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Oct 23, 2015

Climate finance row slows U.N. talks as time runs short for Paris

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Disputes over financing for poor nations hampered negotiations on Friday among almost 200 nations racing against the clock to seal an accord on combating global warming before a U.N. climate summit in Paris in December.

Some delegates said they feared a repeat of the 2009 summit in Copenhagen when governments last tried, and failed, to seal a deal, though others said they remained confident of reaching an accord at the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 meeting in Paris.

Oct 22, 2015

Paris climate summit will hinge on climate aid: poor nations

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – More funds to help poor nations cope with climate change will be the make-or-break issue when a Paris summit seeks a U.N. deal in December to slow global warming, the main group of developing nations said on Thursday.

Poor nations say they are far more vulnerable than the rich to powerful hurricanes, heat waves, droughts and rising sea levels and want clear promises that aid will rise from an existing goal of $100 billion a year by 2020.

Jun 11, 2015

Nations warn time running short to prepare Paris climate deal

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Several nations expressed growing unease on Thursday that time is running short to resolve disputes about global warming after U.N. talks ended with little progress toward an international deal to combat climate change meant to be agreed in December.

Delegates representing almost 200 countries trimmed a few pages off an 89-page draft text at the June 1-11 preparatory meeting in Bonn, but stopped short of confronting major underlying issues such as whether to set a global goal for phasing out greenhouse gases this century.

Apr 30, 2015

US and Japan miss deadline on cash for UN green climate fund

OSLO/BARCELONA, April 30 (Reuters) – The United States and
Japan will miss a U.N. deadline on Thursday to firm up promises
to provide billions of dollars for a new U.N. fund intended to
help developing nations tackle global warming, the fund said.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which wants to decide on a
first set of projects to aid developing nations before a Paris
U.N. climate summit in December, said donors had signed deals of
almost $4 billion, 42 percent of a total promised in late 2014.

Mar 16, 2015

As cyclone bore down, Vanuatu president, disaster officials left for conference

SENDAI, Japan/SYDNEY (Reuters) – When Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale and top disaster officials left their South Pacific island home on March 10, heading to a U.N. summit in Japan, Cyclone Pam was gathering strength and dumping heavy rain to the north.

By the time he addressed the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on Saturday, asking for assistance in a quavering voice, Pam had strengthened into one of the most powerful Pacific storms on record.

Dec 10, 2014

Green Climate Fund hits $10 billion goal, after Australia surprise

LIMA (Reuters) – A new Green Climate Fund that aims to help poor nations cope with global warming reached a U.N. goal of $10 billion on Tuesday at global climate talks in Lima, helped by a surprise donation from Australia.

Several of the 190 nations at the meeting welcomed the cash from both Australia and Belgium, but China said rich countries were not working fast enough to meet a broader goal of providing $100 billion a year by 2020 from public and private sources to help the poor cope.

Nov 22, 2013

UN climate talks bogged down over CO2 cuts, aid, on last day

WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Disputes over when rich and poor
nations will set greenhouse gas targets and over climate aid to
the developing world threatened to sink U.N. climate talks on
the final day on Friday.

Negotiators from around 195 countries are working to lay the
foundations for a new global climate accord that is due to be
agreed in 2015 in Paris, and come into force after 2020, but few
concrete steps have emerged from two weeks of talks in Warsaw.

Sep 27, 2012
via The Human Impact

VIDEO INTERVIEW: ‘Desperate’ Syrian civilians taking up arms


PERPIGNAN, France (AlertNet) – When the uprising in Syria spiralled into bloody conflict last year, French photojournalist Mani felt the urge to document what was happening, even though wars weren’t his usual subject.

Mani became a professional freelance photographer three years ago, having ditched a career as a primary school teacher. He spent time covering Sufism and transgender communities in South Asia, but always had a soft spot for Syria where he studied Arabic during his university years.

Sep 19, 2012
via The Human Impact

Syrian women face growing abuses, says opposition activist


Suhair Atassi was beaten and detained for her involvement in protests at the start of Syria’s uprising, before going into hiding and being smuggled out of the country late last year.

Now an exile living in Paris, the prominent opposition activist is trying to drum up support for humanitarian aid in Syria where the conflict has escalated. News from Syria seems to get bloodier by the day with civilians killed, wounded and uprooted by clashes between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups.

Sep 19, 2012
via The Human Impact

Tunisian constitution must enshrine equal status of women, says activist



Tunisian human rights activist Amira Yahyaoui recalls how, at the age of 17, she narrowly missed being shoved under a subway train. This is just one example of the threats and pressures her family faced for their opposition to the country’s then president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted last year in a popular uprising.

During Ben Ali’s 23-year rule, Yahyaoui’s father, one of the North African country’s most distinguished judges, lost his job after sending an open letter to the president decrying corruption and the state of the justice system. Her cousin was arrested for publishing satirical articles about the former leader, and died from the torture he underwent.