NGO Participation Working Group

The participation of NGOs in the climate negotiations is key to remind governments of their responsibility to adopt an adequate climate agreement based on equity and science. NGO participation also ensures that actors are held accountable. The status of observers in the climate negotiations does not, however, allow NGOs to contribute with expertise and insights from communities as much as other UN fora do. The NGO Participation working group reviews procedures and practices related to the role of NGOs in the talks and advocates for more inclusive and transparent negotiations. Also, participation of local stakeholders is crucial in the implementation of mechanisms established under the Convention when the decisions adopted at the international level have direct impacts on local communities. The NGO Participation working group works with other CAN working groups to ensure that these mechanisms involve local stakeholders.

For more information please contact:
Sebastien Duyck, CIEL,
Alyssa Johl, CIEL,

Fossil of the Day Awards - Bonn - June 11, 2011

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              11 June 2011
Bonn, Germany
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Japan wins first place fossil and the second place fossil goes to, Well, We Aren’t
First Place Fossil is awarded to Japan. Today Japan reiterated their position of
supporting the inclusion of nuclear facilities to CDM. Today, June 11th, the three-
month anniversary since the tragic earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster,

Time to Walk the Walk on Civil Society Engagement

"We can't do this by ourselves"…“NGOs provide a valuable perspective and expertise"…"NGOs support is essential for the success of the UNFCCC process". 

ECO was delighted to hear these statements and many concrete proposals echoing from the plenary hall Wednesday morning at the SBI workshop on NGO participation.  But now, ECO wonders…will they walk the walk?  Talk is nice, and everyone loves to be praised for being valuable (we’ll take it!).  But ECO knows all too well that talk is one thing, action is another.

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This is Our Home Too!

ECO would like to take you down memory lane for a moment and recall the monumental obstacles civil society observers faced in Copenhagen. Thousands were denied access despite being registered to attend the conference, while others were arbitrarily removed from the conference venue for actions taken by other members of their delegations.  There was no opportunity to appeal these decisions.  This experience highlighted the need for Parties and the UNFCCC Secretariat to address these and other participation concerns.

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Tianjin 2010 ECO 3

In this Issue:

  1. The Canncun Building Blocks
  2. Fast-Start Disclosure
  3. Just another day in the corridors...
  4. Another look at Closing the Gigatonne Gap
  5. A question of balance

CAN Position: Effective participation in the convention process, June 2009

CAN strongly believes that procedures and modalities for timely, meaningful, and representative participation by NGOs in all Convention-related processes are essential both to ensure that the Convention and Protocol meet their environmental and sustainable development objectives and to comply with emerging public participation principles in international law.  In this paper, CAN outlines its views on the options identified in the Note by the secretariat, “Promoting effective participation in the Convention process” (FCCC/SBI/2004/5).  CAN calls upon all Parties to recognize the fundamental