COP18 Doha Qatar 2012 Archives

Climate change and human rights - Valériane Bernard



COP18 Is climate change a violation of human rights? (June 2012)


2012-11-28 cop-18-teamThis report summarises all the activities of the COP 18 event.

cop18-religionsDecember 7th–As the closing of COP 18 looms, particularly given how things are going, if one is a person of faith, it is befitting to start this day with prayer, as it the prospective outcomes are far from promising. After the now-routine 1-hour bus ride and 20 minute walk from where the shuttle bus drops us to where the sessions occur, I started my day at the session, “Ethical and Religious Insights on the Climate Crisis,” organized by the World Council of Churches(WCC).

After opening remarks by the moderator, Reverend William Somplatsky—Jamon of Presbyterian Church USA and the World Council of Churches, we viewed a WCC film “Have You Seen the Rainbow: Hope, Change, and Faith in Tuvalu” which gave us a snapshot of the impact and threat of the climate crisis for the people of Tuvalu.

Untitled-1Side event at the Intercontinental Hotel:
Sustainable Innovation Forum 

As COP18 Qatar draws to a close, business and government leaders gathered at the Sustainable Innovation Forum. The forum took place in the Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the beautiful Al Corniche area of Doha and the Arabian Gulf. It was hosted by Climate Action in partnership with UNEP led by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations. As the Forum is also looking into collaboration with the civil society, NGO's were invited, and from Brahma Kumaris there were 6 participants.

5 bQatar Foundation Presentation
Opposite the Qatar National Convention Centre, where COP18 , the venue of COP 18, a new Education City is being built by Qatar Foundation. Many innovative buildings and arenas are in this area, where many international universities are also established. The Qatar Foundation is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheika Mozah.

The Health, Safety, Security & Environment Directorate of Qatar Foundation hosted a presentation on "Alternative Sources of Energy" by Golo Pilz, from the Brahma Kumaris delegation. The invitation had gone out to all staff members of the Education City, so the audience was a mix of professors, engineers and senior advisers.


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