Roster of experts available for interviews with journalists
The Heinrich Boll Stiftung has organised and supported a strategy and planning meeting for civil society organisations in durban in the environment justice sector in the COP17 city of Durban running from today 27th January until tomorrow, 28th January at the Diakonia Council of Churches offices.
At this meeting, diverse community, civil society groups from all over the country have gathered to consider the experiences at COP16 in Mexico Cancun, the COP process itself with the aim of making the Durban COP17 process more meaningful for these groups, who are normally in the outside space. Cancun was an excercise in management by division, with the civil society groups camped in completely different placed and also with very little access at the inside and main event.
The diversity of the gathering in Durban which include gropus ranging from 350.org, African Consortium on Climate Change (ACCC), Action Aid, African Monitor, BioReginonal South Africa, Biowatch, CCS, UKZN, Timberwatch, CEPPWAWU, CIVICUS, CJN! Commission for Gender Equity, CPUT, Cycles for Social Justice, Development for Peace Education, Co-operatives & Rural Enterprises Support Initiative (CRESI), Genuine Media, Diakonia Council of Churches, Abahlali base Mjondolo (Durban), Isipingo Environmental Committee, SDCEA, StreetNet International, Earthlife Africa, Eastern Cape Environmental Network, Economic Justice Network, Ecopeace Party, Global Campaign for Climate Action to Hospitality Industries & Allied Workers Union and IDASA - a consensus and single strategy will be far from possible. Maybe when delegates leave here, we will have in addition to Soccer Friday, Cricket friday, another Climate Friday - so the word is out there for designers of paraphernalia, T-shirts, caps and so forth. Maybe the Archbishop Desmond Tutu would call for a climate Braai!
Today the 6th of February until the 11th - the world social forum, a meeting of people united against capitalism will start. comrades from throughout the world will meet to exchange ideas on alternatives to capitalism and seek for ways to make inroads into state systems that run operations that respond more to MNCs demands rather than protecting the rights of their people.
Watch this space for regular updates!
Posted on February 6, 2011 at 3:51
Posted on January 27, 2011 at 11:46
My earliest surprises being at COP16 in Cancun where parties are negotiating climate change related adaptation and mitigation related possibilities have to do with the manner in which the discussions are carrying on, among civil society. Firstly, a visitor from Mars would think clarity of ideology and context leads to insult to parties. So discussions proceed as if it didnt matter and outside any contextual appreciation of the historical racial and gendered political ecology which gave rise…Continue
Posted on December 2, 2010 at 8:28
This was my first day at COP16. Being here itself is an exercise in high faith after COP15's exercise in disaster. Not that this one will be any different, but its interesting to be here anyway. My earliest surprises are the manner in which the discussions about mitigation and adaptation happen outside any ideology - as if it didnt matter and outside any contextual appreciation of the historical racial and gendered political ecology which gave rise to a seemingly disconnection between rural…Continue
Posted on December 2, 2010 at 8:20