Today, I spent an hour chatting with the ever charming David Slack on RadioLive. We set out to discuss climate change and human rights, and ended up spinning through John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight (though I wrongly called him American!), the right to housing and 90 day eviction notices, climate denial, the trust gap in […]Read more "Talking climate change and human rights with David Slack on RadioLive"
On Monday night, Christian Teriete from TckTckTck, Denise Fontanilla of Jubilee South and I had a chat with Adopt a Negotiator’s Chris Wright about how to communicate the upcoming Intended Nationally Determined Commitments national plans for facing up to climate change from 2020 on. If there’s ever been a time to write about Climate Change, its […]Read more "New Adopt a Negotiator webinar: Writing about National Climate Commitments"
Twelve hours before the Lima climate talks ended, John Weekes from the Herald interviewed me about developments. Luckily, I called it right, and the talks ended just as predicted. Talk of swallowing dead rats and “circumcisions turning into amputations” has spiced up the fragile global climate change talks dragging on in Peru. New Zealand lawyer […]Read more "Herald interview: Climate change talks: Dead rats and other ‘disturbing metaphors’"
On 4 December 2014, Adrien Taylor of TV3 News interviewed me inside the Lima climate talks. What he didn’t tell me was that he was about to cut to the Prime Minister… For decades scientists have been telling us the world is warming, and now it appears we have reached a new peak. The United […]Read more "TV3 News Interview: Let’s all hold hands"
David Tong is the Chair of the P3 Foundation. Last week, Venezuela hosted an unprecedented PreCOP meeting between ministers and negotiators from 40 countries and representatives from some 80 civil society organisations and social movements worldwide. Here are five important points about the Social PreCOP to know before next month’s climate talks in Lima. 1) The […]Read more "On TckTckTck: Five key take-aways from last week’s Social PreCOP"
The Responding to Climate Change newswire syndicated my closing summary of the Social PreCOP in Venezuela: Last week, I was in Margarita Island, Venezuela, for the “social pre-COP”: a warm-up meeting to next month’s climate talks in Lima. On the final day, there was a closed door (or at least closed tent) ministerial meeting, as […]Read more "RTCC: Venezuela did not hijack civil society climate meeting"
The following statement appeared on the website of the Human Rights Lawyers Association of Aotearoa/NZ. Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers, was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack. Attorney […]Read more "Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association Condemns Killing of Filipino Lawyer"
Issue 848 of LawTalk just published a very flattering profile of me and the work I do with the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education. You can read it online here or in the full magazine. Young lawyer David Tong spreads himself across a plethora of different causes. Perhaps unsurprisingly one which he feels very […]Read more "Profiled in LawTalk"
David Tong is a recipient of a 2014 LLM Award, to encourage and support academically outstanding students to undertake a Master of Laws (LLM) at the Auckland Law School. “I chose to study an LLM to deepen my understanding of international law, with a view to refocusing my professional career. In particular, I hope to […]Read more "University of Auckland Law School Profile"
The Herald’s Element magazine ran my column from inside the Warsaw climate talks: Adopt a Negotiator Fellow and Kiwi David Tong reports from the climate talks in Warsaw, Poland: Earlier this month, Poland celebrated National Independence Day. The United Nations climate Secretariat warned everyone here in Warsaw attending the climate talks to be careful, because […]Read more "In the Herald: UN Climate talks: Rioting outside, hunger strikes inside"