Category Archives: COP15

How to Feed the World

OK, it is a bold title, but it’s an important matter. For a tragic number of people, it is a matter of survival. And it can’t be done well until we figure out how to manage well the world’s water … Continue reading

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Nitty-Gritty Advocacy…here’s an example

In my blog on 12 December I spoke about GPPN’s ‘nitty-gritty’ advocacy. I mentioned how they draw up text amendments related to water in the UNFCCC negotiating text for the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Co-operative Action (AWG LCA). If … Continue reading

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Nitty-Gritty Advocacy

This is my last blog from the COP 15 conference. I’m writing it on the train from Copenhagen to Stockholm. The conference still goes for another week. Ministers are arriving now and then 100-plus heads of state will come even … Continue reading

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Will the bridge ever be built?

I’m tired of hearing it. The water people. The energy people. The environment people. The agriculture people. The health people. Well, I guess we all work in ‘sectors’ and we all have to push our agendas. But there are efforts to … Continue reading

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Maybe they need to experience the struggle for water first

It isn’t easy making an international treaty when it involves more than 100 countries. The sight can at times be depressing: delegates reading prepared statements that repeat long-known positions. Maybe it is all a game–negotiators posturing while waiting for the big … Continue reading

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What can you do about Climate Change?

My good colleage and Global Water Partnership Special Advisor, Mike Muller, writes: “Many of us participants arrived in Copenhagen by air. And some of us are feeling guilty about making the climate problem worse even as we try to solve … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance at COP 15

How come everyone’s climate change disaster scenarios involve water, but it appears nowhere on the COP15 agenda? The opening session of the Copenhagen climate change conference began with an emotional video of a girl experiencing all the projected (some would … Continue reading

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