Month: November 2016

First Day at COP22

I expected to walk into COP22 as a wide-eyed squirrel because of the overwhelming importance of the issues as well as the delegates and participating NGOs. In fact, it was not as scary as I thought it would be; most people we spoke to were genuinely interested in the work we do as the Malaysian…

Biofuels and Its Impact on the Global South

It’s day four of the Marrakesh Climate Negotiations and the global North is already exercising its power in most platforms including informal consultations. The Paris Agreement which came into force on the 4th of November, encourages countries to lower emissions in an attempt to maintain less than two degrees of temperature increase. The European Union…

Noteworthy Day

(Bab Ighli, 8th November 2016) The second day of COP experience has been eventful, in fact, noteworthy. The day was started with check-in to our base, the Malaysian Pavilion, with conversation held with the national negotiators on consent to shadow them in action. The morning agenda was followed by observing the internal coordination meeting of…

Day Three of COP22

(Bab Ighli, 9th November 2016) Third day of COP22. The most hectic and satisfying day. Kicked off with YOUNGO daily meeting, followed by the coordination meeting of G77 and China, spent a little time on Indian Pavilion to learn about Smart Cities, joined the Green Investment in Malaysia talk, dropped by the Low Carbon City…

A Double Edged Sword

Conference of the Parties 22 also known as the ‘COP of Action’ strives to implement the Paris Agreement, to ensure a low carbon future. Most of the sessions scheduled for day 2 revolved around low-carbon renewable energy. Climate change adaptation in developing countries focuses on a shift of energy sources from non-renewables to renewable energy.…

Home Away from Home

The Malaysian Youth Delegation have been crucially preparing and anticipating for this moment since six months ago. The idea of attending the Twenty Second Conference of the Parties (COP22) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was once seemed afar is now an experience of its own. After five training series,…

The Paris Agreement and Trump Presidency

Hot topic at the year’s biggest climate negotiations – the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) was the US elections! With climate critique Donald Trump elected President of the world’s largest democracies, days after the historic Paris Agreement came into force the negotiations were flooded with great disappointment but driven to achieve more despite the…

What to Expect at COP22

One of the events which I find most helpful amongst the other events I attended and which the conversations I was a part of for day one at COP22 was definitely the speech given by Mr Ravi Prasad, a representative of the government of India for the UN climate talks as he furnished a better…

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