Dear Nature Communicators,

Tomorrow we have our free class (open to anyone who would like to join us): Nature Communication as it Relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, from 8 – 9 a.m. Arizona Time USA (which is 7 – 8 a.m. pacific time). Immediately afterwards please join us on another conference line (info to dial in is shared below in this email) in an informative and inspiring discussion on the GLOBAL PACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Here’s the call in info for​:​ Nature Communication as it Relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
8 – 9 a.m. ARIZONA Time
Dial in: 712-770-4010 access code: 218628#

Or, dial in toll free via the internet:
1. Go to: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/
2. Look at the bottom right hand corner of the home page under the topic, “other”. Click on “Get Desktop App”
3. Follow the instructions to download the app then enter my Online Meeting ID where asked and you will be on the call.
4. Enter Online Meeting ID: maia6

Here’s the call in info for the Strategy Meeting & Discussion on GLOBAL PACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
​9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ARIZONA Time​

Dial in: 641-552-9450 access code: 337883#

Or, dial in toll free via the internet:
To call in to the conference line toll free you may use VoiP. I will walk you through the simple steps.
1. Go to: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/
2. Look at the bottom right hand corner of the home page under the topic, “other”. Click on “Get Desktop App”
3. Follow the instructions to download the app then enter my Online Meeting ID where asked and you will be on the call.
4. Enter Online Meeting ID: lisinka_ulatowska

Info on the Strategy Meeting & Discussion on GLOBAL PACT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Dear Friends,

This is a reminder that we shall be holding a strategy meeting tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 3. Here is all the information you need to give input to the meeting and also to our programme for this year.
New at the end of this email: a message from Rene Wadlow, President of Association of World Citizens with suggestions on how those of us who are interested might help to bring greater peace on the Korean Peninsula. Rene has been a UN rep for decades and has much experience with the Korean Peninsula.

Your ideas invited on:

  • our Nature Reports and the upcoming High Level Political Forum;
  • the points we wish to see in the Global Pact on the Environment and draft letters to Member States;
  • a report on the UN meeting held in Nairobi on the governmental process for the development of the Global Pact.
  • Also: ways of making peace on the Korean Peninsula–suggestions by Peace Activist Rene Wadlow, with special expertise on Korean Peninsula negotiations.

This strategy meeting will focus on progress made by us, the Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group, World Animal Net and also by UN Member States on the Global Pact for the Environment. Jan Cox attended the meeting in Nairobi and we are now in the process of designing our own next steps with regard to exciting new developments for the Pact. Below please find the draft agenda for our meeting. If you have points you would like to add, please let me know.
To listen to last month’s strategy meeting, please click on https://fccdl.in/ns2b0vLA1; or copy and paste it into your browser.

This strategy meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb 3rd

At 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. EDT (8-9:30 PDT; 5-6:30 pm CET) Given the volume of material that we have placed on the agenda, I have added an extra half hour for anyone who can stay.

Call in number: +1 641 552 9450;
Access Code: 337 883#

DRAFT AGENDA

1. General update on preparations for the HLPF and the Reports on Nature it will focus on (Sustainable Goals 6,7,11, 12, 15 and 17). We are considering a Report that would combine our Reports on Integrating Nature into SDGs 6, 7, 12 and 15 and would enumerate the wealth of Means of Implementating the proposals we have made throughout our reports. We are looking for someone who is good at formatting and can create an attractive document interspersed with pictures.

2. Report on developments with regard to the Global Pact on the Environment. The meeting held at UNEP in Nairobi was attended by Jan Cox. There will be a report on that important intergovernmental meeting.

3. Draft text of 3 letters to reach out to various parts of the UN and individuals involved in the Global Pact process. Whom do we wish to add to the list? As to content, the participation of civil society from the very outset is a central concern. Do we wish to propose Ambassador Kamau (Kenya) as a possible co-facilitator? Other concerns?

4. Next steps for February and March and possibly beyond, including a possible side event for the High Level Political Forum.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE AND HELP TO STEER OUR COURSE!

Opportunities to Make Your Voice Heard

both within and outside of the Strategy Meeting

1. Please go to www.piratepad.net/pactfortheenvironment to

  • provide your ideas on what should be placed in our Preliminary Draft of the Global Pact to experts working on the draft, France and other Member States and UN Agencies that strongly favour the Pact. The ideas placed on the pirate pad before or during the meeting will be discussed at the strategy meeting to determine what we wish to mention at the outset and which ideas are more useful to be mentioned once the process is underway. See approximately line 26 in left margin.
  • give your input to the preliminary letter to France, other UN Member States, UN Agencies, etc. with suggestions and requests for more information on the Pact for the Environment.(Thank you very much, Jan, for providing copies of the draft in both English and French!) Scroll down to line 204 in left margin and then scroll down to find the beginning of the letter.
  • scroll down to line 270 in left margin to find the beginning of Our Primer on the Global Pact on the Environment for background information. (Thanks for this important document, Jan Cox and Jennifer Bridgers!)
  • Please go to www.piratepad.net/sdg15 , then to give your input to our Partnership On the Rights of Nature Report: Integrating Nature into the Implementation of SDG15.

Workshop:

​Nature Communication As it Relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals​
This Workshop, being offered by Dr. Maia Kincaid, will precede the Strategy Meeting
It will be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 10-11 A.M. EDT (7-8 a.m. PDT; 4-5 p.m.CET.)
Call-in number: +1 712 770 4010;
Access Code 218 628#.

All are cordially invited to participate. No experience necessary.

Here are some links to the work done by Maia last December in Japan. We are still enjoying the participation of friends from India who participated in Maia’s workshops there in 2017.

http://www.animalcommunicationworld.com​​/

https://www.instagram.com/maiakincaid/

https://www.facebook.com/Animal-Communication-World-Maia-Kincaid-Ph-D-61397576852/

​We are ​looking forward to meeting you on our pirate pads or at our upcoming meetings Saturday.

Warmly,

Lisinka Ulatowska
(Dr. Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group.)

Here is a message from Rene Wadlow, Association of World Citizens with suggestions on how those of us who are interested might help to bring greater peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The US based Peace Action has (beside AWC) also taken up the Olympic Truce idea. Fortunately Peace Action has more members in the US than AWC so the idea will circulate in the US. However, I have seen no NGO outside the US pushing the idea. Thus I thought that you could send the text around to your contacts both in the US and outside. Best wishes, Rene

Korea: An Olympic Truce: Time for Concerted Non-governmental Efforts
by Rene Wadlow
2018-01-29 08:33:15
The holding of the Winter Olympics in South Korea from 9 to 25 February followed by the Paralympics 9 to 18 March may be an an opportunity to undertake negotiations in good faith to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula and to establish, or re-establish, forms of cooperation between the two Korean governments.

Such negotiations in good faith would be in the spirit of what is known as the “Olympics Truce”. Truce in classic Greek meant a “laying down of arms”. A truce was usually announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure that the host city was not attacked and athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and return to their homes.

In 1924, Winter Olympics were added to the Summer Olympics which had been revived earlier in an effort to re-establish the spirit of the Classic Greek games. At the 2000 Sydney games at the opening ceremony, South and North Korean delegations walked for the first time together under the same flag. Today, with greater tensions, there needs to be more than symbolic gestures. There needs to be real government-led negotiations to reduce tensions. In addition to the two Korean States, the USA, China, Russia, and Japan are “actors” in the Korean “drama”

As the representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) we have very limited influence on the decision-making process concerning Korea of the six governments most directly involved. The Association of World Citizens, as other NGOs, has made appeals for positive action to these governments as well as to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Many of the positive suggestions have concerned what is often called a “freeze for freeze” agreement: a suspension of the yearly US-South Korean war exercise and a progressive reduction of US troops stationed in South Korea and elsewhere in Asia, especially Japan in exchange for a ban on North Korean nuclear and missile testing and negotiations to replace the 1953 Armistice with a Peace Treaty. The Association of World Citizens has also made proposals for economic cooperation, more numerous meetings among separated family members and cultural exchanges. However, as the saying goes “Do not hold your breath waiting”.For the moment, we look in vain for enlightened governmental leadership. The appeals for calm by the Chinese authorities have not been followed by specific proposals for actions to decrease tensions.

Today, there is a need for a coming together of non-governmental organizations who are primarily focused on the resolution of armed conflicts with those groups concerned with the abolition of nuclear weapons. The current Korean tensions are based on the development of nuclear weapons and missile systems and the pressures and threats to prevent their development. The Olympic Truce period should be taken as an opportunity to advance “Track II” efforts – informal discussions – on the part of NGOs to see on what topics fruitful governmental negotiations could be set out.

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Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World Citizens

​We hope you will join us on these two calls (Nature Communication & Strategy Meeting on Global Pact for​ the Environment!
​Thank you for your passion to make a difference,
With gratitude & love,
Maia Kincaid & Lisinka Ulatowska​

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