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The Durban Climate Conference and the Roles of the Major Industrial Powers and the BASIC Group
by Praful Bidwai
Praful Bidwai discussing the outome of the Durban climate conference
The Durban climate conference postponed all significant climate action beyond 2020, by when it may be too late to limit climate change by making global emissions peak. The world seems on course to catastrophic warming of 4 degrees Celsius, well above the tolerable threshold of 1.5 to 2 degrees. The conference outcome further weakens the commitments and disciplines pledged in the past. The extension of the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 and creation of the Green Climate Fund's empty shell do not compensate for the setback to the cause of a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal.
|14:00 - 14:05||Opening Remarks|
Govindan Parayil, UN University Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director
|14:05 - 14:50||Towards Four Degree Global Warming? The Durban Climate Conference and the Roles of the Major Industrial Powers and the BASIC Group|
Praful Bidwai, Durgabai Deshmukh Chair in Social Development, Equity and Human Security, Council for Social Development, Delhi
|14:50 - 15:30||Discussion|
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Praful Bidwai is a political columnist, social science researcher, and activist on issues of human rights, the environment, global justice and peace. He currently holds the Durgabai Deshmukh Chair in Social Development, Equity and Human Security at the Council for Social Development, Delhi.
A former Senior Editor of The Times of India, Bidwai is one of South Asia’s most widely published columnists. A founder-member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, India, he received the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize, 2000 of the International Peace Bureau, Geneva & London.
Bidwai is a Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, an international collective of progressive scholar-activists. He was a Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. He has co-authored, with Achin Vanaik, South Asia on a Short Fuse: Nuclear Politics and the Future of Global Disarmament (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999), a radical critique of reliance on nuclear weapons for security.
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