THIRD WORLD RESURGENCE #205 (SEPTEMBER 2007)
This issue’s contents:
change: The need for a development perspective
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently
preparing to host a crucial conference in
General Assembly thematic debate on climate change
Opening the first-ever UN General Assembly plenary debate on climate change, General Assembly President, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, also stressed the need to address the problem of climate as a development issue - a view echoed by several other speakers from developing countries in the debate. Martin Khor reports on some of the highlights of the three-day meeting.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly thematic debate on climate change, the head of the UN climate change secretariat, Yvo de Boer, made it clear that the post-2012 measures to combat climate change need not include hard emission reduction targets for developing countries.
There was no unanimity of views among developed countries in their contributions to the UN General Assembly debate on climate change.
outlines challenges in facing climate crisis
In stressing the central role of the UN on the issue of climate change, the Group of 77 developing countries and China, in a statement to the UN General Assembly debate, called for the issue to be dealt with in the context of development and on the basis of 'common but differentiated responsibilities'.
While the presentations of developing countries to the UN General Assembly debate on climate change revealed differences of view and emphasis on what should be done to combat it, many were strongly opposed to any move to establish a 'new category' of developing countries 'not yet developed but with a degree of growth'.
The UN-sponsored 'Vienna climate talks' held in the Austrian capital on 27-31 August were designed to establish the foundation for the battle on reduction commitments of greenhouse gases.
- the only multilateral forum on climate change'
from the General Assembly debate, the UN convened a one-day high-level
event on climate change in
skunk at his own garden party
President Bush's move to organise his own climate change summit was a desperate move to derail the UN process, say critics.
Although not billed as a climate change conference, more than 190 nations participating in the 19th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer agreed to combat global warming.
investments: Is the policy pendulum swinging back?
The euphoria of the 1980s and 1990s over the role of foreign investment as the motor of development is slowly giving way to a more cautious and critical approach towards such investment in developing countries, says Kavaljit Singh.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner joins President Bush in whipping
up the hysteria against
nuclear deal at a crossroads
Foam on the water
Writing on the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War which shattered forever the myth of the invincible Israeli army, an Israeli peace activist says that if a historic compromise is not achieved between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the conflict will go on for generations.
As the Burmese military junta cracks down on renewed political protests, this account by a former political prisoner of her arrest, detention and maltreatment is indicative of the treatment that the latest batch of political prisoners can expect.
Women's intervention efforts in Gulu, Northern Uganda
the last 20 years, Gulu, a region in
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