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Youth at COP17/CMP7

December 2, 2011

Hello from Durban, South Africa! Sincere apologies for the radio silence in updating from the ground on youth activities at this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 17th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP17) and 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP7).

We’re down to just 2 representatives from our robust delegation at COP15 but I assure you, we are making the most of our time here! LJ and I have been busy but focusing on different aspects of the COP/CMP. LJ attended the Conference of the Youths, traditionally held 2 days prior to the meetings. I arrived just Tuesday and have begun “working the ground” at COP/CMP plenary sessions (meetings of all the Parties aka countries which have signed/ratified the Convention/Kyoto Protcol).

This year, I am grateful to be here as part of work and to gain clarity and further understanding on the workings of international climate negotiations both as part of my research agenda and for school (having recently enrolled in a M.Sc. Env Mgmt at NUS). So far, I have been following these issues:


  • Report of the Transitional Committee on the Green Climate Fund and its possible adoption


  • Consultations on issues relating to the clean development mechanism (CDM)

Ad hoc Working Group – Long term Cooperative Agreement: Subsidiary Body on Implementation

  • Informal group on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Commitments or Actions (NAMAs), with a particular focus on developing countries

Wearing my YOUNGO hat, I was privileged to meet with the Chair of the AOSIS, Her Excellency Ms. Dessina Williams alongside distinguished delegates from Grenada, Barbados, Trinadad and Tobago. Singapore is a part of AOSIS and it was certainly comforting to know that they take our views very seriously and that Singapore has been playing an active role in AOSIS. I must add that the AOSIS position is very strong this year. They are, in brief:

  1. Mitigation – pushing for a 2nd commitment term, which is fully ratifiable to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol and should be provisionally applied (by Annex I countries) from January 1, 2013. This point states that AOSIS along with the G77 and China are gunning for a 5 year 2nd commitment term rather than an 8 year period because emissions need to peak and decline way before 2020! Furthermore, they gave reference to the science in the IPCC AR4 and 2013 release of the AR5.
  2. A ratifiable agreement that has legal force, and which builds on the work done at Cancun and to create momentum towards Qatar (COP18/CMP8)
  3. Level of Ambition – to increase level of ambition and have the text be inserted in a document to be adopted at COP17/CMP7 in Durban
  4. Report of the Transitional Committee on the Design of the Green Climate Fund – that it should be adopted in Durban and support initial projects in developing countries, but we should aim to iron out the issues that were raised at the plenaries
  5. Robust work program on loss and damages (Adaptation agenda in the SBI) particularly in the lead up to hopefully an adoption in Qatar

Just to keep you in touch with other youth activities happening here in Durban, here are some links for your reading pleasure:

UK Youth Climate Coalition

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Canadian Youth Climate Coalition

ECO Algae

Also feel free to email us any of your feedback or questions about COP/CMP to or



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