Climate | Sustainable Development
Here you will find articles on international and Swiss climate policy, and on sustainable development in general.
The annual UN Climate Conference will convene for the 19th time in mid-November. For the better part of a year now the talks have been taking a new direction. The crucial matter of burden sharing amongst countries nonetheless remains unresolved. This could thwart the hoped-for agreement on a new climate regime by 2015. ...>>
At the 2010 climate conference in Cancún the industrialized countries promised to support developing countries with new and additional funds in their climate-friendly development. The situation after two and a half years is sobering: it is a case of much old wine in new skins. Switzerland too comes up short on innovative approaches to finding new funding sources. ...>>
Biofuels were immensely popular some years ago. At last, we could drive our cars without harming the climate! And yet its environmental and developmental problems have long been known. Politicians are only now beginning to react. ...>>
For years now, emission prevention and adaptation to climate change have been central topics of the United Nations climate negotiations. Yet the collective failure to reduce greenhouse gases turns the spotlight on a new topic, that of dealing with permanent loss and damage. ...>>
The outcome document of the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development that was adopted on 22 June in the Brazilian mega-city proved disappointing in several respects. Admittedly, the developing countries were able to ensure that the concept of the «green economy» does not restrict their development needs. Alliance Sud nonetheless believes that the summit missed the opportunity to launch the paradigm shift needed for sustainable development and, by extension, for the survival of humanity. ...>>