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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:

International Media Briefing: What to expect from the Paris Climate Summit

Over 130 Heads of State will descend on Paris next Monday as the much anticipated United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) "COP21" meeting in Paris gets under way.

The two week Summit is expected to deliver the world's first ever universal climate agreement, which will come into affect in 2020, and is expected to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy and protect vulnerable communities. On the eve of the Summit, unprecedented numbers of people will come out on to the streets in over 2000 events in 150 countries to tell leaders they support scaling up of climate action. 

Political experts from Climate Action Network (CAN) will brief media on expectations for the agreement in light of recent developments at the G20, the Pre-COP meetings and the uptick in terrorist attacks.

WhenWednesday and Thursday, November 25 and 26, 2015


Call 1: 

  • Alden Meyer, Director of Policy and Strategy, Union of Concerned Scientists 
  • Dale Marshall, National Program Manager, Environmental Defence Canada 
  • Wael Hmaidan, Director, Climate Action Network International (TBC)

Call 2: 

  • Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics, Greenpeace
  • Sanjay Vashist, Director, CAN South Asia
  • Alix Mazounie, International Policy Coordinator, RAC France

You can join the teleconference online here: or dial the relevant telephone
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please contact us. 


Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email:,
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:

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Global climate marches to see unprecedented wave of people calling for more action ahead of Paris Climate Summit


21 November, 2015 - Paris, France: On November 28 and 29, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will take to the streets in more than 2000 events in 150 countries to turn up the heat on leaders heading to the Paris Climate Summit.

Frontline community representatives, unionists, faith leaders, and families will call on politicians to forge an ambitious new global climate agreement this December that speeds up the just transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy and protects vulnerable people from worsening climate impacts. The people’s call for leadership will be harder and harder to ignore.

With the major march in Paris cancelled due to security concerns following the horrific terrorist attacks which occurred there on November 13, French activists are calling for people around the world to march in their name, in solidarity with them.

No matter what, citizens’ voices will be heard throughout the Paris Climate Summit which runs from November 30 to December 11, 2015  - including in the streets of the French capital as activists explore creative ways forward. The Summit is set to deliver a comprehensive climate agreement which should scale up the transition to 100% renewable energy.

The Global Climate Marches happening around the world will be a symbol of the unshakeable resolve of the movement working for a safer, fairer and cleaner world.

Highlights include:

  • Schoolchildren will be joined by Thom Yorke from the band Radiohead, singer songwriter and activist Charlotte Church, fashion designer and campaigner Vivienne Westwood, actor and political activist Vanessa Redgrave, poet, spoken word artist and playwright Kate Tempest, singer-songwriter, musician and activist Peter Gabriel, and the band Massive Attack in the London march

  • In India, Global Climate Walks are planned in seven cities featuring yoga, biking, and marching. The main activity will be in New Delhi, where on Sunday morning, people from across society will join together for the climate.

  • In Kampala, Uganda, 500,000 people are expected progress through the city led by popular local leaders and celebrities and topped off with a concert, all while Pope Francis is in town.

  • Across The Philippines, over 20 events, marches, and rallies are planned. In Manila, 20,000 people are expected to converge in Quezon City as part of a broad march with six contingents: climate-impacted communities, faith organization, youth, labor, anti-coal and renewable energy.

  • More than 60 events are planned across China with students coming together for a series of events including round table discussions, bike rides, screenings and more. While in Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul hundreds are taking to the streets to demand a just transition to 100% renewable energy. And in Vietnam, a big climate music festival is planned, bringing together more than 1500 youth.

  • In Japan, major actions will happen in both Kyoto and Tokyo. Each march will feature several live performances, as well as a mass photo action where people will come together as individuals to form one collective image.

  • Across the United States, marches will take place across the country -- from Los Angeles to Austin, to Washington, DC up to New York City, thousands will gather in creative, art-filled actions in the name of climate justice.

  • Events are planned in Egypt’s two largest cities (Cairo and Alexandria) where thousands will be running to raise awareness on climate impacts and call for urgent climate action.

  • In Ottawa more than 10,000 will be marching for climate solutions and justice, while in Vancouver indigenous leaders will be heading a march joining the global call for climate action.

  • Sâo Paulo, Brazil will see a huge gathering on Paulista Avenue where the representatives of different movements will bring forward their climate solutions. The congregation will start marching towards one of the city´s iconic parks where speeches and music will cap off the day.

  • In Germany, the streets of Berlin will throng with people calling for a 100% clean, renewable future and a quick phase-out of coal.

  • In Australia, climate marches are being organised around the country. While in New Zealand there will be a marches in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Global Spokespeople and Media Contacts:

To hear more about the Global Climate Marches as they develop, please feel free to connect with the following spokespeople and their media contacts. We can also connect you with the contact points for activities in your local area.

Wael Hmaidan, Director, Climate Action Network International

Unprecedented numbers of people are coming on to the streets because they know that we have solution to this crisis - we've kickstarted the move away from fossil fuels in cities, communities and businesses around the world. Now it’s time for leaders at the Paris Climate Summit to agree to speed up the fair, funded transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

Contact: Ria Voorhaar,, +49 157 317 35568


Nicholas Haeringer, Campaigner,

We can think of few better responses to violence and terror than this movement’s push for peace and hope. There couldn’t be a more important time to work for climate justice, and the peace it can help bring.

Contact: Hoda Baraka,, +20 100 1840990


Emma Ruby-Sachs,  Deputy Director, Avaaz

“The police have informed us that the tragic attacks in Paris have made the march there impossible. Now it’s even more important for people everywhere to march on the weekend of November 29th on behalf of those who can’t, and show that we are more determined than ever to meet the challenges facing humanity with hope, not fear.”

Contact: Bert Wander, +44 796 801 7731


Alix Mazounie, International Political Lead, RAC France

We call on people across the world to join in and march for us in solidarity, to express our demands and echo our voices.

Contact: Ria Voorhaar,, +49 157 317 35568


Juliette Rousseau, Coordinator, Coalition Climat 21

We realize the gravity of the situation in Paris, but now more than ever, we need to find creative ideas to call on people to unite around climate action. If don’t act, who will?

Contact: Meryl Sotty,, +33 (0) 6 33 15 0493



High resolution photo and video assets of the Global Climate Marches will be collected throughout the weekend and will be available at”

under a Creative Commons licence once the activities get underway.


You can also track the Global Climate Marches online via the hashtag: #climatemarch

Plans for mobilizations in Paris cancelled by authorities: French activists more determined to be heard

The Paris Prefecture of Police has announced that due to the tragic events that took place on November 13, the Global Climate March planned for November 29, and the December 12 mobilizations planned will not be allowed to proceed in Paris.

We regret that no alternative has been found to allow our mobilization plans to go ahead. However, we are more determined than ever to make our voices heard on climate justice and throughout both weeks.

 "We realize the gravity of the situation, but now  more than ever, we need to find creative ideas to call on people to unite around climate action,” Juliette Rousseau, coordinator of the Coalition Climat 21, the network of NGOS coordinating the mobilisations.

“There will be no COP21 without civil society  and our voices will be heard inside that conference centre and in capitals around the world," said Wael Hmaidan, director of Climate Action Network International.

In fact, on the weekend of November 28 and 29, on the eve of COP21, millions of people throughout the world will march for climate justice. More  than 2,173 events are going ahead in more than 150 countries, including 57 major marches across all continents and dozens of marches across France.

“We call on people across the world to join in and march for us in solidarity, to express our demands and echo our voices,” said Alix Mazounie, international policy coordinator for RAC France. 

Regarding both November 29 and December 12 in Paris, the French Coalition is already at work to find creative ways to take action and ensure that the future climate agreement will not be the work only of government negotiators but of the people around the world.

 The Citizens Climate Summit to be held on December 5 and 6 in Montreuil (Seine Saint-Denis) and the Action Zone Climate (ZAC), to be held from December 7 to 11 at Paris-CENTQUATRE should go forward as planned. These mobilizations will be two great opportunities to demonstrate that civil society is fighting and implementing the solutions to climate change, and determined to fight against the climate crisis.

The Paris Climate Summit is not an end in itself. As citizens of the world, we will continue to build a movement that will be strengthened after this summit and beyond to call for a just energy transformation to tackle the common threat of climate change.

Nicolas Haeringer, France Campaigner for said

"The government can prohibit these demonstrations, but our voices will not be silenced. While this makes it difficult to go forward with our original plans, we will still find a way for people in Paris to make the call for climate justice heard, and we encourage everyone around the world to join a Global Climate March and raise their voices louder than ever. There’s never been a greater need.

 While our plans for Paris must change, the movement for climate justice will not slow down. Around the world, marches, demonstrations, and civil disobedience are all planned for the weeks and months ahead. Together, we will continue to stand against violence and hatred with our peace and resolve. For people around the world, join the Global Climate March in your community to show your support for climate justice. For those who were planning to travel to Paris, still come and join us, and together we’ll find a way to take action together.”

Emma Ruby-Sachs, Deputy Director of Avaaz said:

“The police have just informed us that the tragic attacks in Paris have made the march there impossible. Now it’s even more important for people everywhere to march on the weekend of November 29th on behalf of those who can’t, and show that we are more determined than ever to meet the challenges facing humanity with hope, not fear.”

Jean François Julliard, executive director of Greenpeace France, said:

“The French authorities say they cannot guarantee safety at the march, and so it will not happen. This is a source of huge regret, but we must respect the decision. Huge numbers were expected in Paris, but those people will not be silenced. We will find new, imaginative ways to ensure our voices are heard in the UN conference centre and beyond. And in hundreds of towns and cities across the world people will still march for the climate, for Paris and for our shared humanity. We stand for a vision of human cooperation that the murderers sought to extinguish. They will not succeed.”


To speak to Alix Mazounie of RAC France, contact Ria Voorhaar on +49 157 317 35568 or

To speak to Juliette Rousseau, contact Meryl Sotty on +33 06 33 15 04 93 or

To speak to

Contact in Paris: Eros Sana,, +33 6 72 66 82 20

Global contact: Hoda Baraka,, +20 100 1840990

US inquiries: Jamie Henn,, 415 890 3350

To speak to Avaaz:

Contact Bert Wander,,  +447968017731

To speak to Greenpeace:

Contact Tina Loefellbein,, +49 151 16720915

Learn more about the Coalition Climate 21:


21 Climate Coalition was born in 2014 at the initiative of the RAC (Climate Action Network), CSIR (Centre for Research and Information on Development) and of ATTAC. It originated: the failure of the Copenhagen conference in 2009, but also trampling of trading on the Warsaw Conference in 2013 that prompted civil society to slam the door of the COP. Today, 21 Climate Coalition brings together more than 130 organizations of civil society. Together, they state that the negotiations to be held in the framework of COP21, if they are a necessary step, will not be enough to save the climate, as we have shown those of the past twenty years. They call the citizens to enjoy the political and media outreach summit to organize and mobilize broadly to send a strong and sustainable movement for climate justice.

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Civil society, united, in solidarity and continuing to mobilize for the climate


Monday, November 16, 2015 - Paris, France: The Coalition Climat 21 and all the organizations that are part of it express its solidarity with the victims of the 12 November in Beirut and those of 13 November in Paris, as well as their families and loved ones.

The world we have always defended is not the one we saw on that night. The world that we defend is one of peace, justice, the fight against inequality and climate change.

Our struggle for climate justice will not stop. We have a duty to stand up and continue to fight for a just and livable planet for all. We will continue to mobilize to build a world free of wars, and atrocities, and the ravages of the climate crisis. We will continue to bring solutions and alternatives to fight against climate change.

While taking into account the exceptional circumstances, we believe that COP21 can not take place without the participation or without the mobilizations of civil society in France. Thus, we will implement all our efforts to hold all the mobilizations currently planned. In consultation with the authorities, we will continue to ensure the security of all participants is guaranteed.

It’s important to remember that this mobilization will be global: hundreds of thousands of people will mobilize during the two weeks of negotiations of the COP21 and representatives from countries the world over will be present in Paris. The whole world is concerned and we will not ignore these issues.

Alice Jay, Campaign Director, Avaaz, said: “After the horrific attacks in Paris on Friday, the coalition organising the Global Climate March met on Monday to discuss our next steps. We reaffirmed our commitment to doing all we can to ensure that Paris will join cities around the world in hosting a safe, inspiring and open march on November 29th, and will be discussing possibilities with the authorities over the coming days.”

Nicolas Haeringer, France Campaigner for, said"The tragedy in Paris has only strengthened our resolve. This movement for climate justice has always also been a movement for peace--a way for people around the world to come together, no matter their background or religion, and fight to protect our common home. 

Over the coming days, we'll continue to discuss with the French authorities how we can move forward with the March, plans for December 12th, and other demonstrations. We fully share their concerns about public safety--just as we fully oppose any unnecessary crackdowns on civil liberties and minority populations.

We can think of few better responses to violence and terror than this movement's push for peace and hope. No matter the final plans for the march in Paris, we urge people to join other Global Climate Marches around the world to show their solidarity and support--there couldn't be a more important time to push for climate justice, and the peace it can help bring."


To speak to Alix Mazounie of RAC France, contact Ria Voorhaar on +49 157 317 35568 or 

To speak to
Contact in Paris: Eros Sana,, +33 6 72 66 82 20
Global contact: Hoda Baraka,, +20 100 1840990
US inquiries: Jamie Henn,, 415 890 3350

To speak to Avaaz
Contact Bert Wander, +447968017731

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Reactive: G20 Communiqué major missed opportunity to change game on climate


Antalya, Turkey - November 16, 2015 -  Civil society and climate groups from across Turkey and the world have responded to today’s G20 Leaders Communiqué with a mix of shock and disappointment.

“Coming right before the Paris Climate Summit, this was an opportunity for Heads of State from a range of countries to show their commitment to scaling up climate action both inside and outside of the UN,” said Mustafa Özgür Berke, from WWF-Turkey and İklim Ağı (Climate Network).

“Heads of State could have provided a clear and powerful signal ahead of the Climate Summit by putting a date the end of fossil fuel subsidies, and agreeing to stop funding fossil fuel projects around the world,” Ümit Şahin from İklim için (For The Climate) said.

Instead they have rehashed previous positions and in doing so risk being on the wrong side of history as citizens, cities and businesses increasingly take the lead in scaling up the just transition away from fossil fuels to a world powered by 100% renewable energy.

‘The G20 leaders failed to grapple their chance to show to the world community that they can be united to deal with the challenges we are confronted with,’ said Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network Europe. ‘Now was the time to be strong on tackling climate change and fossil fuel pollution. And we are disappointed our leaders failed to do so.’

“A broad and diverse range of civil society, non-profits and advocacy groups from across Turkey and the wider international climate and development movement all worked co-operatively to develop a set of four clear asks for G20 Leaders to meaningfully address the great climate challenge facing us,” Barış Karapınar, General Manager of TEMA Foundation said.

There was no significant progress made on any of these core asks:

  1. A complete and total end to ALL fossil fuel subsidies.
  2. Stop our financial risk from climate impacts and action; demanding the G20 set a clear plan by 2018 to stress test all spending against its compatibility with global climate commitments.
  3. An immediate end to all investment plans for the expansion of existing and all new coal fired powered plants and mines in Turkey.
  4. G20 leaders to unequivocally state their support for a long-term goal and ambition mechanism in Paris.

The climate movement stands for peace and solidarity - our members around the world have been deeply affected by the dreadful events that have taken place in Paris and Beirut and stand in solidarity with the victims. These events have pushed the G20 agenda in the direction of a strong and necessary focus on security.

“Climate change will only increase conflict, increase violence and play a role in even greater geopolitical conflicts and mass migration of desperate refugees,” Efe Baysal from Yuva Association said.

Groups as diverse as The Pentagon, the US Department of Defence, The Atlantic Council, NATO, the Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change (GMACC), the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the Australian Defence Force have all concluded that climate change is one of the most serious security threats to the globe and that serious and immediate action is required. “The G20 leaders have failed to grasp this most basic of facts that the science illustrates so compellingly,” added Mustafa Özgür Berke.

“G20 members are currently spending 789 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than they are on the Green Climate Fund, and yet they say in the communiqué how critical this Fund is and climate finance is - this is patently obscene,” Ethemcan Turhan from the Ecology Collective added.

“Heads of State completely missed the point: as long as hundreds of billion of public dollars in fossil fuel subsidies are fueling climate change and its devastating consequences, we won't be able to build the world of solidarity, with a stable climate and 100% renewable energy we need." said Celia Gautier from Climate Action Network France.

“Now they have two more weeks to demonstrate the leadership needed to secure a successful deal at the Climate Summit in Paris. They must provide more money to help poor countries adapt, and commit to revisit and ratchet up their current inadequate national emissions reduction targets.” said Steve Price-Thomas, Oxfam’s Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director

“We must hope that these Leaders display the leadership in Paris that they failed to deliver here in Turkey on all matters to do with climate change, the most pressing of our global problems. The world is depending on it and the world is most certainly watching,” Ümit Şahin from İklim İçin (For the Climate Campaign) said.

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

CAN Calls on Ministers to Drive Ambition and Fairness as All Eyes Turn to Paris

Bonn, Germany - Friday, October 23, 2015: At the close of the last negotiating session before ministers, heads of state, and negotiators meet in Paris to finalise what should be a comprehensive, ambitious, and universal climate agreement, parties are leaving with a clearer idea of the outline of the deal.

After a week of careful negotiating, there was concordance reached on some options, while discussion on other issues was taken as far as possible without the involvement of ministers and heads of state. During this session, parties took ownership of the text, building out their bloc positions and deepening a shared understanding on some contentious topics. 

Ministers will begin to examine the text at the pre-COP, taking place on November 8-10 in Paris, before the discussion moves to COP21 on November 30. Support for ambitious climate action has never been higher, and leaders from the business, faith, national security, health, and justice communities around the world will assemble in Paris to display the full breadth of the movement. 

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

“Everyone wants to play their cards late. But not everyone can have the ace of spades. This process is too important to be a high risk poker game. They need to put down their cards, and play together as a team."

-Martin Kaiser, Greenpeace

"A spirit of compromise will be important to reach a final agreement in Paris. But there can be no compromise on the level of ambition we need to address the climate crisis. Political leaders, representing ordinary people across the world facing the impacts of climate change, must be bold and decisive in acting to put the world on a path away to create a cleaner, safer more sustainable future for all. We want citizens and lawmakers in capitals to ensure that the message to leaders is clear and unambiguous:  Now is the time. You are the people who have with the power to change climate change. Paris is the place where the world must unite."
 -Tasneem Essop, WWF
"The French presidency will need to play a critical role. Until the very last minute of the very last night of the Paris COP, they will be the gate-keepers of ambition and fairness. A success in Paris is not only about signing a universal deal, but about signing an ambitious universal deal. And while some countries may have chosen to keep us out of the room here in Bonn, they won't be able to avoid us in Paris. We will be massively taking to the streets on November 28th and 29th—not just in Paris, but in cities all over the world. With our calls for climate action, we will make our voices heard throughout the talks. At the close of the COP, we will take to the streets of Paris again, reminding the leaders that we will not stop demanding progress and holding them accountable."
-Alix Mazounie, RAC France

Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:

For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email:

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: 

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Bridges Needed from Bonn to Paris

Bonn, Germany - Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Midway through the final negotiating UN climate negotiations session ahead of Paris COP21, delegates are settling in to the hard work of discussing the updated draft text of the agreement, delving into the details and nuances of the many proposed options. Expert observers from Climate Action Network provided their perception of the pace and progress of the negotiations. 
In Bonn, countries have moved to take ownership of the text, inserting a more balanced roster of options into the starting draft developed by the co-chairs, but progress in the spin-off groups has been mixed and slow. To achieve a good result by the end of the session on Friday, delegates will need to work more quickly towards multilateral compromise and begin to submit bridging proposals to create a more focused text. The mixed and sluggish progress comes as civil society observers have been barred from observing the negotiations in the spin-off groups, preventing NGOs from contributing their expertise to the process. 

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

"Yesterday morning, we saw rays of sunshine breaking out in the negotiations, but in the last 24 hours, there have been some scattered thunderstorms and some dark clouds on the horizon. If we want to get where we need to be by the end of the week, countries need to move past just re-proposing their well-known national positions, and instead start working hard to craft bridging proposals on as many issues as possible. Negotiators need to earn their pay by actually beginning to build these bridges—not just by continuing to bring more construction materials to the building site.  On crunch political issues where agreement can't be reached here in Bonn, negotiators need to craft limited sets of clear options for ministers to grapple with in advance of or during Paris."

-Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists

“We appreciate and respect the fact that there is a time when it is appropriate and necessary to close the negotiations to observers, but that time has not yet come. Civil society observers can help facilitate the creation of robust draft Paris agreement by using our expertise to bridge gaps, and provide a voice to the parties least represented in this process.”
-Alyssa Johl, Center for International Environmental Law
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Thursday October 22, 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:

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: 

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Sun Shines on New Day, New Text, and New Canadian Government

Bonn, Germany - Tuesday, October 20, 2015: After the tumult of the opening day of UN climate negotiations in Bonn yesterday, expert observers from Climate Action Network (CAN) provided their assessment of a new dynamic which emerged in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) overnight. CAN also reacted to the results of the Canadian election, with the new ascendancy of the Liberal Party and the removal of the Harper government. 
In Bonn, a manageable 14 pages was added to the co-chairs' proposed starting point for negotiations towards a universal climate agreement due this December in Paris. Countries and external observers noted these additions resulted in a more balanced text. Over the rest of the week, negotiators will work to refine the menu of options that will be presented to ministers at upcoming high level meetings. 

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

"After the rocky start to the talks, the clouds have lifted and the sun is shining through. Now we need to water the ground and wait for the flowers of ambition to grow. I’m a Kenyan pastoralist, and what we’ve done here is fertilize the ground. Countries of all stripes have now re-inserted their must-haves so that the proposed draft negotiating text is more balanced."

-Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid

“We know that the provision of financial support to poorer countries to take their own climate action is going to be one of the triggers for a very successful deal in Paris. While there has been discussions outside of the climate talks aiming to finalize the COP21 finance package, the priorities of the most vulnerable countries - including boosting the money flowing to adaptation support from 16% - were not being addressed. The storm in yesterday’s opening plenary refocused the talks on what is required and it put many of the key options for a fair finance package back on the table.”
-Alix Mazounie, RAC France
"It is a great day for Canada and also potentially for the climate. Canadians have voted Prime Minister Stephen Harper out of office so we stand ready to welcome Canada back in the UNFCCC process as a country that will take these negotiations seriously. The new government led by Justin Trudeau can show they’re serious by turning its back on fossil fuel expansion and resubmitting a stronger national climate action plan ahead of COP21.”
-Patrick Bonin, Greenpeace Canada
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Wednesday October 21, 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:

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: 

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Scalpels and sutures on the table as UN climate talks open in Bonn

Bonn, Germany - Monday, October 19, 2015: Today marked the opening of the final instalment of UN climate negotiations before heads of state, ministers, and negotiators head to Paris in December to finalise what should be a comprehensive and universal climate agreement. 
Ahead of the UN talks, the co-chairs responsible for the negotiations around the Paris agreement have put forward a dramatically shorter suggested draft text on which they hope the countries will begin substantive negotiations. On the opening day, country blocs like the Africa Group and G77+China pushed to add text to the draft because many of their key proposals were dropped by the co-chairs. These "surgical insertions" of critical, concise text will be integrated throughout the day, as negotiations proceed towards line-by-line discussions. 
The talks begin against a backdrop of major events like the new finance commitments, Pope Francis' world tour, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's leaders' luncheon, the US-China declaration, and the Islamic Declaration have all contributed to a growing momentum for strong international climate action. This is matched by community and business leaders who are driving the inevitable and beneficial transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy around the world.

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

“It was never going to be a totally smooth process to whittle down the negotiating text; the stakes are so high. Now, parties are beginning to take more ownership of the text–which was inevitably going to happen before Paris. With the co-chairs’ ‘surgical insertions,’ we’re seeing a delicate operation take place, and we need it to be as pain-free as possible.”
-Liz Gallagher, E3G
“We need the countries who have been vocal advocates for strong action outside of the talks to ‘walk the talk’ while they’re here and continue to call for an ambitious long-term goal that gets us to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Central to a strong Paris agreement should be a call to decarbonise the global economy and the inclusion of a robust review process, not just a talkshop, based on five-year commitment periods.”
-Jens Mattias Clausen, Greenpeace Nordic

“The co-chairs’ starting point for negotiations is currently ‘all hat and no trousers.’ There are headings, but nothing substantial underneath. Adaptation and loss and damage get separate headers, which is good, but detail on finance and other mechanisms are vague or missing altogether. This week in Bonn, country groups like the G77 will be asking to see their previous proposals on adaptation and loss and damage reflected in the iteration of the text that goes to ministers at high level events, like the pre-COP meeting in Paris next month.”

-Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Tuesday October 20, 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:

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: 

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Which Countries Stand to Gain the Most Co-Benefits From their National Climate Action Plans (INDCS) Towards the Paris Agreement

  • As well as bending the curve from around 4degC to 2.7degC expected temperature rise, having a transformative impact  and accelerating the development of stronger climate policies, the INDCS lodged so far unlock a range of benefits for their people. When these national plans to move away from fossil fuels are realized, they will save lives due to improved air quality, save money thanks to avoided fossil fuel imports and they will create green jobs.
  • New research from the NewClimate Institute - commissioned by Climate Action Network and the Global Call for Climate Action - has shown that different countries will tap varying levels of these benefits with their national plans due to come in to effect in 2020:
    • China will save the most lives with their INDC, with 75 per million people not dying prematurely every year as a result of reduced air pollution. Also benefiting significantly from moving away from fossil fuels are Chile (31) and South Africa (25).
    • Chile will save the most money from avoided fossil fuel imports, banking USD146 per person annually, followed by South Africa at USD78 and Japan at USD67 a head.
    • The United States will create the most jobs with their INDC, harnessing a massive 1321 positions in the renewable energy sector per million people, followed by South Africa on 930, followed by China and Chile on 354 and 353 respectively.
  • As climate action is scaled up over time, more benefits will be unlocked. Countries who stand to gain the most benefits from scaling up their current INDCS to be inline with a vision for 100% renewable energy by mid century:
    • India could save an additional 862 lives per million people each year when it scales up action, followed by China on 778 and Japan with 125.
    • The US stands to bank the most cash by scaling up, with an additional USD450 per head going into the coffers every year thanks to avoided fuel bills, followed by the EU on USD267 and Japan with USD208.
    • China could create an additional 990 jobs in the renewable energy sector per million people if it scales up action, followed and the EU and Japan where a 681 and 558 jobs would be added per million people.

To see the absolute numbers of achieved co-benefits per country, please go to the NewClimate Institute website and check out the full reports behind this ranking.




A note on methodology: Countries assessed were: the EU, China, the US, Chile, South Africa, Canada, India and Japan. The co-benefits ranking is based upon the calculation methodologies detailed in NewClimate Institute (2015). These methodologies assess the benefits that would be achieved by the countries’ INDCs in 2030 compared to a current policies scenario, as well as the additional “missed” benefits that would be possible if the countries were to embark on a trajectory for 100% renewable energy by 2050, thus in line with keeping global warming below 2°C and possibly even 1.5°C. The benefits were assessed with regards to three major indicators: cost savings from fossil fuel imports including coal for the power sector, oil for the transport sector and natural gas for all sectors; prevention of premature deaths from air pollution, including all-cause premature mortality associated with concentrations of ambient PM2.5 concentrations; and, job creation through domestic renewable electricity installations, including jobs for manufacturing, construction, operation and maintenance for solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass electricity installations. In these charts, the results are presented on a per capita basis in order to compare the respective impacts of each potential benefit across the countries, relative to their population sizes. Per capita calculations are based upon the projected populations in each country in 2030, according to the World Bank Health Nutrition and Population Statistics. In the case that countries’ INDCs included a target range, or multiple targets for emission reductions, the outcomes for the most ambitious targets are presented in this analysis to positively demonstrate the potential benefits that such a level of ambition could accrue.


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Actual Co-Benefits Figures By Country



Annual cost savings from reduced fossil fuel imports (USD)

Annual prevented premature deaths from ambient air pollution

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Source: NewClimate Institute