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United Nations Climate Change Conference / COP15 - Follow Conference Online

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 10:48
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) will be held from 7-18 December 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen. 

COP15 - the official title of the conference - refers to the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

More than 15 000 delegates from 192 countries, including 100 world leaders, will convene in Copenhagen for the most important UN conference on climate change to agree a new global climate deal aimed at protecting the future of our planet.

To follow the conference proceedings and outcomes, as well as critical analysis of the key issues which will be discussed, we have compiled a comprehensive list of online resources covering the event:

# Official Websites

COP15

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

European Commission Climate Action

United States Copenhagen 2009

# Civil Society Resources

Inside COP 15

The WWF - the world's largest conservation organisation - has partnered with Green TV and Greenfilm to create Inside COP15, a live and on-demand online video service which will operate round the clock for the two weeks of the conference. It will be posting up to 10 videos a day, plus a live show every evening covering the essential topics and developments of the day.

Climate Change Media Partnership

Internews, Panos and IIED have joined forces to support developing world journalism and perspectives from the heart of the international climate negotiations. Forty journalists from Asia, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Caribbean and Latin America are participating in a climate change media partnership fellowship programme designed to improve media coverage of climate change issues in developing countries, including reporting on COP15.

Global Compliance Research Project

“We have been confused by the targets and timeframes being proposed/requested by the range of groups and governments. On our site are proposed the required targets and time frames as we see them, funding mechanisms and some legal views for agreement... These targets should be non negotiable; we must agree on required strategies, within a precautionary approach to the conservation of the planet and to the protection of people. That is returning earth to as close as possible, as soon as possible to homeostasis and for us this is not a choice but a moral imperative.”

Earth Hour

Greenpeace International

Hopenhagen

Seal the Deal

United for Climate

World Resources Institute

# Media Coverage

BBC

The Guardian

CNN

Al Jazeera

Mail & Guardian

Inter Press Service / Terraviva

New Scientist

# Social Media:

Facebook

Flickr

Twitter

YouTube

Wikipedia

If you would like to suggest any other relevant links and resources to be added to this list and/or would like to share your views about the outcomes of COP15 with NGO Pulse readers, please forward your contributions to info@sangonet.org.za.

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READERS' COMMENTS:

In response to your invitation to submit views on the climate change talks,  I listened to an interesting interview on the radio this morning with a not for profit group present at the talks with which I so agree.

Governments are only going to move on the issues- really move- in response to their electorates really pushing for change. If votes hang on the issues, the change will happen. It is therefore incumbent on us all as citizens of the planet to:
  • Inform ourselves well concerning the issues – this is not hard to do – there is so much information circulating on a whole range of issues and debates about climate change;
  • Make our views known on what we want;
  • Join and support pressure groups worldwide for the reduction of carbon emissions big time before 2020 – the deadline for staying under the critical 2 degrees celcius temperature increase and giving ourselves a worthwhile shot at sustainable change and survival as a planet;
  • Recognise that THIS IS THE BIGGEST AND MOSY KEY ISSUE FOR OUR FUTURE HEALTHY GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND OUR SURVIVAL ACTUALLY AS A HUMAN RACE,  AND FOR OUR FLORA AND FAUNA;
  • Get the word out in Africa where communities are low on the scale of awareness and knowledge concerning the issues even though their governments appear fairly well informed.

Jan Beeton
QED Development Consulting

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