Confirmation Number: 407249

 

Last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22 held in the city of Marrakech, Morocco

Last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22 held in Marrakech, Morocco, November 18, 2016

Last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22 held in Marrakech, Morocco, November 18, 2016

A message from Adelfo Regino, Latin American Caucus: During the last session of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP 22, held in Marrakech, Morocco, we had a dialogue with government representatives from Ecuador, Guatemala and Australia.

In this meeting we have be made aware of the proposal being made by the President of COP 22 regarding the establishment of a “Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform” in this Climate Change process. I have attached the text, which is only available in English. We are looking for a way to translate into Spanish.

We will be attentive to the evolution of the negotiations in this last day of session. Let's hope there's good news for the Indigenous Peoples of the world.

La última sesión del Cónclave Indígena en el marco de la COP 22

La última sesión del Cónclave Indígena en el marco de la COP 22. (Photo: Aldefo Regino)

La última sesión del Cónclave Indígena en el marco de la COP 22. (Photo: Aldefo Regino)

Mensaje de Adelfo Regino: En la última sesión del Cónclave Indígena en el marco de la COP 22, que se celebra en la Ciudad de Marrakech, Marruecos, hemos tenido un diálogo con los representantes gubernamentales de Ecuador, Guatemala y Australia.

En esta reunión hemos conocido la Propuesta que esta haciendo el Presidente de la COP 22 con relación al establecimiento de una Plataforma de Pueblos Indígenas y Comunidades Locales en este proceso de Cambio Climático. Les envío el texto, que solo esta en inglés. Estamos buscando la forma de hacer la traducción al español.

Vamos a estar atentos a la evolución de las negociaciones en este último día de sesión. Esperemos que haya una buena noticia para los pueblos indígenas del mundo.

Indigenous Womens’ Day at COP22

By Genevieve Northey

On Wednesday, 16th November, the Women and Gender Caucus held the second Indigenous Womens’ Day at COP22. All seven regions of the world was represented in the room, with a panel discussion taking place with women from the Arctic, Pacific, Latin America Africa and Asia speaking on their own experiences from the home region.

Although from different and diverse regions of the world, the themes had the common thread of protecting their environment and culture to preserve their way life. The speakers also reiterated the importance of Indigenous women having a space in which to participate in a meaningful way with their governments and in high-level discussions, like those taking place at COP22, on the issue of climate change.

Indigenous women are proud to be part of the solution for Climate Change, through their traditional knowledge and infinity with the environment, which has been passed down through the generations.

The group called on more capacity building funds for indigenous women, so they may participate fully in the high-level meetings and negotiations with the required technical skills. They also called on the need to involve more young indigenous women to come forward and join the constituency to be present to carry the torch forward into the future.

Join the biggest family photo in UNFCCC history for unity and action!

Spread the word!!!! Share this message with everybody!!

Join the biggest family photo in UNFCCC history for unity and action!

We hope you will join us around the message that #WeWillMoveAhead with climate action and climate justice here and beyond COP22. 

 What: Gathering for what will be the biggest ever UNFCCC family photo, around unbranded giant banners that read "We Will Move Ahead"

WhenFriday at 12.45 pm

 WhereIn front of conference center entrance - outside, next to the flags

(don't worry, security promised us they will have extra staff to ensure we can out and back into the venue very fast).

 Why: To send an image to the world that we, the global community, are determined to move on and win the fight against climate change. (And we won't let anyone sabotage the transition to a climate resilient future).

 Message: #WeWillMoveAhead

 Organisers: The photo opportunity is organised by Greenpeace but it will be an unbranded activity open for all COP22 delegates.

 Come over and call on everyone - Let's close COP22 with a message of hope, unity and action to the world! 

Message from: Emily Hickson <ehickson@climatenetwork.org>

Oxford University calling on UNFCCC to halt the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples

Oxford University Researchers have released a new report calling on UNFCCC to halt the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples at its annual COP negotiations.

The report identifies three tiers of marginalisation for Indigenous Peoples at the international climate negotiations. 

Full report is available here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2870412 
Policy brief here: bit.ly/2fI1jR9

In a new working paper released today, researchers at the University of Oxford are calling on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to address the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples. They warn that if the leading international climate body continues to marginalise Indigenous knowledge and adaptations, attempts to solve the climate crisis will be in vain.

Oxford University researchers have identified three tiers of marginalisation that exist at UNFCCC COP events, including COP22 taking place in Marrakesh this week:
·      Politically, Indigenous Peoples are not allowed to self-represent; they are simply ‘observers’ to the negotiations. The nation states speaking on their behalf are responsible for their historical and current political marginalisation.
·      Geographically, the space offered to Indigenous Peoples is outside the main negotiating space of the conference.
·      Economically, Indigenous Peoples attendance is restricted by lack of finances. Developed nations and wealthy lobbyists thus dominate the space; Indigenous Peoples often cannot afford translators.

The new paper argues that solving the climate crisis will be unfeasible without the direct input of Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge. Yet, as the paper points out, the marginalisation faced at annual UNFCCC COP events inhibits this. Further, it goes against International human rights, including the right to self-determination.

Lead author Claudia Comberti says: “Rather than acknowledging the key role Indigenous Peoples should play in creating climate solutions, they are segregated at the climate negotiations and not allowed to self-represent. The UNFCCC needs to change this if it is to create fair and adequate solutions to climate change.”

The paper notes that Indigenous Peoples represent the majority of the world’s cultural diversity. Collectively they hold a wealth of environmental knowledge and adaptation strategies that are crucial to addressing climate change. Indigenous Peoples are also experiencing climate change first, and most strongly than other populations.

The paper proposes four actions to radically improve the situation:
1)   Grant Indigenous Peoples full member status at the UNFCCC, so they can self-represent.
2)   Appoint Indigenous Peoples as experts in negotiations around Adaptation and Loss & Damage
3)   Direct and restructure financial streams to increasing autonomy and voice of Indigenous Peoples – including the Green Climate Fund, and finance for translators and travel
4)   Commit to respecting Indigenous Rights and International human rights – an international agreement that the current situation undermines.

The full paper, released today, is based on several months of research, including interviews and observations at previous UNFCCC COP events.

For full article see: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2870412
Policy brief: http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/publications/policy-brief-pdf/20161116_IP-marginalisation_CComberti.pdf

Agenda for the last day of the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh: Friday, November 18, 2016.

Selection of events

08.00 – 10.00 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Indigenous Peoples' Global Caucus Meeting

10.30 – 11.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Briefing for the Indigenous Peoples' Caucus

11.15 – 12.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Affordable Green Energy for Poor Communities 
Organizers: Varhad Capital Pvt Ltd (Green Banking Initiative)/Gravity Power

12.30 – 14.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Lessons from the Canadian Arctic on Adapting to Climate Change 
Organizers: McGill University/Inuit Circumpolar Council, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, University of Sunshine Coast

14.15 – 15.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Organic Value Chains with Moroccan Communities 
Organizers: High Atlas Foundation

15.30 – 18.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Ancestral techniques of the oases for the management of natural resources 
Organizers: Association Oasis Ferkla pour Environnement et Patrimoine/RADDO,RARBOSM

Agenda prepared by DOCIP

Indigenous Peoples Caucus Reiterates Position on Proposed Platform

The Indigenous Peoples Caucus reiterated their consensus position to the President of COP22, Moroccan   Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar   at the meeting of the Indigenous Caucus this morning. Hamza Tber, Chief of Staff,&nbsp;  Multilateral Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco  &nbsp;accompanied the COP President at the Caucus.&nbsp;

The Indigenous Peoples Caucus reiterated their consensus position to the President of COP22, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar at the meeting of the Indigenous Caucus this morning. Hamza Tber, Chief of Staff, Multilateral Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco accompanied the COP President at the Caucus. 

IIPFCC proposed elements for an outcome of the informal consultation on the indigenous peoples platform:

- An incremental approach led by the SBTA chair and a representative of Indigenous Peoples appointed by the Indigenous Peoples themselves who will serve as co-facilitators.

- Invite submissions by parties, Indigenous Peoples and observers by 31 March 2017 on the purpose, content and structure of the indigenous peoples´ platform to inform the dialogue and the process.

- Convene 3 consultations, to be conducted by the co-facilitators during May sessions on the operationalization of the platform, including purpose, content and structure.

- Request the co-facilitators to present the outcomes of the consultations for the consideration and adoption at the COP23.

- Request the secretariat, under the guidance of the co-facilitators, to operationalize the platform taking into account the submissions and the outcomes of this dialogue.

We remain available if you require any further information. We are committed to several bilaterals with a number of Parties throughout the day to reiterate our position.
— Ghazali Ohorella to Hamza Tber, Chief of Staff Multilateral Negotiations, Kingdom of Morocco

Action for Standing Rock today

From Alberto Saldamando: Please don’t forget the Indigenous Standing Rock action today,

Ruego no se les olvide la acción Indigena Standing rock ahora.

13:30, RESAURANTS

We would like to have at least one speaker from each region speak

Quisiéramos tener por lo menos un orador por cada región.

Speak to Alberto after the Caucus meeting to line up speakers.

Hablen con Alberto después de la reunión del caucus para establecer los oradores.

 

 

Maatalii Okalik Statement at COP22 High Level Plenary

Maatalii Aneraq Okalik,&nbsp;president of the National Inuit Youth Council with the honorable C  atherine Mary   McKenna  &nbsp;PC MP, Canadian   Minister   of Environment and Climate Change

Maatalii Aneraq Okalik, president of the National Inuit Youth Council with the honorable Catherine Mary McKenna PC MP, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"Qujannamiik ammalu unnukkut. Maatalii Aneraq Okaliujunga.

Warm thanks and good evening. My name is Maatalii Aneraq Okalik, and I am the president of the National Inuit Youth Council within Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and I am honored to participate at COP, on the Canadian delegation.

Your Excellencies, I commend the work of the parties on the collective effort towards climate action through the Paris Agreement.

Inuit youth in Canada are committed to continuing to exercise our Indigenous right to our culture, language, and way of life as entrenched in the Constitution and international declarations like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

With your continued leadership that will define our future on climate action, I am hopeful that it is done in cooperation with Indigenous peoples, in platforms, and with respect to our rights, which ultimately support Indigenous self-determination.

Let’s do this together: our collective future depends on it.

Qujannamiik ammalu aakuluuvusi. Thank you."

#InuitYouth #CelebrateLife #ProudToBeInuk #Inuujugut #IndigenousYouth#IndigenousRights #IndigenousCOP22 #UNDRIP

COP 22 Selection of Events, Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

09.00 – 10.00 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Indigenous Peoples' Global Caucus Meeting

10.30 – 11.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Briefing for the Indigenous Peoples' Caucus

11.00 – 12.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Working Together: The Contributions of Indigenous Communities in Canada’s Climate Action 
Organizers: Environnement et Changement Climatique Canada

11.30 – 13.00 Mediterranean Room (Blue zone) 
Keep It In the Ground: The Global Civil Society & Political Movement to End Fossil Fuel Extraction 
Organizers: Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)/Food and Water Watch * (FWW)/PUSH Sweden/Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries (SCMM)/Sustainable Markets Foundation - 350.org

12.45 – 13.45 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Building Partnerships for a Sustainable Planet 
Organizers: Conservation International

14.00 – 15.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Learning from sustainable traditions around the planet - Indigenous Ecovillages 
Organizers: Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)/Better World Cameroon

15.00 – 16.30 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Resilient partners: Adaptation, mitigation & energy services in Indigenous & remote communities 
Organizers: University of Waterloo/The Rockies Institute Ltd * (TRI)

16.30 – 17.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Revocation of the Rights of Occupancy of the Indigenous People of Ekuri by the Governor of the Cross River State of Nigeria for a Superhighway 
Organizers: Ekuri Initiative

16.45 – 18.15 Bering Room (Blue zone) 
Women for Climate Justice - Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change 
Organizers: Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC)/Earth Island Institute, Inc. (EII)/Ithaca College/Organic Consumers Association * (OCA)

17.45 – 18.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
The Creation of a Community Forest to Adapt to Climate Change 
Organizers: Comité Villageois de Développement d’Ando-Kpomey

18.30 – 19.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Changement climatique et personnes handicapées 
Organizers: ADSM / CNDH/Panafricaine des personnes handicapées

18.30 – 20.00 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Joining forces to achieve SDG15: Delivering on Global Agenda for Forests, Climate and Development 
Organizers: United Nations (UN)

Selected events prepared by DOCIP: Visit Docip's technical secretariat in the Indigenous Peoples' Pavilion! 

 

CoP22 Update: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

By India Logan-Riley

Here, on Tuesday at CoP22, the caucus continued work on our preferred structure and process of an Indigenous Knowledge Platform in the UNFCCC. This work is crucial to influencing the ways that NDCs (nationally determined contributions) will be implemented, and making sure implementation does not harm indigenous peoples but lifts us up in partnership.

This means continuing to lobby states to support the establishment of the Indigenous Peoples Platform under Paragraph 135 of the Paris Agreement. To show support for this, we had a special guest at the morning’s meeting. The ambassador from Bolivia communicated their country’s backing of the platform and requested further dialogue with IP caucus to ensure consistency in understanding of any proposals put forward to the CoP Presidency and Parties.

In other areas, the caucus continues to work hard to complete statements across all workstreams here including: SBSTA; SBI; APA and Finance. There are also impromptu lobbying meetings occurring with key states as the opportunities arise.

The IP Caucus will present a statement, 1min in length to the High Level Segment on Wednesday 16th Nov. Its important that we present our highest priority level input and ensure that we are heard.

Youth delegate  Genevieve Northey &nbsp;photocopying the position document of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus for distribution among the delegations at COP22.&nbsp;

Youth delegate Genevieve Northey photocopying the position document of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus for distribution among the delegations at COP22. 

AGENDA DEL DOCIP PARA LA COP22: MIERCOLES, 16 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2016

SELECCIÓN DE EVENTOS

09.00 – 10.00 Sala Arabian (Zona azul)

Reunión del Caucus Global de los Pueblos Indígenas

10.30 – 11.00 Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas

Sesión informativa para el Caucus de los Pueblos Indígenas

11.00 – 12.30 Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas

Trabajando Juntos: Contribuciones de las Comunidades Indígenas en la Acción Climática de Canadá
Organizadores: Environnement et Changement Climatique Canada

11.30 – 13.00 Sala Mediterranean (Zona azul)

Mantenerlo en el suelo: el movimiento global político y civil para acabar con la extracción de combustible fósil
Organizadores: Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)/Food and Water Watch * (FWW)/PUSH Sweden/Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries (SCMM)/Sustainable Markets Foundation - 350.org

12.45 – 13.45 Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas

Crear alianzas para un planeta sostenible
Organizadores: Conservation International

14.00 – 15.30 Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas

Aprendiendo de las tradiciones sostenibles alrededor del planeta - ecoaldeas Indígenas
Organizadores: Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)/Better World Cameroon

15.00 – 16.30 Sala Arabian (Zona azul)

Socios resilientes: servicios de adaptación, mitigación y servicios energéticos en comunidades indígenas y remotas
Organizadores: University of Waterloo/The Rockies Institute Ltd * (TRI)

16.30 – 17.30 Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas

Revocación de los derechos de ocupación del pueblo indígena Ekuri por el gobernador del Estado de Cross River para una Superautopista
Organizadores: Ekuri Initiative

16.45 – 18.15 Sala Bering (Zona azul)

Mujeres por la Justicia Climática - soluciones principales en primera línea frente al cambio climático
Organizadores: Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC)/Earth Island Institute, Inc. (EII)/Ithaca College/Organic Consumers Association * (OCA)

17.45 – 18.15 Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas

La creación de un bosque comunitario como medio de adaptación al cambio climático
Organizadores: Comité Villageois de Développement d’Ando-Kpomey

18.30 – 19.30 Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas

El cambio climático y las personas con discapacidad
Organizadores: ADSM / CNDH/Panafricaine des personnes handicapées

18.30 – 20.00 Sala Arabian (Zona azul)

Uniendo fuerzas para lograr el ODS15: el cumplimiento de la agenda global para los bosques, el clima y el desarrollo
Organizadores: United Nations (UN)

Visita la secretaria técnica del Docip en el Pabellón de los Pueblos Indígenas!

An Address by John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America on Global Climate Change

All registered participants at COP22  are cordially invited to: AN ADDRESS BY JOHN F. KERRY SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 1:00 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. Climate Action Arena, Area G COP Conference Center Marrakech Doors open at 12:45 p.m; please arrive no later than 12:45 p.m. 

Also, the U.S. Center event to discuss a mid-century strategy (along with Canada’s and Mexico’s) will be at 5:30 PM/17h30 tomorrow (Wednesday) as well. These events stream here, for those not on the ground.
 

COP 22 Selection of events, Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

09.00 – 10.00 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Indigenous Peoples' Global Caucus Meeting

10.30 – 11.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Briefing for the Indigenous Peoples' Caucus

11.15 – 12.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Indigenous Voices on Climate Change 
Organizers: APIB - Articulation of Indigenous People of Brazil

11.30 – 13.00 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Jurisdictional Sustainability: A bottom-up, integrated approach to reducing deforestation 
Organizers: Earth Innovation Institute/Amigos de la Tierra Asociación Civil (ATAC)/Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silvicultura Sostinible, A. C. (CCMSS)/Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR)

12.30 – 13.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Climate Adaptation and Land Management with Indigenous People and Traditional Communities 
Organizers: IPAM - Amazon Environmental Research Institute

13.45 – 14.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Cultural Landscapes: Territorial and Environmental Management of Indigenous Lands Indigenous Facing Climate Change in the Brazilian Amazon 
Organizers: Rede de Cooperação Amazônica - RCA (Rede de Cooperación de ongs indígenas y indigenistas)/Hutukara Associação Yanomami/Conselho Indígena de Roraiama (CIR)/Comissão Pró-Índio do Acre (CPI-AC)/Iepé - Instituto de Pesquisa e Formação Indígena

14.30 – 16.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Biocultural Heritage-based Innovations for Climate Resilient Food Systems: Lessons and Best Practices from the SIFOR Project
Organizers: Intl. Institute for Environment & Development/Asociacion ANDES (Peru)

15.00 – 16.30 Draa Room (Green zone) 
Human rights and climate change: what's next after Paris? 
Organizers: Carbon Market Watch

16.45 – 17.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Mainstreaming Indigenous People’s Environmental Concerns: the Missing Piece in Ongoing Political and Administrative Decentralization in Africa 
Organizers: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley UTRGV/IUCN

17.30 – 18.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Subnational Governments and Indigenous Peoples: Successful Stories of Climate Adaptation 
Organizers: Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development - nrg4SD

18.45 – 20.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Traditional Knowledge: Ecology of Care - Creating a Better Future with Sustainable Yogic Agriculture and Increased Awareness of Health and Nutrition 
Organizers: Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University/Global Ecovillage Network

Note: This agenda was compiled by DOCIPVisit Docip's technical secretariat in the Indigenous Peoples' Pavilion!  

U.S. delegation briefing at COP-22, Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 2016

A note from Jesse Young, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State: The senior leadership of the U.S. delegation at COP-22 will be holding a briefing for U.S. civil society organizations & non-profits. The briefing will take place at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 15th -- in Meeting Room 12 (Purple/Area H) 

Schedule of COP 22 Events, November 14, 2016

09.00 – 10.00 Arabian Room (Blue zone) 
Indigenous Peoples' Global Caucus Meeting

09.00 – 10.30 Bouregreg Room (Green zone) 
Indigenous women from Latin America face the climate change from their cultural process of adaptability 
Organizers: Global Justice Ecology Project, inc.

10.00 – 11.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Collaborating from Action Towards a Sustainable Planet 
Organizers: Conservation International

11.15 – 12.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Transforming Dahod: Ensuring Food Security and Effective Climate Change Mitigation through Intensive Community-led NRM Interventions in the Tribal Regions of Western India 
Organizers: National Council For Climate Change (NCCSD)

12.15 – 13.15 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
The DGM: Capacity Building for IPLC's to Engage in Adaptation and Mitigation Activities 
Organizers: Conservation International / Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (Led by IPLCs)/Representative from Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru and Indonesia

13.30 – 15.30 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Carrying Out Advocacy, Dialogues and Debates Geared at Influencing Policies to Help Agro-pastoralists Adapt Better to Climate Change 
Organizers: ONG ADJMORD

15.45 – 16.45 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Press conference for IIPFCC

17.00 – 18.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Berber Buildings in Morocco: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Action 
Organizers: Alliance Marocaine pour le Climat et le Développement Durable

18.15 – 19.00 Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion 
Making Indigenous Peoples Part of the Solution 
Organizers: Rights and Resources Initiative

19.00 – 20.30 IETA Business Hub (Blue zone) 
Strengthening Climate Finance in a New Era of Accountability, Transparency and Inclusiveness 
Organizers: Climate Investment Funds/World Bank

U.S. Civil Society Briefing - 1:00 PM ROOM 25

The senior leadership of the U.S. delegation here at COP-22 will be holding a briefing for U.S. civil society organizations. We hope you can join us from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (13h00 to 14h00) in Room 25 in the Meeting Room area. If a member of your COP delegation isn’t presently included on this mailing list, please let Catherine know at "Goldberg, Catherine A" <GoldbergCA@state.gov>

Note from Jesse Young, Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State, YoungJD1@state.gov

Report on Executive Secretary's briefing (Saturday Morning 10AM)

A Note from Alberto Saldamando: 

As I will be unable to attend the Caucus meeting Monday morning, I’m sending a brief report on the Executive Secretary’s briefing today. The important item is that although contact group meetings are open, sometimes they limit observer participation in order to preserve space for the negotiators. But when these meetings have space, even during the session, the chairs can open them up for observers.

Megumi has twitter account, @unfcccobservers and will try to inform when space allows observers that may open up during the meeting.

See you at the march tomorrow!

Alberto Saldamando, (415) 656-9198, Skype: alberto.saldamando, saldamando@sbcglobal.net

Report on Executive Secretary Briefing Saturday 12 Nov.

The Executive Secretary began her remarks by saying that in order to fulfill commitments in the PA need close contact with NGOs.

Each interest group was given an opportunity to ask questions:

Bingo began, but was also seconded by other interest groups, as to how to participate in the sessions of the COP, as experiencing many difficulties. Also inputs into substantive matters also difficult (finance, loss and damage, etc.)

Farmers only reflected disappointment in outcomes of SBSTA.

The Executive Secretary responded by saying that “rulebook” still being written. Although many important issues being discussed at COP where do have submissions from NGOS, the NGOs should foucs on National level in areas such as NDCs and finance. But do have access to meetings through system of badges, because must prioritize space for negotiators. All Plenary sessions open, and only contact groups are closed. Informals can also be open in accordance with SBI discussions. But some sessions very crowded, so need space, but will open when space is available.

Megumi has twitter account, @unfcccobservers and will try to inform when space allows observers that may open up during the meeting.

The Executive Sec. says she has observed much more willingness to have observer participation since her initial COP Cancun 2010.

RINGO Asked about individual submissions, not yet allowed.

Hassan represented IPOs and called for enhanced participation by IPOs in meetings, to allow interventions by IPOs at meetings.

TUNGOs wanted to be associated with technical groups and asked about the bike parking.

 The Executive Sed. response was that bike parking was a challenge. She said that we must see COP as process that continues all year. “we are talking about a structural transformation from coal” and other fossil fuels that will take time and is a very challenging scenario. She mentioned the Indigenous knowledge platform and her office’s efforts to make it happen. She and Megumi also spoke about non-party stakeholder submission due in February to present to the parties at the next intersessional. And if there are any other ideas, please submit them to us so that the secretariat can present them to the Parties.

Saudata representing the Women and Gender interest group asked about the support for women to participate in National level discussions, that it is very difficult in some countries for women to participate. There was no response to this queston.

The meeting closed with three Indigenous organizations and COICA presenting the Executive Secretary with a gift of a drum from the Amazon that represents the voices of youth, women and who present a holistic vision of solutions to climate change, and that we need access to funding in order to implement that vision.