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An ambitious deal means equity

Regular formal equity reviews of Parties’ commitments under the UNFCCC is important for an ambitious deal. We’ve run out of time to achieve a formal review of the post-2020 targets before COP 21, so here is ECO’s twofold approach: 1) Parties agree to a formal equity review in the 2015 deal and 2) civil society assists in reviewing the adequacy and equity of upcoming mitigation and finance contributions.

ECO also encourages others to undertake equity reviews as we believe that different equity checks will be useful.

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Two Sides of the Climate Protection Coin: Phasing out fossil fuel emissions and phasing in 100% renewable energy!

If the findings of the IPCC’s AR5 were not enough of a call to action, the melting of a major section of the West Antarctic ice sheet now appears irreversible. This is yet another reminder about the extent of climate impacts to which society is already committed and that critical tipping points are now being crossed. 

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Green Climate Fund: from “If and When” to “How Much”

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a cornerstone of the emerging architecture of the global climate regime. Just two weeks ago, the Board of the GCF surprised many observers when they reached agreement on the eight essential requirements for the GCF to begin to receive, manage, and disburse funds. This deprives those developed countries who bear the primary responsibility for contributing funds to the GCF, and had been holding back pending these board decisions, of an excuse to delay making substantial contributions to the fund.

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CAN is 25!

CAN is turning 25 this year. That’s right, CAN has been fighting for the climate even before the UNFCCC was established. To celebrate this, we are organising a birthday party and we want you to join us.

Come learn about what makes CAN special and engage in discussions with leaders of civil society on how we can strengthen the climate movement. We have always tried to influence your discussions - now, it’s your opportunity to influence ours.

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Welcome to Bonn!

ECO welcomes Party delegates to Bonn. Now get to work! We know that you fully recognise the immense responsibilities you have at this session. Coming hot on the heels of the sobering IPCC Working Group 3 report, there should be no doubt that the following urgent tasks must be delivered at this Bonn Session:

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Special Extra Time Edition: ECO 12, COP19, English - Nov 23

Both inside and outside the National Stadium here in Warsaw, civil society makes this appeal:

► Don't demolish the Durban Platform

► Do your best to advance Climate Finance and Loss and Damage

 

“It always seems impossible until it's done.”

– Nelson Mandela

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ADP: Get the Job Done

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Whether inside or outside, civil society's message to ministers is clear: 'Do your job and save the climate!'

Last night, negotiators completed comments on the second version of the ADP co-chairs' proposed decision text and draft conclusions. The co-chairs did a skillful job of focusing the discussion on paragraph-by-paragraph textual comments, with only the occasional excursion  into recitation of well-known talking points.

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Finance COP – or Finance Flop?

Those who expected high-level guidance from the eagerly expected ministerial finance dialogue certainly did not get it.

There were a few notable exceptions: Adaptation Fund pledges, a few constructive interventions, and some stark reminders of what is at stake. But on the whole, it was a dull string of speeches devoid of content, much less actual offers of finance.

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Progressing the Adaptation Agenda

Negotiators made progress here in Warsaw on various adaptation issues. We have a decision on the next phase of the Nairobi Work Programme. Negotiators also worked hard on expanding the National Adaptation Plan process through technical and financial support.

It’s also good that the work of the Adaptation Committee was acknowledged, and we expect that enough resources will be provided to implement the 2014 work plan. But perhaps the next Annual Adaptation Forum could be less of a self-congratulatory talk-show. 

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Technology: A Good News Story

Yesterday UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner declared with much relish that the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) will begin to accept requests from developing countries for support for technology transfer on December 9. The full operationalization of the Technology Mechanism now emerges as the good news story of COP 19.

But the question arises: does the submission of requests from developing countries make the Technology Mechanism truly fully operational? For those who can’t stand the suspense, here are some suggested enhancements.

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