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 Petersberg Climate Dialogue III - Matching ambition with action
picture picture picture 16 Jul 2012 @ 08:38, by Heiner Benking

I delivered my proposal/concerns to bold delegates and media at the closing press conference of the Petersberg Climate Dialogues III. Please check-out my 1-pager handout.

Press Conference: 13:00 hrs - Berlin, July 17, 2012

Petersberg Climate Dialogue III - Matching ambition with action

There is good news:
* The English translation of this long awaited study is finally translated: STRATEGIC ARTICULATION OF ACTIONS TO COPE WITH THE HUGE CHALLENGES OF OUR WORLD TODAY, A Platform for Reflection (116 p.) translated from Spanish, finalized only now, July 2012 List of Contents (pls. check with me as we will have an up-dated - post Rio+20 version hitting the streets soon - meanwhile we can assist media to prepare the story - pls. request an internal copy)

Based on the 2009 State of the Future Millennium Project and also relate to the MDG's see also MDG's identifies 15 Major Global Challenges for Humanity and justifies them with qualitative and quantitative argument. Used are approaches developed in the early years of the Club of Rome to address the Global Problematique by including participative, deliberative, normative Futures. See:
* There is growing awareness that bicarbonate sequestration and the exploitation of natural and societal-agricultural processes in the SOIL-WATER-VEGETATION-ATHMOSPHERE Nexus and further consideration to consider life and thinking styles and diets can yield important results to counteract climate and degradation processes.
* There is an International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics done by a French and Spanish speaking Scholar and Diplomat which explains in Easy words the terms needed to grapple with systemic/holistic/cybernetics concepts and defines them in respective subject areas. The presentation of the Editor in Chief when introducing the Second Edition can be found here. The Message? We do not need to get perplexed any more in such vague subject areas. Let us go beyond shying away when we encounter mindboggling challenges!
*Definitely, they are not only smart but intelligent solutions, as where asked for in the lobbies and in the casual sections of the informal gathering. I mean Mindprints description that have incredible Handprints ! maybe start with "Dolphin Solutions" as the Futurist Robert Jungk has initiated.

More to come in the online version as we might be to focussed on our footprint, just a thought, your remember the shaming and blaming game, killing any positive motivated responses, and too focussed on CO2 only, without having the scales, proportions, frames and contexts, and technological paradigms in mind ...

But here is also bad news:
* We are still perplexed in view of the Complexity, Dynamics, Sectors, and Scales involved and try with single issue agendas to address inter-sectoral strategic dilemma.
Recommendations delivered annually by the Council on Global Issues and the Earth Focus Foundation in Geneva and Recommendations directly through UN diplomatic channels seem to not reaching international organisations, Science, Media and the public. Maybe it is too mindboggling…. Approaches and Studies to establish a public domain World Press Center (WPC) have been filed by the World Bank, but seemingly too early.
* Proposals in the UN-AMR 2008 process have not been really fully explored and translated to the Challenges we face after Rio+20. For example already in the process to prepare the CSD between 1989-1992 the intersecorial strategic dilemma where studied not only with interdependence voting as mentioned above, but also by creating tableaus to see interdependencies and how issues interrelate and single issue strategies like any one-eyed approach are doomed for failure. See the 3rd Volume: ACTIONS _ OPTIONS _ STRATEGIES. See the Rio+20 page below.

Further information and documents on

See the original version for Bold Delegates and Media... or
Besides - we did such interventions as Civil Society quite often - here an example from the UN-CSD 15 as you will see, wording is very important, between people and in UN declarations... check "Climate Crisis" approach to our "bold delegations" 5 years ago.

Press announcement: Climate dialogue to promote new alliances

Official final press Communiqué: [link]
I propose to check ARTE television tonight, as it makes sense to talk about the same thing: "LIMAWANDEL oder nach uns die Sintflut?" - Climate Change, après-nous le Deluge? .... THE WHOLE EVENING Themenabend !!!! [link] we can not continue talking for 20 or 40 years about Environmental Change, we finally have to get our acts together !!!

Heiner Benking, Youth-Leader Magazine, co-founder and Freelance Journalist, YL is a project of Positive Nett-Works e.V. & Council on Global Issues, Toronto, Berlin, & EarthFocus Foundation, Geneva & IHTEC, ECOSOC Consultative Status, Toronto/Berlin, Associate to the Millennium Projects since the early 90ies. Three of these NGOs are official projects of UNESCO-ESD since 2005 & UN-DB 2012

by looking at today's ARTE TV Themes evening [link] (only in French and German) I am getting very concerned. All is known and extreme worsened the last 22 years when we were documenting it for the Global Change exhibition: landslides, forest dieback research, evacuation planning in Germany, Austria, Switzerland all well documented for the UN Year of the Mountains (2001) See also the article reflecting on UN-IYM 2002Summit, about Space and Spatial, flat and deep!!, Potential and "Emptiness" and how this evolved, or was created by developing the "chain of methods" TOPOGRAMM 1987 to make a difference, "dent the trend", but we failed utterly... - and worse the experts and academia around environmental research and communication did not even take note, see the "LEXIKON of Sustainability", those days and now !! They simply "forgot" the GLOBAL CHANGE exhibition 1990, THE LOCAL and GLOBAL CHANGE exhibition 1991, the Climate International Coordination exhibition 1995, Un Climate Summit 1995 in Berlin.... See the 1985-2012timeline.
Why !?? May I guess? Maybe ignorance, fear, narrowness, jealousy, dumbing down creativity, narrow box-thinking, laziness, ... and what I wrote about mindboggling, shying away from anything perplexing, complex, and out of reach and touch... yes we need to explore not our diets and life-styles, we need to check how we think, communicate, learn !!! - our labelling, box-thinking, fixation and love of details, so we now more and more about less and less. Neglecting what is in-between and beyond, and what connects !! check: and maybe also Deep- and Flatworlds here.

Yes we did know all that, Yes we had even a poster of the UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS in the GLOBAL CHANGE exhibition in 1990 - 22 years ago. Yes we showed global episodic and epochal change and its causes and impacts ! In looking back: The head of the GLOBAL CHANGE Secretariat was "resigned". New national councils were founded, but when looking back, those days the experts knew more about the other "councils". These days I am getting very concerned, representatives of such Council in Europopean on International "Associations" - just maintain "we have not been informed" - strange days when Councils forget their Agendas, research is reinventing the wheel, drilling deeper in Specialization but has never the left the "box". The story behind is very moving, Politics want clear outlines and concrete "predictions", scientists what monies for their next toys or programmes. When a Director of a UN Environmental Programme says we know enough we need to act" (Elizabeth Dowdeswell) she is not there to stay.... If the mother of Stockholm 1972 and Rio 1992, Brundtland feels like to restructure a UN organization like the World Health Organization and goes on with it for years, she is called back to square one in her organizational reform towards a holistic, transdisciplinary organisation, and leaves the office.... all back to "normal"....
The expertise of Germany 25 years is lost, Germany was in 2012 at Rio +20 lobbying for another format of environmental administration - to become an organization - not a Programme - so to have a fixed budget and not having to always short-sighted and short-termed look for funds in the empty UN system or elsewhere...
Advisors who have seen the system evolve feel we should look at the source of the problem, not some symptoms and syndromes, not tipping points (only) but LEVERAGE POINTS (Donella Meadows). But what has happened? Little, nothing towards positive outlooks or trends if you keep the scales, proportions, consequences in mind.
This on the surface, if you look deeper, respected heads of national GLOBAL CHANGE Secretariats are now looking into Water in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Global Change - WELT IM WANDEL - Challenges to Sciences of Politics was about to be disposed.... fortunately we were able to save some of many elements, which show what we knew and did not act upon the last 25 years.... Fortunately, many boards of the exhibition have been saved - recently shown at an exhibition of Berlin of municipal environmental offices. Just for the record: have a look at: GLOBAL CHANGE retrospective inquiry The exhibition I am curating now was updated a few time between 1990 and 1997 - The Changes? Taking out some posters...., changing the picture of the President of the German Federal Republic riding a bicycle.., and always changing the YELLOW section: Research Devices, Equipmet, Programmes,.. maybe we should do a long term evaluation of research and management funding one day .
My concern, getting lost here in the middle of the night after watching the ARTE documentation: When are we going to see the patterns that conect, the frames and the details, and avoid selfish isolation!?? (I called "Positions and Identities in Global Contexts: Awareness of Self and Others with me, you, we, they and "others" models"in Paris at UNESCO HQ with Club of Budapest) and come to shared frames of references as requested by Noel Brown, Director UNEP-RONA in NYC and admin of Rio92 and presented for him in summing up the Rio exercise FIG, Melbourne 1994.

So in a nutshell, are we willing to collect the will and the wisdom of the people [link] and go beyond the need to agree or "win" to invest in collective efforts in view of "Big Pictures" ?? instead of perplexed, mindboogling dumbing us down and cultivating Ignorance [link] see also Mother Earth and Pelican: and so in avoidance or negligence putting our heads into the sands, play the blaming game, as is typical for the bargaining we experienced... and forgetting the fundamental Elements and Processes !!! we need for survival.

Whow - SORRY - this was tough, A "call to order and context" - but true! Let me sleep over it now....

Before I go into my notes below:
There was much discussion in the Press Room why the Press has no direct access to the Conference Chamber when Delegations meet for "Informal meetings". You would also talk to the public first when you settle "family affairs". Delegates also meet in PrepComms, in Summits and a lot of Conferences, sometimes in my view too much conference hopping, too little checking meanings and contexts, and then subsuming and resonating.
I do for some time media-delegates dialogues, which is much more attentive and appreciative and empowering, given voices to different positions. Next would be to do Delegates-Media-Stakeholder Dialogues in short brackets like 1 or 2 hours for ice-breaking, warming, up or setting the stage for Conferences, Assemblies, Commissions, Summits, General Assemblies, and later maybe even some F2F and other via virtual conferencing. We call it Magic Roundtables or Stammtisch 2.0 and 3.0 [link]

In the PRESS ROOM, I made myself a devender of such "in camera" trustbuilding and preparation exercises. It is necessary to speak and learn and change your mind, and that can not be done on Diplomatique Floor when "others" take, air, understand or maybe misunderstand. I feel we need many formats to really come to a cultural and qualitative attention ecological "economy" - see "ecudomy" linking scales and worlds (cosmologies): http://

About Dialog - Deliberations - Peacemaking maybe check theses sites:
background papers:
21stCenturyAgora site:
Stammtisch 2.0/3.0:
Discussion of needed "frames of references", Superstructures [link] and/or "Covenants": [link]
re my competence in "Conferencing" see: [link]

Personal notes:

The Climate Kitchen is still brewing, some people announce and other try to halt, very special time here in prepCom for the Climate Talks in Doha. After our minister Altmeier, the Deputy Primeminister from is on-air, later the climate embassador from South-Africa. later our Chancellor Mrs Merkel These opening statements of keynotes ar video-streamed. His Excellency Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Attiya requested and annoucned open and constructive discussion, but in Chatenham House "style" - which they interprete aas closed, and not that the exchanges will be kept intern and and no citations, excepts when explicitely stated.

So nobody can come to the kitchen to the restaurant through the back door !!

32 country representatives plus the UNFCCC delegation looking what can be done after the mess from Rio to Berlin to Copenhagen to Rio 20... Some said this was Rio-20...

So what can be done and what will Germany as Vorreiter - trailbalzer - top-rider ---- so next is now our Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking - join in at 2:30 GMT:

But the inter ...... WORK IN PROGRESS..

QUARRY - work in Progress - to be used for the report:

The following agenda items will be broadcast live on 16 July 2012 in German and English:
09:00 to 09:30 am
Opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue III with speeches by Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
Brief statement by the Climate Ambassador of South Africa, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko
about 2:35 to 2:50 pm
Keynote address by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
about 4:00 to 6:30 pm
Session 3: Sustaining development with climate action
Inputs by:
• Minister Xie Zhenhua (China)
• Minister Ed Davey (United Kingdom)
• Minister Juan Elvira Quesada (Mexico)
• Minister Peter Altmaier (Germany, for the partnerships on mitigation and MRV and on adaptation)
Further information
• Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Petersberg Climate Dialogue III
Matching Ambition with Action

More ambitious goals in international climate policy - on the road to the UNClimate Change Summit in Doha and beyond
The third Petersberg Climate Dialogue entitled Matching Ambition with Action will take place in Berlin from 16 to 17 July 2012. Co-chairs Germany and Qatar (Presidency of the upcoming UN Climate Change Summit in Doha) invited ministers from 35 countries representing the various groups at international climate negotiations.
This meeting of ministers several months before the UN climate negotiations in Doha in winter of this year will provide a realistic picture and a political development path for the conference in Doha and beyond.
The focus of this year's conference will be on
• the ambition gap between the targets set so far and what actually needs to be done to meet the 2°C target;
• transformation to a low-emission economy as a strategy for modernisation and growth;
• the new climate treaty to be negotiated by 2015 and implemented from 2020.
The Petersberg Climate Dialogue began life in Copenhagen as a personal initiative of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and has since been used as a forum to build bridges in international climate negotiations. In particular it aims to bridge the gap between implementation and negotiation so that climate negotiations can be backed and supported by experience gained in the implementation of climate policy measures.


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