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Message to the Working Group Editors 07/22/2008 11:49

Dear Colleagues,

As we draw near to August, the Editorial Working Group has been thinking about how to fully implement the mandate of the 60th Annual DPI Conference, which began our effort. Please comment by August 10th Send your comments to roederaway@yahoo.com  Make subject Line: Climate Caucus Future

Larry Winter Roeder, Jr. MS , Editor in Chief


In addition to Climate Change in general, the members of the Conference developed a Declaration which is our mandate, and provided a focus on various subjects either thought to be the cause of climate change, victimized by it or perhaps a solution. The Editorial Working Group was created by the DPI/NGO Executive Committee to give form to the Declaration’s vision and that of the Conference. Our first Deliverable is to be a Report presented to the Secretary-General this December. We didn’t think it practical or necessary to do a chapter on every imaginable topic related to climate change, not even all of the topics raised at the Conference. Instead, we asked you to focus on the topics most interesting to you, drawing on the Declaration for inspiration and direction. You formed working groups (small networks) and were encouraged to share between the working groups, creating an asymmetrical conversation at times. All of the Working Group formed chapters which are due in draft form by August when your recommendations and individual visions will be sewn together into a synthesis document presented to the Secretary General and the Chairman of the IPCC. That’s phase one of the project.

The NGOs who attended the 60th Annual Conference also asked us to continue the dialogue into a Second Phase, converting the conversation since the Conference into a permanent volunteer network that leads to specific action. All of us recognize that the need is urgent for constructive action. The question then is how to achieve that second phase, which will go on for years. We see a series of deliverables and are asking you to concur with us on our proposed plan of action. Please comment by August 10th.

First, we intend on making annual reports to the Secretary-General on our collective vision on climate change and fostering meetings with local communities that stimulate real changes in the way people live. In addition, while we were formed by the NGO community in consultative status with the UN (UNDPI and ECOSOC), from the start we recognized that our conversation had to be more open, essentially to allow anyone wanting to fight climate change to join – so long as we stuck to the vision articulated by the Declaration. We want to continue to do that. In our opinion, the kind of effort requires that we form our own NGO (ClimateCaucus.net), which will be a non-profit volunteer entity. We were asked to be self-sufficient. By becoming a legal entity and an NGO, we can raise funds for meetings or send someone to a meeting. Also if we form ourselves as a charity, the managers will be bound by law to be open and transparent, to follow rules. That protects everyone. Further, by linking the charter of the NGO to the Declaration, we won’t lose our vision nor wander from the vision of the Conference.

We are not asking you to make any financial contribution to this effort, though once the NGO is formed it would do some modest fundraising. But we are asking you and the members of your Working Group to consider joining the NGO as members. The preliminary Directors (what we call Senior Editors) we propose be Larry Roeder (Currently Editor in Chief), Judy Lerner (who first proposed Climate Change as the topic for the 60th Annual DPI Conference) , Moki Kokoris, Chuck Hitchcock, Bill Gellermann, Richard Jordan (who chaired the 60th annual DPI Conference), Scot Carlin and one position each for the Chairman of DPI/NGO Executive Committee, currently Jeffery Huffines and the Chairman of CONGO, the Committee of NGOs in Consultative status with the UN.

To a certain extent, the process has already begun. We have started to significantly improve the website for example, a project which will be completed in August.

· The draft home page is on: http://excelser.net/climatecaucus/

· Following the draft home page will be the following navigation page http://excelser.net/climatecaucus/background.htm

· An NGO needs Mission Statement and a Vision Statement. Those currently exist on www.climatecaucus.net ; but the Editorial Working Group proposes the following changes. These statements we propose replace the ones currently on the homepage as we are moving from phase one to phase two.

o Mission Statement: The mission of Climate Caucus.net is to improve international NGO responses to climate change through dialogue and information exchange in collaboration with each other and in keeping with the principles of 60th UN DPI/NGO Conference Declaration on Climate Change fostered by NGO/DPI Executive Committee and the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CONGO).
. Dialogue must lead to rapid, effective, and coordinated actions to address the perils of climate change in ways that enhance human dignity, social justice, and nonviolence and will include the participation of any interested party in civil society as well as the voices of typically marginalized cultures with the intent of empowering them to become active members of this process.

o Vision and Background: The 60th UN DPI/NGO Conference, adopted by acclamation in 2007 a Declaration, CLIMATE CHANGE THREATS: AN NGO FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION, in which participants committed to work collaboratively over the next twelve months to prepare a report for the UN Secretary General, a process later endorsed by the 2007 Annual CONGO Conference. This unprecedented move by the NGO community will result in the report being given to the Secretary-General in December 2008. The community of participating experts will then continue to collaborate into 2009 and beyond and expand in a long-term dialogue on actions to fight climate change. Report copies will be posted on www.climatecaucus.net  and distributed by email in order to reduce the project’s carbon foot print, as will be future reports.

o The Declaration strongly recommended that all sectors of society partner to implement concrete solutions based on recommendations that will emerge from the report. The Editorial Working Group was created by the DPI/Ngo Executive Committee to manage the project and invited NGOs in consultative status with DPI and ECOSOC; as well as any interested academic or individual. That broad invitation will continue into 2009 and beyond. Participation is free of charge.

o The Editorial Working Group also set up online Working Groups to craft Chapters on some of the climate change related topics raised in the DPI Conference and to continue their dialogue beyond 2008. The list was not comprehensive and will be expanded in 2009 and outlying years, perhaps including fresh emerging topics. Funding for the project came from private sources and late in 2008 the project will be incorporated as a non-profit NGO in consultative status with the UN/DPI and ECOSOC – to streamline funding and future management of what will be an ever expanding network of people and institutions interested in the UN and climate change – and working in harmony with the intent of the Declaration.

o Earth is home to many forms of life. The Editors and over a hundred collaborators in the initial report are committed to ensuring their well-being and proposing civil society ACTIONS to prevent irreversible climate-caused catastrophe. This means addressing the fundamental issue of sustainable energy as a long-term strategy in combination with shorter term strategies and ACTIONS needed to cope with existing threats. We aim to help civil society understand and respond to current and potential threats and advocate corrective and collaborative action by all sectors of society, including governments, industry and individuals.

o The NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) oversaw the initial phase of the project (2008) by the Editorial Working Group. Richard Jordan, Chair of the 60th DPI/NGO Conference, acts Liaison between the Editorial Working Group and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee. Larry Roeder, who led the drafting team for the Declaration, is Editor in Chief of the Editorial Working Group. Mr. Roeder is also the UN Affairs Director for WSPA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Moki Kokoris, William Gellermann and Charles Hitchcock also were official Senior Editors, assisted by the coordinators of all of the working groups, and Ms. Judy Lerner of Peace Action, who first proposed the concept of Climate Change to DPI.

To see your individual Working Group, go to http://www.climatecaucus.net/chapterlist.htm . Please report any errors, ASAP to roederaway@yahoo.com. Make subject line Climate Caucus Edits

For a list of participating experts, go to http://www.climatecaucus.net/participants.htm . Please report any errors ASAP to roederaway@yahoo.com Make subject line Climate Caucus Edits

We also want to list all participating organizations. Send to Dr. Charles Hitchcock that information at hitchcock.charles@gmail.com . Dr. Hitchcock needs the name of the organization, its website address, any useful contact information and a short note on its work in climate change or perhaps its mission statement. Make subject title Climate Caucus Participants.

· An NGO needs a logo. The following two have been selected from a number of choices. Please let us know what you think. Following each logo may be a bar or thermometer with a truncated mission statement.