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1 Oct 2015

CDM Board to discuss human rights safeguards

Following numerous incidents of human rights violations related to CDM projects, the CDM Board will, for the first time, discuss options to address these concerns at its next meeting starting on 12 October. It will also discuss recommendations to overhaul the CDM’s local stakeholder consultation rules, including a requirement that projects must repeat consultations if they have not been carried out in line with national laws.

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Press release
22 Sep 2015

UN offers new marketplace for stranded carbon offsets

Brussels, 22 September 2015. Today, at the climate week in New York, the UN launched the “Climate Credit Store”- a new online platform to purchase carbon offsets generated by its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The initiative attempts to boost demand for CDM credits on the voluntary carbon market and for the aviation sector but fails to dodge the sale of bogus carbon offsets.

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8 Sep 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #12: Ever more uncertainty over Barro Blanco

On the first of September tensions in Panama heightened when heavy machinery moved very close to the Ngöbe-Bugle Comarca to complete the highly contested Barro Blanco hydro dam, which is registered under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. This was preceded by the forceful eviction of indigenous people camping next to the construction area by the…

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8 Sep 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #12: Next round in the review of the Modalities and Procedures of the CDM – much potential but little development

The review of the Modalities and Procedures of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) went into the next round at the intersessions in Bonn in June 2015. With Paris just around the corner and market mechanisms further expected to play a role in the implementation of the commitments post 2020, the review provides a major opportunity…

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News
3 Sep 2015

Uncertainty over Barro Blanco’s CDM approval

On the first of September tensions in Panama heightened when heavy machinery moved very close to the Ngöbe-Bugle Comarca to complete the highly contested Barro Blanco hydro dam, which is registered under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. This was preceded by the forceful eviction of indigenous people camping next to the construction area by the national police. In response to a letter sent by Panamanian civil society groups, the CDM Board has now reminded Panama about its right to withdraw approval for the project, “if it deems appropriate”.

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News
3 Sep 2015

New policy brief compares accountability mechanisms of the UNFCCC’s climate instruments

As countries are streamlining the negotiating text that is to be adopted in Paris later this year, one key issue is how to ensure that the climate treaty sufficiently incorporates human rights.. A new policy brief released by Carbon Market Watch compares the social and environmental accountability of existing climate finance instruments and underlines the need for strong human rights language in the Paris agreement.

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News
1 Jul 2015

NEWS: Human Rights in the Climate Negotiations: 3 questions asked but much left unanswered – #SB42

During the first half of June, climate negotiators converged in Bonn for two intense weeks of negotiations. With only 6 months left before the Paris COP-21 Conference, negotiations towards the 2015 climate agreement constituted the most important work on-going during this session. But many other key aspects of international climate policy were also on the agenda in Bonn. Throughout these two weeks, negotiators unfortunately made little progress on three main questions to address in relation to the integration of human rights in climate policies.

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News
9 Jun 2015

NEWS: Review of the CDM rules at the Bonn intersessions

Currently, parties to the UNFCCC are meeting in Bonn for a new round of climate negotiations. One of the topics that is on the table is the review of the Modalities and Procedures of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Parties are thereby discussing rather “light” issues and shy away from more conflicting topics. But, when turning a blind eye on the necessity for more controversial themes, such as the establishment of a grievance mechanism, the review of the Modalities and Procedures may fall behind its great potential to improve the CDM for the future.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: ”The Geneva Pledge: bridging the gap of knowledge between the climate negotiations and the Human Rights Council”

During the Geneva session of climate negotiations held in February 2015, 18 countries made a joint pledge to extend the integration of human rights in the climate change regime by including human rights expertise in their climate delegations. This initiative offers an opportunity to support the inclusion of references to human rights in the Paris 2015 climate agreement.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Lettre d’Information ONG #11: ”Mise à jour des informations de la lutte du M. 10.”

Le 9 février 2015, l’Autorité nationale de l’environnement (ANAM) a suspendu la construction du projet de barrage hydroélectrique de Barro Blanco pour une durée provisoire. Les communautés ont accepté la proposition du Gouvernement à ouvrir un dialogue tripartie (Gouvernement, entreprise et communautés affectées), et ont alors constitué les commissions qui allaient les représenter. Depuis lors, 5 réunions ont eu lieu lors desquelles ont été abordés les thèmes culturels et religieux, ainsi que l’état de conservation actuel des pétroglyphes (menacés par l’inondation qu’entraînera le barrage) et des autres découvertes archéologiques mises au jour dans la zone du barrage.

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