Issue No. 316 (Dec 2016)
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Marrakech Climate Change Conference: Translating the Paris Agreement into action
change: The battle of interpretations at Marrakech
to move ahead with a work programme to implement the Paris Agreement to tackle
climate change were dogged by a conflict between developing and developed
countries on the interpretation of its provisions.
climate talks end with call to Trump to face up to climate change
whose very existence is threatened by climate change, called on incoming US
President Donald Trump to face up to his country's major responsibility for the
global climate crisis.
By Hilary Chiew
talks close with developing countries calling for strong pre-2020 action
developed countries tend to focus the action to be taken on climate change
almost exclusively on the period after 2020 and ignore their commitment with
regard to the period prior to this date.
nations seek acceleration of climate action
countries cannot accelerate climate action without the provision of scaled-up
financial resources and technology by the rich countries.
meeting of Paris Agreement signatories ends in controversy
Marrakech, differences among the Parties to the Paris Agreement over some
issues could not be resolved and will have to be taken up at the 2017 climate
conference in Bonn.
By Meena Raman
protracted negotiations, a key decision on long-term finance
again, finance proved to be a thorny issue and a vital decision on long-term
finance was taken only after some difficult negotiations.
T Ajit and Meena Raman
Agreement body agrees on draft work plan for 2017
following article reports on the debate and adoption of the draft conclusions
of the ad hoc working group tasked with outlining the work to be done in 2017
to implement the Paris treaty.
By T Ajit and
arise over understanding of Paris Agreement
than anything, it was discord over what had been agreed at Paris that stood in
the way of a full consensus at Marrakech.
call to fulfil $100-billion-a-year promise for climate actions
need for developed-country Parties to fulfil the provision of $100 billion
annually by 2020 was stressed at the opening of the traditional high-level
segment of the Marrakech climate talks.
By Hilary Chiew
and Zhenyan Zhu
dialogue on enhancing ambition and support provides key findings
Marrakech conference organised two sessions 'to conduct a facilitative
dialogue' to assess the implementation of certain provisions of the Paris
Agreement, including the provision of financial resources.
and equity demand urgent action on climate now, say developing countries
the interests of climate justice, developed countries should honour their
pre-2020 commitments to avert the impending disaster facing the vulnerable poor
By Zhenyan Zhu
proclamation affirms continuing fight against climate change and for
Marrakech conference issued a call for action affirming a continuing commitment
to the battle against climate change and for sustainable development.
By Hilary Chiew
heightens uncertainty in global economy
The new political
risks and uncertainty emanating from the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and
the unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US may prove to be the catalyst
for a new bout of economic instability.
US and UN Security Council Resolution 2334
provision for regular three-monthly reports by the UN Secretary-General on
progress in implementing the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334 condemning
Israeli settlement expansion will ensure that the whole issue is kept alive
By Richard Falk
degradation of state institutions and rule of law in Brazil
has been floundering in a political, legal, social and economic morass since
the removal of President Dilma Rousseff.
Oscar López-Rivera deserves freedom
Rican independence fighter Oscar López-Rivera’s impending release (after 35
years' incarceration) following then-President Barack Obama's decision to
commute his sentence has thrown the spotlight on the forgotten case of
America's oldest colony.
starve as US-backed coalition violates human rights in Yemen
have been the main victims of a Western-backed war and blockade imposed by
Saudi Arabia on Yemen.
By Carly A
activists help villagers adapt to drought in Northeast Brazil
group of feminists has been helping the impoverished people of Northeast Brazil
cope with a drought which has been plaguing the region since 2012.
By Mario Osava
- 500 years on
on Thomas More's classic work on the occasion of its 500th anniversary, the
writer contends that it is 'full of troubling and incendiary ideas' that are as
relevant as ever.
acclaimed as Cuba's poet laureate, as one of the foremost exponents of 'black
poetry' Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989)’s
cultural horizons extended beyond the frontiers of his native land.
By Nicolás Guillén
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