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malaysia: supporting advocacy and lobbying at international meetings

This is a critical period for shaping the future international regime on climate change, as negotiations on a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol need to be finalized in 2009.

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The Bali Action Plan agreed at international climate talks in 2008 placed a significant responsibility on developing countries to draw up plans to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Yet few southern groups are sufficiently engaged in the interconnected scientific, economic, and political debates around climate change policies to lobby their own and rich country governments. Meanwhile, mainstream international NGOs lack the ‘climate justice’ perspective, which links social justice issues and local communities’ perspectives to climate change.

 

what happened?

Friends of the Earth Malaysia / Sahabat Alam Malaysia participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, advocating and lobbying developing country governments for an international climate regime based on ensuring climate justice.

 

FoE Malaysia was able to follow negotiations closely and keep developing country campaigners and negotiators up-to-date on the negotiation process. FoE Malaysia supported developing country proposals on finance and technology and for a waiver of intellectual property rights for environmentally-sound technologies. They also voiced their opposition to the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds and demanded respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights in relation to proposals on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD) and keeping forests out of the carbon markets.

 

FoE Malaysia took part in side events such as civil society workshops and a training event for journalists, supported initiatives that opposed false solutions such as agrofuels, incinerators and nuclear power, and gave media interviews.

 

what changed?

FoE Malaysia increased its capacity, experience and technical knowledge on climate change, enabling it to train and debrief others during the negotiations. FoE Malaysia and, through them, the FoEI network, also built alliances with southern government negotiators, which will enable FoEI to engage more effectively in international negotiations on climate change over the coming years.  In particular, FoE Malaysia has built close links with the Malaysian delegation to the UNFCCC, enabling them to help shape Malaysia’s national climate policy.

 

Meenakshi Raman of FOE Malaysia said, “There are very few southern NGOs who are able to articulate climate justice concerns at the global level and our participation has enabled us to be one of the few who can effectively represent the southern perspectives on climate justice.”

 

with thanks to our funders: the isvara foundation

 

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