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CAN Joint SBI/SBSTA Closing Intervention, June 2019

Germany shattered its all-time heat record for June yesterday as Parties sat in air-conditioned rooms debating how to receive the best available science on climate change. Along with Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have issued public health warnings. India is in the middle of the worst water crisis in its history, with 600 million people facing acute water shortage and all the reservoirs dry in its sixth-largest city. Last Friday, 40.000 young people marched in the streets of Aachen to demand bold climate action and an end to coal. And just yesterday, the courts in Kenya listened, and upheld the demands by the people of Lamu to reject a new coal power project. 

If this session has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no time for wishy-washy “gentlepersons' agreements” when the world is on fire. True leaders have the courage and determination to offer a credible response to the planetary emergency we face, to phase out fossil fuels and ignite the clean energy revolution with justice and equity. While we could welcome the progress made towards agreeing on the Terms of Reference of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, and we appreciate your hard work, the political message coming from this conference is far from adequate.

Dear delegates, we call on you to kindly deliver the following message to your leaders back home: We are in the eye of the storm of the climate emergency. We expect your leaders, especially from big emitters, to come to New York in September for the UNSG Summit with nothing less than truly bold commitments that get us to the 1.5-degree goal. We will be there in New York, too. We will mobilize the full power of our network with more than 1,300 organizations in over 120 countries to hold your leaders accountable. We will not stop after New York, please tell your leaders to be prepared for consequences if they continue to fail the people and the planet.

 
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CAN Intervention: Arrangements of Intergovernmental Meetings (AIM), June 2019

With only 11 years left to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis as warned by the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C, arrangements of intergovernmental meetings of the UNFCCC must reflect the emergency we are in.

CAN, therefore, urges parties and the Secretariat to give priority to items related to the ambition cycle and implementation in the schedule of meetings across three key areas: support, impacts, and raising ambition.

Reflecting this emergency, we urge parties and the Secretariat to fully consider the IPCC’s remarks on  how public participation contributes to effective climate action - quote: “civil society is to a great extent the only reliable motor for driving institutions to change at the pace required.”

By substantially enhancing the opportunities for participation and inputs by civil society and those most affected by the climate crisis - women, youth, indigenous peoples and communities in the front lines - will we help reach the goals of the Paris Agreement.

We appreciate the opportunities for participation in this process but compared to other UN  processes and other UN environmental processes it remains limited. Drawing on those examples, access to all meetings for members of civil society must be the default rule as well as the opportunity for it  to effectively provide input  during the meetings - including through opportunities to provide input on specific aspects of the negotiations in the contact groups so as to support Parties progress towards a consensus that contributes to effective responses.

At COP 23, Antonio Guterres stated “civil society(...) must play a crucial role” in the

transformation to a low-emission economy. We urge parties to arrange future civil society participation in this spirit.

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CAN Joint SBI50 / SBSTA50 Opening Intervention, June 2019

Following the dramatic warnings of the IPCC and IPBES, and millions of young people refusing to accept inaction on the climate crisis, no meeting of governments on climate can be business as

usual. Progress must be achieved in three key areas: Support, addressing climate impacts and ambition.

Progress on key negotiation items is needed including strong guidelines for Article 6, building consensus on five-year common timeframes for NDCs as well as agreement on terms of reference enabling a comprehensive review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage to establish a financial arm to provide additional money to address loss and damage.´ The Long-term Finance workshop is an opportunity for parties to also discuss progress towards the GCF replenishment and build trust on the $100 bn targets. At the same time, Parties and the incoming Chilean presidency need to take full advantage of their time in Bonn to informally exchange on crucial upcoming events such as the UNSG Summit, the GCF replenishment and how COP25 can create political space to discuss enhancing ambition.

Last month, about 1.5 million youths around the world marched for bold and urgent climate action. They are leading the way, the world must follow suit.

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CAN Intervention: Talanoa Technical Phase Wrap Up Statement, December 6

The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC  is the most important contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue - it is a game-changer and clearly lays out “where we are”, “where we need to go” and “how we can get there”. 2°C of warming is much more dangerous than we thoughts a few years ago. We only have 12 years left to act swiftly and revert the current trend.  

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CAN Intervention: COP 24 Closing Statement, December 15

The IPCC 1.5C Report is clear: we have just 12 years to make radical emission cuts if we are to avert a climate catastrophe.

Here in Katowice, governments were expected to craft robust rules for the Paris Agreement that would build confidence and drive climate action, to deliver adequate and predictable finance, and to commit to enhancing their climate targets by 2020.

 

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CAN Intervention: Joint COP, CMP, CMA, SBSTA, SBI and APA Opening Statement, December 2

At COP24, Parties must realize this vision and spur the Paris Agreement to action by:

- Committing to strengthening their NDCs by 2020 to be compatible with a 1.5C emissions reduction pathway

- Delivering on climate finance and other support need to achieve emission reductions in line with 1.5C; and

- Agreeing on a rulebook that will ensure the environmental integrity of the Paris Agreement

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