The Copenhagen Initiative

Partnership for a good climate in society and nature

This initiative is to build capacity for good governance of climate protection through intercultural cooperation and leadership. We need a public and civic partnership for a good climate in society and nature. This is our objective. To achieve this objective, we need to accelerate the process of international and intercultural cooperation on climate protection through all available peaceful means.

Let us first draw on common sense and collective wisdom to see where we stand today and what we need to do:

  1. "Climate is considered as a common good and the common responsibility of all people. As members of one human family, we should work together as a matter of urgency towards finding common solutions and appropriate forms of governance at local, regional, national, European and international levels to combat climate change...

    Good governance of climate protection should promote intergenerational solidarity in combating the effects of climate change by drawing on wisdom, creativity and human resources of citizens, civil society, businesses, the scientific community, governments and international actors during the processes of preparation, decision making and implementation of effective strategies on climate protection." (Conclusions on Governance at the Citizens' AGORA at the European Parliament, 12 - 13 June 2008)

  2. "If [we] do not act on time, all of us would become leaders and citizens of failed states, because we would be failing in our sacred duty to protect this planet on which we all live. Science leaves us with no choice for inaction now." (R. K. Pachauri, IPCC Chairman at the UN, 22 September 2009)
  3. "If the whole world comes to Copenhagen and leaves without making the needed political agreement, then I think it's a failure that is not just about climate. Then it's the whole global democratic system not being able to deliver results in one of the defining challenges of our century."(Connie Hedegaard, COP15 President, interview on 7 December 2009)
  4. On 7 December 2009, the opening day of the Copenhagen Conference, 56 newspapers in 45 countries published a common editorial asking governments of the world " ...not to hesitate, not to fall into dispute, not to blame each other but to seize opportunity from the greatest modern failure of politics. This should not be a fight between the rich world and the poor world, or between east and west. Climate change affects everyone, and must be solved by everyone."
  5. As these quotes demonstrate, governments of the world need help from people to do what their job is: to rise to the challenge of climate change and to save human life and the planet that carries and defends our life as one human family.

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EU 2020 Comments

15 January 2010:

The ICLS prepared and submitted to the European Commission (EC) its comments on the EC strategy working document entitled EU 2020. We hope this would positively contribute to collective thinking and finding solutions for the main challenges facing Europe.

The basic EC text can be seen on http://ec.europa.eu

Our submitted comments read:

"EU 2020: Comments by the ICLS

  1. We welcome the initiative of the European Commission to design EU 2020 "as the successor of the Lisbon strategy". This note, as invited by the Commission, is to point out what we see as inconsistency between the title, one of the subtitles and the text of the document and recommends some remedies to such inconsistencies, by aligning the title with the content of the document and by enriching the second part of the text so that it more corresponds to its subtitle and addresses a decisively important aspect that seems to have been overlooked when the document was drafted.
  2. The title of the Working Document "EU 2020" suggests more than discussing only the economy in the European Union. Europe's citizens and societies are inseparable from the European economy but the document does not live up to the expectations raised by its title to address citizens and the full context of society within which the economy functions. The second key priority of the Working Document (" Empowering people in inclusive societies ") does not fully discuss, again, what the title promises, only one important aspect of it, job creation.

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2010: Highlights and activities

Public contribution to the consultation on the European Commission's EU 2020 strategy

On 15 January 2010, the ICLS submitted to the European Commission its comments on the strategy working document entitled EU 2020, intending to positively contribute to collective thinking and finding solutions for some of the main challenges facing Europe. The basic EC text can be seen on http://ec.europa.eu/eu2020/ Our submitted, and constructively critical, comments read: Click here

Continuing participation in structured dialogue with the European Commission

The ICLS continued its engagement in the Active European Citizenship Group (AECG), following up on its lead role in the work done within the Working Group on the Follow Up of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

Contribution to the European Year of Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, 2010

The ICLS through its own means and within its own competence has since its beginnings been working for social inclusion and cooperation between all population groups living in shared spaces within the Union. The following activities under the highlights of the year 2010 are contributions in themselves to the EY CPSE 2010.

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