Enough is enough.
We have said we stand in solidarity with the millions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and with all climate impacted people. Our solidarity compels us to tell the truth about COP 19 – the Warsaw Climate Conference.
The Warsaw Climate Conference, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing. In fact, the actions of many rich countries here in Warsaw are directly undermining the UNFCCC itself, which is an important multilateral process that must succeed if we are to fix the global climate crisis.
The Warsaw Conference has put the interests of dirty energy industries over that of global citizens - with a "Coal & Climate Summit" being held in conjunction; corporate sponsorship from big polluters plastered all over the venue; and a Presidency (Poland) that is beholden to the coal and fracking industry. When Japan announced that it was following Canada and backtracking on emission cut commitments previously made, and Australia gave multiple signals that it was utterly unwilling to take the UN climate process seriously, the integrity of the talks was further jeopardized.
This week saw a "finance ministerial" with almost no actual finance, and loss and damage talks that have stalled because rich countries refuse to engage on the substance of an international mechanism. Warsaw has not seen any increase in emission reductions nor increased support for adaptation before 2020 – on these things it has actually taken us backward. And a clear pathway to a comprehensive and fair agreement in Paris 2015 is missing.
We as civil society are ready to engage with ministers and delegations who actually come to negotiate in good faith. But at the Warsaw Conference, rich country governments have come with nothing to offer. Many developing country governments are also struggling and failing to stand up for the needs and rights of their people. It is clear that if countries continue acting in this way, the next two days of negotiations will not deliver the climate action the world so desperately needs.
Therefore, organizations and movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. Instead, we are now focusing on mobilizing people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action. We will work to transform our food and energy systems at a national and global level and rebuild a broken economic system to create a sustainable and low-carbon economy with decent jobs and livelihoods for all. And we will put pressure on everyone to do more to realize this vision.
Coming out of the Warsaw Climate Conference, it is clear that without such pressure, our governments cannot be trusted to do what the world needs. We will return with the voice of the people in Lima to hold our governments accountable to the vision of a sustainable and just future.
ORGANISATIONS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS STATEMENT:
- Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
- Bolivian Platform on Climate Change
- Construyendo Puentes (Latin America)
- Friends of the Earth (Europe)
- Ibon International
- International Trade Union Confederation
- LDC Watch
- Oxfam International
- Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
- Peoples' Movement on Climate Change (Philippines)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, please contact:
Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
Denise M. Fontanilla - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandon Wu, Email: Brandon.Wu@actionaid.org, mobile: +1 202-730-5974
Bolivian Platform on Climate Change
Martin Vilela email@example.com
Construyendo Puentes (Latin America)
Martin Vilela firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of the Earth (Europe)
Asad Rehman, email: email@example.com, Mobile: +48 733 412 897 (Warsaw)
Samuel Fleet, Samuel.firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile: +48 537 884 902 (Warsaw)
Martin Kaiser, email: email@example.com, mobile: +49 171 878 0817
International Trade Union Confederation
Anabella Rosemberg: Anabella.Rosemberg@ituc-csi.org; mobile: +33 677 699 429
Azeb Girmai firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Ratcliff, email: email@example.com mobile: +44 (0) 779 699 3288
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
Peoples' Movement on Climate Change (Philippines)
Samantha Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org , mobile; +47 450 22 149
Mandy Woods, email: email@example.com, mobile: +48 515 289 239 (Warsaw)
George Smeeton, email: GSmeeton@wwf.org.uk, mobile: +44 (0)7917 052 948
Ian Morrison, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: +1 202 372 6373
WWF calls for satellite technology on all commercial vessels to increase transparency of fishing activities
Since June 2013, six AIS transmitters have been activated round-the-clock on the long-line albacore tuna fishing vessels of Sea Quest. The AIS is a reliable supplier of data constantly sending signals from the vessels where it has been installed to the WWF database to monitor and evaluate fishing and vessel operations on the water. WWF can retrace the routes and activities of Sea Quest's fishing vessels and ensure that boundaries of sensitive areas and no take zones are respected.
"Our cooperation shows that this MSC-certified tuna fishery is willing to make their fishing operations fully transparent," said Alfred Schumm, WWF's Smart Fishing Initiative Leader. "I hope that the Sea Quest project will become a global example of how to make fishing transparent, and that it will trigger other companies to join us aboard."
Sea Quest is a tuna fishing and processing company of substantial size based in Fiji which employs more than 200 people. The fishing vessels haul in their catch using a selective, sustainable long line fishing method and all fisheries in the Economic Exclusive fishing Zones (EEZ) of the waters of Fiji in the South Pacific are certified against Marine Stewardship (MSC) standards, a certification program that promotes sustainable fishing. The company exports tuna mainly to the U.S. and Japan and newly upcoming markets such as the EU, New Zealand and Australia.
"With the AIS installation, safety and transparency of compliance with fishing areas are being addressed. Other issues like illegal fishing, barcoding of fish, electronic monitoring of fisheries as well as satellite monitoring need to be part of a larger framework to be addressed through regulatory measures. I believe that the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji could look at implementing mandatory use of AIS units on all Fiji flagged vessels as a means of increasing vessel safety at sea. This could also be a back up surveillance for fisheries." said Brett Haywood, owner of Sea Quest.
"We want to create transparency and understanding and show that the fisheries management, monitoring and control measures are essential to make fishing sustainable. Governments over the world should make AIS installation mandatory for every commercial fishing vessel to increase safety and transparency," said Schumm.
Going Inside Sodexo: World's Leading Services Provider to Host Twitter Chat to Explore Responsible Sourcing, Local Community Impact, Integrated Reporting & More
When an organization understands that quality of life is central to the performance and growth of individuals and its business, serving client needs becomes a much more nuanced yet sustainable operation. For global services provider Sodexo, this recognition has become somewhat of a mantra as it serves a broad spectrum of clients across education, health care, senior living, business, sports and leisure, and government agencies in 80 countries around the world.
For Sodexo, this also means thousands of touch points across global supply chains, complex client relationships interweaved across cultures, geographies and sectors. How does such a behemoth report then on something as ambivalent as corporate responsibility? How does the organization define sustainability? And how does it differentiate itself in a sector both crowded and hyper competitive?
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, CSRwire will host a Twitter chat with Sodexo's Neil Barrett, group vice president, sustainable development; Tom Mackall, vice president, global labor relations as well as John Friedman, director, global corporate responsibility communications – a contributor to CSRwire's commentary section Talkback and prolific social media communicator – for an inside look at the company’s commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Moderated by CSRwire's Editorial Director Aman Singh, Sodexo's leaders will share their ambitions, answer questions about their commitments and seek feedback from the CR/sustainability community.
On the agenda:
- The Value of Integrated Reporting: why was integrating Sodexo’s corporate responsibility into the Annual Report a natural fit?
- Supply Chain Management: Sodexo works with more than 10,000 suppliers across 80 countries ranging from large multinational companies to family farms – how does it manage it all responsibly?
- Responsible Sourcing: how does a company like Sodexo rise to the challenges presented by crossing global geographies, cultures and regulations while ensuring that everything they source meets their high standards (including quality, safety, sustainability and traceability, etc.)?
- Employee Engagement: As a leading jobs provider with more than 420,000 employees, how does Sodexo consistently earn leading rankings in diversity and inclusion, provide career opportunities and develop its people?
- Career opportunities – particularly our focus on youth employment (it is a current media story that this demographic has been particularly hard-hit by the global economic slowdown)
- Development of our people
- Rankings & Recognition: Sodexo was recently ranked top in its sector by the DJSI for the ninth consecutive year. What does it take to maintain leadership in the world of sustainability rankings?
Join us for a compelling conversation and an opportunity to learn and influence what’s around the bend for Sodexo.
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 1:00-2:30pm EST / 10:00-11:30 PST
Where: To register, please send the following tweet:
I will join @SodexoGroup & @CSRwire for #SodexoCR on 12/10 at 1pm ET to discuss its first #IntegratedReport + commitment to #QualityofLife!