07 Dec 2012
COP 18 - Paperless or Informationless?
One of the first things you notice at COP 18 is the lack of paper. Gone are the multi-language piles of newsletters and updates that you used to see delegates grab on their way in, and read eagerly as they walked or drank yet another cup of cof ...
05 Dec 2012
Qatar from behind the wheel of a taxi
Doha -- Kamrul is the face of Qatar. He’s from Bangladesh, drives a car for a limousine company, and has been in the country for 20 years. He’s also the father of two children, a girl aged 6 and a boy, 10 months. He has never held his son bec ...
03 Dec 2012
Where are all the youth?
There is something missing from the Doha UNFCCC COP 18 climate change negotiations, and it’s not just consensus. It’s hard to find the youth delegations here. This might be because the Qatar National Convention Centre is a massive building, a ...
28 Nov 2012
Doha COP 18 - Twenty years of talk
The 18th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is now underway in Doha, Qatar. This year’s president is His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiya, chair of Qatar’s Administrative Contr ...
12 Sep 2012
Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Relocation in the Face of Climate Change
By Alyssa Johl andJohn Crump* This week, community leaders from two small villages in very different parts of the world will meet on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to discuss a common problem: their need to relocate as a result ...
13 Dec 2011
Durban 2012: A step forward or a lurch towards a 4°C world?
There are decidedly mixed reviews of the agreement produced after marathon overtime negotiations in Durban, South Africa on the weekend. The delegates have gone home. The offices, banks of computers, displays, and the temporary restaurants se ...
09 Dec 2011
Update on Durban negotiations
The climate change talks in Durban continue to be dominated by two main issues: the future of the Kyoto Protocol and the Green Climate Fund. As well, negotiators need to make clear decisions that will bring last year’s Cancun Agreements to life ...
01 Dec 2011
What do the Arctic and small tropical islands have in common?
Speech given by John Crump, UNEP/GRID-Arendal's Senior Advisor, Climate Change at the opening of the Portraits of Resilience exhibition at the Durban Natural Science Museum Research Centre. The main message of this Portraits of Resilience ph ...
17 Dec 2010
Final thoughts: Cancun and Many Strong Voices
The analyses of what happened in Mexico continue to roll in so this is a good time to take a look at what happened at COP 16 and what it means to Many Strong Voices. I’ve listed a couple of interesting articles at the end of this entry on the b ...
28 Oct 2010
Voices from the Seychelles
As the sun rises over Baie Lazare in the Seychelles, I think about the similarities between the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that lie at the root of the Many Strong Voices programme. The view in front of me is tropical -- ju ...