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COP21 – negotiations move behind closed doors - Day 8

Tuesday, 08 Dec 2015 - Monday December 7th was the official opening of the High-Level segment.  In the normal rhythm of the COPs, this would have been a big day with ministers of environment from around the world, and the...

COP21 moves to new phase - Day 7

Monday, 07 Dec 2015 - Sunday and COP21 moved to the working groups to review cross-cutting issues.  There were four groups announced by COP President Fabius last night, with another announced today – adaptation.  We also...

COP21 Blog at mid-point - Day 6

Sunday, 06 Dec 2015 - I am amazed. The deadline of having ADP wrap by noon Saturday and send a draft text accepted as a sufficient basis for political negotiation was met. The draft text with the addition of “reflections...

COP21 Update: Crunch time - Day 5

Saturday, 05 Dec 2015 - All around us, Paris is abuzz with empowering, high voltage events (run on renewable energy of course!)  Today Al Gore addressed a group of young people, Leonardo de Caprio and Robert Redford met...

COP21 Blog Update - Day 4

Friday, 04 Dec 2015 -  The cracks hiding behind the diplomatic veneer are rising to the surface.  In ADP developing country negotiators spoke more clearly about why it is unfair for Industrialized countries to ignore...

COP21 Blog Update – Day 3

Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 -   If this blog were a climate text, it would look like this: [ [Inviting]  [Encouraging] Green party supporters [observers] and [other interested parties] civil society actors to consider the [...

COP21 Blog Update - Day 2

Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 - This was the second day of COP, but our first day of negotiations.  The leaders of nations from around the world have jetted home.  (My friend New Zealand Green MP Kennedy Graham pointed out in his...

COP21 Blog - Kicking Things Off

Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 - At the end of the first day of the 21st Conference of the Parties I feel like we must be at day 4, or 5.  Why the sense of exhaustion?  Over 150 world leaders speaking one after the other.  The...

Why it matters to appoint a Cabinet with gender balance

Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015 - I don’t know about you, but I have been astonished at the many media pundits who question Justin Trudeau’s decision to appoint a Cabinet with gender parity. The CBC panel on November 1 with Walrus...

Fixing What Harper Broke - Part Two

Monday, 02 Nov 2015 - Fixing What Harper Broke – Part Two The first “to-do” list focussed on changes to policy and legislation brought in under the Harper administration. But the damage was not confined to omnibus laws...