Business, Civil Society, Climate Action

Introducing Environmental Corporate Social Reponsibility

This article is written by Inés Rodriguez Nello.

“Corporate social responsibility is not just about managing, reducing and avoiding risk, it is about creating opportunities, generating improved performance, making money and leaving the risks far behind. »

-Sunil Misser, Head of Global Sustainability Practice at PwC


But, the question is what is Corporate Social Responsibility?

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Civil Society, Climate Action, Gender, Youth Empowerment

Gender and Youth on the political agenda for Climate Empowerment

This article is written by Mathilde Thonon.

Bonn, May 2018, the 6th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) unfolds in a packed auditorium. National delegates and members from the civil society are joining forces to shape the outcome of a 3-hours workshop.

Hold on a minute, what is that odd acronym that seemingly invigorates the participants of this 48th UNFCCC intersession? The term ACE dates back to the COP21 to refer, more intelligibly, to the Convention Article 6 crafted in Rio in 1992.

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Civil Society, Desertification

Desertif’Actions 2017

This article is written by Charlotte Blondel.

The international summit of non-state actors on desertification, Désertif’Actions 2017, took place in Strasbourg, France, from 26th to 28th June, 2017. It was co-organized by Climate Chance, CARI and the UN Convention on Desertification (UNCCD), and supported by the city of Strasbourg.


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Civil Society, Climate Talks

Climate is not just about political discussions

This article is written by Lise Tanfin.

In the lead up to COP23, which will be co-chaired by Fiji, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations took place in Bonn last month. During these two weeks, the 196 Parties who have signed Paris Agreement debated on the implementation modalities of the agreement.Civil SocT 5

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Agriculture, Civil Society, Climate Talks, Paris Agreement

SB46: A sorely needed acceleration of the race against the clock for the completion of the Paris Agreement Rulebook

This article is written by Rachel Wu.

The 2017 Bonn Climate Change Conference, or SB46

Starting next week, a capital round of climate negotiations will be held in Bonn, Germany. All three bodies to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be at the negotiating table, namely the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46), and the third part of the first session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3).

The SBI is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC. Its role includes monitoring the effective implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, as well as counseling the COPs on budgetary and administrative matters. The second permanent subsidiary body to the Convention, the SBSTA, supports the COPs’ work by dispensing information and advice on scientific and technological matters. Finally, the third body attending SB46, the APA, was established at COP21 in 2015 to prepare the entry into force of the Paris Agreement (PA).

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Civil Society, Climate Politics, COP22 - Marrakech, The Climate Nerd Chronicles

Welcome to Green Zone Alley

This article is part of the Climate Nerd Chronicles.

You tapped the registration form three times with the help of your computer. Three times, or maybe more if you were not soon enough familiar with the COP22 rules. And you waited. One letter of confirmation after, you got accredited, accredited to the Green Zone¹! Congratulations, the world of COP22 is just few step away from you now.

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Civil Society, Climate Action

Aren’t world citizens ready for a change ?

This article is written by Thomas Désaunay.

After 20 years of negotiations, one could expect a final rush. But it is still as slow, at the risk of not reaching an agreement on time. But what is the stumbling block? Aren’t world citizens ready for a change ?

The « World Wide Views on climate and energy » (WWV) project assigned themselves with the mission of answering a question that no negotiators seem to ask themselves: what do the citizens of my country want [1] ? What do these people that I represent want ? Those, who, in case of an agreement, will be the first witnesses and actors of the energy and greenhouse gas reductions.  The same people who, in the event of insufficient action, will be the first to suffer climate change impacts.

WWV conducted a broad international study to answer this question. Far more that a simple anonymous survey, a sample of countries representative of all interest groups of UNFCCC negotiations was selected. Inside these countries, representative samples of the population were in turn selected. Before answering, the respondents attended information sessions dealing with climate, energy and international negotiations.

The results of the study were described as « surprising » by the authors.

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Civil Society, Climate Action, Road to COP21

How Islamic Faith Supports Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical

This article is written by Neeshad Vs.

Viewing “Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”) Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment as an important opportunity to expand the conversation about the relationship between religion and environment, I am writing this post to highlight the Islamic perspective on the issue. Last week encyclical from Pope Francis has been widely hailed for its urgent call to action on climate change. As we have reached the tipping point of the issue climate change, we have no choice but to return back to the riches of spirituality to create new paradigms and new solutions to environmental exploitation and degradation. As the encyclical states, ‘We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots, concern and affect us all’.

Every religion has its traditions to protect the environment. The degree to which they are observed only varies. Islam too considers human beings responsible for environmental damage done to Earth. The religion believes that environmental protection is the only way to maintain the balance of life. It integrates the concept of environmental conservation into the philosophy of life for every Muslim believer. By doing so, the people can lessen their actions that damage the environment to guarantee the right for future generations to benefit from natural resources.

On reading the Qur’an, every Muslim understands that we humans will be held accountable for our successes and failures as stewards and hence, we must all strive to improve our roles as stewards. As reported in Muslim hadith[1], the Prophet Muhammad, God’s peace and blessings be upon him, quotes :

“The world is a green and pleasant thing. God has made you stewards of it, and looks at how you behave.”

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

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