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DGPR sets Conditions for Participating in 2017 Presidential Elections

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda submitted to the Rwandan government a list of demands for political and electoral reforms in the upcoming Presidential elections.

Strengthening Political Participation of Women in Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities

Indonesia Green Union conducts green political schools to educate women at the village, district, town and province levels so that they will be ready to participate in Indonesia's legislative elections in 2019.

Taking Climate Action to the Next Level: Reflections by UN Climate Chief

As the ink dries on the Paris Agreement concluded in December, the significance of the event is now being weighed up. At one and the same time, it is an ‘historic moment of hope for humanity’; it goes ‘nowhere near far enough’; and it is even a ‘fraud’. Which is correct? For Christiana Figuerres, Executive Director of UNFCC, the Agreement, “establishes a new model of 21st century diplomacy”. The global problems of the 21st century are different; they are not zero-sum; they invite the tragedy of the commons through national free-loading. If the ‘deficits’ of the Paris Agreement are also its ‘greatest strengths’ in the new form of global governance, then we are in for an exciting ride. Inviting 196 parties to save the planet rather than requiring them to do it is a nice way of playing roulette. And experience suggests that naming-and-shaming will not do it. If change does not come from governments, in the name of Paris, and within the next five years, not fifteen, then it will require the peoples of the world to revolutionise their governments – in the name of Paris.

Note from Partido Kalikasan's 2nd National Convention - Day 2

Leaders came from the National Capital Region Tarlac (Central Luzon), Abra & Baguio from Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Celbayong City, Kabankalan, Bocolod City and Bago City of Negro’s OCC, Cebu Leyte and Bohol From Visayas, Laguna from Southern Luzon and ARMM of Mindanao, to discuss important issues such as: 1) Strengthening Grassroots Democracy, Deforestation, How to build a Green Party from the start, and Network building.

Participating in Greens PH's 2nd National Convention - Day 1

Indonesia and Philippines have a similar environmental problem because of slow respond from the government on environmental problems. We still remember how Parlas removed a country’s requirement for companies responsble for creating forest fires in South Sumatra, Indonesia. In the Philippines, Partido Kalikasan has experienced difficulty in persuading the Philippine government to produce policy to significally protect the natural and social resources of the country, including women, local community, and minor community livelihoods.

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Case Study for an Effective Climate Contribution: New Zealand - Post-COP21 Blog 2

The 2015 Paris outcome is going to require higher standards of behaviour from all 196 Parties to the Framework Convention. What is required is a Cabinet paper no later than mid-‘16 that does the following: 1) Acknowledges the integrity, and applicability, of the principle of equity in the ’92 Framework Convention, and the results which some of the research institutes have reached regarding the responsibility of each State party for its national emissions within the Global Carbon Budget, including for the specific year 2030, noting in particular New Zealand’s NRL; 2) Explores the maximum domestic abatement potential for New Zealand by 2030, and acknowledges a responsibility to make up, through climate financing, any shortfall between this and its NRL; 3) Explores the most effective set of climate policies (carbon pricing and/or taxing) and regulatory measures designed to reach the maximum domestic abatement potential (the National Climate Action Plan); 4) Ensures that the National Climate Action Plan reflects optimal equity among all relevant inter-sectoral and societal interests, to the extent possible.

The NZ Government, for one, has no idea about the ‘Hard Part’ - Post-COP21 blog 1

Now that the Paris Agreement has ‘brought us all together’ with common intent to protect ourselves from dangerous climate change, it is time we stopped shying away from each nation's actual National Responsibility Level for their share of the Global Carbon Budget. The world has moved away from the ‘top-down’ to the ‘bottom-up’ approach. Dividing up the Global Carbon Budget is the most sensitive exercise on God’s Earth right now. To this day, no government is prepared to even enter this kind of discourse with numbers; nor for that matter is the UNFCCC Secretariat. But it is time we began to explore the numbers, not leaving it to the research institutes but taking responsibility for it within governments and the UN.


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