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Civil society assembly on December 1 to discuss Global Day of Action at COP 17

Please join the C17 (South African civil society coordinating committee for COP 17) on December 1 from 11h00 to 14h00 for a general assembly, open to everyone, to discuss the Global Day of Action.

The meeting will take place at The People’s Space at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College campus, in Rick Turner Hall.

Agenda:

• Welcome and purpose of the meeting: Siziwe Khanyile (groundWork)
• Global Day of Action: plan/logistics/route/speakers: Des D’Sa (SDCEA)
• Closing: Melita Steele (Greenpeace Africa)
• Opportunity to make banners for the march

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Welcome to Durban

Your blog host on bikeWell, welcome to Durban if you’ve arrived here for COP 17. And thank you for having us, if you’re a resident. I arrived from Cape Town on Thursday, with my bike and have been really enjoying finding my way around, even climbing the formidable hill to the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where many civil society events will be centred over the next two weeks.

Of course, the two biggest events will be the Multi-faith Mass Rally and Concert at Kings Park Stadium, led by Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu tomorrow (gates open 10am, music from 12.30pm, seriousness from 14h00), and the march on the Global Day of Action, next Saturday Dec 3. (Note that Kings Park Stadium is right behind the more modern Moses Mabhida Stadium).

I’ve added several schedules of events to this website, for the faith communities (pdf), the general public, and others. And here’s a list of all civil society events at Howard College UKZN.

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UKZN to accommodate alternative COP17 civil society events

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been identified as the site of this year’s COP17 alternative space, known as the ‘People’s Space’, where national and international civil society will come together around the global issue of climate change.

The contract to utilise UKZN was signed on November 3, 2011, between the C17, a body mandated by over 80 South African civil society groups to coordinate civil society activities around COP17, and UKZN management, with the assistance of the university’s Centre for Society and School of Development Studies.

C17 aims to provide a space in which to strengthen the climate justice movement in South Africa, while at the same time consolidating civil society actions across the world during the two weeks of negotiations.

The establishment of a parallel space at COP negotiations each year responds to the marginalisation civil society frequently experiences at these events and the lack of progress that has been made by international governments in addressing climate change.

‘The People’s Space’ will thus serve as the space in which the people of the world can make their voices heard and where civil society can work towards creating another vision for addressing climate change by building a strong movement of like-minded activists and ordinary people from around the world.

Howard College venue just 6km from the COP

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News from the C17 civil society organising committee

On March 25th and 26th, fifteen members of the Civil Society Committee for COP17 (C17) met in Durban to strategise, plan and develop its working plan for 2011. Included in the discussion was the role of C17, its functionality, and what it will undertake to do during and in the lead- up to the UNFCCC COP17. Decisions taken at the meeting and a whole lot more details from the committee are recorded in this document (PDF).

Objectives of the C17 committee
•    Facilitate the development of an informed civil society that is mobilised, active and can articulate and advocate for climate justice
•    Minimise climate change through education and mobilisation, using COP 17 as a catalyst
•    Encourage lifestyle change, awareness and understanding of climate change in climate justice groups and broader civil society
•    Develop and strengthen the environmental justice movement

C17 Actions will include:
1.    Coordinate Global Day of Action (GDA) on December 3rd
2.    Facilitate international engagement with GDA and climate justice summits
3.    Create and facilitate a physical civil society space during COP17
4.    Create and facilitate a virtual civil society space prior to COP17
5.    Facilitate and organise a series of actions leading up to COP17 including advocacy, pressure and mobilisation for climate justice; and raising awareness of COP17 and climate change through media and general public outreach

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