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Introduction to the CVF Summit (Part 1)

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will hold its first global Summit at the level of Heads of State/Government on 22nd of November, 2018 (Majuro time), after the release of the IPCC 1.5 report on October 8th 2018 and ahead COP24, to allow leaders of all nations to take into account the latest scientific findings and translate them into a sound policy response. The Marshall Islands assumes the Chair of the CVF in mid-2018 and will therefore convene the Summit and hold it in a unique, entirely virtual format. It will release an outcome document of the vulnerable countries’ leaders (HOS/HOG) with member and observer state leaders delivering individual statements (video and/or written) issued online and via conventional/official channels. In order to highlight the importance of women’s leadership in climate action, President Heine of the Marshall Islands has appointed a special group of all-women ‘Summit Champions’, which will be co-chaired by Ms. Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and Ms. Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All.

President Hilda Heine of Republic of Marshall Islands will announce the Summit on 27th of June, 2018 during the Sixth GEF Assembly at Vietnam. The objective for CAN as outreach focal point to The CVF is to rally as many countries as possible to announce that they will raise ambition including to enhance their NDCs. Several CVF members are expected to actually announce updated/enhanced NDCs as a part of their Summit statements. 2018 must be the trigger year if we want countries to review their NDCs in 2019 and submit them by 2020. This is a test for the five-year review cycle of the Paris Agreement. Therefore, a webinar was organised on June 13, 2018 to introduce the CVF Virtual Summit to CAN members on how they can support by encouraging their respective national governments to issue a response to the announcement of the Summit on 27th of June. The panel started with Matthew McKinnon and Kaveh Guilanpour, Advisors to CVF Chair from Marshall islands who provided a brief on the priorities of the Chair of CVF and expected outcomes from the Summit besides its virtual design running over 24 hours on Nov 22. CAN was represented by Wael Hmaidan and Hala Kilani who presented on role of CVF Summit in Step Up campaign as well as communications plan for the announcement on 27th June.

For more information, please download the slide deck used for the webinar.


Paving The Way Forward at COP23

In her final blog, LDP Fellow, Fatima Ahouli gives insight into COP 23


Paving The Way Forward at COP23


The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23), presided by Fiji, was the first COP for the newly-elected CANAW Board, and my first COP as a Regional Coordinator. With the kind support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, CANAW strategic partner, all 7 members of the Board had the opportunity to attend in Bonn and work together as a team for the first time.


Since last August, preparations for COP23 were the focus of the CANAW Board’s work, as well as my own as an LDP and as a Regional Coordinator. This was an exciting and challenging time.

In addition to my usual coordination tasks with our partner and the participants on the logistics, I have had an important role, along with the Board and the CANI secretariat, in coordinating and preparing the agendas for the different meetings and events that the Board and CANAW members needed to attend during the COP23.


In the first week of COP23 we had to quickly organise ourselves, our daily schedules and understand the workings of the conference to make best use of our time and energy. The COP is an extremely busy place with a lot going on. This year the conference was spread across two zones which were 1½ km apart, added an interesting dynamic to ensuring the right people were in the right place at the right time. For me, I had to balance my work in the civil society zone, where there were some fantastic events and opportunities to meet partners and stakeholders, with attending key parts of the negotiations in the main UNFCCC building.


We started having daily meetings, where I shared the updates from the CANI daily as well as from the events that I attended. The Board members as well as the other CANAW members who were present shared their updates and views on the process and progress of the negotiations.

The Board met with 7 delegations from the Arab region (Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine, Soudan and Mauritania, Saudi Arabia), an idea that was agreed on during the daily meetings and had its implementation in the second week of COP23.