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    Tomorrow’s Deadline of 6:00 PM

    Reflections from Michael Simpson, BCCIC Executive Director, from Paris, France, December 10th, 2015. Tomorrow’s deadline of 6:00 p.m. for the world to come to a climate agreement is breathtakingly close. We are in the absolute home stretch (there is no mandate for the UN to keep negotiating) and it is worth reflecting on why development […]

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    COP 21: The Big Issues

    Reflections from Michael Simpson, BCCIC Executive Director Frenetic seems the most precise way of describing this climate change meeting here in Paris. It has a markedly different feel than the recent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meeting in New York, which was basically a gathering of Heads of State in September to announce a pre-negotiated text. […]

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    Mid-COP Check-In

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 To evaluate how COP21 is progressing, I find it helpful to reflect on the history of UN climate negotiations. The following is a very brief video summarizing negotiations past. Disclaimer: This is not to undervalue the efforts of those who strived tirelessly to bring progress and agreement […]

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    A Day in the Life

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 My apologies for the sporadic posting, it’s easy to get swept away in the side events, exhibitions, actions, plenaries, and press conferences – and end the day too tired to write. I’ll be posting more about Canada’s role in negotiations so far, a mid-COP check-in, and […]

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    10 Odd Observations from Inside the Blue Zone

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 The Blue Zone is what they call the conference grounds requiring UN approved access. Security guards the doors, scanning UNFCCC ID badges before permitting entry. There are three main statuses that grant access to the Blue Zone: party, media, and observer (me). Once inside, additional security  clearance […]

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    Start with a Bang

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 Today I was in Place de la République when riot police arrested protesters for breaking the ban on civil society mobilization during COP21, due to security threats. I’ll tell the story of what I saw, but here’s the coles notes if you only have time for a […]

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    Arrival

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 Sunday Disclaimer: I meant to post this yesterday, but my baggage has yet to arrive in Paris and I was without a laptop charger.  Saturday Disclaimer: Please forgive my brevity today. While its une bonne matin à Paris, its 4am pacific standard time and my circadian clock […]

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    When the World Hurts

    Reflections from Emilia Belliveau, BCCIC Youth Delegate to COP21 I don’t have much experience writing about tragedy – and terrorism was never something I expected to blog about. Yet, with my arrival in Paris just ten days away, I didn’t feel like I could write about anything else until I recognized the impact of the November […]