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Indigenous communities and international development cooperation at COP23

15 November 2017
Placing dialogue, planning, and meaningful consultation with communities about proposals affecting their land and natural resources at the center.

Cecilia Calvo and Pedro Landa In the opening days of the COP23-Fiji in Bonn, we listened to many challenges facing our common home and contributing to climate change, including the destructive impacts of an economy of exclusion.  The destruction of the Amazon which Pope Francis has called the ‘richly biodiverse lungs of our planet,’ the extraction and privatization of natural resources, the displacement of local and indigenous populations and the contamination of their water and lands, and the criminalization of environmental and human rights defenders are all part of this throwaway culture that prioritizes profit over the common good and is contributing to climate change.Among many concerns raised by participants at COP23, special attention surfaced over insufficient responses to address climate change coming from international development cooperation in a 9 November forum Forest Conservation through Community Rights and the Role of German Financial Involvement.  The forum is one of 40 side events of the Interconnections Zone, a transdisciplinary space for dialogue on sustainable development and climate action hosted by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). The gathering aimed to “highlight the key role played by indigenous peoples and forest communities in conserving forests and meeting multiple climate
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Engaging with a global process towards a new and universal solidarity: An Ecojesuit gathering at COP23-Fiji in Bonn

31 October 2017

Ecojesuit gathers 30 Jesuits and partners in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November to actively participate, join, engage with, and learn from a global process that is trying to sustain with the nations of the world the commitments of the Paris Agreement, the first global pact to respond to global warming. This global process is the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 which is the 23rd annual UN climate change conference, a round of negotiations that takes place between nations of the world.  The presidency of COP23 is the state of Fiji, but the summit will take place in Bonn. The focus of discussions are the small island states and to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement builds upon the UNFCCC-COP21 “and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.  As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.  The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well
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Bicicletas para ir y volver en el recinto de la COP23 en Bonn. Foto de: S. Miclat

A reflection in Bonn during COP23: What change in lifestyle demands

Pedro Walpole The Ecojesuit team gathered in Bonn to take part in a global process that is reckoning with climate action.  During one of our sessions, Pedro shared reflections on Fr Arturo Sosa’s letters where we need to discern priorities and changes needed, in the global and local, and also changes in ourselves, in...

Photo credit: UNEP-David Griggs, in Climate Change 2001, Synthesis Report. Contribution of working groups I, II and III to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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