Bending the curve back to multilateral agreement on climate change

The Durban climate negotiations ended a day-and-a-half after schedule. COP President Nkoana-Mashabane called the decisions “truly historical”, while some NGOs said that governments failed to protect people and that hundreds of millions would suffer. Assessments of Durban depend on criteria of success – what it is measured against. Success depends on what you measure Measured against what the climate needs, the Durban outcomes are clearly not enough. The commitments agreed are weak, putting the world on a path to temperature… Read moreBending the curve back to multilateral agreement on climate change

High level event on negotiations on climate finance

A high-level side event was held on Wednesday 7 December on Climate Finance for the press and public. The meeting was held by, amongst others, UNFCCC Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi, head of South African National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel and Lord Stern. The main message communicated during the meeting was that the goal of achieving the climate finance goal of $100 billion per annum by 2020 is considered achievable. However it was noted that there were… Read moreHigh level event on negotiations on climate finance

Launch of the Equitable Access to Sustainable Development paper

“If Durban is to be at least somewhat successful then Saturday’s release of the BASIC Experts paper on fair-­shares global effort sharing will be recognized as a key breakthrough. That can help decide a 2nd commitment period for the KP while putting on the agenda serious consideration of a next generation mandate that’s fair enough to support real ambition. The BASIC Experts paper does not pretend that the global carbon budget hasn’t already been essentially exhausted. Nor does it say… Read moreLaunch of the Equitable Access to Sustainable Development paper

Invitation to energy access workshop on 5th Dec

The Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) are inviting interested parties to their workshop on Energy Access: Eradicating Global Energy Poverty. The event will be held at the Durban Country Club in Durban ( on the 5th December 2011. Look for the room called Athlone. The programme starts at 9am and is scheduled to finish at 1pm. 08:30-09:00 Registration 09:00-09:10 Welcome by UNEP 09:10-09:20 GNESD – global network on energy for sustainable… Read moreInvitation to energy access workshop on 5th Dec

Developing the art of participation at a COP

Being a veteran of three and a half days at a COP, I have realized that managing one’s time at a COP is something of an art. It has perhaps been one of the biggest challenges of the week, trying to fit in attending one’s side events of interest, selecting events that are actually of interest, carrying out stall duties, attending negotiations, and trying to keep track of what is happening in the bigger COP picture (Tip: Eco newsletter every… Read moreDeveloping the art of participation at a COP

Mitigation actions and poverty

…were worth a lot of thoughts at the MAPS side event at the OASIS today. Five authors from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa presented their main findings on research papers that were launched at today. Stef Raubenheimer asked the authors about the main motivations for mitigation actions in their countries. Emilio la Rovere from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro started of with the key message that development comes first. The other panelist responded to the… Read moreMitigation actions and poverty

Space observation and Satellite imagery in the context of climate change, capcity building and technology transfer

The EU organised a workshop around the benefits of integrating space observations in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, capacity building and training in that sector for developing economies and LDCs. The workshop was a collaboration between European Space Agency (ESA), the recently launched South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Joint research centre (JRC) together with their Gabonese partner. Not being an expert in space technology and satellite imagery myself, the main points highlighted were with regards to… Read moreSpace observation and Satellite imagery in the context of climate change, capcity building and technology transfer


Yesterday evening (29/11/2011) ERC researcher, Anya Boyd represented the Energy Research Centre at a side event hosted by the Indian Resources Institute (TERI) along with project collaborators Tschingua University from China, and Vitae Civilis from Brazil. The project will span over 2-3 years and is exploring the approach to NAMA’s across the partner countries of Brazil, South Africa, India and China. The project is still in it’s early stages and is divided into 3 work packages. The first Work Package… Read moreNAMAs: BASICally

Climate change and the energy-water nexus

COP17 started off in something of a whirlwind. As it is my first COP, day 1 provided its challenge, looking for programmes, venues, stalls and side events. After the first few hours of chaos the day settled down somewhat, and I even managed to find my way to my first negotiation session.   The start of day 2 was accompanied with a more focussed approach, by drawing upon my one day of COP experience. Daily programmes were found with a… Read moreClimate change and the energy-water nexus

Exhibition stands

A large contingent of ERC researchers and UNITAR interns are at the COP in Durban this year. We are in attendance at the African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI)/ UCT stand and Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) Programme stand. The MAPS programme is a large research project we’re currently piloting in four South American countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru). If you’d like to find out more about MAPS from a researcher then visit us at stand/booth no.75 in… Read moreExhibition stands