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Learning Points and Reflections from Observer Organisation Meetings

December 3, 2015

YOUNGO Meeting

The ever enthusiastic bunch of YOUNGOs today proceeded with their daily update of agendas. Sitting in their daily meetings for the first time, I was impressed by the energy that they bring with them in coordinating the group and being part of these meetings. These youths come from different parts of the world and represent different organizations.

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photo credit: UNFCCC

The secretariat granted provisional constituency status to admitted YOUNGO prior COP15/CMP 5. This constituency status allows the exchange of official information between young people and the secretariat and ensures effective youth participation in youth appropriate intergovernmental meetings.

YOUNGOs are given the opportunity to address the plenary, High Level Segment of COP/CMP and attend and organize a wide variety of activities like the Young and Future Generation’s Day during the COP/CMP.

RINGO Meeting Update

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As the Research and Independent NGOs(RINGO) discussed about the negotiations that took place the day before, a few points piqued my interest from the discussion.

With our aims of moving from a carbon based economy towards a low-carbon economy, the effects of such will no doubt impact on a large number of workers working in jobs like the mining sector. The Secretary of the RINGO meeting mentioned that while we would like to express disdain towards these sectors that cause the problem of climate change, it cannot be denied that it is these sectors that have caused us to move towards industrialization and progress. And so, the Trade Union NGO (TUNGO), have been trying to put something in the agreement that will help them when we transit from into the new economy.

Also, the role in implementing non-state actors in the agreement was put up for discussion. Though there has been push for civil society to be included into the agreement, there was also concern about the legality of it; the possible liability issues with the involvement of civil society.

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