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CAN Intervention - Closing Bonn APA - 26th May, 2016

Thank you, Madame Co-Chair.

My name is Masako Konishi, and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

In the afterglow of Paris, it is now time to increase pre-2020 action and support. The 2016 facilitative dialogue, the high-level finance event, the capacity building work program, and the high-level champions are important opportunities we need to use to ramp-up ambition.

Marrakech should also set a clear plan to finalise the transparency framework as a priority so that this will contribute to a more effective 2018 facilitative dialogue and inform updates of INDCs. Parties must agree on how flexibility will be applied in a common framework, and how convergence will ultimately occur. 

COP 22 should also set the path for the 2018 stocktake to result in a global ramping up of currently inadequate efforts to put the world on a 1.5ºC pathway. The modalities for the global stocktake should be prepared as as soon as possible.

Finally, by COP 22, developed countries must present a credible, transparent roadmap towards meeting their 100 billion dollars a year promise, including a specific target for adaptation finance.

Thank you.



CAN Intervention - Closing Bonn SBI - 26th May, 2016

~~Thank you Co-Chairs.

I am Vositha Wijenayake, speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

We welcome the constructive recommendations from the gender workshop and look forward to an extension of the Lima Work Programme in Marrakesh based on these recommendations.

We are encouraged by the adoption of the terms of reference of the Paris Committee on Capacity Building. The finalisation of the third comprehensive review at COP 22 would provide clear guidance to the Paris Committee.

We believe that the conclusions adopted in Bonn in relation to access to information, public participation and stakeholder engagement provide a basis for a stronger partnership between civil society and governments. CAN welcomes the conclusions concerning the in-session workshop on observer participation at SB46.

We also look forward to considering practical solutions to ensure that the negotiating process is safeguarded from those whose interest runs against the objectives of the Convention, such as transnational fossil fuel corporations.

Finally,we urge parties to begin a structured expert dialogue (SED) from 2018 to 2022 to support the review and to ensure scientific integrity through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas. The SED should be mandated to draw first conclusions of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5ºC to inform the facilitative dialogue in 2018.

Thank you.


CAN Intervention - Closing Bonn SBSTA - 26th May, 2016

Thank you Mr Co-Chair and distinguished delegates.

My name is Eddy Perez and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

The work of SBSTA is critical to moving forward the goals of the Paris Agreement.  Submissions in advance of Marrakech could begin a meaningful dialogue that will lead to productive results in Marrakech.

In the lead up to COP 22, CAN calls on governments to make sure that the momentum to implement the Paris Agreement is maintained by progress in limiting emissions from international transport.

Countries must agree to a strong global market-based measure for mitigating  aviation emissions within ICAO at the 39th Assembly in October that contributes a fair share effort towards meeting the 1.5ºC goal.

For international shipping emissions, the IMO must start a work program on the proposal to define a fair contribution of the international shipping sector to the Paris climate objectives.

On technology, we recognize the cooperative efforts of parties to develop the technology framework.

In developing the modalities for the accounting of financial resources, Parties must come to agreement about what counts as climate finance.

This should include an internationally agreed definition of ‘new and additional’. A clear definition of the information to be supplied for each financing project must also be developed, building upon the IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative standard).


Thank you.



CAN Intervention - Stocktake- Bonn SB44/APA1 - 21st May, 2016

~~Thank you, Madame President, my name is Alden Meyer, I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

CAN is pleased that Parties have finally agreed on the APA agenda, and will soon finalize the organization of work in a way that is balanced and advances all issues. Starting on Monday, APA needs to start substantive negotiations, which should include identifying the key deliverables at COP 22.

Climate Action Network also looks forward to further clarity from the high-level champions on how they will develop a road map that ensures that the global climate action agenda delivers initiatives to close the ambition gap in the pre-2020 period. There is an urgent need to bring focus to the GCAA to ensure that it drives credible, transformational initiatives that enables acceleration of both state and non-state action to combat climate change.

Lastly CAN is concerned about the lack of any formal space for deliberations on the format of the various facilitated dialogues that have been mandated by COP 21. We welcome the efforts by the incoming presidency to hold informal consultations on this issue, but would also urge that discussions with observers be conducted to help elaborate the objective and structure of these facilitated dialogues. We all have an interest in ensuring that these opportunities drive increased ambition in light of the shortfall of current efforts in relation to the agreement to limit warming to no more than 1.5 degrees C.

Thank you,


CAN Intervention: APA Opening, Bonn SB44/APA1, 17th May 2016

~~Dear Co-Chairs,

My name is Fatima Ahouli, I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network. The world celebrated when countries agreed to a new international climate treaty at COP21 in Paris. However, if efforts stop here success will quickly fade because the submitted contributions leave us on track for 3ºC instead of 1.5ºC as promised.

In Bonn Parties should deliver a clear work programme for the APA to raise ambition.

Parties must start preparing for the resubmission of NDCs in 2018 at the latest and provide more certainty on climate finance. By taking immediate steps to develop a road map towards the $100 Billion per annum and by including support as a central component of the facilitated dialogue, important ambition in both mitigation and adaptation can be unlocked.

Specific emission reduction initiatives need to be delivered this year, including through scaling up national pre-2020 targets, the LPAA, the technical examination processes and the annual high-level event.

Parties must also come to agreement on how those most vulnerable, already experiencing loss and damage, will be supported.

Finally, we call for a renewed spirit of collaboration between governments and civil society to ensure that our rights are upheld, including the right to meaningfully inform the process.

Thank you.


CAN Intervention: SBI Opening Bonn SB44/APA1, 16th May, 2016

~~Dear Co-Chairs,

My name is Inga Fritzen Buan and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.
World leaders have agreed to keep global warming well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit to 1.5°C. However, if more is not done now, action under the Paris Agreement might be too little, too late. We need more action, faster action, now.
Therefore, the technical expert meetings must be results-focused and serve as incubators for globally transformative initiatives in specific sectors and technologies.
We ask that the SBI and SBSTA initiate a process to develop criteria to ensure that these projects and initiatives respect human rights and food sovereignty, have environmental integrity, and that potential risks associated with new technologies are assessed.
Overcoming barriers to finance should be on the agenda for every TEM and part of the high-level champions’ work. To overcome the significant finance gap, CAN expects developed country Parties to be proactive about drafting the finance roadmap agreed to in Paris. The result should be presented at COP22 at the latest.
CAN asks that the champions produce a scenario note for 2016 and 2017, including on resource mobilization and engagement with Parties and non-Party stakeholders on how to turn words into action.
We look forward to meaningful civil society participation in both technical processes.
Thank you.


CAN Intervention: Opening Intervention, Bonn SB44/APA1, 16th May, 2016

~~Dear Madame President,

My name is Sebastien Duyck and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

In Paris, the international community came together to commit to the most significant environmental agreement of our generation. COP-21 marked an unprecedented convergence of actors around the necessity to take ambitious and equitable action to preserve the climate for current and future generations.

As we now focus on the operationalisation of the Paris commitments, the role of civil society remains crucial to ensure transparency and the highest level of ambition.

We call on negotiators to renew the spirit of partnership between governments and stakeholders and to allow civil society to engage meaningfully to support ambitious and equitable climate action

Firstly, the voices of all stakeholders must be listened to in this process. Chairs and negotiators should ensure that sessions and workshops benefit from the expertise and perspectives of civil society.

Secondly, stakeholders must be allowed to contribute to the transparency and ambition processes established under the Paris Agreement. This role will be key to guarantee trust and to provide the right incentives necessary for a virtuous ambition cycle.

We look forward to working with all parties to ensure that the Paris Agreement lives up to its promises.

Thank you


CAN Closing Intervention, COP 21, December 2015

Thank you Mr. President,               
I am Amit Kumar, speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.   

CAN recognizes this significant moment as a stepping-stone towards current and future national implementation of climate action. 

The foundation of an effective global response to climate change has been laid through this Agreement, with a strong vision of 1.5 degrees.

But with climate impacts already hitting home, current INDCs remain dangerously inadequate for staying below this limit.      

Parties must return home from Paris to improve their pledges together in 2018 so that all have ambitious targets for 2025 -- and then every 5 years thereafter. Developed countries must not shirk their commitments but must increase their financial support substantially to help developing countries cope with climate impacts and realize their mitigation potential as articulated in their INDCs.        

As part of a strong and diverse climate movement, Climate Action Network stands ready to advocate for scaling up action back home. We will ensure that the words in this agreement are operationalized and implemented. We will hold governments accountable, and continue to fight for climate justice.   

Thank you.


CAN COP 21/CMP 11 High-level Intervention, December 2015

Thank you Honorable Ministers and Distinguished Delegates,   

I am Mariam Allam from Climate Action Network.      

The pending elements of the Paris outcome are clear for all to see. Now is the time for ministers to find common ground.

But common ground should not undercut 1.5 degrees or ambition. A mention of 1.5 degrees is not enough; we need to operationalize it through a long-term goal of full decarbonization by 2050.

A fighting chance of closing the ambition gap that mostly rests with developed countries requires a revisiting of INDCs by 2018 at the latest.

In many countries, further ambition needs to be enabled. The Paris Agreement should stipulate that collective targets for the provision of finance should be set and updated in 5-year cycles, with separate mitigation and adaptation targets.  

Climate impacts and irreversible losses must be addressed by a global goal on adaptation linked with the 1.5-degree goal and means of implementation, and through a stand-alone article that ensures institutional anchoring and further work on loss and damage.

The Paris Agreement needs to transformative, and for that it needs to be both binding and dynamic. We must take stock of all elements every five years to get where we need to be.  

Thank you.        

CAN ADP 2-12 Closing Intervention, December 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a written intervention at the close of ADP 2-12.

With a new draft text in hand, it now falls on ministers to bring four years of intense diplomatic efforts to a meaningful conclusion.

Paris must be a pivot point that catalyses ambition and assures an equitable outcome that places the needs of the most vulnerable at its core.

The Paris Agreement should anchor the 1.5-degree target and commit Parties to full global decarbonisation and a complete transition to renewable energy by 2050. All countries should develop decarbonisation strategies for 2050, to be submitted no later than 2020, with developing countries being provided with the MOI to develop and fulfill these plans.

Current INDCs do not put us on an adequate pathway for meeting the demands of science. To generate sustained ambition, Climate Action Network calls for the establishment of a “Paris Ambition Mechanism”: a robust ambition acceleration mechanism that synchronises, assesses, and ratchets up Parties’ commitments in 5- year cycles, including by matching conditional INDCs with finance. Its implementation must be tied to an enhanced Workstream 2 process, with the first review of INDCs taking place as early as possible, and before 2020.

Enhanced financial support will be critical to unlock the necessary global action. The Paris Agreement should stipulate that collective targets for the provision of financial support should be set and updated in 5-year cycles, with separate targets for mitigation and adaptation support. Developed countries should continue to be the primary contributors of climate finance, responsible for ensuring scaling up from the 100 billion floor after 2020. Yet, countries with comparable levels of capacity and responsibility would be in the position to complement these efforts.

Adaptation and loss and damage – in particular their distinct institutional anchoring as standalone issues in the Paris Agreement, and assurance of adequate support arrangements for both – remain defining issues for Paris. An early move on loss and damage will be crucial to inject positive momentum into the process and ensure the voices of the most vulnerable are heard.

Climate Action Network urges ministers in Paris to provide early signals on the issues outlined above in order to deliver the fair, ambitious, and transformative climate action package the world urgently requires. 



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