Tagged: UN

Women aren’t failing at science — science is failing women - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 01, 2017

By Lorena Rivera León, United Nations University Female research scientists are more productive than their male colleagues, though they are widely perceived as being less so. Women are also rewarded less for their scientific achievements. That’s according to my team’s recent study for United Nations University – Merit on gender inequality in scientific research in Mexico, published as … Read More

Global climate talks move to Marrakesh: Here’s what they need to achieve - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 08, 2016

By Adil Najam, Boston University and Henrik Selin, Boston University Even though evidence on an ever-worsening global climate keeps pouring in with alarming frequency, the last 12 months have, in fact, been a relatively good year for global climate policy. This week, the world’s countries meet in Marrakesh, Morocco, to follow up on the … Read More

Environment NZ’s weak point for UN goals - News

John Kerr Jul 22, 2016

New Zealand gets a few ‘Fs’ in a new report card examining how we are doing on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. In September last year New Zealand, along with 192 other countries, signed up to the goals, which described by the UN as “a bold and ambitious global plan to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change.” There are … Read More

Oxfam: saving the tava’e (and the world) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 29, 2014

This guest post is by Oxfam NZ‘s (relatively) new director, Rachael Le Mesurier. She’s off to the UN conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia next week, and here provides an interesting overview of the climate, sea level and other issues that are going to be on the agenda. The national leaders of some […] … Read More

Ange Palmer: Why I Feel So Good About Climate Change - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 26, 2014

I have been marinating in the meaty world of climate change for a good five years now. I’ve been on a wild ride as a film maker producing a documentary called 2 Degrees (that’s the trailer above). Our film looks at the flaws in the UN climate negotiation process through the gritty lens of climate […] … Read More

Signing up to nonsense: denialists plot letter to UN secretary general - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 29, 2012

People send me stuff. Imagine my surprise when this morning’s mail included the text of a round robin email from Tom Harris — the Canadian PR man who heads the Heartland-funded denialist lobby group the International Climate Science Coalition [full text here]. It gives an interesting insight to how these groups work behind the scenes. [...] … Read More

Don’t worry Kyoto (National’s Only Looking Out For Its Friends) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 12, 2012

The New Zealand government has announced that the country will not join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (CP2), but will instead make voluntary commitments within the Kyoto framework [Herald, NBR]. Climate change minister Tim Groser presented this move as: …aligning [NZ's] climate change efforts with developed and developing countries which collectively are [...] … Read More

Rio wrap: a real limp deal (where’s the way out?) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 25, 2012

So it ended, as have most of the recent UN conferences on climate change, with a statement of platitudes and good intentions but nothing in the way of firm commitments to action. George Monbiot called the conference text 283 paragraphs of fluff, The Economist called the outcome “a limp agreement” and “a poor result for [...] … Read More

How Heartland lied to me and illegally recorded the lies - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Mar 15, 2012

4 a.m. Bali, December 2007, the first Tuesday of the two-week UN climate talks. My phone rings, waking me up. Blearily, and a little crossly, I answer it. I was in Bali to run Greenpeace International’s media for the meeting. The caller was someone called “John” who said he was an intern for a US […] … Read More