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News update from Paris Climate Conference

Dear Readers,

Medical Mission Sisters participated in the Conference of Parties (Cop21) or the UN Climate Conference in Paris from Nov 30- Dece12. Please refer to the MMS Intranet, Society Home page for the report by Agnes Lanfermann and Elizabeth Vadakekara who attended the first week.

I attended the second week and on Dec 9 the MMS co sponsored parallel event “keep the Fossil fuel in the ground” was well attended both inside the official venue as well as at the civil society space. All speakers were excellent and spoke not only of the ill effect of Fracking but victims of fracking shared their agonizing efforts to protect their land and lives. One of the speakers Sandra Steingraber shared her struggle and success in getting a ban on fracking in the state of New York. An activist and a cancer survivor, she used her Award (for her excellent work) to …

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MMS Statement – IMF,WB UNCTAD

MMS Statement -  High level Meeting of ECOSOC with IMF, WB, WTO and UNCTAD on Global partnership for sustainable Development in the context of Post 2015 Agenda

 Thank you Mr. President! I represent the Medical Mission Sisters and a member of the NGO committee on Financing For Development  and Mining Working Group.

I would like to draw your attention, to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change, just released in Berlin. Among its main findings is that the concentration of greenhouse gasses have grown more quickly during the last decade than the previous three decades. Globally, economic and population growth continue to be the most important drivers of increases in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. The panel analyzed the causes for this increase in the main economic sectors: energy, transport, among others. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributed …

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