2015 Will Be a Key Year

Dear friends,

As Nivela approaches the end of this very exciting first year– we officially launched in March –we would like to thank you for the enthusiastic support as readers, contributors, friends and funders.

We are a new group of experts advancing development that works for people and the climate. We write in English, Spanish and Portuguese and focus on empowering Southern perspectives.

Our highlights since March include:

  • Pioneering analysis on “Climate, Development and Elections” in developing countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, South Africa and Uruguay.
  • Analysis of “BRICS developments” from Brazilian, South African and Indian perspectives. We also analysed bilateral agreements between China and Latin American countries in 2014.
  • Sustained work on the “Road to Paris 2015” and what it means for public opinion. We focused on the Climate Summit, the People´s March and the Climate Negotiations in Lima (COP20).

We are keen to attract non-climate stakeholders and to empower emerging voices from developing countries, especially those from a younger generation. I encourage you to follow the work of Sandra Guzmán, Marcela Jaramillo, Alejandra Granados Solís and Camila Bustos.

Nivela is also working on opening new platforms for dialogue. We co-hosted our first public event at COP20. By working together with Brown University and NRDC, we brought an unusual group of Latin American experts from different ministries, legislative bodies, environmental organizations and businesses in Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. They all conveyed a powerful message: When it comes to climate change, Latin America is not the problem and wants to be part of the solution.

2015: A Key Year

Collaborations and partnerships. Nivela contributed to various initiatives in 2014 by joining the Steering Committee of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2014, the Steering Committee of the Platform for Low Emissions Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LEDS LAC) and the Yale International Climate Dialogue. We also have informal collaborations with the Climate and Development Lab at Brown University and E3G. We will continue to actively reproduce our views in other platforms such as Intercambio Climático. In 2015, we will also collaborate with Diálogo Chino – a new initiative by the China Dialogue with a focus on China, Latin America and sustainability and Página Abierta in Costa Rica.

Translation to citizen language. As our readership continues to grow, we have spotted an opportunity for Nivela in 2015 to be a “translator” of high-level messages in politics, research and advocacy. We will communicate key messages into a language that speaks to public opinion, especially the urban constituency of middle-income economies. We will give particular attention to questions related to the politics of urban transformation and how they link to the Climate Deal in 2015. We will also continue with our citizen initiative (a prototype), Costa Rica Limpia in order to advance the integration of citizen and climate priorities on the ground and build support for climate commitments in 2015 that integrate citizen priorities.

Public opinion and Paris 2015. Nivela will continue to write for mainstream media and to work with journalists. In 2014, our work was featured in Deutsche Welle, Climate Wire, El País, Project Syndicate, La Jornada, La República (in Costa Rica and Perú), Diario Extra, Reuters, La Nación, as well as TV Channels in Costa Rica and Mexico. Nivela was invited to speak at the Global Security Seminar for journalists, organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In 2015, we will work with economics and development journalists in Latin America and continue our work with strategic communication groups.

On behalf of Nivela, I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our contributors, readers, supporters, friends and funders.

I wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to working together in 2015.


Monica Araya
Founder and Executive Director of Nivela
@MonicaArayaTica @NivelaOrg

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