COP18 Doha Qatar 2012 Archives

4 bInter-religious Coordination Meeting
This meeting focussed on the need to start preparing now for COP 19 meeting in Warsaw, especially building an inter-religious presence based on partnerships with Polish faith and inter-faith organisations and networks as hosts. It was agreed that faiths are diverse and yet there is a clear common purpose to do what is noble and right, to protect nature, to reduce harm, and to act wisely and in line with faith-based scriptures and values. It was agreed a lot of material has already been developed, some of which needs updating (particularly in terms of science input). Examples include the Marrakech COP7 Islamic-Christian Dialogue, the Uppsala Manifesto, and UNEP Earth & Faith publication.
Uppsala Manifesto
UNEP Earth & Faith publication

IMG 2444 320x240Side event on “Environmental Protection: Religious Perspective”
Dr Ibrahim Saleh Al Naimi, Chairman-Board of Directors, DICID, gave an introduction stating that different religions have in common the devotion to God, and His creation, the environment, needs to be protected.

Prof. Ali Al-Qaradaghi, General Secretary of the International Islamic Scholars’ Union: He announced that they have developed their own system for environment’s conservation, covering all aspects of sustainability practices. Its implementation started in the Mosques: green Mosques, reduction of electricity consumption, etc. Qatar is sharing knowledge and experience for environment conservation with the other countries of the Gulf.

13530 November 2012
The international delegation had another wonderful day. The early morning lesson was held together with all the Brahma Kumaris members in Qatar and those who came from Dubai and Oman. It was a very warm gathering, in which we shared experiences, presents and a delicious breakfast together.

In the afternoon, the Youth representatives of the delegation, Piyush Ahuja and Teresa Mungazi went to AL Jazeera new channel, for the preparation of a video about the different initiatives taken by Youth in COP 18.

024RINGO morning meeting
RINGO is the constituency Brahma Kumaris is affiliated with, it stands for Research and Independent NGO. Valeriane Bernard attended several RINGO meetings. On 29 November, all the participants informed about their activities in COP 18. Some of them followed meetings on mitigation, others on poverty or adaptation. Valeriane was invited to be part of the drafting committee for the RINGO High-level Statement to be read for the plenary next week. She stressed the importance of ethics and values in the process of the COP meetings, science can help in providing information but ultimately it is the ethical choice of the negotiators that will allow them to take the right directions and decisions.

BKCOY[1] 320x240The BK Environment Initiative (BKEI) youth participation was scaled up in 2012 with a meaningful and effective participation at COY8 as part of the overall UN set of meetings on climate change in Doha. COY8 was held on 23rd to 25th November 2012 at the Doha Student Centre in Qatar. The COY8 was attended by about 300 youth from more than 40 countries. New and positive ideas have emerged in this year's COY which encourage a spirit of togetherness. The BK youth delegation was made up of seven young people - Teresa (Zimbabwe), Juan (Canada), Manpreet & Sandra (Qatar), Piyush & Patish & Salam (United Arab Emirates).

Throughout the COY8, the BK youth had the opportunity to share materials, ideas and experiences.

On 23 November, the BK Youth facilitated a workshop titled "Climate Change Demands Inner Change - Revealing the Missing Dimension in Resolving the Climate Crisis". This workshop was facilitated by Teresa, Juan and Piyush. The workshop was one way of assisting youth to appreciate the need for a shift in awareness to underline any shift in government policy as well as community attitudes and behaviours. It was aimed at contributing to the creation of a positive atmosphere, spirit of togetherness, and promotion of enduring human values such as peace, love, tolerance, and mutual respect.

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