By: Natasha Dyer
MBB’s Climate Change Policy Project team, along with thousands of other delegates for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) headed to Paris in December 2015. After the comings and goings of the colossal 12-day event, it took time to reflect on what happened.
Gregg Walker, Suzanne Norbeck, Fatiha Osmani, Doreen Liberto Blanck, and Tom Fiutak worked brilliantly as a team to respond to the almost constant traffic of delegates and NGOs at the MBB booth.
Over 50 individuals left MBB their contact information, while another dozen-or-so professed an interest in joining the organization, and some delegates discussed how MBB could support their country or mediate regional conflict issues.
By the end of the first week, MBB had initiated a major drive to encourage delegations with a favorable response to MBB’s proposed language, to make direct contact with the delegation that had offered to sponsor MBB’s text. The team was able to demonstrate to its sponsoring delegation a significant level of support for the inclusion of “mediation” within the Paris Accords (the official agreement from the COP21 conference). Unfortunately, the rewriting of the Accords reduced the full report to just 32 pages, and the crucial term “non-judicial” was removed from the text. [Read more…]