Archive for December, 2011

Nordic Council of Ministers Discussion on International Environmental Governance

Dec 30, 2011 No Comments by

On December 14, the Nordic Council of Ministers organized an event spotlighting system-wide strategies and frameworks for international environmental governance at the International Peace Institute. Maria Ivanova, Co-Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, presented on financing for environment.  Over sixty representatives from states and UN agencies participated in the seminar and engaged in discussing reform of [...]

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Building Community Beyond COP17

Dec 09, 2011 No Comments by

The official COP17 conference will conclude in Durban Friday, but whatever the outcomes, the work for a just and sustainable world will continue. The conference has provided opportunities for finding community and collaboration with others committed to environmental sustainability for the long term. It was great to connect with old friends from South Africa at [...]

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Cities Make Historic Commitment to Climate Change

Dec 08, 2011 No Comments by

Sometimes the most important changes happen close to home. While representatives of national governments negotiated at the official COP17 conference, according to organizers 114 mayors and other elected local leaders representing over 950 local governments from around the world also gathered in Durban for the Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate. The [...]

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Art is Cooking at Connect4Climate Contest

Dec 08, 2011 1 Comment by

Climate change can be challenging to picture. Connect4Climate (C4C) invited youth (ages 13-35) throughout Africa to submit photos and videos of the effects of climate change on themselves and their communities. As a member of the C4C global initiative, Anamarija Frankic represented UMass Boston and participated in the youth award ceremony for the C4C contest winners at the Africa Pavilion [...]

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Canadian Youth Ejected From COP17

Dec 07, 2011 No Comments by

Six members of the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD) were ejected from the COP17 climate negotiations.  With their shirts reading “Turn Your Backs on Canada,” the four young women and two men turned their backs on Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent as he delivered his opening address.  Their accreditation was also revoked upon their expulsion. According [...]

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Christiana Figueres and GBH Director Anamarija Frankic: Women Walk Their Talk in Durban

Dec 06, 2011 1 Comment by

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and Anamarija Frankic, director of the Green Boston Harbor Project (GBH) at the Center for Governance and Sustainability (pictured together at left) are in agreement about at least two things: the importance of action, not talk, on climate issues, and the importance [...]

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