Wednesday 13 November 2013

Fiji featured in Adopt a Negotiator Project

He was awarded a fellowship to be part of a team that tracks the negotiations aiming to translate the process so that it is understandable.

As explained on their Adopt-a-Negotiator website:
"One of the reasons engagement in global negotiations is so hard is because they are complex, dry, and full of language that no one outside the system can understand. That's where we come in.

As a group of independent young people writing from our own perspectives, we give you a raw take on who is doing what in this effort. We tell it like it is, with all the emotion that comes with failure or with progress. We bring a human element to a too soulless process."

The Adopt a Negotiator project is supported by the Global Campaign for Climate Action with updates from the Negotiation trackers shared through social media sites at regular intervals.

Krishneil Narayan1L - R:  Krishneil Narayan with Sai Navoti of the Fiji Delegation

While at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 19) Krishneil will be following the work of the Fiji delegation. Fiji plays an important role at this conference as the Chair of the G77, a negotiating bloc of over 130 nations.

"I was really delighted to be selected for this fellowship, I have worked with the Adopt a Negotiator trackers in the past and have found them to be inspiring," said Narayan.

"We basically track the negotiations and negotiators and write about the process in a way that those outside of the conference venue can understand why these negotiations happen and how it relates to their daily lives. As much as possible we try to give the negotiations a human face."

Narayan is no stranger to the UN Climate negotiations.

He first attended the 15th Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen four years ago as one of the Pacific youth delegates that were part of the Project Survival activity.

Since then Narayan has remained an advocate in the campaign against climate change through Project Survival Pacific.

"The Pacific islands are one of the least represented groups at the UN Climate conference and it's very difficult to navigate through this huge negotiation process with such a small group of people. My aim is to engage more young people through Project Survival Pacific as these negotiations are all about the people back at home."

For the UNFCCC COP 19,  the 12 trackers are from all four corners of the globe; India, Philippines, New Zealand, Kenya, Nigeria, Fiji, Poland, Ukraine, Brazil, Middle East and North Africa region, Peru and China.

Read more about their perspectives of the UN climate talks in Warsaw Poland.

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