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COP26: Five Takeaways from Glasgow

For the first time, VIVAT International participated in the event of a Conference of Parties to the climate agreements (Rio, Kyoto, Paris). It has been a terrific learning experience for the team that represented VIVAT at COP26. The following are five takeaways from this experience in Glasgow. [read…]

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COP26: Climate Justice

The big issue that emerged from COP26 in Glasgow is climate justice. It was not explicitly on the table at the start of the work. Still, it was smoldering under the embers of the demands of the states of the geopolitical South for a rebalancing of the funds allocated for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions-priority for the global North-and those for adaptation to the impacts of the climate crisis, the most urgent problem for the countries of the South. [read…]

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COP26: Success or Failure?

The final agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference left all parties in Glasgow uneasy. The US negotiator, John Kerry, commented that this discomfort is a sign of good negotiation, in which everyone’s voice was heard and partially accommodated. In the wake of the conclusions, many questions whether or not COP26 was a failure. [read…]

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COP26: Keeping Hope Alive

The COP26 in Glasgow begins in an atmosphere of great expectations. Two years have passed since the failure of the Madrid summit that preceded it, characterized by extreme climate phenomena in all parts of the world: unprecedented temperature peaks, devastating droughts and fires, melting ice and permafrost, catastrophic floods, and small island states increasingly threatened by erosion as sea levels rise. There is a deep awareness in the public opinion and pressure on the political class to act immediately and radically to contain the climate crisis. [read…]