Climate Negotiations and Justice for Vulnerable Populations: Perspectives for COP 17 and Rio+20
A C4D Learning Conference in collaboration with
CCIC Africa Canada Forumand
Asia Pacific Working Group and
Canadian Food Security Policy Group
September 26, 2011
At the Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suite,
377, O’Connor Street, Ottawa, Ontario
See Below for Background and Objectives of the Conference
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and Objectives
Carol Thiessen , Public Policy Advisor, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
9:30-10:30 Setting the Scene:
This panel will provide an overview of the trajectory of climate debates through UNFCCC, Rio+20 and other fora, highlighting key issues for vulnerable populations.
Pat Mooney, Executive Director, ETC Group
Mohau Pheko, Her Excellency High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa
Moderator: Carla Sbert, Manager of Conservation Programs and Legal Issues, Nature Canada
11-12:30Financing Climate Change Mitigation: the Case of Forests
This panel will look at proposals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions through reducing deforestation and degradation, and forest conservation. Key debates are how to finance these efforts, the role REDD+ may have in achieving climate goals, and outcomes for vulnerable populations.
Jessica Boyle, Project Officer Climate Change and Energy, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron, Coordinator, People’s Movement on Climate Change, Philippines
Estebancio Castro, Executive-Secretary, International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of Tropical Forests
Moderator: Julia Sanchez, President-CEO, CCIC
12:30-1:30 Lunchand networking
1:30-3:00Agriculture and Climate Change
This panel will examine the debates on how agriculture can help mitigate climate change, while also adapting to increased climate risks and improving food security. Key questions include how agriculture is being addressed in current negotiations and the implications for smallholder farmers. What path would best achieve the co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation?
Doreen Stabinsky, Senior Advisor Trade and Governance, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
Assétou Founé Samaké, Director, Institut Africain pour l'Alimentation et le Développement Durable (IAD), Mali (by videoconferencing)
Moderator: Susan Walsh, USC
3:30-4:30 Now What? Mobilization and Policy openings in the lead-up to Durban, Rio+20 and beyond
The panel will provide a scan on hopes for Durban, Rio +20 and beyond, highlighting possible policy openings and possibilities for Canadian CSO action.
Steven Guilbeault, Cofounder and Deputy Executive Coordinator, Equiterre
Roger Rashi, Climate Justice Campaign Coordinator, Alternatives
There is a growing public and political debate on the intersection of the food, climate and development crises. Upcoming international negotiations for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (in Durban, November 2011), and for Rio+20 (in Riode Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012), will push such debates further into the limelight and prompt important reflection in Canada about strategies for government, CSO and citizen action. Canadian civil society organizations in the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development (C4D) are interested to deepen their understanding of key policy debates in these negotiations, particularly in terms of their implications for small farmers, indigenous peoples and other marginalized populations who are deeply affected by climate change and international efforts to address it, and whose voices—often calling for different approaches—are rarely heard.
Allied and linked CSO coalitions in Canada, including C4D, FSPG and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) geographic working groups, have similar interests to deepen knowledge on policy debates and boost members’ capacity and readiness for engagement in the coming year. Collaboration among such networks will broaden CSO participation and enable a building block approach to the learning of complex issues through linked events over several months, culminating in a conference in fall 2011.
Debates on some of the core issues in the negotiations reflect very different perspectives and world views, and have partly resulted in different ‘silos’ of understanding. It is important for CSOs to learn about policy and political bottlenecks through exposure to multiple viewpoints, including critical Southern CSO perspectives. Key issues that have emerged for small farmers, fisher folk and forest dwellers include debates about whether market-based mechanisms are effective vectors for arresting climate change, and questions as to the most effective means for addressing agriculture in both mitigation and adaptation strategies.
To improve coalition members’ understanding of the different perspectives in the major debates regarding COP 17 and its implications for vulnerable populations such as small farmers and indigenous peoples. Key issues to explore include REDD+, the role of agriculture in the UNFCCC negotiations, and diverse agendas for mitigation and adaption strategies.
To increase CSO understanding of the opportunities and relevance of policy and advocacy work on these issues outside of the UNFCCC, notably the RIO+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
To enhance linkages and networking among Canadian coalitions and working groups, help break down silos, and build shared understanding of diverse, particularly Southern, perspectives on climate justice.
To contribute to public debate and discussion ahead of COP 17 on opportunities for Canadian action, and enhanced understanding of the perspectives and agendas of farmers and indigenous peoples.