Responding to Climate Change – RTCC
Responding to Climate Change Limited (RTCC) was founded by James Ramsey in 2002 and its mission is to raise awareness about climate change. It is a not-for-profit organization and it is an official Observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD), and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It holds “Special Advisory Status” with The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as officially supporting UNFCCC in its outreach programme.
RTCC’s expertise lies in facilitating public sector private sector partnerships having a working knowledge of current events in the climate change debate as well as independent analysis of the current state of the negotiations. In 2012, RTCC entered into a major partnership with the United Nations Rio Conventions (see Rio Plus Business).
RTCC’s on demand video channel, Climate Change TV, is the first online video broadcaster dedicated entirely to climate change issues with a catalogue of more than 2,000 interviews from world leaders, environment ministers, scientists, business leaders and various stakeholders within the climate change debate.
RTCC, although independent, is entirely funded by governments, international businesses, intergovernmental agencies, research institutes and major donor organizations. Partners include, the governments of Morocco, France, Mexico, South Africa, Ecuador, Brazil, Denmark, Norway Sweden, UK, Canada, United States, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and many others, as well as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) and UN Habitat.
At the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, RTCC successfully secured funds for the Government of Morocco to host COP22 in Marrakech.
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Respond Magazine 2018
In 2017, one climate story has dominated the international news: Donald J Trump. The incoming president confirmed in June he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement his predecessor invested so much political capital in bringing to fruition.
But climate change is bigger than one man, no matter how obstructive. National leaders were quick to tell Trump the Paris pact is not open for renegotiation. Many US states and cities declared “we’re still in”.