Looking back at the panel discussion “Extractives in Latin America: grassroots and international community responses”
Over the past week, the staff present at COP23 has reflected, discussed and facilitated spaces for exchange on agroecology and sustainable lifestyles, with members and allies from around the world. Here are some reflections and takeaways from the week's major events.
As COP23 starts in Bonn, here are some expectations for the negotiations and some highlights from the People’s Climate Summit (3-7 November), rallying the power of the climate justice movements from around the world.
A Multi-Faith invitation to Sustainable Lifestyles, Interfaith statement, November 2017 (available in EN - ES)
Civil Society Review report, November 2017
"Is the window of opportunity still open?"
Policy lunch organised by the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) with CIDSE. Brussels, 20 November 2017, 12:00-13:45.
Venue: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU
Last week (23-27 October 2017), the first negotiations towards a UN Treaty on businesses and human rights took place in Geneva. Momentum is growing, but more efforts are needed to put into place the necessary framework to stop corporate impunity and provide access to justice for victims of human rights abuses.
CIDSE continues to advocate for climate justice and calls for greater ambitions to tackle climate change in the framework of the Paris Agreement, based on the values of equity, participation, and solidarity. Under the Presidency of Fiji, COP23 will set the ground for evaluating collective progress in achieving the goals set by the agreement, particularly in keeping temperatures below the 1.5 degrees’ threshold and swiftly transitioning towards low carbon, renewable based economies.
On October 26, at the Agroecology Europe Forum in Lyon, CIDSE organized a workshop entitled "Exploring Agroecology Principles", to exchange and confront ideas around the intersections between agroecology and social justice, gender, youth, economic viability and climate resilience. Here are some of the highlights from the discussion tables.
The third day provided for meaningful interventions on the two main agenda items: preventative measures and access to justice. The EU Delegation was active in taking the floor with more constructive speeches on these topics. On the other hand, EU Member States seem comfortable in their position staying behind the institution, with the notable exception of France. Civil society is still expecting that the EU, Member States and other States will stay fully engaged in the current and future sessions.