Seasons of Change

Seasons of Change

Nov 19, 2012


Seasons of Change

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November 19, 2012
In the midst of turbulent times in the Middle East and North Africa, the State of Qatar is hosting the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha from November 26 to December 7, 2012.

This webdossier compiles analysis and perspectives from the Washington Office of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung as well as from a wide range of international and regional experts from the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and its partners on how climate change, resource and energy politics relate to political and social change.

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The Renewable Energy Revolution – Side Event at COP18 in Qatar

Renewable energy feed-in tariff policies (REFIT) enabled countries like Germany to ramp up renewables and replace fossil fuels and nuclear power step by step. Can experiences like the German energy transition provide a blueprint for countries worldwide? How can REFITs work in Africa and the Middle East, tackling poverty through electricity access and leaving dirty technologies behind? more>>



Policy Paper

From Ignorance to Inclusion

By Liane Schalatek, Sarah Little, Sarah Bibler, Celine Salcedo-La Vina - November 6, 2012 - Gender-Responsive Multilateral Adaptation Investments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region – This study analyses how gender-responsive multilateral adaptation projects in the MENA region are, finding and discussing both best and worst practice examples. The authors demands that multilateral institutions in all their MENA adaptation projects implement gender safeguard policies consistent with existing international conventions and instruments on gender equality. more>>

Policy Paper

Climate Finance for the Middle East and North Africa: Confronting the Challenges of Climate Change

By Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani and Prachi Seth, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America
November 2012 - Responding to climate change presents challenges for the oil dependent and water stressed countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), but also opportunities to forge new paths to more inclusive and effective development. This brief considers the scope and objectives of dedicated public finance directed to the region, drawing on Climate Funds Update data. more>>

Event Summary

What does the German Energy Transition mean for Jordan?

by Anna Leidreiter - On September 26, Jordan’s renewable energy leaders discussed Germany’s energy transition in Amman. The key questions to be answered were how does the German Energy Transition work, what are the international reactions and what does it actually mean for Jordan? The workshop was organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation Arab Middle East and EDAMAmore»




How Not to Get Lost in the Desert

By Hans JH Verolme - November 7, 2012 - In the middle of an economic crisis and with the need to fight poverty globally, it is pivotal for the participating states to take COP 18 in Doha to its limits. Despite low expectations of Qatar in hosting this climate summit and the inherited problems and challenges from previous summits, it is even more important to get participating states back into the game to agree on binding regulations to decrease CO2 emissions. more»





The Power of Youth for Environmental Justice

by Waleed Mahmoud Mansour - October 31, 2012 - The Arab world has witnessed uprisings from its youth, who are demanding more democratic governance systems, and particularly social justice, which implies both economic and environmental justice. But those regimes remain unaware of the power of the youth, who can deliver solutions for climate change.  more>>

Policy Paper

Inching Forward: the Second Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board and the Nitty-Gritty of GCF Operationalization

The Board of the Green Climate Fund met for the second time in Songdo, South Korea from October 18 – 20, 2012.  With board members having  to tackle the nitty-gritty work of operationalizing the Fund by early 2014 now in earnest, the selection of South Korea as the host country for the GCF was the most concrete outcome of the three day board meeting. By Liane Schalateck, more>>





Climate Finance Fundamentals

In time for COP 18 in Doha (Qatar), this series of 11 short introductory briefings, written in co-operation with the Overseas Development Institute, has been updated to reflect the latest data available on, the tracking project of ODI/hbf of dedicated climate financing instruments from pledge to project. By Smita Nakhooda, Liane Schalatek, Alice Caravani and Neil Bird more»




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