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COP-26 and the Pacific – Australia’s refusal to embrace a world beyond coal further alienates itself from Pacific/regional neighbours

by Paul Govind The regional community in the Pacific is an assortment of nations that have vastly different perspectives on regulating climate change. The region underlines the tensions between the Global North and South and the distributional inequity of the causes and effects of climate change. These different perspectives are incongruent and incompatible and have […]

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Adaptation Climate Change Climate In/Justice Climate Justice

COP26: Climate Loss & Damage

By Sara Seck and Meinhard Doelle The focus of attention in climate negotiations has long been on mitigation and the need for decarbonization, with adaptation and finance receiving increased attention in recent years. Serious attention to loss and damage arising from climate change is long overdue: yet despite efforts by those states and communities that […]

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Climate Change Climate Justice Latin America

COP26: Perspectives from Latin America

By Maria Antonia Tigre* Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) contribute about 10% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While most LAC countries have taken steps to address climate change through a series of measures, such as forest protection and energy transition, the region’s emissions are steadily growing. Although energy accounts for a large share […]

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Climate Change Climate In/Justice

Observer participation in the wake of COP26: the role of human rights law

By Nicola Sharman In the months leading up to COP26, the UK presidency repeatedly committed to make it the ‘most inclusive COP ever’. Yet this promise of inclusivity was far from delivered. Lack of representation of those most affected by climate change and exclusion of observers from negotiation rooms led many civil society groups to […]

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Access to Information Climate Change Climate In/Justice International Law

Keeping the “circus” in for a chance of a transparent and ambitious COP26

By Maria Alejandra Aguilar and Azul Schvartzman Open negotiations, observers and civil society are key to  the global climate agenda at the upcoming COP26. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process has two main pillars: consensus and transparency in decision making. The consensus part is well known to everyone who follows the […]