Durban: What Of It?

Tim Hall | December 14th, 2011

Speak Your Mind editors reflect on the outcome of COP17; what was delivered, who was involved and what it really means for the world.

Keeping Faith When All Hope Is Lost

Willemien Calitz | December 10th, 2011

Dear Minister Mashabane This morning a Namibian radio station, Kosmos Radio, phoned me to ask how the negotiations were going. “Any news?” they asked excitedly. No, I thought. At least

“We must not lose momentum” – Ban Ki-moon

Tim Hall | December 7th, 2011

The opening of the High-Level Segment of the 17th United Nations climate negotiations (COP17) took place in Durban on Tuesday in the presence of South African President Jacob Zuma, UN

Development, what of it?

Julian K | December 7th, 2011

The term ‘development’ is one that everybody uses yet, nobody understands. It splits the world in half, differentiating between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries, and broadly defines discourse on international politics,

Where are the goal posts? Day 3 at COP17

admin | December 1st, 2011

It was business time at COP on day 3, as dozens of informal meetings took place and the plot of COP17 began to take shape, with the developing/developed nation divide

Day 1: “It always seems impossible…”

Tim Hall | November 29th, 2011

COP17 climate negotiations began with a flurry of urges and recommendations, though moves to kill Kyoto soured the first day. Quoting Nelson Mandela to invoke South Africa’s difficulty in defeating

Durban: What’s the Down Low?

admin | November 28th, 2011

Standing ovations finished the Cancun COP16 climate negotiations. The echoes of the Cancun applause have now worn off, and it’s time for hard decisions to be made at COP17 in

Russia and the Kyoto Protocol

Ben Coleridge | December 11th, 2010

The Russian Federation has announced its decision not to sign up to the second round of the Kyoto Protocol. Without going into detail on Russia’s arguments and reservations about the