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Pokhara: From an eye of a cyclist

Posted by NYCA Blogger on June 9, 2012

– Khashing Rai (blogging from Pokhara, Third Nepalese Youth Climate Summit)

I, being a cyclist always see the places from cyclist point of view. I always ask question to myself; why this place or city can’t be a cycle friendly city with all those cycling infrastructure required for a cyclist to pedal without any fear in his/her heart. I am motivated whenever I see people on cycle whether child, young ones or old ones who are in 2nd innings of their life. If all the people start to cycle for shorter distance then “the world would be a better place to live” and all the conferences and summits holds no importance for a place to negotiate. Most of the problems would be solved. You name the problem and the answer will always be a CYCLE. For example: You are always late for your work, You are bored with the chaos of city, Shortage of Petrol, price hike of petroleum products,no electricity for pumping water and many more………..

Pokhara city; must be in a bucket list of many people whether Nepali or foreigner. It’s my 3rd visit to Pokhara and it’s for the paper presentation in 3rd Nepalese Youth Summit. This time the stay was managed quite far from Lake Side, can be called a country side of Pokhara. Most of the time was spent on the summit so, had a very few time for a visit. From our place it took nearly 1 hour to reach lake side by foot and on cycle it’s nearly 20 minutes. The nearby places to visit are Mahendra pool and Chipledhunga and its 20 minutes by foot. The time to reach Chipledunga by foot equals the time to reach Lakeside on cycle. Almost all the participants left Pokhara after completion of summit while few of us decided to stay to explore few places. We decided to visit Peace Pagoda, Davisfall, Mahendra Cave and Bat cave. We thought a bus would be better to reach lakeside so, we took a bus. But the bus rested double the time at bus stand than it ran. This way to reach a place of 10 minutes it took 30 minutes. Even the people of Pokhara are used to it and they seemed in no hurry. We were like WTF Are they doing; even the people walking by the side of bus overtook us. The frustration got severe as mercury was on high point. The short hike to Peace Pagoda and the views from that place somewhat reduced the frustration and provided peace. By the way the taste of water of that place was way better than what we used to have for 3 days. The paragliders gave the impression of the dragon fly seen during Dashain (the biggest festival of Hindus celebrated in the month of September/October). Those who wished to fly like a bird must paraglide in Pokhara. Boating in Fewa Lake along with swimming must have pleased others (Rajan, Sujan, Dinesh) except Bimal and I. For Mahendra Read the rest of this entry »

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Dear amazing youths at COP16

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 7, 2010

I had to write this letter to you all because I’d go mad if I didn’t.

I want you to know that you all are an inspiration for me to fight better and harder. During one of the craziest days I have had at COP, you all gave me so much support.

Stifled. Helpless. Hopeless. That’s how I felt last night when I heard that the Secretariat wanted us to remove the dying part from our action for what they called ‘for security reasons’. Dying is a very strong and visually affecting action to perform – agreed – but that is exactly what’s happening because of climate change: people ARE dying. All we were trying to do was to bring to their attention what is at stake – people’s lives – while they dillydally in these negotiations. These people ought to see that the lives of millions of people and thousands of communities is at stake, and more appropriately, is in their hands. We aren’t a threat to security, you guys are. We aren’t a threat to security, climate change is.

I personally started my journey as person with a lot of passion and conviction to bring about some change. I wanted to contribute as much as I could to the strengthening of this movement. I was a hardcore optimist. But, as much as I hate to admit it, the fruits of our actions has been close to zilch. Young people were a part of these UNFCCC conferences all the way back from the Rio Summit in 1992. Severn Suzuki’s moving speech failed to inspire the leaders to take action, and so did Christina Ora’s heartfelt address, ‘these people have been negotiating all my life.’ As for me, after a year of getting involved, coming back from Copenhagen last December and now after spending two weeks here in Cancun, I’ve realized it’s all about going back home, it’s all about the local. ‘Think global, act local’ is absolutely, fundamentally true. If we were all doing our work back home, taking care of our own land and really working to strengthen our own communities, this world would be quite an amazing place. And honestly, it is the only tangible thing we can really do. Of course we must lobby, we must keep abreast of what’s happening at the international level and we must keep pushing these negotiators to get them on the right track. But given that we young people, for the most part, have our hands tied up and our voices silenced in these negotiations, I don’t think we can have any serious influence on the decisions that are made. But we CAN see are the fruits of our action, and we can see them in our communities back home. And taking action is more and more important now, now that we have climate change to seriously worry about and we can’t do sit and do nothing while we wait for the leaders to make any progress on the UNFCCC front.

I was really proud of you guys yesterday. I realized that I could do a whole lot more. Your resolve, your commitment, your belief and your actions have impassioned and encouraged me to continue this fight and give more of myself to it. I think I will leave Cancun with more determination and hope than I had when I arrived. I am determined to get more active, more political, make sure I engage more people and do it faster than I did it before.

So thank you, thank you for your support and your inspirational actions, thank you for being unwavering. It has inspired to me to an extent I cannot even begin to explain. I really want you all to continue your good work within the UNFCCC processes. And while I can’t say that I’ll see you all again in South Africa next year, as quite frankly, I don’t feel like being a part of these UNFCCC conferences anymore, I will definitely do my bit in empowering my people back home. The planet is still warming up, and I will too, in my efforts.

Love you all so very much,

AP

we're doing our bit. why aren't you.

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a “UNFCCC version” of marriage

Posted by manjeetdhakal on October 8, 2010

thoughts during the Tianjin (China) Climate Discussion….. manjeet blogging from Tianjin

Culturally in Nepali society parents find the better-half for their adult son and daughter, my family included. This practice may seem unrealistic awkward and, surprising for the people of other society, but it has been working successfully for many years, what’s more  the rate of divorce is lower in our traditional society than that of in other societies. This custom of finding spouse, by parents, who are totally unknown to us until the first night after marriage that usually gifts happy-married life. Let us imagine a girl or a boy whom you have never met or even never imagined before to whom you are supposed to spend your whole life. However, no problem! We tell it a fast start process; here is the story in UNFCCC version.

Parents will look for their son/daughter-in-law, to whom we ever know. However, it works and is in going well until these days; moreover, we say it is “fast start” process. Imagine, a girl or a boy you ever had not met, but you are supposed to bear whole life with him/her.

Marriage Ceremony

First, they get married, as they have many different thoughts and wide range of expectations; first they share among each other in an open heart without any politics involved and put their number open in the table. There come many things to Mitigate and many to adapt with an effective option of effort sharing. Then they come-up with Shared vision and precisely it is totally the both party driven process. This comes to Fair, Ambitious and binding deal (FAB) deal nearly after a year, which results development of technology. Than the technology needs to financed and parents need to be more concerned on building more capacity. Now again the challenge comes, the Finance to run the whole system, but it is of no problem anymore, as the party has already agreed on crunch issues. Cooperation between both parties will generate fund, because the husband who owns more has saved 1.5 % of his saving on not other than his own bank.

This goes the final deal. But, some time it will be quite difficult, if there goes bilateral of husband or wife outside the process, and it will hurt both and parties members and they are not going to agree on that, always make check and balance of how the system goes.

This is Happy Family, of UNFCCC version!!

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UN Climate talk begin in Tianjin, China

Posted by manjeetdhakal on October 4, 2010

manjeet, blogging from Tianjin, China

Opening Pleanery of Tianjin Climate talk

UN Climate talk begin in Tianjin, China Tianjin, China 4 October 2010 The final meeting before the annual Climate conference (COP 16) begin in Tianjin, China from 4 October 2010. Government participating in the meeting express a high regard to People´s Republic of China for excellent arrangements in hosting the meeting. More than 3000 participants from about 194 UNFCCC signatories’ countries are participating the Tianjin meeting.

The interesting fact is that, the event is the first time that China, the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gases, has hosted a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting. The welcome ceremony was attend by Mr. Dai Binggue, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commissions of China and Mr. Haung Xinggue, mayor of Tianjin Municipal government with the Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. In the welcome address, Chinese officials focused on two major fact: China commitment on Legally binding agreement on Climate change and enunciate China as fast growing economy. Ms. Figueres in an opening ceremony says, “As governments, you can continue to stand still or move forward. Now is the time to make that choice”.

Parties really feel warm hospitality in Tianjin, during the intervention at opening plenary of AWG-LCA representative say, “From our arrival at the various points of entry, we were met with excellent hospitality and charm. We feel the warmth of the people of Tianjin. We therefore, thank the Government of China”. In the meeting, Lesotho on behalf of LDC in an opening ceremony recalls Chinese say, ¨A journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step¨ and hope that Tianjin is better place to start those few steps for a successful Cancun.

One of the interesting aspects in Tianjin negotiations is how the interface will play out between elements of Copenhagen Accord and other positions that are opposed to it in the new text. Issue of Finance, draft decision on REDD+, on discussion about MRV (Monitoring, reporting and Verification), issues on LULUCF (Land use, land use change and Forest) are other important issues in Tianjin talk.

Finance has always become critical and key to the effective implementation of adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer and capacity building particularly for LDCs and other developing countries. Along with this, there is a need for adequate and accessible financial support with new and additional finance over the existing ODA has become more urgent in the face of continued adverse effects of climate change and the associated delayed actions on reducing emissions.

For LDCs like Nepal, Adaptation is a priority and urgent issue, there LDC insist on the establishment of Adaptation Framework for Implementation covering full cost of adaptation. LDCs are also hopeful that 70% of the 1.5% of Annex I Parties´ GDP will be made available to the LDCs thereby maintaining the preferential status as the most vulnerable Group. Further, in Adaptation, LDCs are in favour of Adaptation Committee, with representation from LDCs, the creation of international and regional centres and creation of mechanism for loss and damage.

Last year’s UN climate summit in Copenhagen has disappointed many of us when it failed to produce a global and legally binding treaty, so it’s the challenge for the parties (government) to make the week fruitful.

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The Melt and Rise of Mountain States

Posted by NYCA Blogger on June 8, 2010

Something rare happened at the LCA (Long Term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC) plenary the other day. Around four mountainous countries made interventions saying how vulnerable they are to climate change and how the livelihoods of their people are already in jeopardy. This isn’t the first time that mountainous states have made such interventions, it was the first time that they did it in the same opening and it looked almost coordinated.

The small island states have long stolen the limelight of climate vulnerability specially with the underwater meetings and rhetorical grandstanding of the Maldivian president.

Nepal seemed to follow, albeit weakly, with a meeting at the close to the Everest Base Camp right before Copenhagen Talks. Though this stunt did get some press, it was a little too late and looked more like a desperate attempt to throw something together.

Nepal proposed an alliance of small developing mountainous states in Copenhagen but the exact nature of this alliance is remains to be seen. Will the countries actually join forces and function as a negotiating bloc? Or, will this be somewhat of a loose coalition, like the Coalition of Rainforest Nations (this group provided major political backing for REDD) that rallies around particular issue?

To me what is more confusing is why Nepal’s taking the lead and investing political capital in this when it actually should be getting the LDC bloc strengthened as it holds the chair of the group in the General Assembly.

Has Nepal realized that its interests are not well served through the LDCs? Nepal is in fact one of the very few non-Sub Saharan countries in the group. Or, does it not feel comfortable with a group with considerable history (and political baggage) and is attempting to create its own space?

The Copenhagen Accord might provide a hint at what might be at work. The Accord opened up a Pandora’s Box of sorts by saying that the priority on finance needs to go to “the most vulnerable developing countries”. Who exactly are these most vulnerable countries and who sets out the definition? We don’t really know.

While this can come off as a cynical assessment but this seems to exactly what developing countries should not be falling for- the contest to define degree of vulnerability. The lack of serious movement here in Bonn points at a major necessity for developing countries to stay united and push for strong mitigation targets and immediate adaptation funds, not to squabble with amongst each other. In fact, some countries have been doing exactly that in in the contact group, giving in to the delaying tactics.

The Government of Nepal is hosting a reception on Monday evening. This is going to be a high level event and is Nepal’s first public attempt to coordinate the mountain states.

What comes out of this meeting will be posted shortly. For a preliminary analysis, the alliance will perhaps be useful if:

  1. Mountain states are able to build a strong common ground that hashes out what the fundamental objective of this alliance is. This common ground must be well defined niche that validates the rationale for having this alliance.
  2. If the Alliance is able to form quickly and head straight to action. There won’t be much space left in the text if the states don’t decide on what to do until COP16. The text will have matured too much by then.
  3. Determine a membership criteria that allows the common ground mentioned above in number 1 to be achieved.

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Missed the Post-COP workshop? Here’s what happened.

Posted by pokhrelalina on January 15, 2010

A peek into Alina’s Journal =D

Kailash Hall saw an overwhelming lot of young climate activists last Friday. With a lot of new faces this time, the curiosity and the level of participation were unmatched. After everybody had their cup of hot tea/coffee basking in the sun outside, all of the 100 or so participants patiently waited while the organizers fixed little technicalities. By now, I, for one, have accepted that where there’s a projector involved, some tech hiccups occur sometimes, and so it was no biggie for me, although I did hear a few sneers here and there. Really guys, GROW UP.

Amita, the emcee for the event, yielded the floor to Pankaj Sir after welcoming us all. To use a hackneyed simile, Pankaj sir’s presentation on ‘Campaigns in Nepal in the build up to COP15’ was as fun for us to watch as it probably was for people who campaigned. From holding a Youth Cabinet meeting at ‘Basantapur Base Camp’ to the Ministers’ Cabinet Meeting at ‘Everest Base Camp’ –we did it all! Because we wanted to send delegations off to COP15 with the strongest possible message that people from every corner of Nepal –the cities, the lanes, the parks, the mountaintop, the heritage sites – is telling them to cut a deal that meets the science. The well received media coverage is representative of just that – we were successful in making our voices heard, out loud.

But it’s a pity that the Copenhagen Accord didn’t even ‘take note of’ the time and the energy that we – not just the Nepali youth, but youth from around the globe – spent putting pressure on policymakers and delegates in preparation for and during the conference itself. Yes, the Nepalese Youth Movement also reached the eyes and ears of people at Bella Center too and Avisekh Sir elaborated more on the actions that took place during the actual conference. Involvement in the various YOUNGO groups, the widely covered mountain action, the Press meet with Jairam Ramesh, NYCA’s side event, Summiteers’ Summit: we, indeed, made our presence felt. For which, I do think we should receive a pat on the back. We have already gained momentum, guys. Read the rest of this entry »

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