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June 16, 2015 Kosmos Community News

Citizens Guide | Understand and Participate in the Success of the Paris Global Climate Agreement

We’re pleased to share with you – A Citizens’ Guide to Participation in the Making of a Global Climate Agreement. The Global Citizens Initiative produced this Guide as part of the Citizens Campaign for a 2015 Global Climate Agreement. This Campaign is targeted to engaging citizens around the world in advocating that their governments make strong pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Every country has been asked to make an emission reduction pledge that will become part of a new global climate agreement to be negotiated at a Heads of State meeting in December in Paris.

Kosmos Participates in International Day of Peace 100 Day Countdown

Kosmos Joins Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Jane Goodall for the 100-Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace:

Kosmos Project Director, Dot Maver delivered remarks at the 100-Day Countdown on June 13, 2015.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.

Around the Globe | 7 Hopeful Climate Stories

Jonah Busch of the Center for Global Development shares seven positive developments on Climate from around the world.

Two Victories for ‘The Commons’ in Europe

A Laboratory for Urban Commoning – by David Bollier
“Two weeks ago, the city government celebrated the first anniversary of its Bologna Regulation on public collaboration for urban commons, a system that actively invites ordinary citizens and neighborhoods to invent their own urban commons, with the government’s active assistance.”

A Commons EU Intergroup Takes Off in the Parliament – by Sophie Bloemen
“Now there will also be a Commons Intergroup. This particular group will allow for discussions on policy from a shared perspective: the idea that ‘ the commons’ – is an important and helpful way of framing the important themes of present times.”

Costa Rica | Film Preview “A Bold Peace”

By David Swanson

‘Costa Rica has developed a culture of peace, including an educational system that teaches children nonviolent conflict resolution. As someone who grew up being told that we should not use violence, while simultaneously noticing that my society’s biggest public project was the U.S. military, I can only imagine the power of consistency found in an educational curriculum that walks its own talk. Costa Rica has built up a society of low violence and of, as one speaker in the film describes it, “an attitude of non-aggression toward the poor.” ‘