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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:

India commits to reducing 33-35% greenhouse gas emission intensity

[New Delhi, India] Friday October 2, 2015 - With their national climate action commitment, lodged today, the Indian government has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity – the ratio between gross emissions and a country’s GDP  – by 33-35% of its 2005 levels by 2030. To achieve this target  India will ensure that about 40% of its electricity will come from non-fossil fuel sources while it will increase its tree and forest cover to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. 

This commitment from India is a powerful signal ahead of the negotiations in Paris this December which will seek to agree a robust international framework for climate action with the goal of ending fossil fuel emissions altogether, but allowing countries to travel at different speeds to this same end point.  The government has said the new emission intensity reduction targets and adapting to climate change will require approximately $2.5 trillion at 2014-15 prices between now and 2030, and has said that “the successful implementation of INDC is contingent upon an ambitious global agreement including additional means of implementation to be provided by developed country parties, technology transfer and capacity building following Article 3.1 and 4.7 of the Convention."

Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network (CANSA), said, "India, through its announced INDC, demonstrates its willingness to play an important role on the international stage ahead of the climate talks in December in Paris.  India's signal could no doubt be much stronger - going even further to help the international community avoid unmanageable climate impacts - should the rich and developed countries step up and provide adequate finance and technology support.”

The INDC also includes the ambition ‘To better adapt to climate change by enhancing investments in development programmes in sectors vulnerable to climate change, particularly agriculture, water resources, Himalayan region, coastal regions, health and disaster management.’

Harjeet Singh, Climate Policy Manager at ActionAid International said “ The devastating extreme weather events in the last few years have pushed India to recognize its vulnerability and prioritize adaptation to the impacts of climate change. In its climate action plan, India shared how its expenditure on programmes with critical adaptation components has increased from 1.45% of GDP in 2000-01 to 2.82% during 2009-10. It is now focusing on several climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water management, health and protecting biodiversity. “ 

According to India’s submission to achieve the above contributions, India is determined to continue with its on-going interventions, enhance the existing policies as detailed in previous sections and launch new initiatives in the following priority areas:

  1. Introducing new, more efficient and cleaner technologies in thermal power generation.
  2. Promoting renewable energy generation and increasing the share of alternative fuels in
overall fuel mix.
  3. Reducing emissions from transportation sector.
  4. Promoting energy efficiency in the economy, notably in industry, transportation,
buildings and appliances.
  5. Reducing emissions from waste.
  6. Developing climate resilient infrastructure.
  7. Full implementation of Green India Mission and other programmes of afforestation.
  8. Planning and implementation of actions to enhance climate resilience and reduce
vulnerability to climate change.

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CAN reacts to UN SG climate lunch with world leaders

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon today hosted a lunch to discuss climate change with Heads of State from around 30 countries. Leaders exchanged views on what the new agreement on climate change, due to be struck in Paris this December, must achieve and what components it must contain. 

Speaking after the UN Secretary General's press conference on the lunch, Climate Action Network director Wael Hmaidan said:

"The UN Secretary General's climate lunch today - together with the US-China announcement last week - has made it increasingly clear that world leaders are starting agree on the ingredients that will make up a new treaty on climate change due this December. Those ingredients include a goal to decarbonise the economy well before the end of the century, a way to periodically ramp up climate action, a support package to meet that goal and a plan to increase the resilience of communities. This shared understanding bodes well for getting an agreement in Paris that has the potential to send a powerful signal to investors that the age of fossil fuels is over, and ushers in 100% renewable energy for all. The challenge will now be to make sure the ingredients selected are baked into a cake that's robust enough to avoid the worst climate impacts."

At the close of September UN talks, observers leave with call for urgent compromise

Today marked the close of the penultimate intersessional before heads of state, ministers, and negotiators head to Paris in December to finalise what should be a comprehensive and universal climate agreement. 

All over the world, public support for climate action is growing, but progress at the negotiating tables and within the text remains incremental. As heat records continue to fall, and the world is beset by extreme storms, droughts, and wildfires, people are calling for swift action and a strong deal. 

In Bonn this week, negotiators grappled with the new tool produced by the co-chairs to guide negotiations. While not obviously apparent in the text, there was a new willingness by countries to more openly discuss potential roadblock issues in detail like loss and damage, differentiation, finance, and a mechanism to scale up action in the years to come. 

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

"The clock is ticking, and country negotiators cannot just sit and wait until October. They need to find compromises on the key outstanding issues between now and the start of the next session. We need a better mutual understanding than they currently have—ready to build a Paris agreement together that can deliver the action needed for a climate safe future." 
-Jasper Inventor, Greenpeace

"It’s getting very clear that we will get a deal in Paris. The question now is what kind of a deal we are going to get—whether that deal will be a good deal. Right now, the country commitments won’t keep us under 2°C, much less 1.5°C. A good deal will to create a framework for countries to continually increase their ambition, protect the most vulnerable, and prevent catastrophic climate change. This means the deal needs to provide support for poor countries to adapt and develop on a low-carbon path."
-Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid

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UN climate talks in Bonn get into procedure, while momentum for action reaches new heights

Bonn, Germany - Thursday, September 3, 2015This session of climate negotiations are moving towards their conclusion, and civil society observers here in Bonn have provided an expert analysis of the progress made to-date in the negotiations and on the state of the text. 

So far, progress on issues have been mixed, with some critical subjects like loss and damage seeing more positive movement than others. And while the state of affairs in Bonn may not show significant progress in the text, there have been interesting developments both in informal discussions and in the broader climate movement.

After the session, ministers are expected to weigh in and provide concrete political guidance on the political issues in the text, in order to guide the formation of a comprehensive and universal climate agreement that should protect people from climate risks and signal the end of the fossil fuel era, due in Paris this December.

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

"To the outside, it can look like this process is never getting anywhere. But we like to think of this as a big construction project. We’re building a home for future climate action, and we need to get all the pieces assembled first. But we also have to know that winter is coming, and still don't have a home."

-Jaco du Toit, WWF

"There are still opportunities to make progress on several fronts here in Bonn today and tomorrow, both in developing bridging proposals and textual solutions. After we leave Bonn, the co-chairs and their team of issue facilitators must work to produce a concise, well-organized text that will allow countries to hit the ground running on real negotiations on day one of the next session in October.  We can still achieve the comprehensive, ambitious, and equitable outcome in Paris that the world needs, but there is no more time to lose."

-Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists

"We came here under a dark cloud, thinking that loss and damage could stand between us and a deal in Paris. In this meeting, however, we’ve seen some positive signs that groups are engaging with a collaborate spirit on the issue. Just this morning, we heard two bridging proposals on loss and damage—an attempt to make the text we have on the table more digestible and more owned by the parties—and are now farther ahead on this issue than on some others in the talks. We have a long way to go, but there is a surprising amount of engagement between countries on this critical topic.  It’s inconceivable that the Paris climate agreement – designed to be durable – would not deal with the worst impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable people."

-Julie-Anne Richards, Climate Justice Programme


Webcast Media Briefing: State of play in UN climate talks

Bonn, Germany - September 3, 2015: As the UN climate negotiations currently underway in Bonn enter their final stretch, expert civil society observers will analyse progress made so far and comment on possible outcomes from the session.

As this session ends, ministers are expected to weigh in and provide concrete political guidance on the key issues like loss and damage, in order to guide the formation of a comprehensive and universal climate agreement that should protect people from climate risks and signal the end of the fossil fuel era due in Paris this December.

At present, ministerial guidance seems to be trickling in with starkly different results for different issues under discussion here in Bonn. 

Please join the briefing to hear more.To ask questions of the panelists, email or Tweet @CANIntl. 


  • Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Jaco du Toit, WWF 

• When: Thursday September 3, 11amCEST

• Where: Room Nairobi 4, World Conference Centre Bonn, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113, Bonn (UNFCCC accreditation required to attend).

• Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards:

Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email:, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

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Study reveals 100% renewable energy in Chile can save 1500 lives a year

Chile's Citizens' Committee on Climate Change labels government plans for climate action insufficient.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – Santiago, Chile: A new study has been launched by the Chilean Citizens' Committee on Climate Change showing that by switching to 100% renewable energy by 2050 the country could: avoid spending $5.3 billion a year on fossil fuels, save  1,500 lives a year due to reduced air-pollution in Santiago alone, and create 11,000 green jobs.

This study conducted by the NewClimate Institute is one of a series of reports demonstrating the significant benefits to Chile and other countries - including the U.S., China, Japan, Australia, and the European Union - if they get on track to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.

The reports assess the benefits delivered in terms of lives and money saved, and jobs created by their proposed climate action commitments  - also known as INDCS - and what more they stand to gain if they boosted their efforts in line with a fossil fuel phase out.  

In December 2014 Chile announced its intention to contribute to international efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the upcoming climate change negotiations taking place in Paris this December, where a new global agreement to tackle climate change is due to be forged. Currently, Chile's most ambitious proposal under discussion within the government aims to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions 40-45% by 2030.

However, for the Citizens' Committee on Climate Change - a diverse national coalition of environmental organisations - this proposal is inadequate and will not achieve the transition that is needed. “The ambition of Chile's government is insufficient compared to that of other countries in the OECD. It ignores all of the work that will be needed in the coming decades for us to adapt to climate change, particularly considering Chile has been categorized as extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts," says Matthias Asun of Greenpeace and a member of Committee.

Through the nationwide “MAPS project” (Mitigation Actions Plans and Scenarios) the government calculated a range of models for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, 2030 and 2050 respectively - none of those models set Chile on the path to achieving 100% renewables by 2050 and therefore would fail to deliver the associated benefits outlined above.

If Chile committed to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050, a NewClimate Institute report found:

1. Additional savings of $2.4 billion dollars related to the decrease in fossil fuel imports, for a total savings of $5.3 billion annually, including the $2.9 billion the country would save if it pursues the most ambitious plan presented so far.

2. Avoid an additional 800 premature air-pollution related deaths each year, for a total of 1,500 lives that could be saved annually.

3. Create 4,000 additional green jobs in the renewable energy sector, on top of the 7,000 jobs that would already be created by implementing the most ambitious mitigation plan. This would signify the creation of 11,000 new jobs.

According to experts in Chile, the government’s proposed MAPS models neglect the global requirements established by the international scientific community, since none of the scenarios put forth by the MAPS project would be allow Chile to meet its obligations as part of the global effort to avoid a global rise in temperatures 2ºC above preindustrial levels and limit catastrophic consequences.

Considering the above, and the approval process which the Council of Ministers for Sustainability and Climate Change must now follow for the proposed INDC, the Citizens' Committee on Climate Change calls upon the Minister of the Environment, Pablo Badenier, to push for raising Chile's ambitions towards a truly transformative process for transitioning energy generation away from dirty and outdated fossil sources and towards a green, renewable and low-impact environmental one based on sources like solar and wind.

“With the resources that Chile could save each year, we could be funding half of Chile's new education reform package or investing in more and better sources of renewable energy," says Karen Pradenas of Fundación Decide and a member of the Committee.

Going further, Javiera Valencia of Fundación Terram and likewise a Committee member, says “This study shows that we are jeopardizing lives and wasting financial resources and jobs, simply because Chile is unwilling to make the effort which both the country and the planet need on climate change. Chile emits a small amount of greenhouse gases, but our carbon footprint per capita is approaching France's, for example. The developed countries are tending to reduce their emissions while we are increasing ours."

Notes from the editors

The report can be accessed in English here or in Spanish here

Infographics for use are in English here and here in Spanish here and here

The report, Assessing the achieved and missed benefits of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, INDCs, was written by the NewClimate Institute, based on credible and reliable information from sources at the national levels, in order to help increase the ambition of climate action plans. The study was commissioned by Climate Action Network (CAN) and the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) for Chile's Citizens' Committee on Climate Change. The Citizens' Committee on Climate Change is composed of the following organizations;

  • Asociación Chilena de ONG Acción
  • Acción por la Tierra
  • Amigos de la Tierra
  • AIDA Latin America
  • Casa de la Paz
  • Centro Ecuménico Diego de Medellin
  • Coalición Ecuménica por el Cuidado de      la Creación
  • Colegio de Periodistas
  • Dunas de Ritoque
  • FIMA
  • Fundación Terram
  • Fundación Decide
  • Fundación Futaleufú Riverkeeper
  • Greenpeace
  • Observatorio Ciudadano
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Chile


International: Patrick J. Lynch, Fundación Futaleufu Riverkeeper  +1.914.357.4837


Regional: Samuel Leiva, Climate Action Network - Latin America (CAN-LA)  +56-9-8230-9252

UN climate talks in Bonn get into procedure, while momentum for action reaches new heights

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 UN climate talks in Bonn get into procedure, while momentum for action reaches new heights


Bonn, Germany - Monday, August 31, 2015Today marks the start of the week-long UN climate negotiations in Bonn, as negotiators continue to make progress before meeting in in Paris in December to finalise a comprehensive and universal climate agreement. This agreement should protect people from climate risks and signal the end of the fossil fuel era.

On the opening of the talks, CAN members made the following comments: 

“Political momentum building outside the climate negotiations is putting pressure for greater progress inside the climate talks. All the efforts of people – through the declarations, mobilisations and actions  - must translate into a meaningful deal being agreed in Paris. And while the UNFCCC is one but site of struggle for climate justice, it is an important one. We need to capitalise on the Paris moment to reflect the urgency and secure a climate-safe future.”
-Tasneem Essop, WWF

"It has long been clear that the submitted and expected INDCs won't add up to the level of commitment needed to prevent catastrophic global warming. As a result, the agreement in Paris needs to be structured to scale up action. Key to this acceleration of ambition are commitments made every five years towards a long-term goal on mitigation. That goal needs to lead to a phase out of fossil fuels and deliver 100% renewable energy by mid century." 

-Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace

"Finance is one of the core missing pieces from the draft agreement here in Bonn. The silence around financial commitments after 2020 is deafening, and the growing public finance gap in the existing commitments is not sending the political signal that developing countries need. Developed countries must understand that accounting tricks alone and political declarations will not solve the bigger climate finance issue. Even French President François Hollande, host of the talks in December, has acknowledged that climate finance is key to any agreement in Paris. The recipe for predictable public finance, particularly when it comes to adaptation needs, needs to be established in the core agreement. The nuts and bolts may come later, but the principles need to be anchored by December." 

-Alix Mazounie, RAC France

CAN is not currently planning to host a press briefing tomorrow, Tuesday September 1, but for a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact  Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email:

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Webcast Media Briefing: CAN outlines expectations for UN climate talks

Bonn, Germany - Monday, August 31, 2015: Expert observers will brief reporters on their forecast for the week-long UN climate negotiations which get underway in Bonn today.

The session opens as we move closer to the major meeting in Paris in December which must finalise a comprehensive and universal climate agreement that should protect people from climate risks and signal the end of the fossil fuel era.  

Open questions include how the negotiations will absorb the momentum building towards the agreement, which has seen, for example, the leading lights of the Muslim community issue a declaration calling for the Paris agreement to speed up the transition of 100% renewable energy and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff commit earlier this month to decarbonise the country's economy.

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


  • Tasneem Essop, WWF

  • Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace

  • Alix Mazounie, RAC France

• When: Monday August 31, 11amCEST

• Where: Room Nairobi 4, World Conference Centre Bonn, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113, Bonn (UNFCCC accreditation required to attend).

• Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards:

Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email:, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

About CAN:
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Islamic Climate Declaration calls for fossil fuel phase out

Istanbul, Turkey - 18 August. Islamic leaders from 20 countries today launched a bold Climate Change Declaration to engage the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims on the issue of our time.

Adopted by the 60 participants at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, (Istanbul, 17-18 August) the Declaration urges governments to deliver a strong, new international climate agreement in Paris this December that signals the end of the road for polluting fossil fuels by creating architecture that will give us a chance of limiting global warming above pre-industrial levels to 2, or preferably 1.5, degrees Celsius.

The Declaration presents the moral case, based on Islamic teachings, for Muslims and people of all faiths worldwide to take urgent climate action. It was drafted by a large, diverse team of international Islamic scholars from around the world following a lengthy consultation period prior to the Symposium. It has already been endorsed by more than 60 participants and organisations including the Grand Muftis of Uganda and Lebanon. The Declaration is in harmony with the Papal Encyclical and has won the support of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace of the Holy See.

The Declaration calls for a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels and a switch to 100% renewable energy as well as increased support for vulnerable communities already suffering from climate impacts. It can be seen as part of the groundswell of people from all walks of life calling for governments to scale up the transition away from fossil fuels. Wealthy and oil-producing nations are urged to phase out all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. All people, leaders and businesses are invited to commit to 100% renewable energy in order to tackle climate change, reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.

Amongst keynote speakers at the Symposium were three senior UN officials - from the UN Environment Programme, the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Secretary-General’s climate change team. Presentations were also made by scientists, NGO leaders and academics. Also attending were religious leaders from many other faith traditions.

That the Symposium was held in Istanbul is significant - just two weeks before the Paris Summit, for the first time in history, the G20 summit will be organized by the presidency of Turkey, a country with a majority Muslim population.  Leaders from the world’s largest 20 economies will gather in an  attempt to reach agreement on how international financial stability can be achieved. The economic implications of climate change and the huge amounts of subsidies given by G20 countries to the polluting fossil fuel industry will also be on the agenda.


“On behalf of the Indonesian Council of Ulema and 210 million Muslims we welcome this Declaration and we are committed to to implementing all recommendations. The climate crisis needs to be tackled through collaborative efforts, so let’s work together for a better world for our children, and our children’s children.” - Din Syamsuddin, Chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema

“I am proud to be associated with the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change released in Istanbul today. As a Muslim I try to follow the moral teachings  of Islam to preserve the environment and help the victims of climate change. I urge all Muslims around the world to play their role in tackling the global problem of climate change.” - Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of Institute of Environmental Studies

“The basis of the declaration is the work of world renowned islamic environmentalists, it is a trigger for further action and we would be very happy if people adopted and improved upon the ideas that are articulated in this document.” - Fazlun Khalid, Founder, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences

“It is with great joy and in a spirit of solidarity that I express to you the promise of the Catholic Church to pray for the success of your initiative and her desire to work with you in the future to care for our common home and thus to glorify the God who created us.” - His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican City

“A clean energy, sustainable future for everyone ultimately rests on a fundamental shift in the understanding of how we value the environment and each other. Islam’s teachings, which emphasize the duty of humans as stewards of the Earth and the teacher’s role as an appointed guide to correct behavior, provide guidance to take the right action on climate change.” - Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

“Civil society is delighted by this powerful Climate Declaration coming from the Islamic community, which could be a game changer, as it challenges all world leaders, and especially oil producing nations, to phase out their carbon emissions and supports the just transition to 100% renewable energy as a necessity to tackle climate change, reduce poverty and deliver sustainable development around the world.” - Wael Hmaidan, International Director of Climate Action Network

You can find photos available for use under creative commons license here, please credit Islamic Relief

Calls from the Declaration below, full version of the Declaration here:

3.1 We call upon the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Kyoto Protocol taking place in Paris this December, 2015 to bring their discussions to an equitable and binding conclusion, bearing in mind –

·       The scientific consensus on climate change, which is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate systems;

·       The need to set clear targets and monitoring systems;

·       The dire consequences to planet earth if we do not do so;

·       The enormous responsibility the COP shoulders on behalf of the rest of humanity, including leading the rest of us to a new way of relating to God’s Earth.

3.2 We particularly call on the well-off nations and oil-producing states to –

·       Lead the way in phasing out their greenhouse gas emissions as early as possible and no later than the middle of the century;

·       Provide generous financial and technical support to the less well-off to achieve a phase-out of greenhouse gases as early as possible;

·       Recognize the moral obligation to reduce consumption so that the poor may benefit from what is left of the earth’s non-renewable resources;

·       Stay within the ‘2 degree’ limit, or, preferably, within the ‘1.5 degree’ limit, bearing in mind that two-thirds of the earth’s proven fossil fuel reserves remain in the ground;

·       Re-focus their concerns from unethical profit from the environment, to that of preserving it and elevating the condition of the world’s poor.

·       Invest in the creation of a green economy.

3.3 We call on the people of all nations and their leaders to –

·       Aim to phase out greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible in order to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere;

•       Commit themselves to 100 % renewable energy and/or a zero emissions strategy as early as possible, to mitigate the environmental impact of their activities;

·       Invest in decentralized renewable energy, which is the best way to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development;

·       Realize that to chase after unlimited economic growth in a planet that is finite and already overloaded is not viable. Growth must be pursued wisely and in moderation; placing a priority on increasing the resilience of all, and especially the most vulnerable, to the climate change impacts already underway and expected to continue for many years to come.

·       Set in motion a fresh model of wellbeing, based on an alternative to the current financial model which depletes resources, degrades the environment, and deepens inequality.

·       Prioritise adaptation efforts with appropriate support to the vulnerable countries with the least capacity to adapt. And to vulnerable groups, including indigenous peoples, women and children.

3.4 We call upon corporations, finance, and the business sector to -

·       Shoulder the consequences of their profit-making activities, and take a visibly more active role in reducing their carbon footprint and other forms of impact upon the natural environment;

•       In order to mitigate the environmental impact of their activities, commit themselves to 100 % renewable energy and/or a zero emissions strategy as early as possible and shift investments into renewable energy;

•       Change from the current business model which is based on an unsustainable escalating economy, and to adopt a circular economy that is wholly sustainable;

•       Pay more heed to social and ecological responsibilities, particularly to the extent that they extract and utilize scarce resources;

•       Assist in the divestment from the fossil fuel driven economy and the scaling up of renewable energy and other ecological alternatives.

3.5 We call on all groups to join us in collaboration, co-operation and friendly competition in this endeavour and we welcome the significant contributions taken by other faiths, as we can all be winners in this race

وَلَكِن لِّيَبْلُوَكُمْ فِي مَا آتَاكُم فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ

He (God) wanted to test you regarding what has

come to you. So compete with each other

in doing good deeds.

Qur’an 5: 48

If we each offer the best of our respective traditions, we may yet see a way through our difficulties.

3.6 Finally, we call on all Muslims wherever they may be  –

  • Heads of state
  • Political leaders
  • Business community
  • UNFCCC delegates
  • Religious leaders and scholars
  • Mosque congregations
  • Islamic endowments (awqaf)
  • Educators and educational institutions
  • Community leaders
  • Civil society activists
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Communications and media

to tackle habits, mindsets, and the root causes of climate change, environmental degradation and the loss of biodiversity in their particular spheres of influence, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him),and bring about a resolution to the challenges that now face us. 

Civil Society Reactions: Global Sustainable Development agenda finalised in New York

August 3 - New York: The world has updated its to do list to drive solutions to our biggest problems - poverty, inequality and climate change - after the new Global Sustainable Development agenda was finalised in New York on Sunday in preparation for ratification by world leaders at a major UN summit in September. The agenda, which includes a landmark set of 17 goals, acknowledges for the first time that countries need to address climate change as a developmental challenge, decoupling growth from environmental degradation. Governments will need to raise their ambition to start delivering on these goals by producing a universal and legally binding Paris agreement on climate this December to shift to a low-carbon economy.

For the first time, these global goals acknowledge that the world can’t deal with these crises in isolation, said David Nussbaum, Chief Executive of WWF-UK. "We can – in our generation – stamp out extreme poverty and achieve sustainable development. But with climate impacts already hitting the most vulnerable people hardest, it’s clear that we will not meet these global goals unless we take decisive action on climate change, get an ambitious and universal climate agreement with legal force in Paris and manage to address the existing emissions gap – as rightly acknowledged by the post-2015 summit outcome document agreed at the UN in New York yesterday.” Nussbaum said. “That’s why we welcome the newly minted post-2015 sustainable development framework, which features climate action as a headline goal, as well as it running through many other goals like a green thread. The new framework recognises that addressing climate change and eradicating poverty are profoundly connected.”

“Many countries will need to drastically alter policies in favour of people and planet if they take this new to do list for the planet seriously. To tackle poverty and dangerous climate change, we must urgently end the fossil fuel era and deliver 100% renewable energy for all" said Daniel Mittler, political director of Greenpeace International. "These goals will mean nothing unless governments at the Paris climate summit complete the task and agree to phase out fossil fuels and switch to 100% renewable energy for all by 2050.”

The Sustainable Development Agenda has laid the groundwork for such a signal, according to Wael Hmaidan, director of Climate Action Network International. “In New York, this week governments have failed to acknowledge the need to have ‘a world free from harmful emissions', which is needed to address the climate challenge, but there was a strong recognition that there is a need to follow more ambitious emission reduction pathways to stay below 2 or 1.5 degrees temperature rise. Beyond these temperatures economic development will become severely hampered.”

Neil Thorns, director of advocacy at CAFOD, welcomed the progress that these new goals represent in relation to the MDGs understanding of our shared responsibility to care for our common home. “Pope Francis’ powerful statements recently have reminded us that we must stand in solidarity with the poorest people and the environment, and that we must phase out fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy to do this. The goals alone are not a solution to our world’s problems but a stepping stone we need to build on in the climate talks in Paris and through meaningful implementation of these goals over the next 15 years. This is our responsibility for present and future generations.”

About CAN: The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from over 110 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.  

Contact: Mark Raven, CAN International, email:, phone: +90 53626 88406