Climate Finance, Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn

Climate finance negotiations and game theory: how a green equilibrium could not be achieved (Part 2)

This article is divided in 3 parts. Read the 1st part here and stay tuned for the 3rd part!
This article is written by Solène Dengler.

Adaptation fund: a weak deal for loss & damage?

According to recent estimates, the costs of adapting to climate change could reach 280-500$ billion per year until 2050 while total bilateral and multilateral funding in developing countries reached 22.5$ billion in 2014. The Fund has been in operation since 2017, has allocated 462 million dollars to 70 adaptation programmes in 58 countries and had a fundraising target of 80 million dollars for 2017 that was surpassed. The numbers speak for themselves, representing a very small fraction of the amount needed for adaptation and loss and damage worldwide, which is often explained by the nature of the fund and the lack of orientation towards scalability of projects.

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Climate Action, Climate Finance, Climate Politics

Only one

This article was originally published on l’Usine à Gaz
This article is written by Damien Soldadié.

« We only have one planet »

This is the main argument of Emmanuel Macron -speaking of evidence- to organize the One Planet Summit that took place in Paris this week. I was glad when I heard his introduction speech, when I saw the diversity of actors who made the engagement to take part to the transition. I truly hope that the French president still means what he said during his allocution.We are used to the promising speeches of our president, that hide a fiduciary truth, so we need to go deeper and look at what he did and plan to do in the future.


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Climate Finance, Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn

Climate finance negotiations and game theory: how a green equilibrium could not be achieved (Part 1)

This article is divided in 3 parts. Stay tuned for the 2nd and 3rd parts!
This article is written by Solène Dengler.

Part 1: The lack of climate finance pledges

When studying economics you learn among others about game theory, a field of study that studies strategic decision making in situations of competition and conflict, cooperation and interdependence under specific rules. A “climate dilemma” is often described, derived from the Prisoner’s dilemma by Albert Tucker where the best possible outcome for all parties cannot be achieved given the short term benefit from an individual perspective to quit. The best example of course is the announced US exit from the Paris agreement. While trying to apply these theories to better understand the process of negotiations as an observer, you quickly realise that you lack large amounts of information about preferences of actors, their knowledge, strategic actions they are allowed to make and how each decision influences the outcome. And that while the ice is melting you may only really see the tip of the iceberg.

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Indigenous People, Loss & Damage

Loss and damages at COP23: why are we stuck?

This article is written by Adele Fardoux.

Thursday 16th of November in the NY plenary room of the UN Campus in Bonn. In front of a half-filled room, His Excellency Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu addressed the crowd with powerful words: “how would you feel if you were in my shoes? What would you do if you were facing the total disappearance of your country?”. Emphasizing on the threat of disappearance that are facing most Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), H.E Sopoaga raised his concerns about the state of negotiations regarding Loss and Damages at COP23.

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Gender

Mind the GAP: how gender is slowly imposing itself on climate negotiations’ radar

This article is written by Alexandra Lutz
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If you were at COP23, you might have been lucky enough to witness an aerobic session where participants stepped their way to true gender equality within the climate framework.

That’s right, aerobic folks.

This was one of the Women and Gender Constituency’s (WGC) actions to raise awareness on the need for a strong Gender Action Plan (GAP).

Moving on from what an amazing acronym this is, the GAP was formally adopted by the Parties on November 14th, clearing the path for a true integration of gender in climate policies. And this is a great victory.

But why do we need to integrate gender within climate talks in the first place? And is the GAP really going to change the status quo?

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Indigenous People

Enough is Enough: Prioritizing the protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights as land defenders and climate warriors!

This article is written by Mouna Chambon.

2016 has been the deadliest year on record for environmental activists defending their land. A collaborative research, which has been conducted by the Guardian and the organisation Global Witness, revealed that 200 environmental defenders were killed last year. While representing only   5 % of the world population, indigenous peoples make up 40 % of the total recorded death number. These stark statistics underline the high vulnerability of indigenous peoples all over the world.

Although Indigenous communities contribute little to greenhouse emissions, they play an active role in shaping climate action. Indeed, they are on the very frontline of climate change and may draw from their traditional knowledge in order to develop local-based climate solutions. Data from the World Resources Institute show that significant global carbon benefits result from tenure-secure indigenous forestlands. Yet, this particular relationship between indigenous communities and their ancestral land remains largely omitted and might even represent a motive to aggression.

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Agriculture, Youth Empowerment

Food security and nutrition: a youth perspective

This article is written by Deepak Ghimire.
This article was originally published in the World Farmers’ Organization F@rmletter. Check the original article.

Feeding the world with rapidly growing population has already been a serious challenge for the communities and stakeholders involved in agricultural sector. With global populations rapidly increasing – especially in the developing world – providing food security increasingly requires innovative solutions and technologies. Also, climate change already affects agriculture and food security and, without urgent action, will put millions of people at risk of hunger and food insecurity.

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