November 2005 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

Pew Dialogue Urges New Approaches to Strengthen International Climate Change Efforts

On Tuesday, November 15, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change released a major new report outlining options and recommendations for advancing the international climate change effort post-2012. The report is from the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, a group of 25 senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries convened by the Pew Center.

Participants in the Pocantico dialogue included: policymakers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom, and the United States; senior executives from Alcoa, BP, DuPont, Eskom (South Africa), Exelon, Rio Tinto, and Toyota; and experts from the Pew Center, The Energy and Resources Institute (India), and the World Economic Forum.

The new report, International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012 - Report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, was formally released at an event hosted by Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Delaware), the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Other speakers at the event included representatives of Alcoa, Exelon, and Rio Tinto.

Read the press release.

Read what world leaders in policy and business say about the report.

Read the report.

Governments to Convene in Montreal for COP 11 and MOP 1

Governments will meet in Montreal on November 28-December 9 for the latest round of international climate negotiations. Two simultaneous events will be held: the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP 11) and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 1).

A key issue in Montreal will be whether and how to launch a new multilateral process to consider ways to extend the international climate effort beyond 2012, when current commitments under the Kyoto Protocol expire.

The Pew Center will host "Beyond 2012 - A High-Level Forum," a side event featuring an exchange of views among Ministers and senior business and NGO leaders on the new report of the Climate Dialogue at Poantico. The event will take place at 1-3 pm on Wednesday, December 8, in the Palais des Congrès.

Check the Pew Center website the week of December 12 for a report on the Montreal talks.

Learn more about the Kyoto Protocol.

Lugar-Biden Resolution Calls for U.S. Participation in International Climate Change Negotiations

On November 15, at the formal release of the Pew Center's report International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-Delaware) announced the introduction of a joint Sense of the Senate resolution.

S.Res. 312 calls for the United States to participate in negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change to establish mitigation commitments by all major GHG-emitting countries.

Read S.Res. 312 (PDF format).

Read Senator Lugar's press release on S.Res. 312 (word format).

Read Senator Biden's press release on S.Res. 312 (PDF format).

Read Eileen Claussen's statement on S. Res. 312 (PDF format).

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