Monday, November 12, 2012

Responding to a Planetary Emergency: Global Partnerships and Global Struggles

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It is not just because it is 2012. The threat of radical climactic change is now not just a mere scientific proposition. The world's worst polluter, the United States, was the last victim of a severe weather disturbance - hurricane Sandy a.ka. the "Frankenstorm" - which battered New Jersey and several other states in the East Coast. Ironically, it came just weeks after defeated Republic presidential candidate Mitt Romney mocked President-elect Barack Obama for promising "to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet".

The UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) 18 in Doha, Qatar on the last week of November to the first week of December this year is seen by some as our final hope to save world - our final hope to deeply cut global greenhouse gas emissions to prevent catastrophic global warming. As such, movements around the world prepared as coordinated "Global Week of Action" this week to reiterate its message to the governments of the world - in particular, to the recalcitrant governments of the North.

It is thus fortunate that I was invited to speak on "MDG 8- Global Partnership" for the “MDG Youth Training Program” being organized by MDG Achievement Fund in partnership with UP-NCPAG Student Government. The training seeks to educate university students on the MDGs and provide them an opportunity to draft an action plan for the MDGs. This is a good opportunity to encourage our students to join the Global Week of Action and champion an effective global partnership to stop climate change.

Here is my presentation:

1 comment:

aaron pedrosa said...

Great presentation!