Press Releases

Draft Text still a mixed bag in critical final hours of negotiations

Katowice, 14 December 2018: As a new draft of the negotiating text emerged in the final hours of the UN Climate Talks currently underway in the southern Polish city of Katowice, civil society expressed concern that key elements still need to be strengthened considerably to deliver a strong outcome from COP24.

COP24: “A Swiss-cheese rulebook is unacceptable"

Katowice, 12 December 2018: Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, former IPCC Vice-Chair and climate physicist said: “The best way to recognize the work done by IPCC would be to stop arguing about whether to ‘note or to welcome’ the IPCC 1.5C Report, and start to take its numbers seriously. This must be done in a COP decision, the main outcome from Katowice.

Talanoa Dialogue outcome must inform a COP decision on ambition setting a clear direction towards updated NDCs by 2020

Katowice, 11 December 2018: Today’s high-level Talanoa Dialogue needs to make clear how governments will actually commit to increased national climate pledges that fall in line with 1.5C pathways. Wendel Trio, Director, CAN Europe called on the EU to show leadership on ambition by increasing their 2030 targets.

COP24: COP President must create a space for ambition discussion in response to IPCC 1.5C Report as Ministers arrive in Katowice

Civil society calls for COP President to set up a discussion on ambition in response to IPCC Report on 1.5C

Katowice, 10 December 2018: Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace, called on ministers arriving in Katowice this week for the UN climate talks- pitched as the most important talks since the Paris talks in 2015- to demonstrate their understanding of the current climate emergency through words but more importantly through actions.

Faith, business and science representatives call on COP24 to deliver on heightened ambition and support for impacted communities

Katowice, 8 December 2018: Offering perspectives from the faith, business and science community, participants at a press conference today organised by Climate Action Network highlighted the urgency for the UN climate talks to address the importance of the IPCC 1.5C Report by committing to a COP decision that enhances NDCs by 2020.  

Civil Society representatives denied entry to Poland to participate in climate talks

Katowice, 7 December 2018: It is with deep concern that Climate Action Network (CAN) and its partners have learnt that Polish authorities denied entry and/or deported at least 12 members of civil society groups due to attend the United Nations climate talks in Poland.

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It’s crunch time in the negotiating rooms: countries must hash out key technical elements in the next hours

Katowice, 7 December 2018: Speakers from Climate Action Network (CAN) unpacked the various elements of the rulebook that are currently being negotiated to give an overview of the state of progress, or lack thereof, that must be resolved before ministers arrive next week to take on more political issues.

“Just transition and ambition are two sides of the same coin”

Katowice, 5 December 2018: Speaking at a press conference today, representatives from Climate Action Network (CAN) spoke on the need for a just transition that is built on social dialogue where transformative change towards a low-carbon future is not at the cost of exacerbating existing social inequality and removing social safety nets.
Highlighting the importance of a genuinely fair transition from fossil fuels to renewables, Lucile Dufour, International Policy and Development Adviser, Climate Action Network, France said:

Call for EU to step up leadership as experts emphasise why a strong rulebook must drive ambition with adequate climate finance

Strong statements by UN Secretary General must embolden leaders to make the right choices

4 December 2018, Katowice: Discussions for a comprehensive Paris Rulebook- the guidelines that will operationalise the Paris Agreement- alongside constructive intergovernmental dialogues for enhanced ambition, must set the lay the foundations for negotiations to pick up in the next days of the UN climate talks here in Katowice.  

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