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SI on Climate Change

The SI at the COP in Marrakech 

14-16 November 2016

The Socialist International was present at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP22, held in Marrakech, Morocco, between 7 and 18 November. Around 200 countries and almost 500 heads of state and government and ministers attended this year’s COP22. The main focus was to secure and finalise the details of the Paris Agreement, the framework to strengthen international cooperation to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change and to ensure the global temperature stays below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which was established at the previous COP21 held in Paris last December.... Read more



SI at the COP21 in Paris

09 December 2015

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SI Declaration on climate change and COP 21

29 November 2015

Meeting of the Council of the Socialist International
Luanda, 27-28 November 2015
Declaration on climate change and COP 21

Following discussions on climate change and the COP21 Summit at the Council meeting of the Socialist International in Luanda, delegates recognised the growing acknowledgement of climate change as the single greatest threat to the future of humanity, and the need for urgent and meaningful action from all the nations of the world. The Paris Summit may well be the last opportunity to avert a global catastrophe and the Council outlined the vision of the Socialist International for a universal binding agreement, common commitments, differentiated demands and precise objectives, calling for:.. Read more



Climate Change: The eleventh hour

27 November 2013



The Socialist International has been closely following the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, COP19/CMP9, which concluded on 23 November in Poland. Regretfully, once again little progress has been achieved on the most vital issues. There have been some positive developments and the SI welcomes these, but on the most pressing points, in particular that of sealing a new global agreement to replace Kyoto, and on firm and sufficient financial commitments from the developed world, decisions were weak or absent... Read more




12 December 2012



The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP18/CMP8, which this year took place in Doha, Qatar, concluded last weekend. Negotiations were extended in an effort to reach a positive decision involving all parties; however, yet again, we have witnessed a COP sadly devoid of significant decisions on climate change, one of the most serious issues humankind currently faces... Read more


Making the case for meaningful agreements at COP17

07-09 December 2011



The President of the Socialist International George Papandreou, the SI Secretary General Luis Ayala and the South African Minister of Home Affairs and member of the SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society (SWS Commission) Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma took part in a series of special meetings on 7-9 December during the high-level segment of the COP17/CMP7 summit in Durban, to advance the views of the social democratic movement on climate change and in line with the strong commitment of the organisation to a future of a low-carbon society with the concept of climate justice at its heart... Read more


SI Commission and environment ministers set priorities and targets for Durban

30-31 October 2011



The Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society and environment ministers from member parties of the International met in Johannesburg, South Africa on 30-31 October 2011, to discuss the social democratic priorities for the COP17 conference on climate change to take place in Durban from 28 November-9 December... Read more


Hope regained in Cancún

14 December 2010

The goal of the Socialist International and of our Commission for a Sustainable World Society for an ambitious and realistic international agreement on climate change, with binding commitments, objectives and deadlines, on hold since Copenhagen, has gained ground with the decisions reached in Cancún. A unified response by the international community to climate change, an objective which our International and our Commission has placed great emphasis on and strongly called for, is closer, while multilateralism and the United Nations process to deal with climate have regained credibility. .. Read more


In Mexico, Socialist International outlines priorities for COP16

26-27 November 2010



On 26 and 27 November 2010, members of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society gathered in Mexico City to put forward the social democratic views on the crucial negotiations at the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change being held in Cancún from 29 November to 10 December... Read more


SI at COP15 in Copenhagen: reaffirming social democratic priorities

07-18 December 2009



Exchanges and discussions organised by the Socialist International were held at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 7-18 December, in which a number of delegates, ministers, and some of the Heads of State and Governments present in Copenhagen took part... Read more

SI discussions on sustainable development with China

14-15 May 2009




High-Level Talks in China

Under the heading ‘High-Level Talks on Sustainable Development’, members of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society held discussions with the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) and leaders of the government of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing on 14-15 May, as part of the Commission’s agreed programme of work... Read more



Africa and climate change at top of agenda for SWS Commission

02 March 2009

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Cape Town meeting of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society
Leaders and ministers from different governments led by Socialist International member parties in Africa were united in their message at the meeting of the SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society held in Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday 2 March. While being the least responsible for climate change and global warming, the African continent was suffering the most from its effects, they declared, and the way forward in the global climate change negotiations required increased solidarity from North to South in order to assist it to adapt to face the new challenges... Read more

Commission sets sights on Poznan Conference, Copenhagen and beyond

05-06 September 2008



Stockholm meeting of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society

Members of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society gathering in Stockholm on 5-6 September, hosted by the Swedish Social Democratic Party, SAP, warned that the worldwide economic downturn could not be allowed to slow down the pace of commitments to climate change and urged the international community to produce solid results leading to an agreement at the forthcoming United Nations Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP-14) to be held in Poznan in December this year... Read more


St Petersburg Climate Change Seminar of the SI Commission for a Sustainable World Society

14-15 July 2008



A seminar of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society was held in St Petersburg on 14-15 July, gathering together members of the Commission and party representatives with Russian scientists and experts for discussions focused on climate change issues... Read more










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