COP18 at Doha: Weak Deals or High Expectations?

The annual conference on Climate Change held in Doha, Qatar has ended after two weeks of intensive talks involving delegations from 194 countries.  Year after year the conferences has further expectations, Climate Change is no longer a secondary issue, now is at the top.

The feeling that leaves the conference is that there is still much to do, so we have much to talk until the next meeting that is going to be held in late 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, for all this, the purpose of this post will be to highlight two topics from the conference the Kyoto Protocol and the Funding efforts.

Initially one of the hot topics of the conference agenda, was the Kyoto Protocol, which has a termination date to December 31, to promote their life of the protocol, also to support their values alive, it has agreed on an extension until 2020, also they agreed to revise in 2014 to discuss the new ideas that could be included in the future.

This decision has a hue very controversial, in one hand we have the protocol as a mechanism to support the Green Household Gases reduction, as one of the key issues for Climate Change management, in the other hand we have a lower support, nations as Canada and Japan have chosen not take part, and cases such as India and China looking in a different perspective, and defending their agendas, based on high industrial development, with large amounts of emissions of Green Household Gases. Meanwhile, we still are waiting for the United States; yes, we still are waiting for them! Hopefully they will jump into scene soon, and breaks their indifference stance about to the protocol.

The picture that we have now, is far away as it was expected, and the expectation that was generated around greater efforts to join new agreements that strengthen the protocol was tremendous, which is why we say that the protocol extension is not enough, and we must wait another year to see if we can reverse the “negative trend” that is taking the Kyoto Protocol, the main reason to say this, is that the largest emitters of greenhouse gases must be protagonists in the changes, and at this time they are not doing the “sacrifice” needed to make the improvements that we the world are expecting.

The other aspect I want to highlight, and it was spoken at length during the conference, related to Funding Efforts related to Climate Change, countries like UK, France, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland have pledged to give € 7 billion for the next two years, a goal that has been set is to get at least € 100 billion in 2020 to leverage the efforts being made to combat Climate Change.

When we look at the efforts being made for the financing of Climate Change, I reflect and wonder, these efforts will be enough? Give money to the study of Climate Change will solve the problem we have?

That is why from my perception I daresay financing efforts fall short in terms of money, when you consider the size of what we are dealing, what we are leaving to future generations, and if we that perhaps the money if you can leverage development of short-term solutions and long-term, but we do if the major emitters of greenhouse gases turns away?

The Conflict of interest we fear now is that some countries see as their own interests and they do not want to sacrifice themselves; they are more oriented to the school of economic growth without considering the effects that this has on our home.

That is why I now say to them  “You must lead by example“, this condition has a mandatory character and is not negotiable, if we want to be sustainable we must completely change the current model, we must take the last step to a global regulation, where generate greater control over the environmental impact.

Finally say, these conferences are held since 1995, so we have a long road, but the feeling in the end we have is that the clock is ticking and the ongoing efforts must be intensified, because at the end, we will always have a good reason to change.

The future…

 


DP:International Aid – should change the current model?

Continuing with the evolution of the Blog today, I am starting to develop some exciting topics connected to Sustainable Development, one of the primary axes of IMSD; therefore, I am continuing as promised in my previous post.

Today the world still has a significant economic and social division between the “developed” and the “undeveloped” countries. If we take into account the studies being done at present to define these categories, we would get endless options to define them. Nevertheless, an idea that I recently saw on the web and has seduced me significantly was from Hans Rosling, a Swedish Professor of International Health. During one’s of his studies, he speaks about human evolution taking into account two extremely important indicators: Per Capita Income and Life Expectancy.

Imagen de previsualización de YouTube

If we take into account these indicators to evaluate the International Aid Model, we would consider the Per Capita Income is represented by the “developed” countries or those who had strong Aid participation (donor’s countries), to the “undeveloped” countries that are those were the Life Expectancy is an issue that has not been solved yet. This is example shows that the “International Aid Model” has been not effective because the countries by themselves do not evolutes in a proper way if they follow this path.

If we look more deeply we ask, what does Humanitarian Aid to developing countries generate? Is this the best way to help developing countries? Is the benefit short or long term?

According to the report “Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2012“, International Aid can be focused on four main areas:

Poverty: The inability to generate a welfare state that ensures basic access to the primary needs of human beings: food, health and education.

Conflicts: Associated to military situations in countries that affect the primary needs of human beings. These are probably already put in place by the governments, however, due to conflict situations; they can be seen significantly diminished.

Natural Disasters: Unexpected events with great social impact of involvement on infrastructure and human beings deprived of access to basic needs.

State Fragility: Linked to countries who a weak state legitimacy, and also has not the infrastructure to ensure the access to primary needs to their inhabitants.

As you see the International Aid is focused on primary needs, but what about development?

Reviewing the data related to humanitarian Aid on recent years, it is interesting to note that each year is declining slightly disbursements of money on humanitarian issues but notes that some countries that have benefited from this Aid has not had major progress in overcoming their specific situations, examples such as Haiti and Pakistan (Earthquake – Natural Disaster) African (Famine – Poverty)

That is why in my opinion the humanitarian Aid by itself are not the way for nations to develop properly, the world order is changing and we need to think Long-Term, because humanitarian Aid are based on contingency measures, to ensure that the Short-term residents of the affected areas have access to food and primary health issues.

From my perspective, I would asseverate that we may go into a new development scheme in regions affected or delayed in this process, this fact is critical. We need to reinforce and restructure the model of humanitarian Aid as a generator of changes in society, and leave behind the model needs to satisfy depleted in the short run products specific situations.

Change is non-negotiable, the road to development is marked by eradicating poverty worldwide, not only in countries that have internal product development to benefit their own people.

Right now we are 7 billion people and by 2050 we will be 9 billion, if we do not change the current model as humanitarian Aid, how we are going to deal with the global population growth?

 

 


I, Where we go & Change

First of all I want to say that this is going to be my first experience in developing a blog, the truth right now is that I’m especially excited, because I write quite often, therefore is going to be a new habit.

Returning to the line of thought, I give you a brief description of who I am and where we are going with the blog.

I’m Venezuelan 33 years old, my university degree is in Accounting, also I had a  Master in Management and Finance Administration, my professional career I have developed in KPMG Venezuela, where I was 8 years and achieved position myself as a Senior Manager of Risk Consulting area, in the last 4 years I worked in “Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability”, I was in charge of managing the projects that were developed in the firm, this experience changed my outlook completely, I met a whole new world of alternatives and much to do, also greatly motivated me to work in the light of new needs that we shall be facing soon, which are connected to all environmental and social issues that have left a secondary place in the agenda topics global interest, for these reasons and many others that we will go in this blog progressively revealing everything that is linked to Sustainability and Climate Change has become my main area of ​​personal and professional interest.

When I look back I realize that I have been constantly evolving through professional areas associated to accounting, external audit, internal audit, risk consulting and finally CSR, which is why I pose the following question directly.

It is difficult to change? Change mindset? Change habits? Change of interest? Change professional? Changing the way you live? Change your beliefs?

In my opinion we are now the world is in a process of major changes, we have left behind the unilateral view that what matters was focused to the economic, the world order is changing at a speed that sometimes we do not realize, we now look more attention to environmental and social issues and all the implications that would have in a short and long term, so the aim of this blog is to address these issues, many of them related to topics of interest connected to Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Social Responsibility affairs, and as I mentioned above now this is my passion, so I will get deep with this topics

Finally say, that I do believe in change, and the power that is generated from them in the process of transforming ideas that make the road to where we want to go.

Nice to be here, we meet again soon

 



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