want to thank Judy for hosting the meeting and those of you attended or provided material.
 
After discussing the results of our internal survey, we decided to send out a second survey to the broader NGO community in association with DPI and ECOSOC.  We discussed potential questions and you agreed to send your comments by Friday.  We also agreed that I'd develop a cover letter.  This is in this email as txt; but on monday, i'll post it as a word document on the website, along with the survey results.  Feel free to share this email.  We need your suggestions.
 
Larry Roeder
 

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Dear Collegues,

 

The 60th UN DPI/NGO Conference in New York focused on climate change, developed a Declaration – CLIMATE CHANGE TGHREATS: AN NGO FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION in which participants committed to work collaboratively to prepare a report on recommendations for the UN Secretary General and other important international personalities.   Participants in the conference saw a real threat to peace coming from climate change, a global threat to available water, food and other resources.  We also saw climate change as a direct threat to the current political structure, especially were the worst aspects of it took hold, eliminating small island nations, destroying indigenous populations and cultures, and reducing the availability of food. 

The Declaration strongly recommended that all sectors of society partner to implement concrete solutions based on the science articulated by the IPCC(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change); and the report’s recommendations.  One of the strengths of the project was that it is made up of experts in climate change and disaster management and NGO’s whose primate purpose has nothing to do with the climate.  In other words, we wanted to engage the entire UN community.  We did not wish to duplicate the fine work of the IPCC; but instead sought to use the existing science to build a network of NGOs wanting to reduce our own negative impact on the climate in areas as diverse as livestock, sustainable farming, conflict and indigenous populations and spirituality.  The core team of over 100 participants from around the world created www.climatecaucus.net in order to integrate the effort into topical working groups and developed the report, which was presented to the Secretary General at the start of 2009.  The report can be found at http://www.climatecaucus.net/2008Report/recommendations.htm.  We urge you to read it and to examine the website at www.climatecaucus.net.  Not every climate change project was covered, not even all of those discussed at the 60th NGO/DPI Conference, since the working group were run by volunteers; but we do wish to focus on an increasing number of topics like renewable energy and transportation.

Now that the report has been completed, the team also wishes to continue its work and needs your advice.  Recognizing that many climate coalitions already exist and that many non-climate NGOs are becoming seized with the issue, we do not simply want to duplicate the work of others.  An internal survey revealed that the team does however desire to:

1.    Play an active advocacy role at the UN, in order to take advantage of the fact that the Editorial Board (which is the governing body) resides in the New York area and Washington, DC.

2.    Enable existing climate coalitions or build new ones

3.    Build new working groups

4.    Host events to foster a greater understanding of the risks posed by climate change and highlight solutions.

In order to realize these aspirations will require volunteers and funding; so we have also considered incorporating the group as a tax exempt body under US tax law.  That option would enable the group to raise funds without any tax liability.  It would also provide legal protections to the group.  Incorporation is also required in order to be formally associated with either ECOSOC or DPI.  However, incorporation implies commitment.  We will need volunteer officers to manage the group, even though we want to keep it lean.  Whether we incorporate or not, sustainability requires growth in membership and fresh thinking.  So we hope many of you will agree to join climatecaucus and help use define our future and how we achieve our goals.  There is no requirement to live in the United States.  Many of the most active members are in Europe and Asia, especially India which has a vibrant water vulnerability working group.

What we do ask is that you take the survey at the following link.  (show link)  This simple task will help us better gauge the will of the larger community of NGOs in association with ECOSOC and DPI and other parts of the UN.  First look at the report and the website before taking the survey.  That will inform you of what we have already done.  If you are interested in joining climate caucus, one of the survey questions allows you to insert contact information.  That data will not be shared with anyone outside of our team.

Every team needs management.  To see how climatecaucus is managed, go to http://www.climatecaucus.net/editors.htm.

 

We urge you to take this survey as soon as possible.  Results will be tabulated on (date) and reported out to all participants and posted on our website.

 

Richard Jordan, Chairman of the 60th NGO/DPI Conference

Larry W. Roeder, Jr., MS, Editor in Chief of Climatecaucus.net