A maneuver to introduce a clause about Internet governance on the International Telecommunications Treaty led to protest and several democratic countries declined to sign the document. They have strong reasons to refuse. The Internet was born to be self-governed. Not to become the subject of some organization’s dominance, be it multilateral or domestic. More »
The IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – has issued a detailed statement on an unauthorized version of a draft report from its Working Group I that is circulating on the Web. You can read it here.
The largest primate of the Americas, the Muriquis, are a critically endangered species. On a private reserve in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil (RPPN Feliciano Miguel Abdala) an alliance between science and conservation has saved a group of “Muriquis do Norte” – Northern Muriquis – (Brachyteles hypoxanthus) from extinction. There are over 300 individuals, in the 950 hectares of the reserve. Only 30 years ago their population was around 50. But they need ecological corridors to expand farther into other adjacent fragments of the Atlantic Rainforest to become a viable population. More »
After a week of informal conversations in Bangkok, Thailand, negotiators already know what stumbling blocks they will face on the way towards a successful meeting of the parties to the Climate Convention, COP18, in Doha, Qatar, November 26 to December 7. Most of the obstacles come from an old quarrel between the US and Europe, on the one side, and China, India and Brazil, on the other, on the meaning of the principle of common but differentiated obligations under the Climate Convention. More »
A Technical Note on the Brazilian negotiation strategy at Rio+20
How to postpone decisions and yet have an outcome? The Brazilian strategy at Rio+20 was a model of strategic postponing of substantive decisions on a multilateral political setting marked by polarized conflict. More »
With too much to decide and little time to deal with sticking issues, negotiators are streamlining the draft of resolutions and replacing decisions by a framework for future negotiations. It is very likely that the strategy negotiators are now pursuing at Rio+20 will be very similar to the one adopted in Durban, at the climate change talks in COP17. More »