I hope we haven’t left you waiting for an update from Bonn for too long. The lack of reporting fortunately does not mean we have been inactive, in fact, the opposite is the case. Conny has been in Bonn since Monday, and Isobel, Isabel , Lena and Sophie have joined her tuesday night.
We used the opportunity of a side-event organised by the University of Zurich and LEAD International about “Building capacity of developing country leaders and negotiators to influence international talks.” to learn more about their research, which closely relates to our field of interest. The CIS-centre of the ETH Zurich researched in particular about the negotiating habits of small delegations and had a discussion about how to help small delegations. Interested? (Here is a link to their presentation)
Excitingly, we finally got a chance to formally hand over our report “Levelling the Playing Field” to Christiana Figueres, the secretary general of the UNFCCC. This is her giving it the once over:
YOUNGO, the youth constituency here, had a 30 minute-long meeting with Christiana, where they made some time for us (thanks!). Additionally, we got a chance to ask Christiana of how the UNFCCC secretariat is planning to address the issue of imbalanced negotiation capacity. Her answer: Unfortunately, it comes down to the limited funds of the secretariat. If there is money available, she will send more delegates to the conferences. Secondly, there are other UN-agencies (like UNEP) that have a larger physical presence in many developing countries as well as a longstanding cooperation with the local governments. Hence Christiana hopes that those agencies could be the ones training new delegates for the negotiations.
Also, we’re working quite closely with with YOUNGO and other youth organizations. For example, Conny moderated the YOUNGO meeting yesterday and helped out with the fossil of the day. Isobel moderated the YOUNGO meeting today, and most of us are involved in the campaign planning for the youth campaign here in Bonn. Together with PushEurope, YOUNGO will encourage the EU to move their emissions reduction target to 30 % as well as to lobby all delegations to raise their ambitions.
One last head’s up: Next week, we are organizing the very first UNfairplay Side-event! We’ll keep you posted.