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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on November 23rd, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

First about those Fourth floor Dinning Rooms that lost some space in the 2010-2013 reconstruction so there is some more space for offices, and when the buildings got more restricted access, and the procedure for inviting outsiders for lunch is in deschieval – so to avoid overall financial losses – the Delegates will lose that space completely as of December 20th.

This past  Tuesday we decided to bring my wife for a last lunch in the 4-th floor facility. We had to go from one gate to another gate where the officer tried to send us back to the first gate. Surely, I tried to explain to him that he is in contradiction to that other officer, and he finally pointed at a third person near the gate who had a list from the Dining Hall – and as we were on that list – he issued a paper with which we  proceeded to Security. On the other side waited for us an ESCORT who took that paper and brought us to a desk where three officials proceeded to exchange my wife’s driver’s license for a different piece of paper that was a photo containing PURPOSE PASS – to go and eat.  Our escort waited to take us to the Fourth floor where he left us in the safe hands of the Maitre D’ who knows me and laughed. Obviously, on the way back I was recognized by him as the appropriate escort as we had to get back my wife’s driver’s license.   NOW – IS IT CLEAR THAT I DO NOT EXAGGERATE WHEN SAYING THE UN HAS KILLED THE DELEGATES DINING ROOM?  Also, am I wrong saying that half of the personnel that took care of us would have been better used in some god-forsaken place for military purpose?  But then, ask journalist Matthew Lee and he has information that such troops spread Cholera in Haiti or raped women and children in the Congo – so perhaps better have them under scrutiny in New York. The Haiti and Congo stories, or the Sri Lanka stories, are still under – cover in New York. They got to the public only outside the UN gate (that is except for Mr. Lee).
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FAST FORWARD TO WARSAW:

From Alofa Tuvalu alofatuvalu@alofatuvalu.tv via lists.iisd.ca 
Nov 21 (2 days ago)

 On Thursday November 21 2013, Unions and international NGO’s decided to leave the COP19 negotiations.

{this two days after 133 countries of the G77 left the meetings already.}

The objective : to protest, in solidarity with the victims of Climate Change facing the steps backward of gathered countries in Warsaw : (Japan climbing down, Australian crises, firing of the Polish Environment Minister replaced with a pro shale gas)… and to send a strong message : enough is enough !

Alofa Tuvalu, from the SIDS,  as part of the Board of the Climate Action Network France (RAC), is very proud of this strong demonstration of our common deep disappointment,

Warsaw Climate Conference of the Parties : ENOUGH !

The NGO’s joint statement:
Organizations and movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. Instead, we are now focusing on mobilizing people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action.
We have said we stand in solidarity with the millions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and with all climate impacted people. Our solidarity compels us to tell the truth about COP 19 – the Warsaw Climate Conference.

In fact, the actions of many rich countries here in Warsaw are directly undermining the UNFCCC itself, which is an important multilateral process that must succeed if we are to fix the global climate crisis.

The Warsaw Conference started off on the wrong foot, with a “Coal & Climate Summit” being held in conjunction, corporate sponsorship from big polluters plastered all over the venue, and a Presidency that is beholden to the coal and fracking industry. Things only got worse during the first week, when Japan announced that it was following Canada and backtracking on mitigation commitments previously made, and Australia gave multiple signals that it was utterly unwilling to take the UN climate process seriously.
This week saw a “finance ministerial” with almost no actual finance, and loss and damage talks that have stalled because rich countries refuse to engage on substance. Warsaw has not seen any increase in emission reductions or support for adaptation before 2020 – and on many of these things it has actually taken us backward. And a clear pathway to a comprehensive and fair agreement in Paris 2015 is missing.

We as civil society are ready to engage with ministers and delegations who actually come to negotiate in good faith. But at the Warsaw Conference, developed country governments have come with nothing to offer. Developing country governments are also failing to stand up for the needs and rights of their people. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott posted a video to mark the opening of the 44th parliament, saying the ‘adults are back in charge’, as he seeks to abolish the carbon tax.
It is clear that if countries continue acting in this way, the next two days of negotiations will not deliver the climate action the world so desperately needs.
Therefore, organizations and movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is not to further engage in the Warsaw climate talks. Instead, we are now going back to mobilize people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action. We will work to transform our food and energy systems at a national and global level and rebuild a broken economic system to create a sustainable and low-carbon economy with decent jobs and livelihoods for all. And we will put pressure on everyone to do more.

Coming out of the Warsaw Climate Conference, it is clear that without such pressure, our governments cannot be trusted to do what the world needs. We will return with the voice of the people in Lima to hold our governments accountable to the vision of a sustainable and just future.

Much of the blame goes on the shoulders of  the Polish Presidency as it was rather more interested in giving cover to its coal industry then in hosting an environment meeting. We understand that the Polish Environment Minister resigned and we remember that when the COP was held in Montreal – the whole Canadian government was overturned while we were in town. So — it is crystal clear that, in its defense — the UN cannot be better then its member governments.
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OK – we know that Dining Rooms closing fro delegates does not compare with climate induced lack of food to the poor – so – here this Warsawian:
NGOs walk out at COP19 in Warsaw

Members of NGOs walk out of United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw. Photograph: Jenny Bates

Environment and development groups together with young people, trade unions and social movements walked out of the UN climate talks on Thursday in protest at what they say is the slow speed and lack of ambition of the negotiations in Warsaw.

Wearing T-shirts reading “Volverermos” (We will return), around 800 people from organisations including Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam, 350.org, Friends of the Earth, the Confederation and ActionAid, handed back their registration badges to the UN and left Poland’s national stadium, where the talks are being held.

“Movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. This will be the first time ever that there has been a mass withdrawal from a COP,” said a WWF spokesman.

“Warsaw, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing. We feel that governments have given up on the process,” he said.

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