One good sign here at COP17 is lots of youth involvement. I see they're having a "trashion show" this afternoon, which they describe as a "colourful and clever presentation that may offer a glimpse of the future we can expect with climate change along with rampant poverty and resource depletion"
From CARE: "On the fourth day of the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, CARE International recognizes that some key negotiating parties have not come prepared to tackle the growing climate crisis. Discussions have begun on critical areas to operationalize the Cancun Agreements, including on national adaptation plans, a loss and damage work programme, and information systems on safeguards for REDD. However, there is a clear lack of ambition and lack of leadership by key countries to agree on a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol of no more than five years and a mandate to negotiate a long-term, legally binding climate regime."
Time to put water at the climate change table: AfDB side event held today makes the case for prioritizing water in climate change negotiations. Panelists from AFDB, IFC, Lake Chad Commission and other stakeholders discussed what is needed to mainstream water in climate change discussions (regional and cross-sector partnerships, infrastructure platform, financing etc.) Consensus among group is that clearer policy directions on funding, even modest dedicated amounts would help market signals. it's time to move from shifting priorities and create the focus that is needed to address this cross cutting issue...one opportunity could come with discussions on the green economy just a few short months from now in Rio.....
The name of the game is leverage: concessional finance a catalyst toward building private sector buy-in for low-carbon future...IFC's Vikram Widge, head of Carbon Finance, at IETA in Durban
Interesting to see the competition to be judged most vulnerable to climate impacts - and hence near the head of the line for potential funding for adaptation. Madagascar said yesterday it's number three in "extreme" risk behind Bangladesh and India; Guatemala today says it is the most vulnerable in the Americas.