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8 Dec

Proud moment for Ladakh: Two locals attend UN conference

December 6
Two persons from the Ladakh region, representing India at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21 or CMP 11) in Paris, have brought a proud moment for the remote region.
Jigmet Takpa, Chief Conservator of Forests, Ladakh, and Director, Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency, Leh, and Stanzin Dorjai Gia, Director, Himalaya Film House, who belongs to remote Gya village, 70 km east of Leh, are representing India at the conference.
Takpa was officially invited by the general secretary of COP 21 to attend the conference from November 30 to December 11 to showcase his works on climate change, mitigation and adaptation in the Himalayas. He is a member of the Indian delegation and made a presentation on “energy access” on December 1 at the conference.
At the UN conference, initiatives for mitigation and adaptation in response to climate change in the form of biodiversity conservation, rural livelihood improvement projects and renewable energy initiatives taken by Ladakh were appreciated.
Two movies by Stanzin Dorjai Gia —-“Jungwa” and “Lighting up Himalaya” —-showcasing climate change, mitigation and adaptation, would be screened at the UN conference. The movies were selected from among 500 entries around the world.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature will screen the movies to the audience at the UN conference on

December 8.
The movie —- “Lighting up Himalaya”—- on the Ladakh renewable energy initiative —- is screened every day at the Indian pavilion.
An official lunch was also organised at the Elysee Palace in honour of Jigmet Takpa, Stanzin Dorjai Gia and Christiane Mordelet for their work on December 2. Takpa and Stanzin took part in several discussions and debates on climate change, mitigation and adaptation during the UN conference.
According to the organising committee, the objective of the 2015 conference is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate from all nations.

Draft declarations:
As is usual before such major conferences, major NGOs and groups of governments have drafted and published a wide variety of declarations they intend to seek a consensus on, at the Paris conference itself. These include at least the following major efforts:

ICLEI at its World Congress, launched the new Transformative Actions Program (TAP) intended to progress local and subnational action ahead of COP21 to build on its 2005 COP11 (Montreal summit) commitments, Triple Bottom Line framework arising from that, and other local efforts.
European capital and large cities for climate action en route to COP 21 Declaration, adopted March 26, 2015 by “representatives of EU capitals and large cities of 28 EU Member States at the Mayors Meeting organized by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, who argue that “urban areas exposed to climate change are also essential innovation testing zones”, which is the focus of the ICLEI mechanisms, metrics and 2005 declaration.
Private, corporate and private-public partnerships
At the World Summit of Regions for Climate (WSRC) in Paris 2014, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Founder of R20, invited a coalition of governments, businesses and investors to sign a draft “Paris Declaration” at World Climate Summit in Lima 2014, World Green Economy Summit 2015 in Dubai and COP21.
The Shift project by French business organizations.

Indigenous peoples efforts include:
Asian indigenous peoples declaration
IPACC acting for African indigenous peoples in particular but also worldwide.
A vast range of groups and peoples “seeking presence in post-2015” development, e.g. the Centre for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous People in Nicaragua
Many indigenous polities and sovereignties seeking recognition under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples who demanded recognition and change also in 2014 at the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima. In 2015 this will include those with specific grievances, e.g. the Wabanaki Confederacy in its opposition to hydraulic fracturing and Energy East, has announced it will send a diplomatic representative regarding events in 2013 in New Brunswick that highlighted the relative imbalance of power to resist fossil fuel corporations even on unceded lands:
Canada is the home to 75% of the worlds mining corporations, and they have tended to have relative impunity in the Canadian Courts – Winona LaDuke
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network seeking “powerful submissions by worldwide women” sharing “stories, struggles, solutions and action plans …women’s climate justice mobilization”
Countries of the Mediterranean Sea. Dam Bridge, Strait of Gibraltar, S.A. (PPEGSA). The first draft PresaPuente adapting to climate change is designed to protect the Mediterranean the imminent rising waters the polar thaw. More than 24 countries, over 500 million people, more than 15,000 islands and thousands of Km. Of coast which can be saved from flooding.
Solar alliance: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at the 2015 G-20 Summit that he, along with French President François Hollande, intends to propose creating an alliance of solar-rich countries similar to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Ahead of the climate summit, the two leaders sent written invitations to over 100 countries to join the coalition proposed to be called the International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (InSPA)
A vast range of other activities in preparation to influence the major decisions at the conference.