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Housewarming Party – Ocean Pathway Partnership builds up a Home for Oceans within UNFCCC

 This article is part of the 4sea project

Historically, oceans were the sole connectors of the earth: from expeditions by ship to messages in bottles, the oceans provided a channel between continents. Nowadays, one may say the UN is the main channel by which states communicate, at least on a diplomatic level. Other channels, including technology, international trade and the transport sector, come with one significant downside: carbon emissions, which drive climate change. Affected ecosystems are linked such that the melting Arctic causes sea-level rise in far off Pacific islands. As youth and young ocean lovers we celebrate the Ocean Pathway Partnership today since we think: partnership should not only follow economic logics but solidarity especially when facing climate change.

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Mitigation, Paris Agreement

The honeymoon is over

This article is written by Laura Florez Urazan.

The Paris Agreement was a political success, a diplomatic milestone, and what we all thought would be the first step of a different global trajectory. It was a promising wedding among countries with different -and sometimes opposing- priorities and views.

But Marrakech and Bonn have shown that the honeymoon period is over. Parties set aside important contradictions in the negotiations to tie the knot, and now they are all bubbling back to the surface and exposing structural flaws in the implementation process. For example, there is no consensus on whether identifying new features or elaborating on existing ones represents renegotiation or not, and that is just the beginning. That is why the negotiations are moving at such a slow and uneven pace: certain items in the agenda are just too divergent.

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Why negotiations are stalling on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement at COP23 (Part 2)

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This article is written by Rémy Ruat.

Halfway into the twenty-third Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, negotiations on the “Article 6 rulebook” of the Paris Agreement are stalling. The first draft prepared by the chairs was welcomed with protests from several parties. In spite of numerous exchanges ahead of COP23, it is still unclear what the possible outcome could look like. We covered in the first part of this article the stakes of these negotiations regarding transparency, collective ambition and the role of non-state actors. We will try now to decrypt where the conflict lies and the potential leads suggested by parties and experts.

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3 reasons to get interested in the fate of Article 6 of the #ParisAgreement at #COP23 (Part 1)

Before reading this article, if you are not familiar with carbon market mechanisms, here is a suggested read which will help you understand the jargon. Thank you for reading!
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This article is written by Rémy Ruat.

The twenty-third Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which takes place currently in Bonn under a Fijian presidency, is a highly technical one. One might think the political stakes behind these discussions are low. One would be wrong : a crucial question needs to be answered by Parties : how can they raise collective ambition in the implementation of the Paris Agreement?

Entrance to the « Bonn Zone » of COP23, where side-events are held

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn

What to expect at COP23

This article is written by Sofia Kabbej. 

Over the next two weeks, world leaders will convene in Bonn, Germany for COP 23. Their task: elaborate the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement to ensure that the world community meets its ambitious objectives.This year, and for the first time, it is a Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Fiji that is presiding the annual meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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La Niña and El Niño: How these crazy siblings influence the global climate system

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Lima in different light

Remember when 2014 the world came together in Lima for the Conference of the Parties 20? Back then Lima was a nice city, Peru a good host. When the pictures of the extreme rain falls came in the beginning of March Lima was hardly recognisable.

Since the beginning of March rainfalls in the region of the Anden mountains are up to 10 times stronger than normally. This causes extreme floods everywhere because the rainfalls endure up to several days. Rainfalls, a landslide and mudflows led to incredible damages in the capital which was even isolated from other cities. Flooded roads, flooded auto routes, flooded houses and mudflows everywhere: Peru did not only suffer from a lot of damage but is also facing a dangerous situation. More than 100 dead persons, cities and people who needed to move away: The situation is almost as serious and strong as 1998 when about 400 people died.

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Oceans

All eyes on oceans and small island developing states at COP23

This article is written by Birte Kurbjeweit.

It is neither a coincidence nor a simple case of “next in line” that Fiji will be presiding over COP23, which will take place on 6-17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Fiji’s presidency is a strong call for action against climate change as Fiji and other small island developing States (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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