COP18 Doha Qatar 2012 Archives

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This morning Valeriane Bernard participated in the RINGO meeting (Research Institutions NGO), as Brahma Kumaris is part of this constituency within the Major Groups of the United Nations. It was a short meeting but Valeriane had the opportunity to meet some of the drafters of the declaration that RINGO will present at the COP 18 (text will follow).

Meeting of faith-based civil society groups
Valeriane represented the Brahma Kumaris. It was a very good meeting with over 20 different faith based organisations strategizing in order to get their voice heard in the Climate Change negotiations. The hope is that the voice of the victims of climate change, who belong to the different faiths around the world, can be heard and taken into consideration.

271112-1Side Event: Gender and Climate: Moving beyond the Rhetoric
BKWSU delegates: Sister Jayanti, Golo Piltz, Anthony Phelips, Sonja Ohlsson, Jyothi Hulmani, Teresa Mungazi and Teresa Lugones.

The daughter of the Emir of Qatar joined Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, for a women’s panel for the final discussion of the UNFCCC’s Gender Day.

H.E. Sheikha Mayassa, who established the NGO Reach Out To Asia, told the audience that “every journey begins with one step in the right direction.”

Members of the panel spoke about why women were often the group most affected by climate change, because of the role they play in the home and as a care giver. They also talked about why women were so vital in the fight against climate change and the importance of gender equality.

COP18-QATAR LOGOBackground
Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1994, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has been meeting annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change. The COP is the highest decision-making authority of the Convention. There are now 195 parties to the convention taking part in climate change negotiations.

The Brahma Kumaris is participating in its general observer status at COP18.

COP18-QATAR LOGOpdfClimate Change and Personal Responsibility

Think globally, act locally.

For twenty years this slogan has been used to catch the world's attention. The good news is that thousands of small scale green projects have popped up all over the world: people acting locally.

This we have done. This we already do. But we need to identify the commonly held attitudes that are the serious barriers to real sustainability. Educating people about climate change helps to build "the skills and the attitudes needed to question the way we think, the values we hold and the decisions we make..." (UNESCO). We need to understand the world as a unified whole. This is where we must make progress - and it must be soon. The legal foundation that informs our emission reduction targets will end in 2012.


We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.