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Our last Global Greens News for 2014 comes soon after the disappointing - though not entirely disastrous - COP20 climate conference in Lima Peru; read the Greens' verdict in GG News. There is also a link to the Global Greens statement condemning the Taliban's barbaric slaughter of the children in Peshawar. Plus - an interview with outgoing EGP Secretary-General Jacqueline Cremers, other news from the Green world and a look back at the year by Global Greens Convener Margaret Blakers. Next year... Read more
Global Greens statutes signed at La Paz GGC meeting
Way back in 2001, at the first Global Greens Congress in Canberra, Reinhard Buetikofer proposed that the Greens should unite around a single battlecry – ‘save the climate’. This year we finally took our first real steps towards this aim. Not only is there huge potential for Greens locally and globally to connect and share common strategies for action on climate change and energy; it is imperative that we do so – climate change presents such an existential threat to humanity and to the... Read more
Green women at the Lima FPVA meeting
Greens from all over the world got together in Lima during the COP20 Conference between 1 and 12 December 2014. It was a key occasion to gather together representatives from our Global Greens Federations: Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Unfortunately, the African Greens could not be present in Lima. Read Veronica's account and listen to interviews with Green leaders from around the world. Read more
The Lima climate talks did not go far enough to engender confidence for an ambitious global pact in Paris, but it has pulled negotiations back from the brink of collapse. If this UN process is to change for the better, we must accept that two realities are being lived by rich and poor nations, and Australia must stop being miserly and obstructive. Developed countries want to focus on mitigation. The developing world, like our Pacific Island neighbours, are struggling with the impacts of ever... Read more
COP20 in Lima was not an unmitigated disaster, but it fell short of launching us into the final sprint to Paris with anything that could be described as momentum. It should be understood not as a new “deal” for the climate, but as a 12-month work plan leading to COP21. While the final decision on the ADP (Ad Hoc Working Group on Durban Platform for Enhanced Action) bent in a few critical places to reflect the over-whelming concern from developing countries that the Lima decision not be allowed... Read more
The European Parliament today narrowly failed to reject new fuel quality rules proposed by the EU Commission, which do not include a separate methodology for assessing greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands oil (1). The proposed rejection needed the support of an absolute majority of the Parliament to go through but only secured a simple majority of those voting. The result will make it easier for oil from tar sands to be sold in the EU. After the vote, Green climate change spokesperson Bas... Read more
Jacqueline Cremers, outgoing EGP Secretary General
Jacqueline Cremers, Secretary General of the European Green Party ends her mandate (second term of office) in December 2014. She was interviewed by Alice Rosmi for GG News. Question: What do you see are the biggest challenges for the European Greens in the years to come? Answer: To keep our electorate close to us and yet at the same time attract the attention of shifting voters. I think this can be achieved my improving the way Greens communicate, we need to be closer to people. Question: If... Read more
Senator Waters with climate guardian angels
While Australia’s conservative, anti-science Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, fought to keep climate change off the agenda at the G20, world leaders and the community made sure it was a focus. According to our climate denialist Prime Minister, climate change is apparently not an economic issue. This is of course despite the facts that climate change will have a major impact on food security and human health and will risk entire nations through sea level rise. Many of the world’s major economies... Read more
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The deal between China and the US raised expectations and caused a very positive mood at the start of the Lima negotiations. Unfortunately our old Dutch saying 'one stork doesn't make it summer yet' turned out to be true once again. The overall result of Lima is disappointing, although there were some encouraging developments as well. One thing is crystal clear: there will be no time to sit back! One very unsatisfactory outcome is that countries cannot be requested to alter their national... Read more
The Greens/EFA group's Terhi Lehtonen, Advisor on Environmental Issues, gives her 4th briefing from COP20, (See: briefing One, Two, Three & Four).  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/   The negotiations on the draft COP decision covering the scope, upfront information and assessment process of INDCs (intended nationally determined contributions)  for the Paris agreement grinded to crawl speed if not to a halt. The G77 /China spent most of the... Read more
The Greens/EFA group's Terhi Lehtonen, Advisor on Environmental Issues, gives her 4th briefing from COP20, (See: briefing One, Two & Three).  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/  Rather an uninspiring day at the negotiations, a lot of talk and little agreement. Below some notes from the COM daily briefing to EP at 17h30, from the  Green breakfast and briefing by Climate Action Network Europe Director Wendel Trio, complemented by some... Read more
Hoy será un día crucial en la COP20. Los 195 países que participan de este evento sobre cambio climático deberán definir un borrador sólido de un nuevo acuerdo sobre la disminución de las emisiones de carbono, el cual será llevado a la COP21 a realizarse en París el próximo año. En el undécimo día de discusiones, esta tarde predominaba la urgencia por llegar a un acuerdo. “Ni siquiera hemos podido avanzar la mitad del texto”, comentó a TV Perú la activista española Verónica Juzgado, secretaria... Read more
The Greens/EFA group's Terhi Lehtonen, Advisor on Environmental Issues, gives her 3rd briefing from COP20, (briefing One & Two).  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/  While the texts under negotiations for the outcomes here in Lima seem to be rather out of touch with reality of the climate emergency, there are some positives. The latest science and the IPCC 5th assessment report have begun to sink in, and while just two years ago even in the... Read more
The Greens/EFA group's Terhi Lehtonen, Advisor on Environmental Issues, gives her 2nd briefing from COP20, (1st briefing).  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/  COM briefing Commissioner Canete and Presidency Environment minister La Camera briefed the EP delegation Members for the first time on Monday evening. The change from previous Commissioner in terms of presenting the EU and Commission role and ambition in negotiations was striking.... Read more
Watch the Greens leaders' media conferenceheld in Lima on Wednesday 10 December. Plus a big thankyou to everyone who donated to send Global Greens Executive Secretary Veronica Juzgado to Lima. Read more
Veronica in Lima, Veronica at the FPVA meeting, FPVA women, Veronica and Elizabeth May, FPVA women
Breaking news: we've just reached 100% of our fundraising target to send Veronica to Lima. It was a truly global effort with 65 donors from 18 countries and we thank you all for your contribution. Read more
The Greens/EFA group's 1st briefing from COP20, written by ENVI advisor Ms Terhi Lehtonen.  Read more blogs about the climate negotiations at: http://www.stopclimatechange.net/  At the start of the second week of negotiations, and just before the start of the ministerial segment, the general mood at the COP is reported as  positive and quite relaxed. On the other hand no remarkable agreement is still in sight –  apart from the small revolution of agreeing to work on the basis of the Ad Hoc... Read more
The principle that life matters more than money should prevail in the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru! Life is more essential! Let us pay for the cost of carbon emission reduction! We call for South Korea’s Park administration to abandon its plan to increase nuclear power and kick off an effort to cut back carbon emission on a full scale. The 20th meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20) has convened since December 1 in Lima, Peru. The Earth’s average... Read more
El Ciudadano Verde Venezolano y fundador del Movimiento Ecológico de Venezuela Dr. Manuel Díaz,  señaló enfáticamente que los acuerdos son vinculantes y los que suscriba el Estado Venezolano tendrán que ser cumplidos. Se aspira a que el nuevo acuerdo a suscribirse en la próxima COP21 en París sea suscrito mayoritariamente por los Estados que son parte de la CMNUCC ya que hasta el 2011 sólo asumieron sus compromisos países que representan el 17% de las emisiones de GEI; por ello precisó que “en... Read more
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We are already on the 5th day of the Summit. Until now only technical decisions have been taken, like the election of the COP20 President (Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s Environment Minister), the adoption of the agenda and the acceptance of observer organizations. This week, the Summit is of an essentially technical nature. Most political leaders have not arrived yet in spite of the glamorous and dramatic opening of the Summit and most media are therefore waiting until next week to focus on the... Read more

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