Is the Lima deal a travesty of global climate justice

by John Vidal

Poorer countries likely to reject agreement in Paris next year if onus falls on them rather than those largely responsible for global warming

At one point on Saturday night it looked quite likely that the Lima climate talks would collapse in disarray. Instead of the harmony expected between China and the US following their pre-talks pact, the world’s two largest economies were squaring off; workmen were dismantling the venue; old faultlines between rich and poor countries were opening up again and some countries’ delegations were rushing to catch their planes.

In the end, after a marathon 32-hour session where everyone stared into the abyss of total failure, a modicum of compromise prevailed. Some deft changes of emphasis in the revised text and the inclusion of key words such as “loss” and “damage” proved just enough for diplomats to bodge a last-minute compromise. There were cheers and tears as the most modest of agreements was reached. The Peruvian president of the UN climate change convention, or Cop20, could say without irony: “With this text, we all win without exception.”

Not so.
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IPB announces GCOMS at the 14th Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Rome


IPB was represented at this year’s Summit by Secretary-General Colin Archer and Board member Lisa Clark.  Mr Archer spoke to a packed auditorium on the 4th panel, entitled ‘Living Peace, Reconciling Communities.’  His announcement that the Global Campaign On Military Spending (GCOMS) had been launched on Human Rights Day, 10 Dec  was warmly applauded.
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‘I refuse to accept that the world is so poor, when just one week of global spending on armies is enough to bring all of our children into classrooms.’


Let Us Globalise Compassion, and Set Our Children Free

Nobel Lecture by Kailash Satyarthi, Oslo

(My dear children of the world…)

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, dear brother Tom Harkin, brothers and sisters, a and my dear daughter Malala.

From this podium of peace and humanity, I am deeply honoured to recite a mantra from the ancient texts of wisdom, Vedas.
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Armenia’s defense spending this year will amount to 200 billion drams

YEREVAN/ ARKA /. Armenia’s defense spending this year will amount to 200 billion drams, President Serzh Sargsyan said today in his address to the 7th congress of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia

He recalled that the military budget in 1995 was 19.1 billion drams, in 2005 it surged to 64.4 billion drams and in 2014 it will reach 200 billion drams.
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Iran to hike military spending despite lower oil prices, sanctions

(Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will hike military spending by more than a third in the next fiscal year despite presenting a “cautious, tight” budget to parliament on Sunday in response to falling oil prices and punishing sanctions arising from the country’s disputed nuclear program.

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