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Building Blocks For Paris Emerge, But Ministers Miss Opportunity Take An Easier Road

Bonn - Germany, Friday June 6: Politicians at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn have today sent positive signals in relation to releasing early next year their climate action contributions towards the global agreement due to be signed in Paris in 2015. 

The US said heads of state should reaffirm at the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in September that they "commit to submit" their contributions by March 31, 2015.

Mohamed Adow, from Christian Aid, said up for negotiation tomorrow is the kinds of information those contributions should contain based on suggestions from the co-chairs of the session.  

"Countries need to realize that forming the Paris agreement was like building a house for the people of the world in which the co-chairs are the foremen, they are the builders and the contributions are the bricks," he said. "Like a good house the Paris agreement needs to protect us and not fall down."

Alix Mazounie of RAC France said finance played a vital role in ensuring all countries could form their own climate action plan. 

"Developing countries desperately need reassurance that public finance will be part of the 2015 agreement or there might be no deal," she said.

But Greenpeace's Martin Kaiser said politicians had missed an opportunity to make new climate action commitments for the period until the Paris agreement comes into affect in 2020.

"By not picking the low hanging fruit now, governments are making their job that much harder and more expensive later,"  he said. "Governments need to reject the influence of the fossil fuel lobby and act in the interests of their people."


CAN Intervention: KP Ministerial Dialogues at SB40s, 6 June, 2014

Thank you President Korolec and Minister Pulgar-Vidal, 

I am speaking on behalf of the Climate Action Network.

Distinguished Ministers, 

This Ministerial meeting is a result of your previous agreement that developed countries' targets for 2020 needed to be more ambitious. This promise was the precondition of the Durban agreement to start the negotiations for the 2015 agreement. Even more importantly, increasing your near-term targets is essential if we are to keep the window to keeping warming below 1.5 degrees C open. This need to revise the 2020 targets applies to all developed country Parties, both inside and outside of the Kyoto Protocol. 

We are disappointed to see that very few ministers have bothered to come here. Is this because Ministers have not been briefed about what is necessary to avoid even more devastating climate impacts than the world is already experiencing? Or is it because Ministers know this all too well, but did not dare to come here to admit that they are going to do nothing in the face of the undeniable scientific evidence of what a failure to act now will mean? 

While some Parties are making more progress in cutting emissions than others, what unsettles us the most is that not a single developed country has indicated their intention to increase their targets for 2020, neither those countries that remain under the Kyoto Protocol or, even worse, from those who have stepped outside (or were never in).  What we have heard today is nothing less than a spectrum of non-commitments. 

Thank you.



CAN Intervention: Nairobi Work Programme in the SBSTA Contact Group, 5 June 2014

CAN intervention on NWP, 5 June 2014

SBSTA also needs to make progress on the future activities of the Nairobi Work Programme. COP19 highlighted ecosystems; human settlements; water resources; and health as priority areas. All these are of crucial importance to the needs of the people and countries particularly vulnerable to climate change.

On ecosystems and water resources, the reports from previous expert meetings under the NWP in 2013 and 2012 provide important starting points for what to do next.

CAN generally thinks that the activities should be designed in a way that they can serve different purposes where scientific and technological advice is required, with a strong view of facilitating implementation of concrete action. A key step toward this is to ensure the NWP engages leading experts and practitioners on each theme. SBSTA should engage the AC and NWP partners (including many CAN members) to assist in identifying and reaching out to these leaders. 

NWP activities should aim to increasingly include knowledge and  experience from very locally grounded activities, such as from community-led adaptation. Activities under all themes also could contribute to important cross-cutting discussions, including:

  • The implications of the IPCC AR5 and different levels of projected warming
  • Approaches for multi-level adaptation planning (inl. NAPs, but also for sub-national and local planning)
  • Climate change impacts on, and needs of, particularly vulnerable segments of societies
  • Ways to better assess financial costs of adaptation options
  • Needs and opportunities for regional cooperation
  • Vehicles for effective south-south adaptation learning

Furthermore we think that the SBSTA should also identify ways to lift up some of the key findings of the expert meeting on available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation. This work may result in a specific COP20 decision. Key recommendations we would like to highlight include

  • To fully appreciate indigenous and traditional knowledge in a manner commensurate with modern science at all levels relevant to adaptation, including through COP guidance for the performance of finance institutions such as the GCF.
  • The strong need to enable the recognition, participation and engagement of local communities and holders of local, indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices in the adaptation process, including in national adaptation planning processes from the outset
  • Building on previous COP decisions, strengthen the integration of gender-sensitive approaches in all aspects of adaptation planning and practice to promote gender equality
  • To organize follow-up activities to ensure that the workshop is not a “one-off” activity on this topic. Specifically, the SBSTA should explore opportunities to create stronger linkages between NWP activities and related implementation activities, ensuring a continuous feedback mechanism.

This workshop, notably, was an example of a positive collaboration between the Adaptation Committee and the NWP. The precedent set by this workshop paves the way for continued collaboration among Convention bodies to coordinate and synchronize efforts on adaptation. The NWP should continue to directly link to long-term work within the Convention through the AC, the LEG, adaptation funding mechanisms, and especially, the NAP process.

CAN is happy to work further with delegates on the appropriate recommendations.



CAN Intervention: ADP Opening Plenary SB40s, 4 June, 2014

Thank you Co-Chairs, 

I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

As if the findings of the AR5 were not enough of a call to action, melting of a major section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet now appears inevitable and we may have already committed ourselves to 3 or more meters of sea-level rise from this ice sheet alone.  This is yet another reminder of the extent of climate impacts to which society is already committed and that critical tipping points are now being crossed.  At the up-coming Ministerials, emissions cuts must be elevated to a new level.  Workstream 2 must adopt concrete measures in Lima to accelerate the transition to a 100% renewable energy future. 

As governments will soon start announcing their post-2020 mitigation and financial commitments, it will be critical that Workstream 1 agree, at THIS session, on the information to be included and equity indicators to be used when tabling such commitments.  Luckily part of this task is essentially complete as there must be NO backsliding of Kyoto-style commitments for developed countries. Workstream 1 must also make progress on elaborating of elements of a draft text, including addressing critical issues like loss and damage and compliance.

Thank you, Co-Chairs.


CAN Intervention: SBI Opening Plenary SB40s, 4 June, 2014

Thank you Co Chairs.

I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

CAN welcomes the progress made on guidelines for IAR and ICA. The adoption of guidelines for national communications and biennial reports as well as revision of reporting guidelines on annual inventories for Annex 1 parties is progress. However, there are some provisions in the agreed guidelines that suggest the need for revision.

A robust verification process facilitates increased transparency for commitments and actions countries are taking to respond to climate change and allows Parties to build capacity, strengthen trust, foster cooperation, and provide more effective support.

CAN would like to highlight that MRV regime created within the UNFCCC should not be limited to mitigation alone but should also address means of implementation especially finance. A common reporting format to facilitate the assessment of actions and finance disbursed and received would help to create a transparent MRV regime for means of implementation.

Given enhanced reporting requirements some developing countries will need the requisite technical capacity building to meet these reporting requirements. The need for permanent institutional capacity and human resources to carry out various tasks in relation to national communications as well as Biennial Update reports within developing countries will also require enhanced financial support.

Thank you. 


CAN and Beyond2015 Intervention during the OWG-11 on SDGs, 8 May, 2014

Dear Mr. Chair,

I am Lina Dabbagh and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network and Beyond 2015.

We are united on the need to keep a dedicated climate change goal in a Post-2015 development framework. During the past days we have come here together in New York to try and frame a future for universal sustainable development that eradicates poverty. At this point, we have heard about poverty eradication, on how to promote sustainable agriculture, food security, health and economic growth, but as the OWG have heard from previous contributors in this process, all our efforts to achieve sustainable development and poverty eradication in the long term are nothing without addressing climate change.

CAN and Beyond 2015 welcome the “Working Document for OWG-11” , it is positive to see that climate change retains the level of visibility required and that several focus areas include targets contributing to climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, including food and agriculture, cities, and energy. We cannot imagine a sustainable development framework guiding the international community for the coming 15 years that does not explicitly highlight climate change as a defining existential development issue and the threat multiplier of our time.  Without a strong focus on climate change, any future development framework will not be sustainable.

Addressing climate change is a prerequisite to ending poverty and its urgency and importance is best reflected by having a goal and integration throughout.  

Also having a dedicated goal on climate change in the new development agenda sends a positive political signal that climate change is a major development issue affecting poverty eradication and underpins the imperative for a positive level of ambition shown at the Conference of the Parties in Paris.

In the general assembly report “The future we want”, Countries acknowledged the centrality of climate change, to the development agenda reaffirming ‘that climate change is a cross-cutting and persistent crisis’ and ‘the scale and gravity of the negative impacts of climate change affect all countries and undermine the ability of all countries, in particular, developing countries, to achieve sustainable development [...] and threaten the viability and survival of nations’.

Member States need to address this centrality by including a dedicated climate change goal, as well as mainstreaming climate action across all other relevant goals. This applies in particular to goals related to economic growth or industrialization. Inclusive and sustainable growth must ensure shared prosperity for all while remaining within the safe ecological limits of our planet.

CAN and Beyond 2015 further believe that the post‐2015 development process and the UNFCCC process are complementary to each other and should  capitalize on their potential mutual benefits in order to ensure the two processes strengthen each other.

Developing a coherent set of goals that reduce emissions and enable adaptation will support the scale of ambition needed to achieve the aims of both processes, namely preventing dangerous anthropogenic climate change, eradicating extreme poverty and achieving sustainable development.

Mr. Chair - not adequately addressing climate change will make it very hard for many civil society constituencies to indorse the post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework.

Thank you Mr. Chair






CAN Intervention at the Abu Dhabi Ascent Prep Meeting for the SG's Climate Summit

CAN Intervention at the Abu Dhabi Ascent Prep Meeting for the SG's Climate Summit

Delivered by Wael, Hmaidan, Director of CAN International 

Thank you moderator,

First, let me thank the government of the United Arab Emirates and the Secretary General and his team for organizing this event in preparation for the Climate Summit in New York, and for providing us with the space to engage. We assure the Secretary General and governments the full support of civil society to ensure the success of the Summit, as it is the only opportunity for Heads of State  to come together and commit to take action on climate change between now and the Paris COP at the end of next year.  We all know that the main obstacle in solving the climate change problem is not technical or economical; in addition to the climate crisis, we have a political crisis.

Coming out of the Summit in September, it needs to be clear that climate change is back on top of the political agenda and that leaders agree that it must be addressed urgently.  As others have made clear here in Abu Dhabi over the last two days, the window of opportunity to meet the goal of keeping the increase in global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius is rapidly closing.   There is no more time to waste.

There should be a clear recognition coming out of the Summit of the scientific urgency of rapidly reducing and eventually eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change, as well as a demonstrated willingness to break away from the current fossil fuel based dependency of the global economy, and transitioning towards a just renewable energy and climate resilient future for all.  Also, there should be a clear commitment by world leaders to provide the ongoing political guidance to ministers and negotiators needed to reach an ambitious, fair and effective global agreement on climate change in Paris.

Key stakeholders, especially governments and business, must explicitly acknowledge the risks associated with failure to deal with the climate crisis, the economic benefits of urgent action on climate change, and the need for climate stability as an essential element towards achieving the goal of poverty eradication.

Civil society also has a key role to play, not just by helping design and implement solutions to climate change, but by making sure that public pressure for action by both governments and the private sector continues to mount.  Secretary General, we accept your challenge. Civil society is united on the political importance of the Summit, and in September there will be unprecedented civil society mobilization, both in New York and globally, in support of greater action.

Already just yesterday Arab civil society issued a statement welcoming the Ascent and urging their governments to bring ambitious actions to New York.

NGOs here in Abu Dhabi join the Secretary General in challenging all governments and stakeholders to not miss this opportunity, to up their game now, sharpen their vision, and bring concrete new ambitious action to the Summit.

Thank you.


Stop Climate Madness!

COP 19 - Stop climate madness!

Watch as civil society demands climate action at the UN climate talks. We were heard in the plenary and "welcomed" the COP president with our chanting just as he arrived: perfect timing!

Civil society says Stop the Climate Madness inside the COP 19 stadium in Warsaw as UNFCCC talks enter final stage

Chanting for climate at COP19

We stand with you - With people in the Philippines hit by typhoon Haiyan, and all other victims of climate chaos

Over 100 vigils have been organised by people all over the world. Right now, there are people sat in squares, singing songs and lighting candles together in solidarity with those who are suffering.

Many have fasted for the past two weeks to show solidarity with people in the Philippines and others around the world. 


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