Archive | January, 2010

The Post-COP view from Hong Kong: Bullish on China…

15 Jan

PisaSpeak has a dispatch from special correspondent and PISA Deputy Director  Suzanne Kelly-Lyall who is in Hong Kong on route to Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Bangkok.  Kelly-Lyall hopes to gain a deeper understanding on the thinking of policy makers and NGOs on the outcomes of the Copenhagen Conference and expectations for the future.

In Hong Kong business is the high temple of existence with finance as its sanctus so it is not surprising that much of the post-COP-15 dialogue is focused on business priorities.  While the rest of the world may be languishing in post-COP malaise, the outlook in Hong Kong is decidedly more optimistic.  At a panel discussion hosted by Hong Kong based NGO, Civic Exchange on January 12, stakeholders from key industries such as aviation, transportation, and energy shared their perspectives on COP15.  Representatives from key environmental groups also weighed in and in direct contrast to Western media coverage of the event, were more than bullish on China playing a constructive role as a key climate negotiator.

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COP15: The Case Against Participatory Forums?

7 Jan

Depending on one’s outlook the Copenhagen climate talks ranged from disappointing to an outright failure. Indeed, this monumental failure to reach consensus has raised questions about the utility of attempting such a participatory conference in the future.  Critics have argued for smaller more focused meetings with limited agendas and tangible outcomes.  As many sources predicted—including here on PisaSpeak—much of the acrimony broke down along developing/developed country lines. In one of many representative quotes, Sudan’s Lumumba Di Aping, speaking for the G77 countries, decried “the West prevailing at the expense of the rest of the developing countries.” Would the Copenhagen Conference have achieved more by being less inclusive?  Might countries have been more amenable to agreements that focused on fewer goals and more modest outcomes?

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