Day 2 at COP18/CMP8

COP18’s powerful message: 7 Billion – 1 Challenge.

 

QNCC is displaying the finest recycling bins in Qatar. See pictures attached. Lets make sure that these remain in use and are placed into every residential development, every office building, every school, every park and mall after COP18 and lets not rest until this task is complete.

 

 

 

Highlight of the day was COP18 Gender Day with several panel discussions “Climate Justice in a Fierce New World: Breakthrough Changes to ensure Gender Equality in Climate Change, Policies and Practice”, including Christiana Figueres-executive secretary of UNFCCC; Mary Robinson-former President of Ireland;  and HE Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani; Dr. Nawal Al Hosany-Director of Sustainability at Masdar; Julia Marton-Lefevre-IUCN Director General; Maite Nkoana-Mashabane-COP17 President in South Africa; Dr. Elena Manaenkova-Assit. Secretary General at the World Meteorological Organization; and Julia Duncan-Cassell-Director of Gender Development of Liberia.

 

H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President – Designate for. COP 18/CMP8 was in the audience. No pictures were allowed to be taken at that meeting.
HE Shk Al-Mayassa said: “Every journey starts with the first step in the right direction.” => SustainableQatar is on the right path…

I also participated in a side event, entitled: “Ecosystems Climate Alliance Experts discuss how forest protection goes forward under a new climate agreement, including what’s still to do for REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” – a panel discussion about reforestation can reduce former emissions from former deforestation.

 

“Carbon Capture and Storage Capacity Building” – a panel discussion on the global status of educational opportunities and lessons learnt for knowledge transfer, which needs rapid employment.
Fossil of the Day Award – awarded to the countries that shun Kyoto Commitments:
– 2nd Place: Europe for having already reached their pledged 2020 target of 20% carbon emission reduction but having so far failed to increase the reduction commitment even though there are still almost 10 years to go.

– 1st (worst): Turkey for being the world’s fourth largest investor in coal, recording the largest relative increase in annual GHG emissions between 1990–2010 and declaring 2012 the year of coal AND THEN asking for more funds in the climate negotiations, though Turkey did not commit to any carbon emission reduction during the first commitment period and has already declared they won’t make a pledge for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Turkey is almost invisibly during the negotiations.

You can read more about this from Climate Action Network’s website.