(photo credit: KKL)
From November 29 to December 10, 2010, KKL-JNF will be participating in 'COP 16' – the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties, which is the periodic gathering of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This year, it will convene in Cancun, Mexico. Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty - the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The UNFCC comprises 194 countries as full members. The countries recognized as parties are those that have signed the treaty at the UN Conference on Environment and Development, informally known as "The Earth Summit" in 1992. Only these states are entitled to conduct negotiations and to make decisions relating to the UNFCC’s spheres of activity.
The delegation from KKL-JNF will be going to the conference as part of the official delegation from the State of Israel, led by the Ministry for Protection of the Environment. KKL-JNF will take part as an NGO (non-governmental organization) observer. The KKL-JNF delegation include Dr. Orr Karassin of the KKL-JNF Board of Directors, Mr. David Brand, head of KKL-JNF's Forestry and International Research Department, and Mr. Yitzhak Moshe, deputy director of KKL-JNF's Southern Region. In Mexico, they will be accompanied by Mr. Moti Cohen, the executive director of KKL-JNF Mexico, and Ms. Esther Weizner of KKL-JNF Mexico.
Event – Arid Land Forestry
In anticipation of the conference, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke of the contribution forests in developing countries can make towards a global climate change solution and the conservation of biodiversity. KKL-JNF has an important contribution to make towards combating global warming thanks to its experience in foresting arid regions. On December 1, KKL-JNF will be conducting a side event at the conference in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment and the Volcani Institute, where Mr. Yitzhak Moshe will speak on "Arid Land Forestry". Side events were originally established as a forum for observer organizations to highlight diverse climate change issues in a different environment from the negotiation process itself.KKL-JNF Action on Climate Change
From November 29th until December 3rd, KKL-JNF will be participating at the exhibition taking place at the conference. The theme of the KKL-JNF exhibit will be "Mitigating Were We Can, Adapting Were We Must."
Your Air Travel Carbon Emissions to COP16
In an effort to offset the air travel carbon emissions of the official Israeli delegation participating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, KKL-JNF planted 420 trees in Yatir Forest in the Negev.
Celebrating Hanukah in Cancun
Since the conference will be taking place during the Hanukah holiday, the KKL-JNF delegation will be participating in a community candle lighting ceremony on December 5 in Mexico City.
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