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'CAN DO' RATHER THAN 'CANCUN'
IES and MEPs share new ideas on the contribution European Union can make ahead of Cancun
Nobody expects the Climate Change COP in
Cancun in December to be a success.
Faced by the prospect of paralysis, pessimism and stale thinking the IES
convened a distinguished panel of speakers at a seminar with Members of the
European Parliament on 1st September.
The seminar looked first at re-defining
climate change issues as development issues, given the examples of abrupt
climate change that had characterised 2010 so far. The shift in the jet stream triggered by melting sea ice in
the Arctic had brought forest fires to Russia, mud slides to China and
devastating floods to Pakistan.
In his keynote address Tom Spencer argued
that we should break free from the tyranny of CO2 and greenhouse
gasses, as negotiated at the Climate COPs and concentrate instead on the other
50% of factors driving climate change. Jo Leinen, MEP, Chairman of the
European Parliament’s Environment Committee, endorsed this approach and
expressed his determination to explore new ideas. He announced in particular that his committee would be
looking at sending a Parliamentary Delegation to the Montreal Protocol
Conference of the Parties in November. Tony Long of WWF Brussels
gave a thoughtful intervention on development and climate change. The ensuing debate focused on the
challenge of changing perceptions and mindsets and recognised the need to
explore carbon negative technologies, such as Biochar and Calera cement.
ILLEGAL TRADE IN NATURAL RESOURCES - WHAT CAN BRUSSELS DO?
European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, 29-30 September
There are still a few places left for what promises to be a highly exciting and timely event!
Attended by representatives from International and European institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector, the conference will offer an opportunity to exchange ideas and reinforce cooperation between stakeholders to improve the fight against the import of illegally extracted natural resources in the European Union. In addition, it will explore the possibility for the EU to ban illegally traded natural resources from it's markets, in line with recent actions taken by the US Congress (Lacey Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act,...).
IES IS PLEASED TO WELCOME A NEW ADVISOR!
Ikaros Moushouttas joins IES Advisory Council as Senior Advisor
Ikaros Moushouttas has been appointed a new member of
the IES Advisory Council as per 1 September.
Ikaros was Member of the Policy Planning and Early
Warning Unit in the Council of the European Union since 2004 where he worked
initially on the ESDP action plan for Western Africa and security aspects of
migration and then moved to more horizontal issue where he played a leading
role in the implementation and development of the ‘Solana Report’
on climate change and international Security
His previous work experience included such positions
as advocate in the Cyprus Bar Association (1992-1993), Press Officer in the UN
Headquarters in Vienna (1994), almost ten years as a Diplomat in the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus (1994-2003) posted in Vienna,
Brussels and Nicosia, and Senior Press Officer in the Directorate-General
Agriculture, European Commission (2003-2004).
Ikaros was born in Cyprus in 1967. He graduated in Law
in the United Kingdom (1987-1991) and International Relations in Belgium
As Senior Advisor to IES he will be contributing to
our work on climate change and international security and other global