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Towards an Asian Platform on Transforming Energy Systems

Based on Asian Conference on Energy and Asian Climate Justice Assembly Discussions

A. The Right to Energy

  1. We believe in peoples’ right to energy to be able meet their basic needs and the realization of their basic human rights -- right to a life of dignity and well-being, the rights to food and water, to livelihoods, to education, health, housing, the right to safety and security, the right to reproductive justice, the equal treatment and non-discrimination, the right to information, to the right to political participation and civil and political liberties among others

  2. The right to energy goes hand in hand with the right of communities and people -- women and men -- to democratic stewardship and management of the commons, of energy systems, regardless of geographic location and without prejudice to class, caste, ethnicity/race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity expressions. Religion, age, being differently-abled.

  3. The state has the duty and obligation to its citizens to ensure the fulfillment of the right to energy.

  4. The right to energy should be realized in a just and sustainable manner that is compatible with the limits of the planet, the environment and ecosystems.

  5. The right to energy must be exercised in a manner that recognizes and upholds energy sources are part of the “commons” which should not be owned and controlled by a few nor used and abused for private gain and accumulation of private profit.

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The World Bank’s Culpability in Climate Change

coal-fired-power-generation-plantThe World Bank further elbowed its way into the climate change negotiations and infrastructure when in 2010, the 16th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) invited the World Bank to serve as the interim trustee of its Green Climate Fund, the operating entity that will manage the financial mechanisms of the Convention.

Peoples' movements and organizations in many countries of the world, especially in the global South opposed this move, and justifiably so.

The World Bank is tainted by a history of financing projects that produce or heavily use fossil fuels. Over the past 61 years, the Bank financed 745 such projects worth $69.82 billion in 34 na-tions in the Asia Pacific region. Yet, while recog-nizing that using fossil fuels emit up to 70 per-cent of climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases today, the World Bank has never explicitly owned up to its share of the current climate cri-sis and perhaps none is forthcoming.

Photo courtesy of The Mindanao Examiner

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Building on the Bali Mandate

Robust mandates already exist to conclude negotiations covering 100% of global emissions. In Bali, in 2007, the world agreed to a negotiating roadmap that consisted of three essential pillars: a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol for developed countries; a compromise for the United States; as well as developing country action backed by finance, technology and capacity building.

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At Stake in Durban: A Climate Deal for the 1% or the 99%?

Durban - 28 November 2011
A civil society analysis of mitigation issues in the Durban talks

It’s a planetary and humanitarian emergency… The world is already reeling from major humanitarian emergencies exacerbated by climate change: floods in Thailand and Pakistan, landslides from extreme rains in many Latin American countries, and the multi-year drought in the Horn of Africa that threatens the lives of millions.

Current levels of warming have already begun triggering major “tipping points” in the Earth’s system – such as Arctic methane releases, Amazon dieback, and the loss of icesheets. 2°C of warming, as proposed by some governments, threatens to tip a cascade of events that will cause warming to spin out of control. We have known since 1986 that warming “beyond 1°C may elicit rapid, unpredictable and non-linear responses that could lead to extensive ecosystem damage”, the effects of which we’re seeing already.

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