Press Releases

CAN is an important, critical voice in the international climate policy process. The network’s regular press briefings and commentary help journalists and their audience make sense of what can be a baffling process, even to those who have been covering it for years.

CAN helps coordinate and amplify the communications work of its 850 members around major international climate processes. CAN also provides an important capacity building role for some members interested in boosting their communications efforts.

You can find a range of our latest resources and releases below:

Civil society responds as final Paris Climate Agreement released

The shape of the Paris Climate Agreement has emerged after the final text was tabled by the French Presidency today. The text released today is likely to be accepted at plenary by all countries without any major changes. Members of the Climate Action Network today assess how far the Paris outcome will go to speed up the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and protect vulnerable communities from climate impacts.

On the occasion, CAN members made the following comments:

 

Mohamed Adow, Senior Climate Advisor, Christian Aid:

"For the first time in history, the whole world has made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the impacts of climate change. Although different countries will move at different speeds, the transition to a low carbon world is now inevitable. Governments, investors and businesses must ride this wave or be swept away by it. Negotiations were long and hard fought but the result is an agreement which will usher in a new dawn of climate-aware politics. The era of politicians burying their heads in the sand is over."

Joe Ware, JWare@christian-aid.org, +44 7870 944485

 

Sam Smith, Leader of the Global Climate and Energy Initiative, WWF

“Governments have critically agreed to keep warming well below 2C and aim to limit temperature increase to 1.5C. Everything they do from now on must be measured against that goal. And most importantly, they still need to actually deliver on that goal going forward, which must include assistance for the poor and vulnerable who will suffer from the immediate impacts of climate change. Those impacts are only getting worse and our ambition and actions must urgently match the scale of this global threat and be in line with science. Our leaders must make their actions stronger and stronger over time, in terms of mitigation, adaptation and finance. This is vital.”

Mandy Woods, mwoods@wwf.org.za, +27 72 3930027

 

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

"The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. This deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history."

Tina Loeffelbein, tina.loeffelbein@greenpeace.de, +49 151 16720915

 

Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

“The Paris agreement is a turning point for humanity. For the first time in history, the global community agreed to action that sets the foundation to help prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis while embracing the opportunity to exponentially grow our clean energy economy.  Decisive leadership and action from President Obama and other world leaders, an increasingly powerful climate movement, and strong progress in the U.S. and globally to move off coal cleared the way for every nation to come to the table.”

Maggie Kao, maggie.kao@sierraclub.org, +1 9193600308

 

Alden Meyer, Director of Policy and Strategy, Union of Concerned Scientists

“The agreement’s temperature goal, net zero emissions objective, and processes to steadily increase the ambition of national emissions reduction commitments combine to send a clear message to the fossil fuel industry: after decades of deception and denial, your efforts to block action on climate change are no longer working. Growing public concern about climate impacts, and the availability of cost-effective efficiency and renewable energy solutions are giving leaders the political will to stand up to fossil fuel polluters and put us on a path to create the global clean energy economy needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change."

Ashley Siefert, ASiefert@ucsusa.org, +1 (952) 239-0199

 

Emma Ruby-Sachs, Acting Executive Director, Avaaz

“If agreed, this deal will represent a turning point in history, paving the way for the shift to 100% clean energy that the world wants and the planet needs. By marching in the streets, calling leaders and signing petitions, people everywhere created this moment, and now people everywhere will deliver on it to secure the future of humanity.”

Bert Wander, bert@avaaz.org, +447968017731

 

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International

“Climate change is already causing devastating impacts for poor people around the world. Developed countries politicised the issue of loss and damage in the Paris talks, trying to limit options for poor countries to deal with climate  threats. With the Paris Agreement, all countries promise not to leave the poor behind. Developed countries leave Paris with an even higher moral obligation to scale up support for the most vulnerable people and to cut their emissions more rapidly.”

Viivi Erkkila, verkkila@careclimatechange.org, +44 (0)7 7924 54130

 

Bill McKibben, Co-Founder, 350.org

“Every government seems now to recognize that the fossil fuel era must end and soon. But the power of the fossil fuel industry is reflected in the text, which drags out the transition so far that endless climate damage will be done. Since pace is the crucial question now, activists must redouble our efforts to weaken that industry.”

Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org,  +33 6 27 91 89 25

 

Helen Szoke, Executive Director, Oxfam

“This deal offers a frayed life-line to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Only the vague promise of a new future climate funding target has been made, while the deal does not force countries to cut emissions fast enough to forestall a climate change catastrophe. This will only ramp up adaptation costs further in the future. Governments across the world have now come together in the global fight against climate change but must play catch up. We will be holding them to account with the millions of people who marched in cities all around the world so that dangerous warming is averted and the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities get the support that they need.”

Simon Hernandez-Arthur, Simon.Hernandezarthur@oxfaminternational.org +33 (0)7 68 16 64 25

 

Harjeet Singh, Global Lead on Climate Change, ActionAid

“What we needed out of Paris was a deal which put the world’s poorest people first - those who are living with the constant threat of the next disaster. Yet what we have been presented with doesn’t go far enough to improve the fragile existence of millions around the world. Despite disappointment, the Paris agreement provides an important hook on which people can hang their demands. As climate change continues to worsen and affect millions more, people are beginning to demand more from their governments and ask for the transformative change to secure homes, jobs and futures.  We already have the practical solutions to climate change, we now just need them to be scaled up with adequate support. Paris is only the beginning of the journey."

Cora Bauer, cora.bauer@actionaid.org, +44 7787 897 467

 

Paul Cook, Advocacy Director, Tearfund

"We welcome the agreement brokered at these crucial climate talks. This is a good step forward, but let’s not be complacent. This doesn’t give us everything we need - nations will need to go further in reducing their emissions over the next few years to ensure the global temperature does not rise by more than 1.5 degrees to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. What has been exciting is to see the growing movement these talks have fostered - people from all walks of life, including the church, have raised their voices for climate action here in Paris.  We will not stop this momentum, but continue to hold governments to account, to help people across the world who are seeing the devastating daily impact of climate change."

Madeleine Gordon, madeleine.gordon@tearfund.org, +44 (0)7715 061 880

 

Krishneil Narayan, Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Action Network

"Rapid action to address climate change is a matter of survival for my Pacific people and as such, how can we accept any compromises? That is why the Pacific region always puts forward the most ambitious proposals on the table at the negotiations. The Paris Agreement did not reflect all we asked for in the Suva Declaration on Climate Change, but Paris was never meant to be the last step. It was meant to be a progressive step in identifying new common grounds to address climate change together collectively through a new, universal agreement. The Pacific will continue be climate leaders post-COP21, and keep going strong to survive climate impacts and show leadership to the world. In the words of my Pacific community: ‘We shall overcome someday.’"

Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +33 618 990 189, +49 157 317 355 68.

 

Happy Khambule, Coordinator, South African Climate Action Network

"This historic agreement has sent a strong signal that we need to move away from fossil fuels and that we have a global need to act on climate now. In South Africa, we will follow up this international agreement with actions here at home to take climate action even further. We will be working hard to push South Africa to transition to a low-carbon economy, and call on our leaders to reform fossil fuel subsidies and build more accessible renewable energy."

Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +33 618 990 189, +49 157 317 355 68.

 

David Tong, Coordinator, New Zealand Climate Action Network

"The Paris Agreement is an important step forward. Countries worldwide are acting on climate change. This agreement marks the end of the fossil fuel era and the dawn of the renewable energy era. The momentum towards 100% renewable energy future is unstoppable. Although more must be done in the coming years, the Paris negotiations show that the New Zealand government is out of step with the world. New Zealand has chosen to take the opposite side of the table from its Pacific neighbours, resisting their call for a 1.5ºC goal, blocking progress on loss and damage, and turning deaf ears to their calls for increased climate finance. And the New Zealand government has also proven that it is out of step with the people of New Zealand. As proven by the People’s Climate Marches worldwide, New Zealanders are leading the transition to a safe, just climate future. It’s time for New Zealand politicians to get with the program."

David Tong, david@davidtong.co.nz, +33 7 68 40 28 63

 

Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network South Asia.

"The Paris agreement has clear signals to countries across the globe to now take deeper actions domestically to keep temperature rise to 1.5 Deg C.  It also creates the momentum for countries like India to further scale up their already ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. Now the onus is on developed countries to fulfill their promises and scale up climate finance flows to support mitigation and adaptation efforts , especially for the most vulnerable countries."

Sanjay Vashist, sanjay@cansouthasia.net, +33685586211

 

Tania Guillen, Coordinator, Climate Action Network Latin America

“The Paris Agreement has made some steps forward in order to face the climate crisis, but we know that more action is needed and citizens have to be considered in deciding and taking actions. It is important to see that there were clear signals about limiting the increase of temperature to 1.5C compared with pre-industrial levels. In Latin America, and special in the Central America and Caribbean region, climate change is happening. For our region, climate change is not only about future, models or scenarios, it is about our reality. The current reality that farmers and ecosystems, for example, are living. We need to know that what is agreed here in Paris, will guide strong actions to prevent climate change, but also to improve the climate resilience and to prevent the climate-induced losses and damages of those most vulnerable communities. Paris has given us a momentum, but we are clear that is not the end.”

Tania Guillen, taniaguillenb@yahoo.com

 

Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network Europe

“All countries have agreed upon the pathway to phase out all fossil fuels, but failed to make headway towards this common goal. This is why the hard work needs to continue after the summit. The EU now needs to live up to the Paris agreement and recalibrate the climate targets for 2030 during the next European Council in March. It also needs to cut emissions much more drastically starting now. In particular, we expect the European Council to raise the 2030 emission reduction target well beyond 40%, to improve the renewables and energy efficiency targets and to tackle fossil fuel subsidies.”

Ania Drazkiewicz, ania@caneurope.org, +32 494 52 57 38  

 

David Turnbull, Campaigns Director, Oil Change International

“The Paris climate talks present a lowest common denominator of global politics, not the aspirations of the global community. It’s the people on the streets who provide the real hope for addressing the climate crisis. People fighting for climate justice around the world are the ones who will solve this problem and they’re already making headway day by day. This year, with wins over the Keystone XL pipeline and Arctic drilling, the climate movement has begun to show its  true strength. It is by continuing these fights day in and day out, year in and year out, through the voice of a growing global movement that cannot and will not be silenced, that change will happen.”

David Turnbull, david@priceofoil.org, +1-202-316-3499

 

Tim Flannery, Chief Councillor, Climate Council.

“Today, all of the countries in the world have agreed to act together to address the threat posed to humanity from climate change. This agreement signals the end of the fossil fuel era as the world rapidly replaces coal, oil and gas with clean energy sources. All countries, big and small, rich and poor, have acknowledged they have to act, and almost all are already doing so. This is an important and deliberate signal to businesses worldwide that there is a enormous transition underway and there will be great opportunities for innovation.”

Amanda McKenzie, amanda@climatecouncil.org.au, +33 6 44 22 20 66.

 

Jaden Harris, Australian Youth Climate Coalition

"This historic moment gives young people hope that a safe climate future is still within reach and the era of fossil fuels is ending. But we’re still on track for a 3-degree warmer world, which paints a bleak future for vulnerable communities. We now have a structure to increase ambition to stay below 1.5, and young people will lead the call to use it. Our movement for climate justice is beginning to win because we’re right and we’ve worked hard. Young people at the forefront of this movement will now be scaling up our actions, ensuring nice words in Paris are matched with real progress around the world."

Jaden Harris, jaden.harris@aycc.org.au, +33 6 45 85 71 68

 

###

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

About CAN:

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 950 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org

 

Related Event: 

Civil society urges ministers to up their game in final push for strong climate deal

 
A new streamlined draft agreement for a comprehensive climate deal has been released in Paris, with the French presidency urging for the finalisation of the deal by tomorrow. Members of the Climate Action Network (CAN) have called on countries to choose the strongest possible options in the final hours of the Paris Climate Summit in order to better protect vulnerable communities and speed up the transition to renewable energy. 

CAN experts Michael Brune (Executive Director, Sierra Club), Kaisa Kosonen (Climate Policy Advisor, Greenpeace), Celine Charveriat (Advocacy and Campaigns Director, Oxfam International), and Sven Harmeling (Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International) spoke to media briefly in Le Bourget following the release of the new text.  

On the occasion, CAN members made the following comments: 

Mohamed Adow, Senior Climate Advisor, Christian Aid
"The next 24 hours are critical. This is where the real negotiations will begin. We really need countries to fight to keep in the high ambition options on climate finance, the long term decarbonisation goal and a ratchet mechanism to ensure the agreement evolves to meet the needs of a changing world." 
Joe Ware, JWare@christian-aid.org, +44 7870 944485

May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org 
"We're asking for a clear signal out of Paris, but some parties are still muddying the waters with weak text. If countries are serious about keeping warming below 1.5°C, we need to see a firm commitment get off fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy by 2050, and an ambition mechanism to help us get there. Politicians need to start living up to the title of 'leader' in the next 48 hours." 
Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org,  +33 6 27 91 89 25

Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
"The updated climate text today marks a key moment for the Paris agreement.  Political leaders will make final choices in the coming hours about how we take global action to fight the climate crisis.  Sierra Club urges ambitious and just action to leave a safer home for our children and protect the world's most vulnerable nations." 
Maggie Kao, Communications Director , +1 (919) 360-0308, maggie.kao@sierraclub.org 

Kaisa Kosonen, Climate Policy Advisor, Greenpeace
“Some of the words in this text are smeared with the fingerprints of the oil-producing states. It’s a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly, but we’ve got three days to force the worst stuff out and get a decent deal. It’s crunch-time now, it’s going be hard, but there’s a lot still to fight for. It’s good that a temperature goal of 1.5 degrees C is still there. It’s bad that countries’ emissions targets are so weak and there’s very little in the text that makes them come back soon with something better. But worst is the deadline for phasing out carbon emissions. Right now this draft deal contains wishy-washy language instead of setting a tight deadline of 2050. Without a date it won’t have weight.” 
Tina Loeffelbein, tina.loeffelbein@greenpeace.de +49 151 16720915

Alden Meyer, Director of Policy and Strategy, Union of Concerned Scientists
“It’s encouraging to see a cleaner text that contains fewer brackets as a result of agreements being reached on issues like technology development and transfer and capacity building. However, the agreements on the core political issues—the long-term goal, review and revision of INDCs, transparency, loss and damage, and finance—have yet to be resolved. We’re now at the critical point of the negotiations. Over the next day or two, ministers need to rise above their differences to create a final agreement that rapidly transitions the world to a clean energy economy and allows us to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”
Ashley Siefert, ASiefert@ucsusa.org +1 (952) 239-0199.

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International 
“All the elements for a meaningful deal are on the table, but now the fight begins on trade-offs. It’s encouraging to see ‘loss and damage’ recognised in the draft text, but its place is not yet secured. The means to deliver solutions for climate impacts are also falling short from what is needed. This is a question of survival for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people and communities." 

Viivi Erkkila: +44 (0)7 7924 54130 , Email: verkkila @careclimatechange.org

Adriano Campolina, Chief Executive, ActionAid International
“The draft agreement continues to leave developing nations hanging.  There are just two days to reach a deal that is fair and just for the world’s poorest.  With what’s currently on the table, rich nations are still holding the purse strings, unwilling to commit to their fair share of action to save the people and their planet.”
Grace Cahill in Paris +44 7734 131 626 or grace.cahill@actionaid.org

Helen Szoke, Executive Director, Oxfam
“There is still a long way to go: this is crunch time. The chance to set new funding targets from when the Paris deal comes into force in 2020 is still very much on the table and needs to stay there if developing countries are to have any hope of more support in the years ahead. Adaptation hangs on a thread but there is recognition of the need for grants and innovative sourcing to help meet climate funding needs. Despite women being most affected by climate change, any reference to gender equality has been dropped.” 
Simon Hernandez-Arthur: Simon.Hernandezarthur@oxfaminternational.org +33 (0)7 68 16 64 25   

Duncan Marsh, Director of International Climate Policy, The Nature Conservancy
“On Wednesday evening in Paris, negotiators have succeeded in boiling down remaining issues to those that can only be decided by their political leaders. Of course, these are the ones that have divided countries for years, so resolving them will still not be easy. It is essential that compromise be found that establishes a strong but flexible system of strong transparency and accountability for all countries, and affirms the important role that lands, oceans and other ecosystems can play in minimizing and protecting against climate risks.”
Kirsten Ullman, Senior Media Relations Manager, +1 703 928 4995l, kullman@tnc.org

Alex Doukas, Senior Campaigner, Oil Change International
"Big fossil fuel interests have infiltrated the new text in a number of ways. For example, by weakening text that would have ensured that scarce international public money goes to solving the problem, and not fueling it. Countries will have to push back to make sure that big polluters don’t leave their dirty fingerprints all over this deal. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, the end of the fossil fuel era is inevitable. World leaders have a chance to catch up to a growing movement here in Paris, but they will have to spend the next two days working on behalf of people, not polluters."
Alex Doukas, alex@priceofoil.org, +1-202-817-0357

Paul Cook, Advocacy Director, Tearfund 
“A climate deal which works for the poorest people on the planet is still within reach, but in the next few hours countries need to do a lot of work to back the right options. Parties need to back 1.5 degrees, 5 year ratchets to strengthen planned emissions cuts and significantly scaling up from $100 billion of climate finance for developing nations to make this a good deal for the world’s most vulnerable.”

Madeleine Gordon in Paris ,+447837114133, madeleine.gordon@tearfund.org 

###

In addition, CAN Europe and USCAN are holding briefings at 17.30 and 18.00, respectively, to discuss the text and the EU and the US's role in next steps. 

Contact:
Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

About CAN:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 950 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org

Related Event: 

With ambition in jeopardy, ministers need to step up in Paris

After the first official day of high-level ministerial discussions, the French presidency and many ministers praised the progress and collaborative attitude. However, it is up to ministers to deliver on leaders' statements by laying aside political posturing and working to create an ambitious deal, one that lays out a roadmap to quickly get a climate that is livable for everyone. 
 
There is a clear momentum behind the inclusion of a 1.5 degree temperature limit. However, the limit will only be achieved if we also get a long-term goal and a process to revise commitments upward. There is also growing convergence on the importance of a global stocktaking, although the critical issues of when it begins and whether it rules out winding back commitments still remain unresolved. 

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

“Many leaders say they support a 1.5 degree temperature limit, and we’re heartened to hear that, but that doesn’t change anything if you don’t have a map and a car to get to that destination. We feel that this map is in serious jeopardy. We need a long-term goal that shows us where to go, and we need an ambition mechanism that accelerates action over time. If we rule out the ability to revisit our commitments before 2020, there is no chance to get to 1.5 degrees. We don’t think everything is lost, but we are concerned. The ministers are holding the pen. Those of us who have watched for a long time see a new spirit of cooperation, but this cooperation has to result in something real and meaningful.”
-Ruth Davis, Greenpeace
 
“Addressing loss and damage is a life and death issue, not a bargaining chip. Negotiators need to take the politics out of this topic. All the talk we heard from leaders—about solidarity and standing with vulnerable countries—has to become real. All ministers, particularly of the US, now have to show flexibility, and leave the politics behind, for the sake of the vulnerable people.”
-Harjeet Singh, ActionAid

"Right now, in the Arab Group, there is no peer pressure, there are no champions, so Saudi Arabia has been allowed to act as a blocker for much of the climate talks. Arab countries are standing silent and letting Saudi Arabia talk on their behalf. Morocco and Egypt have strong climate action plans and Jordan has the largest wind farm in the region, but due to their silence, their climate action and their reputations are being undermined. Will they keep hiding behind Saudi Arabia’s obstruction, or will they step out and represent the will for climate action in the region?" 

-Safa' Al Jayoussi, IndyACT
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop21/events/2015-12-08-11-00-climate-action-network-latest-developments-at-cop21

CAN will be holding a press briefing Wednesday, December 9, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

Related Event: 

In ministerial negotiations, search is on for ambition and finance

Ministers arrived at the Paris climate talks and are getting down to business in high-level negotiation sessions. They face a distinct choice between a deal that that can keep climate change in check and one that would see climate chaos. 
The draft text still contains a host of options through which ministers need to sift. Depending on what they do with the options on the table, the deal could be strong and ambitious or watered-down and ineffective. The ability of this deal to stave off devastating levels of warming now rests on whether the ministers can step up and bring new levels of political will to the talks.  

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

“At this stage in proceedings, it's like teenagers going to the school prom. Negotiators have driven their countries to the dance. We now need ministers to stop flirting with each other and seal the deal. The outcome in Paris must be balanced between a 'solidarity package' of adaptation, loss and damage and finance and an 'ambition package' of review and ratchet of mitigation pledges. There are countries here who are questioning the need for an early review and ratchet of their pledges are risking a 3-degree world. That is a dangerous game with only a few days to go."
-Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid
 
"Paris needs to send a signal that the era of fossil fuels is coming to an end, so that businesses can plan for a carbon-free future.  So the language in the Agreement needs to be clear.  Once the direction is set, the Agreement then needs to provide the means for getting there. That's the mechanism to scale up ambition every five years.  What we can't do is wait for the first review or stock-take to happen in 2024 or 2025, because that will set in stone the current pledges.  And we know that they are no-where near tough enough to deliver 2C, let alone the 1.5C which the most vulnerable countries want.  That's why the first stock-take, and ratchet up, has to happen by 2018.
-Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace

"Mitigation finance is the key to unlocking further ambition and a strong long-term goal. If you don’t have mitigation finance, you won’t get a 2-degree deal. Rich countries are saying that if you want collective, quantifiable commitments in finance, developing countries also need to donate. This is brinkmanship, and this is holding the negotiations hostage. If countries wait until the very last minute to make a commitment on finance—we’ve been there, done that—it doesn’t work. Countries need to bring offers to the table now."

-Celine Charveriat, Oxfam
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop21/events/2015-12-07-11-00-climate-action-network-latest-developments-at-cop21 

CAN will be holding a press briefing Tuesday, December 8, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

Related Event: 

Key Milestone Reached as Draft Climate Agreement Sent to Ministers

At the Paris Climate Summit,  a landmark achievement occurred today when technical negotiations officially closed, with the decision to send the draft climate agreement to ministers to use as the basis for negotiations. The French presidency now assumes the leadership of the 21st Conference of Parties which will get underway today. 
Over the past week, the draft agreement has been somewhat streamlined and features  bridging proposals which will help ministers work through the political issues underlying the deal, providing them with common-ground options from which they can begin their talks. 

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

“What we saw yesterday was the spirit of the leaders come through. Over the past few days, we saw movement in the negotiating blocs, as different priorities emerged and the North-South dynamic has become more nuanced around most issues, except for finance, where that still is in play. Saudi Arabia is acting as a roadblock, while India is being a more constructive player in the talks. No doubt there will be drama over the next week or so, but there are landing zones visible. On the ratchet mechanism, as Facebook would say, it’s complicated. This is the least mature area of the negotiations, since we’re trying to do something fresh and new to create ambition in Paris. We know that the renewables revolution will proceed faster than we can imagine. We know extreme weather will become worse than we ever imagined. That’s why we need to make sure review our pledges before 2020, and keep from locking ourselves out of ambitious action.” 
-Liz Gallagher, E3G
 
 
"Countries agree that there should be a global goal for adaptation included in any new climate deal. What we want is that the goal should be linked to science - by ensuring that actions do not allow global temperatures to increase beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. Already - at one degree global temperature increase - we are seeing devastating impacts on vulnerable communities and ecosystems which is why countries are calling for strong decision on loss and damage. For many, this is a matter of survival."
-Sandeep Chamling Rai, WWF
 
“Finance is a core part of the UN climate framework and a key driver of the outcome. Without finance, there’s no support for the poorest and most vulnerable. There’s no just transition. There’s no motivation for developing countries to make ambitious commitments. Outside of a few pledges, developed countries aren’t coming forward to deliver plans, but we simply can’t expect ambition without some assurance that there will be assistance. On differentiation, developed countries have made it very clear that the old two-tiered system will not work. Developing countries have made it very clear that a system in which every country is the same is inequitable and unacceptable. We need a third way, a middle ground, which would need to be developed with a clear set of language, and could be based around indicators on responsibility and capacity.” 
-Brandon Wu, ActionAid
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop21/events/2015-12-05-11-00-climate-action-network-latest-developments-at-cop21

CAN will be holding a press briefing Monday, December 7, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

Organization: 
Related Event: 

Before Ministers Arrive, Clearer Differences and Potential Compromises

Paris, France - Friday, December 4, 2015: This morning, the co-chairs released two negotiating texts: a new draft of the negotiating text as it now stands and a version that includes compromise options from the co-facilitators of the issue discussion groups. There are some sharply drawn differences between parties on some issues, but negotiators continued to work to get as much streamlining done as possible before the text is handed off to ministers at the official beginning of COP21 tomorrow. 
The co-facilitators' version of the text includes potential compromises, known as bridging proposals, on critical issues like loss and damage and adaptation. These proposals could provide a way forward for developing and developed countries to reach some common ground. This streamlined document could give ministers an effective technical tool for working through the complex political negotiations. 

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

"There was positive movement on loss and damage—a redline issue for the vulnerable countries—which now has a bridging proposal set out that builds on a lot of the work done on the Warsaw mechanism. With the bridging proposals, the co-facilitators are bringing us beyond the point of just saying that ‘no text’ is an option. Some of the things in the loss and damage proposal are picking up the concerns of vulnerable countries, although it is still up for debate whether that is likely to remain in the final text. On many issues, there are still difficult political trades to be made in order to ensure that this deal doesn’t just end up as the lowest common denominator.

“The review on temperature target, which resulted in strong arguments for a 1.5 degree limit as a safer way to protect all communities,  ended up getting blocked from being sent to ministers, primarily by the Arab Group with Saudi Arabia leading. This is bad news, but the good news is that the ministers have a formal agenda that gives them the option to address this issue without the blocked report. So they still have option to affirm and adopt the 1.5 degree goal."

-Sven Harmeling, CARE International
“We're seeing negotiators take more openly political positions: that's provoking sharper confrontations, but it's also giving an understanding of where potential trade-offs might be. Last night, the EU recognized that the $100 billion in pre-2020 finance is a floor, and the they also, alongside the US and Japan, agreed that they will consider a collective contribution target for post-2020, if the donor pool increases. The US has made it clear that new contributors will not have the same level of responsibility—outlining a difference between the obligations of rich countries and the donations of those able to do so.

"Parties need to start compromising now—not at the 24th hour when everyone’s sleep-deprived and the clock has run down. There have been some confidence-building measures and there are definitely some potential landing zones for compromise, but there has not yet been enough movement for developing countries to be assured that they will get the financial support that they need for to adapt to climate change and reach strong long-term goals and reviews.” 

-Kelly Dent, Oxfam
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Saturday December 5, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

Related Event: 

Finance and Fairness Remain Crunch Issues As First New Text Released at COP21

Paris, France - Thursday, December 3, 2015: This morning, the ADP co-chairs released a new, shorter draft of the negotiating text. The text is now five pages shorter than the previous version, as options have been condensed and streamlined across different issues. Much hard work on streamlining remains before the text is handed over to ministers, and another draft text is expected from the co-chairs tomorrow. 

The new ADP text has outlined five streamlined options on the long-term goal. Some of the options provide hooks for even stronger language that is not currently on the table, like the call for 100 percent renewables. There has also been progress on measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of emissions reductions where options have been streamlined, as well as on adaptation.  

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

"We are seeing progress on the long term goal.  There's more understanding that even 1.5 C warming is dangerous. And there are a clear set of options about how to translate the temperature goal into actual global emissions reductions. Some problematic expressions like net emissions are gone, so is the focus on 2100. None of the five options would as such be sufficient for us yet, but there are the hooks we need - on a 2050 timeline, and on achieving zero global greenhouse gas emissions - which can be combined and improved further, as we come to the next stage. We do still hope to see also the 100 percent renewable energy goal, advocated by 43 vulnerable countries, to be brought in as well."
-Kaisa Kosonen, Greenpeace
“There are many parties who are saying that the current paradigm of differentiation has outlived its use and are asking to replace it with the concept of total symmetry. This is unfair, and it doesn’t acknowledge the many serious differences that remain between nations. Delegates could create an equitable new paradigm on differentiation, but that framework has yet to be constructed. The issue of differentiation links tightly to finance—especially the question of who provides finance in a post-2020 world. Finance would allow countries like India to quickly scale up their commitments and move fast towards renewable energy. For instance, India has pledged to install 300-350GW of renewables by 2030, but might be able do that by 2025 or 2020 if finance was provided. As a result of this accelerated development of renewables, their need to expand coal would drop."
-Raman Mehta, Vasudha Foundation
 
“Climate finance is still a major sticking point in these negotiations, but we know where rich nations could find the cash. The G20 spends $452 billion each year subsidizing fossil fuels, but only spends $121 billion on renewables. The rich countries’ subsidies to fossil fuel producers are locking us into climate catastrophe, but they’re still turning out their pockets and saying that they’re broke when it comes to putting money on the table for the Paris deal. We can shift the hundreds of billions of dollars that countries are spending on fossil fuel subsidies to climate finance—that’s one way to ramp up finance and address the climate crisis.”
-Alex Doukas, Oil Change International 
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room
Organization: 
Related Event: 

As Negotiators Get to Work, Progress on Key Issues is Mixed

 
Paris, France - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: As negotiators have began the hard work of translating the leaders' statements into action, progress has been mixed. Delegates continue to meet in spin-off groups and informal meetings. Major issues like finance remain unsolved, which has slowed progress on other issues like the long-term goal and a plan to review national commitments periodically. 

There was some progress on loss and damage on a high level following a bilateral between the US and the Alliance of Small Island States. Negotiators have been working on bridging proposals, but have been seemingly reticent to get them on the table. Many developed countries, including the EU, are being looked to by observers for provide more leadership in bringing negotiators together and out of their established public preferences. 

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

"With leaders having left Paris, negotiators are buckling down to the final stage of their work on the text of the Paris agreement.  Progress is mixed, and it's clear that several key issues will be left to ministers to resolve next week. Finance issues continue to be the most difficult, with little movement forward as negotiators continue to hold their chips close to their chest. Scaled up and predictable climate finance remains the linchpin to progress on other key issues, including mitigation ambition and adaptation.  The atmospherics around loss and damage seem to have improved, on the heels of a productive meeting yesterday between President Obama and leaders of small island states.  But negotiators have yet to reach agreement on compromise text on the loss and damage issue, and it's unclear whether they will do so before the ADP wraps up its work by this Saturday."  
-Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists
"EU member nations often express positions in line with those of vulnerable countries, but solidarity is more than just words. It needs to be measured by whether the EU stands for a strong deal here in Paris. On finance, the EU can make a difference by supporting strong anchors for finance in the agreement, particularly for adaptation, as well as moving on the financial transaction tax, which will be voted on next week. The EU’s carbon market could also raise revenue for developing countries to deal with the costs of climate change. They should keep these options ready to provide predictable finance, speak out on a strong long-term goal, and stand up for the inclusion of loss and damage."  
-Lies Craeynest, Oxfam
 
"While India is the third-largest emitter, it also has massive energy needs, with hundreds of millions of Indians lacking access to electricity. It also experiences serious climate impacts—as we speak, India is battling unprecedented floods. India has a very different starting point from many nations, but finance and technology transfer will be the accelerator to get us to the common finish line of a strong long-term goal. Let’s sequence these talks in Paris to start with finance and technology assistance from the developed countries. That’s how negotiators can address the issue of responsibility and help India solve the puzzle of cutting emissions."
-Harjeet Singh, ActionAid 
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Thursday December 3, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

Organization: 
Related Event: 

Media Briefing - Getting down to work at the Paris Climate Summit

 
Paris, France - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: With world leaders heading home, it's time for negotiators to get down to business at the Paris Climate Summit today. Experts from Climate Action Network will outline latest developments in the talks, including the geopolitical dynamics affecting them. The two weeks of negotiations need to result in an agreement which signals the end of the fossil fuel era and provides measures to protect the vulnerable from worsening climate impacts. Please also see the invitation to a youth action in support of vulnerable countries push for a 100% renewable energy goal in the Paris agreement.

To ask questions of the panelists, email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 
 

Who:

  • Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Harjeet Singh, international climate policy manager, ActionAid
  • Lies Craeynest, food and climate justice lead, Oxfam
• When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11amCET
• Where: Press Conference Room 3, Paris Climate Summit, Le Bourget, Paris.  (UNFCCC accreditation required to attend).

• Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop21/channels/press-room-3

Contact:
Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

About CAN:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org

 

***Advisory: Youth Action in Solidarity with Climate Vulnerable Forum**

Contact: Aly Johnson-Kurts, SustainUS Press Secretary

+1 802 595 9593 / +33 6 83 94 41 93 / ajk@sustainus.org

 

Who: Civil society NGOs to the UNFCCC, including an international youth coalition campaigning for #ZeroBy2050 as the long term goal for the Paris agreement, in solidarity with the Climate Vulnerable Forum. 

What: Youth leaders from a coalition of the most at-risk countries to climate change – represented by the Climate Vulnerable Forum – will speak to demand an ambitious and strong long term goal in the Paris Agreement. The action is in line with the CVF, which adopted the Manila-Paris Declaration Monday. It includes the strongest call from UN member states for full decarbonization, 100% Renewable energy by 2050 to keep warming below 1.5℃. Visuals will include banners and youth with circles around one eye to symbolize the call for 0 (zero) fossil fuels by 2050.

When: 12:00 PM CET, Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Where: Outside Hall 4 in Champs-Élysées walkway, by camera stage opposite Paul bakery

###
Related Event: 

Leaders' Statements Move Momentum Forward, Will Negotiators Follow?

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paris, France - Tuesday, December 1, 2015: After 130 Heads of State delivered statements hailing the momentum behind a global climate deal, presenting new renewable energy and finance commitments, and laying out the dire need for ambitious action, the question now becomes whether negotiators can pick up that positive vision and find accord on critical issues. 

The major initiatives announced include an African solar energy commitment; an international solar alliance launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande; a major private partnership for renewable energy development; and a public initiative launched by 20 countries to double their current existing funding for renewable R&D over five years. Also, a group of 43 developing countries that are highly vulnerable to climate impacts issued a strong call for a long-term goal of total global decarbonization and 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. 

These declarations, announcements, and initiatives illustrated the depth of high-level commitment to signing a successful, comprehensive, and universal climate deal at the end of these next two weeks in Paris. It remains to be seen how these speeches will affect the spin-off groups and text-based negotiations currently taking place, where gaps remain on key issues.  

On the ground in Paris, CAN members made the following comments: 

"Developing countries won the day, and it was refreshing to hear again a concrete call for ambitious action. India came to play ball—they’re not here to disrupt the talks, they want an agreement, and they’ve shown flexibility on issues like the stocktake. Despite all the positive energy and announcements on things like finance for least developed countries, however, there weren’t enough concrete offers and breakthroughs on key components. The rhetoric is set. The question now is whether the negotiators and ministers will deliver." 
-Liz Gallagher, E3G
"While two degrees will protect most people, most countries, and most ecosystems, it will not protect them all. If we want to protect everyone, we need to set the target at 1.5 degrees. If we set the target at 2 degrees, roughly 100 million people will fall through that crack—most, but not all, in developing countries. Globally, there is sufficient technology and sufficient money, but there is insufficient political will. We have 13 days to develop the political will."
-Saleemul Huq, ICCCAD
"Renewables are here in Paris in a big way -  vulnerable countries want the Paris Agreement to deliver a global 100% renewable energy goal, India launched a solar alliance to boost the technology in poor countries and Africa committed to 300GW of clean power by 2030. If you'd asked anyone in Beijing a couple of years ago whether coal consumption would fall within the next ten years, no-one would have believed it possible.  But it fell last year by 2.9% and is falling even more, with an accelerated take-up in renewables.  That shows just how fast change can happen." Li Shuo, Greenpeace China 
 
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Wednesday December 2, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

Pages