City Halls to Cancún Corridors

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On the 8th and 9th November 2010, Taipei County Government (soon to be known as Xinbei City), the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and the Taipei Ricci Institute jointly organised an International Summit on Climate Change and Low Carbon Metropolises which took place at the seat of the Taipei County Government in Banqiao City.

This summit was split over two days:

The first day's conference entitled Climate Negotiations in Cancún: Determinants for Change, aimed to outline the tendencies, processes or determinants that could affect and possibly alter the results of the conference in Cancún (COP16) and climate negotiations in the future: the increasingly visible impacts of climate change, the rise of new leaders or coalitions in the negotiations, and the development of alternative and possibly competitive forums of governance. Thus, such reflections would enable speakers and participants to give a first prospective analysis of the negotiations in Cancún.

For the second day, 9th November, the Environmental Protection Bureau of Taipei County directed the conference on Climate Change and Low Carbon Metropolises which gave the opportunity for mayors from cities all over the world to discuss viable options for lowering carbon emissions in their cities, share the progress they have made, and facilitate further cooperation, notably with the signature of a declaration by the cities to respect and implement greener policies.


Day 1: Climate Negotiations in Cancún: Determinants for Change

Despite the hopes levied, the Copenhagen conference was a disappointment to most participants and viewers. The inability of states to come together on a common binding agreement, the lack of ambition of the commitments taken and the inadequate integration of civil society in the negotiations were perceived as a huge letdown.
If the overwhelming feeling at the wake of the conference was that of an absence of progress of the negotiations, signs of change were also visible: a changing balance of power between the negotiating parties, and a move towards a more bottom-up approach based on voluntary commitments at a national level. The objective of this seminar was therefore to try and outline the tendencies, processes or determinants that could affect and possibly alter the results of climate negotiations since COP 15 in Copenhagen, to the upcoming conference in Cancún and beyond. These include the increasing and increasingly visible impacts of climate change, the rise of new leaders or coalitions in the negotiations, and the development of alternative and possible competitive forums of governance. Such reflections will enable speakers and participants to give a first prospective analysis of the upcoming negotiations in Cancún.

Day 2: International Summit on Climate Change and Low Carbon Metropolises

Environmental issues have recently received increased worldwide attention. In relation to issues dealt with at an international level such as climate change treaties, metropolises are the basic units for the practical implementation of regional policies. The important roles played by regional and global policies can no longer be neglected. The main purposes of this forum were to bring together different cultures and their environmental policies, share regional experiences and facilitate further cooperation.

The two main discussions were:

1. Trends in climate change management: Follow-up discussions regarding the trends of management under climate change, from the meeting of Copenhagen to that of Cancún.
2. Actions of Low Carbon Metropolises: Saving energy and carbon reduction, development and promotion of reusable energy technology.

The mayors and delegates signed the environmental declaration to demonstrate their commitment to green city policies. This action will minimize human impacts on the environment and may become one of their most remarkable achievements.

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All photos by C. Chuang

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:34
Mei-fang Tsai (蔡玫芳)

Mei-fang was Taipei Ricci Institute's manager. She is now the executive director of the Weiyuan Miculture Foundation.

前台北利氏學社經理 -  現任「微遠虎山」執行長


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