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GLOBE Mongolia

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On 7 October 2013, the inaugural meeting of GLOBE Mongolia was held in the State Great Hural in Ulaanbaator. GLOBE Mongolia has a membership of over 30 legislators from the 76-strong unicameral parliament.

The Hon. Sambuu Demberel, Chairman of the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) and Economic Adviser to the President of Mongolia, was elected as the first President of the group. On this occasion, the Hon. Bakey, Chairman of the Standing Committee on State Institutions congratulated members of GLOBE Mongolia for the Initiative.

 

In 2014, GLOBE Mongolia will being developing a legislative agenda and work plan which will be published on this page.

 

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GLOBE Peru

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A Working Group to establish GLOBE Peru was created by resolution adopted by Congress on the 30th of September 2013. That consensus was ratified through Mesa 045-2013-2014/MESA-CR Agreement of 2 October 2013 by which the constitution of the Peru Chapter of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) was formally ratified.

The inaugural meeting of GLOBE Peru took place on 17 December 2013 in the Peruvian Congress. Congressman Daniel Fernando Abugattás Majluf, former President of the Peruvian Congress, was elected as the first President of GLOBE Peru.

The group has a membership of 42 parliamentarians, representing all political groups in the Peruvian Congress. Its mission is to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on biodiversity and its aims at drafting guidelines for legislative action and advance relevant legislation in Congress. GLOBE Peru intends to support and actively participate in the upcoming COP20/CMP10 to be held in Lima in December 2014.

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Minister Manuel Pulgar addressing the inaugural meeting of GLOBE Peru

The Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, participated in the inaugural meeting and congratulated the parliamentary initiative which, in his words, demonstrated how Peru, which is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, is willing to find ways to address this issue. On the occasion, the Minister said: "Several countries in the world have already developed national climate change laws. Mexico is one of them. Mexico passed legislation hosting the COP in Cancun in 2010. Whilst we are deeply aware that there is scepticism about the possibility of enacting effective legislation on climate change at the national level we believe that we can win the argument by passing progressive legislation on climate which also focuses on the green growth agenda"

Work Programme

GLOBE Peru adopted a work programme which details the following activities:

  • The Chapter will convene leaders of public and private Peruvian organisations to contribute to the debate to strengthen the action of Congress and the government on climate and biodiversity.
  • The Chapter will work to promote the implementation of the policy adopted by the Peruvian National Committee on Climate Change, which is responsible for the coordination of the implementation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in Peru, with the various public and private bodies concerned by the matter and receive their reports to assess the effectiveness of public policies.
  • GLOBE Peru will evaluate and provide feedback on policies, national strategies and actions on climate change, on the protection of the environment and biodiversity that are being developed in Peru by the national government and by subnational governments.
  • GLOBE Peru will support and participate in the COP20/CMP10 Conference of Parties on Climate Change to be held in Lima in December 2014.
  • The Chapter will introduce a multiparty draft law to reinforce or redirect state actions relating to environmental protection and biodiversity.
  • The chapter will also investigate, with the support of experts, the effects of economic development on the environment, especially as it pertains to climate-resilient infrastructures, to the incorporation of the natural capital accounting and forest policies.

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A coordination meeting of the GLOBE Peru Chapter in the Peruvian Congress chaired by Hon. Daniel Fernando Abugattás

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GLOBE Argentina

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The Argentine Chapter of GLOBE International was first formed in April 2013, with the support of a local civil society organization, the non-profit Directorio Legislativo Foundation (Fundación Directorio Legislativo - FDL).

Subsequently it was re-launched in September 2016 with the mission to tackle the environmental issues that need to be regulated by norms through the committed effort of legislators from both branches and different parties. The Argentinean chapter will focus on doing a critical analysis of current environmental laws and other regulatory needs, taking into account the local and regional particularities in the global context. The re-launch of the chapter was possible thanks to the work of Directorio Legislativo Foundation, which facilitated the process.

GLOBE Argentina is keen to play an active role as a member of the network and build a close relationship with multilateral organizations and other GLOBE chapters in order to share information to improve and develop national policies regarding climate change and energy and its impact on land use and ecosystems.

Its aims will be connecting legislators with decision-making processes on environmental issues in the country; analyzing current environmental law under local and regional frameworks related to the commitments assumed nationally; enhance the knowledge and active participation of legislators in environmental issues; and facilitate the integration of knowledge with experts and civil society.

GLOBE Argentina is chaired by Deputy Juan Carlos Villalonga (PRO). Its Vicepresident is Senator Lucila Crexell (Movimiento Popular Neuquino) and its Secretary Deputy Néstor Tomassi (Partido Justicialista).

The Chapter members include:

Deputy Luis Bardeggia (Frente para la Victoria)

Deputy Eduardo Cáceres (PRO)

Deputy Alejandro Echegaray (Unión Cívica Radical)

Senator Silvina García Larraburu (Frente para la Victoria)

Deputy Martín Hernández (Unión Cívica Radical)

Deputy María Paula Lopardo (PRO)

Deputy Héctor Olivares (Unión Cívica Radical)

Senator Juan Mario Pais (Frente para la Victoria)

Deputy Adrián San Martín (Movimiento Popular Neuquino)

eputy Fernando Sánchez (Coalición Cívica)

Deputy Gabriela Troiano (Partido Socialista)

Senator Pamela Verasay (PRO)

GLOBE Argentina was originally formed in 2013 and its first President was former Deputy Andrea García (Frente para la Victoria). Senator Silvina García Larraburu, vocal of the re-launched chapter, was a member of the first local chapter.

 

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GLOBE Costa Rica

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Establishment, membership and meetings

The Costa Rican Legislative Assembly is the unicameral legislature of Costa Rica and is composed of 57 deputies. GLOBE Costa Rica is one of the biggest cross-party parliamentary groups with 13 members.

On 27 June 2013, Deputy Alfonso Pérez Gómez, President of the Special Standing Committee on Environment and President of GLOBE Costa Rica, introduced a motion to recognise the establishment of GLOBE Costa Rica in the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly. The motion was passed unanimously.

GLOBE-Costa-Rica-Perez-GomezIn presenting the motion Deputy Pérez Gómez to said:

"we cannot isolate ourselves from the world and the world today is discussing major issues such as climate change, natural capital accounting in public budgets, the valuation of ecosystem benefits, forests and water management."

"Partnering with an organisation like GLOBE International is a great alternative for our Legislative Assembly to existing external cooperation resources. Through this link we can develop knowledge and schedule exchange activities in Costa Rica open to honourable colloeagues who are members of GLOBE Costa Rica members and to members of the Environmental Commission to participate in."

“With better training and increased access to knowledge, we can do a better job as policy-makers."

In April 2012, Deputy Alfonso Pérez Gómez in his quality of President of the GLOBE Costa Rica chapter participated in a GLOBE delegation to the World Bank in Washington D.C. to discuss legislative responses adopted by Latin American countries to contrast Climate Change (read report from the World Bank website).

GLOBE Costa Rica sent delegations to the 1st GLOBE Natural Capital Summit in Berlin and to the International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Beijing in 2013.

 

Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly and Central Bank voice support for natural capital accounting

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Following the commitment to raise awareness of natural capital accounting in national parliaments signed at the 1st GLOBE Natural Capital Summit in Berlin of 6-8, GLOBE Costa Rica President Hon. Alfonso Pérez Gómez MP invited the Costa Rican task force of the World Bank WAVES Partnership to present the project to the Members of the Environment Committee of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly and to report on their progress to the legislators on a quarterly basis.

The first session took place on 8th August in a formal sitting of the Environment Committee of the Legislative Assembly. The WAVES Costa Rica team represented by Dr Luis Rivera, project Director, and by Mr Roberto Guzmán, coordinator at the Environment Ministry (MINAE). The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative Director Rafael J. Aybar was invited to present the outcomes of the 1st Natural Capital Summit. In the exchange of views that followed the presentations the legislators asked how the WAVES initiative was different from prior environmental accounting exercises which were discontinued as they “failed to become institutionalised”. They also took interest in the experience of Peru advancing natural capital-related legislation.

The WAVES team explained the methodological innovations of the project. The GNCI Director emphasised that parliamentary engagement would be indispensable to secure the institutionalisation of the new accounts, but also earlier on to allocate the appropriate resources to construct the accounts themselves, and later on to ensure that public policies would be recast as needed in light of the new data about the national wealth. The exchange of views was followed by a vote on a Motion in support of the WAVES project in Costa Rica and of the advancement of environmental accounting as a tool for public policy design which was passed by unanimity.

GLOBE Costa Rica forwarded the Motion to the Central Bank of Costa Rica, as a local WAVES implementing partner. In response the Manager of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, Mr. Félix Delgado, reiterated in writing the support of the Central Bank of Costa Rica to WAVES, acknowledged the importance of advancing the implementation of the SEEAs and of integrating these into the national accounts, and proposed to work in this sense in cooperation with the World Bank once the ongoing actualisation of the national accounts is completed in 2015.

 

GLOBE Costa Rica tables draft Climate law in the Legislative Assembly

GLOBE-Costa-Rica-Climate-Law-Perez-Gomez-webOn 8 August 2013, GLOBE Costa Rica President, the Hon. Alfonso Pérez Gómez MP has submitted a proposed Climate law in the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica.

The law would reduce the carbon footprint of the Costa Rican economy and to establish the national goal of carbon-neutrality combined with a robust monitoring, reporting and verification system to strengthen the leadership of Costa Rica on sustainable development. The proposal is inspired by Mexico's pioneering Framework Climate Law and proposes the establishment of a National Climate Change Committee (Conclima) as a body separate from the Environment Ministry.

The committee would be integrated by the Ministers of the Environment (MINAE), Planning (MIDEPLAN), Government (MAG), Education (MEP), Health (MISALUD), Public Works (MOPT), the National Energy Committee (CNE), the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), the National Water and Sanitation Institute (AyA), the Council of University Rectors (CONARE), the National Union of Local Governments (UNGL) and indigenous peoples representatives in order to elaborate, implement and control the National Plan on Climate Change (PNCC) with an emphasis on mitigation and adaptation. The PNCC will be revised and updated every two years, on the basis of international and regional climate agreements. All public institutions shall develop vulnerability reduction, adaptation and mitigation plans, to be updated and revised every two years. These will be integrated in primary and secondary education as part of the climate change-related syllabus, in order to build up the capacity of the new generations to develop informed decisions on mitigation and adaptation actions.

The law aims to reduce Costa Rica’s carbon footprint, reduce pollution, improve production alternatives and to address the finding of the NEEDS 2011 Study, which estimates that the total investment required for climate change mitigation amounted to $ 7,800 million, equivalent to 30% of Costa Rica’s GDP in 2009. The bill seeks to respond to the Comptroller General of the Republic, which reported that the institutions responsible for addressing climate change have failed to move beyond a general framework and that it is not clear what is the official body responsible for implementing and coordinating climate change actions in Costa Rica. Law 18,860, on the creation of a legal framework to counter the effects of Climate Change in Costa Rica, is now being debated by assembly members sitting on the Environment Committee.

THe Hon. Pérez Gómez stressed that one of the purposes of the law "is to create and finance the institutional framework needed to face the challenge of climate change in the coming years."

 

GLOBE-Costa-Rica-Climate-Law-Perez-Gomez-Bill2Download the Costa Rican Draft Law on Climate Change

 

Contact GLOBE Costa Rica

  • For more information about GLOBE Costa Rica, please contact Dr Andres Avila-Akerberg, GLOBE Director for the Americas Region.
  • For more information about the GLOBE Natural Capital Initative, please contact Mr Rafael Jiménez-Aybar, Director of the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative.
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GLOBE Green Economy Caucus - Indonesia

Launch of the Green Economy Caucus Indonesia

Indonesia has committed itself to implementing a green economy by ratifying international conventions and developing a “pro growth, pro job and pro environment” development plan. To ensure that this process is sustainable, a well-functioning parliament, knowledgeable on the green economy and highly interested in the issue is needed.

GLOBE International works with local affiliated group, the Green Economy Caucus, in the Indonesian People's Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat), a network of legislators engaged in sustainable development issues. The Green Economy Caucus is led by Hon. Satya W. Yudha, Chair of DRC Commission VII - Energy and Mineral Resources, and was launched at a workshop that took place on 21 February 2013 in Bali, supported by GLOBE and the local research NGO Prakarsa.

The Green Economy Caucus has thus far focused on commissioning research to underpin its future work on sustainable development, including on environmental accounting and scrutiny of national climate change institutions.

Following national parliamentary elections in April 2014, the Green Economy Caucus will be re-launched with a new group of members.

Launch of the GOBE Green Economy Caucus - Indonesia

The event was attended by Indonesian legislators including the Hon. Satya W. Yudha, Chair of DRC Commission VII - Energy and Mineral Resources, Environment and technology, the Hon. Andi Timo Pangerang and the Hon. Arif Budimanta, both members of DRC Commission XI, Financial, Development Planning and the Hon. Chusnunia, member of DRC Commission IX, Health, Population and Manpower.

Other participants included representatives from the UK Foreign Office, KEHATI (Indonesia Biodiversity Foundation), Fiscal Policy Body, Indonesian National Development Planning, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment, Friends Of Earth and other local branches of environmental NGOs.

The workshop was opened by Setyo Budiantoro from Prakarsa who presented the result of the study on Green Economy and Low Carbon Growth and then continued with a presentation from the Hon. Chusnunia on the Indonesian Green Party and Its role on implementation of Green Economy legislative measures in Indonesia.


The Hon. Yudha presented on the current conditions of environmental and energy legislation In Indonesia. The Hon. Budimanta and the Hon. Pangerang took part in a panel discussion on green economy prospects and the Indonesian national budget.

Barry Gardiner MP delivered a keynote speech on green economy, subsidies and the implementation of green economy measures in the United Kingdom and the role of legislators.

At the conclusion of the workshop, legislators launched the Green Economy Caucus Indonesia. The initiative will bring together a group of Indonesian legislators interested in agreeing common legislative responses to issues of Indonesia's sustainable development.

The Hon. Yudha, President of the Green Economy Caucus signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Barry Gardiner MP to affiliate the newly created group to the GLOBE International network.