Blogs Label: Opinion

The next frontier of climate change resilience

Opinion Author: Judith Rodin

As the world turns its attention to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) in Paris, the global community is hoping for fresh ideas to solve our increasing climate-related challenges. We know that climate accelerates and complicates almost every other problem—from food insecurity and water scarcity, to sectarian conflicts and refugee crises around the world.

Prioritising urban resilience agenda at COP 21

Opinion Author: Nimish Jha

India is gearing up for the COP 21 to be held next month. Recently, we submitted to the UN climate secretariat a detailed plan to cut carbon emissions. Around 150 countries representing about 90% of the world’s carbon emissions have now filed pledges to curb them and, in so doing, dramatically increasing the chances of a deal at the Paris climate summit in December (Guardian, October 2015). The role of cities has become very important in minimising these carbon emissions, largely due to their critical position as emitters, as well as their capacity to implement solutions for a cleaner environment.

The impending Paris Agreement: ICA calls for no agreement without fair and equal adaptation and commitment on loss and damage

Opinion Author: Denia Syam

At the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP17 UNFCCC) held in Durban in 2011, more than 195 Parties agreed to establish the new legally binding and universal agreement on climate (new-LBA), as the replacement for the Kyoto Protocol which will no longer be in force after 2015.

Adaptation will be featured at Paris agreement

Opinion Author: Denia Syam

ACCCRN sees COP21 as a crucial event in determining the future of climate change adaptation, particularly in contributing to the development of urban climate resilience.

The efforts being made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to avoid the serious impacts of climate change, whether these are due to sporadic events (floods, storms) or gradual ones (rising sea levels, ocean acidification).

ACCCRN’s thoughts on APUF-6

Opinion Author: Denia Syam

This year, APUF-6 will be guided by the theme “Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda” and will take place at a key point in the development of international urban policy. APUF will be held closely following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and one year prior to the Third United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat III).