Countdown to Copenhagen: WECF at Bonn Climate Change Talks
WECF joined first of three planned negotiating Climate Change Talks before COP 15 in Copenhagen in December.
10.04.2009 | Karin Adolph
WECF joined the Climate Change Talks in Bonn, the first of three planned negotiating sessions before COP 15 in Copenhagen in December as part of the Countdown to Copenhagen. The Seventh session of the AWG-KP and fifth session of the AWG-LCA took place from Sunday 29 March to Wednesday 8 April 2009 in Hotel Maritim, Bonn.
On Friday, 3 April, WECF ran the side event „Towards Sustainable CDM projects“ on the issue of household and community based projects under the Clean Development Mechansim (CDM). On Saturday, 4 April, WECF organised an action at the doors of the hotel Maritim to call on the attending delegates to keep nuclear out of the CDM.
Staff of WECF and partner organizations were watching the whole conference.
WECF´s side event „Towards Sustainable CDM projects“
This side event put an emphasis on the special challenges household and community level projects under CDM have to face.
This kind of projects are very important, because they can provide a much needed contribution to improving livelihoods in poor communities. They are better adapted to the local realities and able reconcile the needs of reducing poverty whilst mitigating climate change. Members of partner organisations from Kyrgystan, Kazhakstan, Russia and Georgia described the specific energy situation in their countries of origin and outlined how important it is to create a simplified CDM mechanism and especially to facilitate upfront funding for this kind of small-scale projects. Such projects should be developed in consultation with the local communities, including women, and should be accessible to them.
Another issue of the side event was the thread of nuclear energy. The referees described very impressively which devastating effects the use of nuclear energy has in their countries and everywhere else. They clarified that in order to make CDM projects truly sustainable it is necessary to keep nuclear power out of the CDM (or its successor) or any other UNFCCC mechanism, as it is in conflict with the goals of CDM of environmental integrity and promoting sustainable development.
„No nuclear power for climate protection“ – this was the motto WECF, together with numerous other non-governmental organizations from several countries,
called attention to their claims on Saturday, 4 April.
Anti-nuclear action „ Don't Nuke the Climate!“ (in German)
The activists were carrying banners with lively slogans including “More Equity for Climate Change!” or “No Nuclear Power in The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)” with which they were positioned in front of the Maritim Hotel, where the Climate Change Talks took place in order to appeal to MPs to vote for an intelligent and sustainable use of climate change without nuclear power.
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