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CAN Intervention: SBI Closing Plenary SB40s, 15 June, 2014

Climate Action Network Intervention in SBI Closing Plenary, 15 June 2014 

Delivered by Alejandra Watanabe of WWF Peru

SBI Closing Intervention

In Spanish: 

Muchas gracias Co Chairs

Soy Alejandra Watanabe, y hablo en representación de Climate Action Network.

CAN quisiera utilizar esta oportunidad para enfatizar la participacion "crucial e integral" de la sociedad civil en estas negociaciones, incluyendo el acceso de los observadores a las negociaciones de la COP. En estas intersesionales estamos particularmente preocupados por el sistema de recuperación de costos propuesto para la los eventos paralelos. Estos eventos son una de las pocas oportunidades que tenemos los observadores para compartir diversos puntos de vista, presentar investigaciones actuales y soluciones innovadoras que contribuyen con ideas y generan momentum positivo en las negociaciones. La oficina de enlace de observadores de la Secretaría de la CMNUCC desempeña un rol vital en la facilitación de este compromiso.

CAN quiere hacer un agradecimiento especial a las Partes que han defendido los principios democráticos de apertura y transparencia y esperamos que la Secretaría retire la propuesta de recuperación de fondos  de USD1000 por cada evento paralelo. CAN espera trabajar conjuntamente con la Secretaría para que se respeten los procesos adecuados y así encontrar un camino que ayude a mejorar, en lugar de reducir, nuestra participación. Debemos encontrar una solución que reconozca que se deben ser asignar recursos adecuados para la participación de los observadores como parte de las funciones básicas en el sistema de la CMNUCC. A los observadores se nos debería permitir jugar nuestro rol en la lucha contra el cambio climático para asegurar que juntos podamos alcanzar la victoria. 


In English

Thank you Co Chairs.

I am Alejandra Watanabe speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

CAN would like to use this opportunity to reemphasize the “crucial and integral” participation of civil society in these negotiations, including access of observers at COP negotiations. At this intersessional CAN has been particularly alarmed about the proposed cost recovery system for side events. These events are one of the few opportunities that observers have to share diverse views and to present current research and innovative solutions that contribute ideas and positive momentum to negotiations. The observer liaison office of the UNFCCC Secretariat plays a vital role in facilitating this engagement.

CAN would especially like to thank the Parties that have stood up for the principles of democratic openness and transparency and we are encouraged that the secretariat has removed the proposal of cost recovery of USD1000 per side event. CAN looks forward to a meaningful engagement with the secretariat that respects proper processes so that we can find a way forward that helps enhance, rather than diminish, our participation. We must find a resolution that recognises that adequate resources should be allocated to observer participation as part of the core functions of the UNFCCC system. Observers should be allowed to play our role in the fight against climate change to ensure that we can achieve victory together.

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CAN Intervention: ADP Technical Expert Meeting on Land Use at SB40s, 11 June, 2014


Technical Expert Meeting on Opportunities for Action on Land Use, 11 June 2014

Work stream 2 provides an opportunity to quickly ramp-up reducing emissions from high carbon landscapes like forests, peatlands, mangroves, and other wetlands. Once these ecosystems are destroyed, or severely degraded, most of their emissions reductions potential has been lost. Polices and measures to conserve these ecosystems promote biodiversity, secure the livelihoods of local communities, and maintain resilience. One of the ways to achieve this is to prioritize REDD+ as an immediate action to fund before 2020.

The inclusion of agriculture in discussions about mitigation has its own challenges that are additional to those of forests. There must be careful consideration of food security needs and impacts on land rights, particularly for developing countries. Furthermore, sequestration of carbon in mineral soils is easily subject to reversals

Under ADP discussions on land use, permanent emission reductions could, however, focus on cuts in greenhouse gases such as methane from livestock and nitrous oxide from synthetic fertilisers, in countries where emissions are highest.

Land use under both work streams of the ADP should follow a rights-based approach.

Finally, we urge you to read the CAN submission on principles for accounting under the ADP.


CAN Intervention: ADP Technical Expert Meeting on Cities at SB40s, not delivered, 10 June, 2014

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak.

I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network, 

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways that seriously threaten the world’s environmental, economic and social stability. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Almost all of the global population growth in the next two decades is expected to be in cities in the developing world.

Cities drive national economies and account for the lions’ share of national consumption – cities account for 70% of global GHG emissions, and urbanization following current unsustainable development patterns leads to phenomena such as urban sprawl and increased car use, which threatens ecosystems and livelihoods, and puts tremendous strain on the natural environment and the quality of life.

CAN would like to see cities adopt a vision for the future which free of fossil fuel emissions and looks at 100 % uptake of renewable energy for meeting the growing energy demand within cities. Compact, efficient cities can alleviate poverty, combat climate change, and make services like water, energy, and transport more accessible.

Cities have the opportunity to rethink urban design fundamentally, enhance resilience, and build-in sustainability considerations from the start. Cities can be the locus for integrated solutions, and offer entry points for rapid action. Cities also are the hub of green growth and incubators of innovative solutions, as the concentration of people and institutions enable economies of scale in providing green infrastructure and services. Cities offer a robust platform to generate and disseminate technological, scientific, and social ideas, with potential for transformational impacts. 

Thank you. 

CAN Intervention: Informal from incoming COP 20 Presidency at SB40s, 8 June, 2014

Thank you President

I will speak on behalf of the Climate Action Network.

The Lima COP is an essential milestone in the road to Paris, NO SUCCESS IN LIMA, MEANS NO SUCCESS IN PARIS

It is essential for parties to work on pre 2020 ambition. Especially on how to increase action and means of implementation in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and land use taking into account the series of workshops that parties had recently.

On Finance it is crucial that the GCF get up and running with initial capitalization as soon as possible. The Climate Summit in September presents an excellent opportunity for countries to make their initial pledges. It is also very important that Lima provides more clarity on how Developed Countries intend to meet their pledge of increasing climate finance to 100bn per year by 2020.

Finally, is crucial that the Lima COP is transparent. Therefore, we ask parties to commit to open participation for observers including the continuation of the ADP discussions and Observer's interventions to be made at times where Parties actually listen.

We are committed to constructively working with you to make the outcome of COP 20 successful.

Muchas gracias Señor Presidente


CAN Intervention: In response to NGO participation and new expenses, 7 June 2014

Delivered by Wael Hmaidan, Director of Climate Action Network International, 6 June, 2014


On behalf of the constituencies representing business and industry, research groups, indigenous peoples organizations, environmental groups, women and gender, trade unions, local government and municipal authorities and youth, we would like to express our concern regarding the policy on cost recovery announced in the Secretariat’s information note dated June 4.  This policy threatens to undermine the quality of observer participation in the UNFCCC process. 

From its beginning, the UNFCCC has recognized the value of observer participation, most recently during yesterday’s Article 6 dialogue on public participation.  Within the SBI negotiations and workshops, Parties have repeatedly acknowledged the “crucial and integral” role of observers in this process.  Similarly, the Secretariat has recognized the value of our contributions, as stated in the announcement on this policy and in the guidelines on observer participation, which provide that participation “flourishes in an atmosphere of mutual trust which acknowledges respect for others and their opinions.” 

Despite this widespread recognition, the cost-recovery policy would effectively exclude many voices that cannot afford to pay the new costs, and threaten the credibility and legitimacy as well as mutual trust that have been established within this negotiation process.  It will also undermine our ability to share diverse views and to present current research and innovative solutions to this complex problem.  

This policy – which essentially shifts the burden from Parties to observers – would have significant impacts on our ability to engage in and influence the process.  Many observer organizations already face resource and capacity constraints and, as recognized by the Secretariat, have limited opportunities to share their views and perspectives.  The voices of civil society, in particular many organizations from developing countries and regions and from other groups representing those most vulnerable will be further marginalized if the right to speak is premised on the ability to pay. 

As we’ve demonstrated in the past, we are committed to working with the Secretariat and Parties to find solutions together.  We offer to work with the Secretariat to find a real solution that doesn’t link financial contribution to the ability of observers to effectively participate in this process.  In the interim, we urge you to put this policy on hold until other options have been considered through a transparent and participatory process, which is critical to protecting diverse points of view and ensuring legitimate outcomes.

Let us work together to find a solution.


CAN Intervention: Volveremos Civil Society Intervention and Declaration with CAN, CJN and YOUNGO in ADP High-Level Ministerial

We are people who participated in the walk out of the Warsaw Climate Conference and those who supported and united with its call for more serious climate action.  We have come together to reiterate to all ‘leaders’ participating in the UN climate negotiations that they are dangerously off track in addressing the climate emergency.  We call upon them to listen to the demands and solutions of people.

The walk out was an act of protest and indignation over governments’ continued failure to take decisive and swift action against the biggest threat to both people and the planet, and an act of condemnation of continued domination and sabotage of the international climate talks by powerful corporate interests.

In the face of massive destruction, displacement and loss of lives caused by current levels of global warming and the certainty of much worse impacts in the near future, governments continue to choose to act in the interests of a wealthy few, and collude with big business to defend unsustainable consumption and production models ahead of the urgent need for a sustainable, ecological, and just world.

We are more determined than ever to fight for the survival of our families, our communities and our peoples across the world – a survival that rests on nothing less than the fundamental transformation of a system that has generated massive impoverishment, injustices and a climate crisis that threatens all life on earth.  People are waging this fight in various arenas in every corner of the globe, over every dimension of their lives – food, energy, health and security, jobs and livelihoods.

People are mobilizing everywhere and taking to the streets in bigger numbers and increasing intensity to stand up to vested interests and fight for their future and those of the next generations.   People driven solutions, compatible with planetary limits are being created and asserted at local, national and global levels – aimed at meeting the needs of people rather than the relentless pursuit of profits for big business and wealthy elites.

We  are back,  far more strengthened in giving voice to those who are already acting with the urgency needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change -  the huge majority of civil society around the world that you, ministers, represent and can not ignore any longer.

In the coming weeks and months, towards and during the Social COP in Venezuela, the People’s Summit and the COP20 in Peru, and the COP 21 in France, we will be fighting harder than ever for governments to:

  • Commit to a global goal of limiting warming that recognizes the latest IPCC’s warnings on the threats of tipping points, and to the right to food and food sovereignty, recalling that science suggests that 1.5C of warming would be too much for many vulnerable peoples and countries.
  • Deliver a swift global transformation away from the use of dirty fossil fuel and destructive energy systems driving the crisis, towards a carbon-free and renewable energy economy that, primarily amongst others, is decentralized, community controlled, affordable, accessible to all people for their basic needs and well-being;
  • Urgently scale up targets for emissions cuts in the pre-2020 period, and set emission targets comparable to the scale of the emergency for 2020-2025;
  • Ensure equitable and fair sharing of efforts among all countries based on their historical responsibility, their capacities, and the urgency of the crisis
  • Enable people to deal with climate impacts by protecting the rights of peoples and communities, building resilience, addressing loss and damage, and ensuring a just transition to climate resilient, low carbon, equitable and democratic economy and society.
  • Define and commit to concrete targets for the transfer of finance and technology to make global transformation possible
  • Reject the damaging influence of corporate interests on climate policy  and prevent their promotion of false solutions as the global response to the climate crisis

The global climate movement is building its strength and power in every country of the world. We call on those who claim to represent us to either act in our interests or step aside.

CAN Intervention: SBSTA Opening Plenary SB40s, 6 June, 2014

Thank you chair. I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

CAN looks forward to the constructive discussion on agriculture and progress on the Nairobi Work Programme in SBSTA.

For 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. SBSTA should discuss how to pick up key findings of the expert meeting on 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.

For agriculture, the world’s people depends on it for their very sustenance, and, especially in developing countries, for their livelihoods. Climate change puts all of this at risk. Among other things, the UNFCCC should:

·       Promote biodiverse climate-resilient small-scale agriculture based on agro-ecological principles;

·       Include safeguards which protect biodiversity, equitable access to resources by rural peoples, food security, the right to food, the rights of indigenous peoples and local populations, the integration of gender-sensitive approaches, as well as the welfare of farm animals, while promoting poverty reduction and climate adaptation.

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




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.




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