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Climate justice dialogue held in Nepal

South Asian Alliance for Poverty Alleviation, 22 November 2015

Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal (CCJN), as the Nepal arm of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice (GCDCJ) in collaboration with Rural Reconstruction Nepal, South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) and LDC Watch has organised  a half-day “Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Justice” on 22nd November 2015 in Kathmandu.

Speaking as the Chief Guest Mr Bishwendra Paswan, Minister for Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) said that, developed countries have the upper hand in the climate change negotiations and as poor countries we have not been treated fairly by developed countries.

Special Guest Dr Krishna Chandra Poudel, Secretary of MoSTE pointed out that, although Nepal along with LDC Group has been strongly demanding for keeping the temperature below 1.5-degree celsius and climate finance, we need to be flexible given tough negotiations with developed countries at the COP 21.

Dr Sarba Raj Khadka, Coordinator of CCJN put forward his views that, the heart of climate justice is the understanding that urgent action needed to address climate change based on community-led solutions and well-being of local communities, indigenous peoples and the global poor who are at the frontlines of climate catastrophes, despite being the least responsible for climate change. He further said that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies.

Ms Prerna Bomzan, Advocacy Coordinator of LDC Watch expressed that we need to demand for a legally binding post-2020 agreement in Paris with a balanced outcome, making the agreement more accountable for developed countries’ historical responsibility towards developing countries and especially LDCs.

Mr Raju Pandit Chhetri briefed the participants in regards to the mechanism of the international climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and what is at stake at COP 21 in Paris.

The interaction programme was organised in the context of the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP21) of the UNFCCC scheduled from 30 Nov to 11 Dec 2015 in Paris, France. This conference will adopt a new climate agreement which will take effect post-2020 after the end of Kyoto Protocol.

The programme was chaired by Dr Sarba Raj Khadka, Coordinator of CCJN and Ms Sharmila Karki, Member of CCJN and President, NGO Federation of Nepal welcomed the participants and facilitated the dialogue.

Earlier the CCJN had organised regional level dialogues and consultations in Dhangadhi and Dhankuta on 18 November 2015 with the participation of different groups such as peasants, workers’ groups, natural resources user groups, indigenous groups, Dalits, women and representatives of different federations and networks working in the fields of human rights and people’s empowerment.

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International Training Course on ' Food Security, Climate Change and Environment' Held

International training course on 'Addressing Household Food Security in the Context of Changing Climate and Environment', jointly organised by Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) has been successfully completed on 18th September 2013. The training was organised in Kathmandu and Chitwan districts of Nepal from 09 to 18 September 2013. The training was attended by twenty participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and USA representing government agencies, I/NGOs and CSOs.

The training was facilitated by instructors from IIRR, Philippines and resource persons from RRN, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), WHH and other experts.

The course introduced a holistic food security dimension using: availability, access, utilisation and stability as a guiding framework. The course provided a basic overview of climate change adaptation concepts along giving special attention to nutrition, gender and environmental components. Similarly, food security efforts in forest, upland and coastal communities were also discussed during the training course.

The training was highly participatory and interactive. 5 days field study was carried out in various rural communities of Chitwan district to assess the condition of food security, impacts of climate change in low-land and mid-land agro eco-systems.

Sharing Program Organized in Twelve Districts

National Forum for Women Rights Concern(NFOWRC) has organized sharing program on finding of the study in twelve districts on different date of the April 2013 with the financial support of Care Nepal. The study was conducted to find the present status of Effectiveness of Existing Laws on Domestic Violence Control and Institutional Mechanism in Nepal. Study was mainly focused to analyze the effectiveness of existing laws and institutional mechanism/ system and to identify measures to control domestic violence and ways for its improvement and, to establish the accessibility to justice for the victims of domestic violence. It was carried out in12 districts selected from five development region.

The sharing program was organized in district headquarter of the respective district. In the sharing workshop, resource person of the workshop has explored the summary of findings of the study. The floor was opened for discussion after the presenting the summary. The participants were from various arenas. They were from district administration office, district chapters of bar, members of district networks of the NFOWRC, civil society, district court, political parties, district police office, government institution and NGOs. The district level stakeholders involved in the different steeps of the study were also present in the workshop and provide their input to enrich the study.

Just climate finance for climate vulnerable countries

An interaction programme was organised in Kathmandu, Nepal relating to Global Week of Actions today (21 Nov 2012). The programme was participated by diverse groups of Nepalese CS and government representatives including the Minister of Environment (UNFCCC Focal point), human rights activists, journalists and trade union leaders. The main points raised/discussed during the interaction are as follows:

  • No debt creating financing for addressing problems due to climate change. The aid must be grant, it should be new, additional and adequate for reparations.
  • Nepalese hills and mountains (including Himalayan range and the snow cover) are most affected by the consequences of climate change, so the problems should be addressed in priority. It would not only affect people living in Nepal but the whole of South Asia.
  • Deliver just climate finance for Climate Vulnerable Countries (CVCs), affected peoples and communities who are at the forefront of bearing the brunt of the impacts of climate change;
  • Mobilize resources, expertise and technology for addressing planetary emergency that has arisen due to the impacts of climate change;
  • Democratic, transparent and accountable control and management of climate funds globally and nationally;
  • Equitable and just distribution of climate funds among nations and within each country- direct access for the most affected and vulnerable countries/communities;
  • No climate justice without gender and children justice, so focus eliminating gender gaps and guaranteeing rights of the children;
  • Unconditional cancellation and repudiation of illegitimate and odious debts;
  • Equity and climate justice now –uphold human rights;
  • Deep emissions cut by countries most responsible for the climate crisis;
  • No more false solutions, but real solutions to the grave problems;
  • No to carbon trade and market approaches to solve climate change related problems. It is totally unjust that the poor countries of the south plant trees for the luxury of rich countries;
  • Deep emissions cut by the 'rich' and industrialized 'developed' countries. The emitters must cut down their emissions drastically and immediately;
  • End to the policies and operations of global financial institutions that exacerbate climate change;
  • Stop using public finance to support projects and policies that intensify global warming and climate change;
  • Social transformation towards equitable and sustainable global and domestic systems;
  • Pro­mote peoples sustainable alternatives. Stop bypassing country systems and local processes.
  • Respect right to development of those whose right is curtailed or violated in different pretexts;
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger so as to provide leverage to cope with the impacts of climate change;
  • Stop prescribing governance from elsewhere but empower local governance of the local natural resources such as forests and water;
  • Ensure access to and control over essential services and productive resources;
  • System change, not climate change! None of the neo-liberal polices can be the solutions to climate catastrophe, because they are the one who created this mess.

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Research Report Released

Human Rights Alliance has released a research report on Status of domestication of international treaties in Nepal.The main objective of this study is to examine critically what progress Nepal has done in the major human rights conventions and how they are being domesticated. This study has tried to highlight what is the status of Human Rights Commitment of Nepal before and after 1990.

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