outreach durban day 2

COP Day Date of publication
17 2 29th November 2011

Passing of Mama Konaté

The negotiaitons on Monday heard all parties and key note addresses offering their condolences to the family of Mama Konaté, Chair of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice, and former Chair of the LDC Group and the Expert Group on Technology Transfer. Respects were paid by all and dedications made to his dedication to the SBSTA and as the UNFCCC Executive Secretary noted, Mama was one of the most active, dedicated and prominent leaders of the international climate change negotiations. His absence at thie COP is sorely missed by all.

Youth Hope in a Climate of Stale Politics

The United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) kicked off in Durban today with one resounding message, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”.. More


The Road from Durban: Potential outcomes

Looking back at the year’s negotiations, two major thems received unparalleled attention and speculation owing to their influence on a Durban Outcome – the fate of the Kyoto Protocol and the multiple facets of climate finance, including the emerging role of the private sector. These will likely be instrumental in affecting possible outcomes at Durban… More


Europe should go beyond business as usual and push a Sustainable New Deal

National and European concenr about the potential for ecnomic depression in Europe is dominating choices on long-term policymaking. The current official narrative is that of excessive austerity measures, which in this conetxt thwarts the ambition and action needed to combat climate change while promoting social justice… More


Profile: Daisy Streatfeild

Nationality: British

Country of residence: UK

Current Position: Head of International Climate Finance Negotiations for the UK



New Research Reveals Pathways for Action on Climate Change

A new paper published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Government of Ireland, offers options to scale up climate action globally in Durban, Rio and beyond… More

Creating a green, fair economy in the Regional Preparatory Meeting

This week in Geneva, representatives from across Europe, the UN and other parts of the world will come together in the historic Palais Des Nations to discuss the forthcoming Earth Summit next year. Twenty years on from the original Earth Summit in Rio de Janerio, an objective of United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (or Rio+20) is to secure a renewed political commitment to sustainable development… More

Denmark’s road map to the future

In the absence of a global deal on climate change, Denmark has embraced an ambitious plan for fossil-fuel independence by 2050, explains Katherine Richardson. Can other nations learn from their example? More

Subnational Governments at the Forefront of Climate Action

Subnational governments from the North and South are particularly well placed for identifying the needs and the strengths of their societies in climate action, and they are often responsible for the elaboration and implementation of policy, legislation, fiscal mechanisms and public investments plans in areas which directly influence GHG emissions levels and deal with the impacts of climate change… More

Quote of the day

Do or do not. There is no try

Daisy Streatfeild’s favourite quote from Yoda

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Country of residence: U.K

Current Position: Head of International Climate Finance Negotiations for the UK.

What propted your early interest in the environment?

About ten years ago, I read a book called Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming by Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer. It’s a short accessible summary of the science of climate change, and the scale of the challenge. I defy anyone to read it and not feel the urgent need to do something about climate change.

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