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Letter to negotiators from Climate Justice Now!


Here a 2-page letter to the climate negotiators gathered in Tianjin, highlighting the key points from the climate justice now network and the Cochabamba conference that were eventually included in the formal negotiating text following the previous negotiations in Bonn, August 2010. The letter urges the negotiators to ensure these options/positions – including more stringent targets for developed countries; equitable distribution of atmospheric space; the righs of Mother Earth, and more substantial financing for developing countries –– stay in the text for further negotiation in Cancún.

Download English version here; French version here.
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Tianjin Sends Out Signals of Climate Hope and Scepticism

Summary of the Tianjin negotiations by Hiroshi Nagai and Taro Ichikawa for the news service IDN-InDepthNews.
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Can the EU lead?


Civil society assessment of EU's diminishing leadership in the climate negotiations, and what it needs to do to reclaim a role as leader.

According to the assessment this includes: Trust-building with developing countries, commitment unequivocally to the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, to lead by example by unilaterally increasing its emissions reduction target, and to support the establishment of a financial mechanism under the authority of and accountable to the UNFCCC (COP).

Full 2-page assessment here.
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TWN Tianjin News Update 8 and 9

Third World Network News updates from the Tianjin UNFCCC negotiations 4-9 October 2010.


Third World Network update no 8: "'Long way to go on fast start finance – says development NGO".

Third World Network no 9: "Divergent views remain over Kyoto Protocol second commitment period".
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Climate Action Network-Europe on Tianjin negotiations

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After Tianjin, EU has work ahead for an ambitious outcome in Cancun


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – [Brussels, Tianjin - 9 October 2010] – This week in Tianjin, China, government delegates attended the last full session of climate negotiations before the 16th Conference of Parties (COP-16) to the UNFCCC [1] in Cancun in December, providing further clarity on what is necessary for a balanced package of decisions in Cancun.

This week, the EU put forward a proposal containing their own vision of what constitutes a balanced package in Cancun. [2] The EU proposal was helpful and, considering the difficult mandates the EU negotiators have from their Ministers and capitals back home, it did play a constructive role in Tianjin. Now we expect Ministers at next week’s Environment Council meeting to adopt ambitious policy positions to allow the EU to play an even more constructive role in these negotiations.

“The negotiations are at a critical juncture and while we can see a renewed efforts being made, the EU is still not putting forward positions that will help do its job to bridge the big divides that still exist on important issues. Simply identifying the issues is not enough to inspire a result,” said Ulriikka Aarnio, Senior Policy Officer for CAN Europe. [3]
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What role for the US? A question for the rest of the world


Civil society assessment of US climate policy and arguments for why the rest of the world should reject the US led "new paradigm" of voluntary pledges and stick to the Bali Road map and the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol.

"The world therefore faces a simple question: What to do with the United States? If developed countries opt for a Copenhagen Accord-type non-binding system of voluntary pledges, with no science- and equity-based aggregate target, then they will be dangerously backsliding from a legally binding system simply to secure a commitment by the United States to do whatever it was going to do anyway – nothing more and nothing less. If this is the case, then the “basic bargain” the US offers seems a bad one."

Full three-page assessment here.
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Todd Stern on US climate change policy: "A New Paradigm..."

Here is a statement delivered by Todd Stern, the US Climate Change Envoy, on 8 October entitled: "A New Paradigm: Climate Change Negotiations in the Post-Copenhagen Era", which outlines the US positions on the climate change negotiations.
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TWN Tianjin News Update 5, 6 and 7

Third World Network News updates from the Tianjin UNFCCC negotiations 4-9 October 2010.Third World Network update no 5, "'Stock-taking meeting' midway through Tianjin shows divergence of views on process and outcome for Cancun".Third World Network update no 6, "'Call for a permanent forum on potential consequences from response measures to climate change"Third World Network update no 7: "AWG-KP legal
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"A Challenge for the U.S. to match China's efforts to address Climate Change"

Here is a recent letter send to Todd Stern, US Special envoy on climate change, from a number of Chinese academics and civil society organisations, arguing that the US must stop using China as an excuse for inaction, and showing that the Chinese efforts on climate change are more serious and stringent those of the US, while China still is a developing country in many respects. See also this fact sheet
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Comparison between China and the US

Here is an interesting table comparing the US and China on a number of issues – a quite embarrassing reading for the US. Issued as fact sheet to accompany a letter to the US delegation by a number of Chinese civil society organisations.
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Press release: Civil Society to UN Advisory Group on Climate Finance: You Are ‘On the Wrong Track’

A civil society press release addressing the UN Advisory group on Climtate Finance, issued during the Tianjin negotiations.-----As the UN Secretary General’s High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) works to complete a review of sources of climate funding by the end of October, climate justice groups are voicing increasing concern over the focus of the AGF and the process through
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News reporting from Tianjin, with focus on China challenging US

China and US clash at climate talkshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/06/china-climate-talks-us-negotiatorAFP: China tells rich nations to improve emission targetshttp://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwsL_RY6bdU9YcSBwBR9C7GUM1zw?docId=CNG.5cb7ef236c63dc32da7a98f3cefc25f2.481Bloomberg: China Envoy Says U.S., Others Should Raise Emissions Targets, AFP Reportshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-05/china-envoy-says-u-s-others-should-raise-emissions-targets-afp-reports.htm
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Carbon trading business pespective on markets in Tianjn negotiations

Tianjin talks see progress on markets06 October, 2010Developing country opposition to the expansion of market mechanisms after 2012 is softening, according to delegates at the latest round of climate talks in Tianjin, China, although big-picture complexities around the negotiations could hold up progress on the issue.Meanwhile, talks on developing a market for carbon stored in forests have been going
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TWN Tianjin News Update 4

Third World Network update no 4:, "Mandate of the AWG-KP contact group on legal matters in dispute", from the current UNFCCC negotiations in Tianjin, China 4-9 October 2010.
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Congress letter to Hilary Clinton arguing for a UNFCCC climate fund

Within the US there is substantial support for the kind of climate financing under a UNFCCC global fund that developing countries and civil society orgnisations are calling for. Here a recent letter to Hilary Clinton from a large number of US Congressmen showing support for such a new global climate fund under the UNFCCC – something that challenges the present US position under Obama considerably.
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