Civil society should have a multipronged approach that uses both formal and informal channels of influence to achieve the desired results at the Lima Climate Change Conference (COP-20), to be held in Lima, Peru on 1-12 December 2014.
However, in practice, applying such an approach is not easy, especially when agendas are unclear and even conflicting, as Layla Saad, Deputy Director of the RIO+ Centre, pointed out in an article published in the Policy Practice Brief section of our website (to read the article, click here).
The article casts light on the role of civil society at the Lima Climate Summit. It also includes Saad’s reflections inspired by her participation in the Mobilizing for COP-20 seminar, which took place from 31 July to 2 August 2014 in Foz do Iguaçu, in the southern state of Paraná.
At the event, representatives from Brazilian civil society and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed the negotiations taking place in preparation for the forthcoming Lima Climate Conference. The meeting was organized by the Institute of the Friends of the World Social Forum (IAFSMPOA), based in Porto Alegre, the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. For more information on the seminar (in Portuguese), go to: http://www.iafsm.com.br.