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GERES in Doha to take part in the Conference on climate change

The 18th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change has just begun in Doha, Qatar. GERES will participate in the summit as a member of the Climate and Development Commission of Coordination SUD. Once again, development NGOs will echo the voice of the poorest populations in the South to make sure their interests are taken into account in the negotiations.

From November 26 to December 7, 2012, 195 countries are meeting to discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol whose first period of emission reduction commitments is due to expire on December 31. As for what’s next, everything remains to be decided, and to be put into application. However, the Parties promised in Durban last year (COP 17) that they would reach an agreement on a new deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol by 2015. This deal would come into force in 2020. The European Union has already announced its own objectives for this transition period to cut EU emissions by 20% compared against its emissions in 1990.

GERES has decided to take part again this year in the Conference, despite the strong criticism surrounding the chosen location for the summit (Qatar has the highest rate of CO2 emissions per capita in the world). As part of the delegation of the Climate and Development Commission from Coordination Sud, GERES will defend a position paper to advocate for family farming as a vital role to combat climate change.

The Commission wants to echo the voice of farmer organizations and small producers in the South and will call for family farming to be placed at the heart of the negotiations in Doha, to meet the twofold challenge of the climate and the right to food.

Recommendations from Coordination Sud

This document has been prepared by the following member organizations of the Climate and Development Commission of Coordination Sud: AVSF, Care International, CARI, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, GERES and GRET (with the support and collaboration Groupe Travail Désertification)

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