Climate Change

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Do you wish to follow the climate change negotiations within the COP17/CMP7 to the UNFCCC which is being held in the beautiful city Durban of South Africa, but you just can’t do that because you have to follow many interesting side events? That is not a big deal. The UN climate change secretariat (UNFCCC) has developed an application software to provide quick and easy access to essential information about the UN Climate Change Conferences taking place during the year and to allow virtual participation in the events. With this app, you will be able to track news update of the negotiations, alerts of side events, schedule, documents and a few other features. So now you won’t lose any updates about COP17/CMP7 wherever you are in the world even though you are not participating this conference physically.

Screen Capture of the app from iPad

However, this app is only available for iOS device users. Hopefully, they can make one for android-based devices so that almost everyone can follow this important climate talk.

The app is available for free download on the App Store. Thus, if you are using iOS device, just go to App Store in your device and type Negotiator or UNFCCC and from there you will be able to install it just make sure you have the App Store account. If not you can just create one and here you go.

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, are now in progress in the sunny city of Durban, South Africa.

Just for your further information, there is another iOS app developed by SIEMENS dedicated for this climate talk with location map, and related information updates. You can just go to the App Store and type COP17 and you will be able to get it for free.   Enjoy the updates with these two apps.

by Piseth, Durban, South Africa.


Today which is the second day of the 17th Conference of Parties known as COP17/CMP7, I joined the Green Tour which is conducted to promote the awareness on Green initiatives in Durban. We when to some places where green projects are being implemented. It was such a nice tour to explore this beautiful city.

Green Tour Bus each loads around 18 people. It starts each day from 10AM or a bit later and it will last no more than 4 hours. To be part of it, one has to register ahead of the start of the Green Tour or you can also try your luck without registering just in case there is someone not going. However, you are strongly advised to register ahead to make sure the seat is reserved for you. Along the way, facilitators explained us about their green initiatives and some related fact about Durban. After some traveling, there was a short break during which organic snack was provided at a pleasant and natural location. As part of this Green Tour, we also had a chance to meet the local tree-preneur and visit the site where indigenous plants are grown.

All local tree-preneurs can grow whatever types of trees they want but they are trained to select trees that are not invasive and alien. Then they can then exchange it for a note which they can use for buying food and paying their children’s education fees. They are not paid by cash as they believed that if those women are paid by cash, the cash may be improperly used by the husbands. Following are some of the shots from this tour.

Piseth, from Duban, South Africa.

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol which is to be held from Nov 28 to Dec. 9 in Durban, South Africa is now on its second day.

More than 20 000 people including the South African president H.E Jacob Zuma, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, World Bank president Robert Zoellick, CNN founder Ted Turner, billionaire businessman Richard Branson are attending and expected to attend this conference. Many celebrities who have been much involved in the climate change effect reduction efforts such as  Angelina Jolie, U2’s Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc. will also attend this conference.  They will join actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former US vice-president Al Gore, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and a number of heads of states.

Some Climate Change activists are worried that Durban may become  the burial ground for the Kyoto Protocol should the negotiation fails while some positively believe Durban will deliver a rewarding result.

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By Piseth, from Durban, South Africa.

យើង​អាច​ស្តាប់​លឺ​ សំឡេង​រន្ទះ​ពី​ចម្ងាយ​ប្រមាណ ១៦ ទៅ ២៤ គីឡូម៉ែត្រ ពី​កន្លែង​ដែល​វា​បាញ់។


នៅពេល​អ្នក​ឃើញ​ផ្លេក​បន្ទោរ​បែក​ចេញ​មក សូម​ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​រាប់​វិនាទី រហូត​ដល់​អ្នក​អាច​លឺ​សំឡេង​រន្ទះ ទើប​ឈប់​រាប់។ ដើម្បី​ដឹង​ពី​ចម្ងាយ​ពី​ខ្លួន​អ្នក ទៅ​កន្លែង​ដែល​បាញ់​នោះ សូម​យក ចំនួន​វិនាទី​ដែល​អ្នក​រាប់ ចែក​នឹង ៥ ដើម្បី​ឃើញ​ចម្ងាយ​គិត​ជា ម៉ាយល៍ ហើយ​បើ​ចង់​រក​ជា​គីឡូម៉ែត្រ ត្រូវ​យក​លទ្ធផល​នោះ​គុណ​នឹង​​១.៦។

ឧ. អ្នក​រាប់​ទៅ​ឃើញ​ថា ១០ វិនាទី ដូច្នេះ​អ្នក​យក ១០ ចែក​ឲ្យ ៥ ឃើញ​ពី ២ ម៉ាយល៍ (៣.២១ គីឡូម៉ែត្រ)។


បើ​យោង​តាម​ មន្ទីរ​ពិសោធន៍​រន្ទះបាញ់ ជាតិ​នៃ​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក បើ​សិន​អ្នក​រាប់​ទៅ​ឃើញ​ថា​តិច​ជា ៣០ វិនាទី (~២៤ គីឡូម៉ែត្រ)​នោះ​អ្នក​​គួរ​ចូល​ទៅ​ក្នុង​អាគារ ឬ រថយន្ត​ក្រោយ​ពេល​លឺ​សំឡេង​នោះ រយៈពេល​ប្រមាណ ៣០ នាទី ដើម្បី​សុវត្ថិភាព មិន​ចេញ​មក​ខាងក្រៅ ព្រោះ​កន្លែង​នោះ​អាច​ត្រូវ​បាញ់​ម្តង​ទៀត​ដោយ​សារ​នៅ​មាន​ចរន្ត​អគ្គិសនី​ពាសពេញ​ទីនោះ។

Today (July 22, 2011), at Oxfam America, the National Climate Change Network (NCCN) voted to select new interim board members. Following is the list of successful candidates to be the board members of the network. It is believed that with the more formal role, this network will function well to represent the voice of the civil society in the effort to deal with climate change and to voice to the government on this mater.

1 Tep Boonny M Save Cambodia Wildlife
2 Kong Keo Sokunthea F Sarika radio FM106.5
3 Sours Sokha M Srer Khmer
4 Eric Bergthold M PACT
5 Nicole J. Sayres F The Asia Foundation
6 Mona Laczo F Oxfam
7 Graeme Brown M Building Community Voices

Source: Table from Oxfam America


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Interim Board Candidates

Candidates’ Bios

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Voting Result

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From left to right:Nicole J. Sayres, Tep Boonny, Kong Keo Sokunthea, Graeme Brown, Mona Laczo (Five of the seven successful interim board members)

Mission and Objectives of the Network

Mission Statement:

The mission of the National Climate Change Network in Cambodia is to contribute to the reduction of the magnitude and severity of the impacts of climate change by encouraging coordination and communication among stakeholders.


Overall Objective: To develop capacity among stakeholders in climate control-related issues in Cambodia.

Objective 1: Provide information sharing and capacity building among network members

Objective 2: Improve coordination on climate control actions among Civil Society

Objective 3: Create public awareness and participation concerning climate change

Objective 4: Improve the dialogue between donors, private sector stakeholders, academic institutions and the government

Objective 5: Influence the climate change agenda using a bottom-up approach