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CAN ADP 2-12 Closing Intervention, December 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a written intervention at the close of ADP 2-12.

With a new draft text in hand, it now falls on ministers to bring four years of intense diplomatic efforts to a meaningful conclusion.

Paris must be a pivot point that catalyses ambition and assures an equitable outcome that places the needs of the most vulnerable at its core.

The Paris Agreement should anchor the 1.5-degree target and commit Parties to full global decarbonisation and a complete transition to renewable energy by 2050. All countries should develop decarbonisation strategies for 2050, to be submitted no later than 2020, with developing countries being provided with the MOI to develop and fulfill these plans.

Current INDCs do not put us on an adequate pathway for meeting the demands of science. To generate sustained ambition, Climate Action Network calls for the establishment of a “Paris Ambition Mechanism”: a robust ambition acceleration mechanism that synchronises, assesses, and ratchets up Parties’ commitments in 5- year cycles, including by matching conditional INDCs with finance. Its implementation must be tied to an enhanced Workstream 2 process, with the first review of INDCs taking place as early as possible, and before 2020.

Enhanced financial support will be critical to unlock the necessary global action. The Paris Agreement should stipulate that collective targets for the provision of financial support should be set and updated in 5-year cycles, with separate targets for mitigation and adaptation support. Developed countries should continue to be the primary contributors of climate finance, responsible for ensuring scaling up from the 100 billion floor after 2020. Yet, countries with comparable levels of capacity and responsibility would be in the position to complement these efforts.

Adaptation and loss and damage – in particular their distinct institutional anchoring as standalone issues in the Paris Agreement, and assurance of adequate support arrangements for both – remain defining issues for Paris. An early move on loss and damage will be crucial to inject positive momentum into the process and ensure the voices of the most vulnerable are heard.

Climate Action Network urges ministers in Paris to provide early signals on the issues outlined above in order to deliver the fair, ambitious, and transformative climate action package the world urgently requires. 

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CAN ADP 2-12 Closing Intervention, December 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a written intervention at the close of ADP 2-12.

With a new draft text in hand, it now falls on ministers to bring four years of intense diplomatic efforts to a meaningful conclusion.

Paris must be a pivot point that catalyses ambition and assures an equitable outcome that places the needs of the most vulnerable at its core.

The Paris Agreement should anchor the 1.5-degree target and commit Parties to full global decarbonisation and a complete transition to renewable energy by 2050. All countries should develop decarbonisation strategies for 2050, to be submitted no later than 2020, with developing countries being provided with the MOI to develop and fulfill these plans.

Current INDCs do not put us on an adequate pathway for meeting the demands of science. To generate sustained ambition, Climate Action Network calls for the establishment of a “Paris Ambition Mechanism”: a robust ambition acceleration mechanism that synchronises, assesses, and ratchets up Parties’ commitments in 5- year cycles, including by matching conditional INDCs with finance. Its implementation must be tied to an enhanced Workstream 2 process, with the first review of INDCs taking place as early as possible, and before 2020.

Enhanced financial support will be critical to unlock the necessary global action. The Paris Agreement should stipulate that collective targets for the provision of financial support should be set and updated in 5-year cycles, with separate targets for mitigation and adaptation support. Developed countries should continue to be the primary contributors of climate finance, responsible for ensuring scaling up from the 100 billion floor after 2020. Yet, countries with comparable levels of capacity and responsibility would be in the position to complement these efforts.

Adaptation and loss and damage – in particular their distinct institutional anchoring as standalone issues in the Paris Agreement, and assurance of adequate support arrangements for both – remain defining issues for Paris. An early move on loss and damage will be crucial to inject positive momentum into the process and ensure the voices of the most vulnerable are heard.

Climate Action Network urges ministers in Paris to provide early signals on the issues outlined above in order to deliver the fair, ambitious, and transformative climate action package the world urgently requires. 

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CAN SBI Closing Intervention, December 2015

Thank you Mr. Chair,

I am Anthony Torres from Climate Action Network.

The devastating impacts of climate change are already being felt the world over.

SBI’s recommendations for the Adaptation Committee and the Warsaw International Mechanism to undertake next steps through their work plans are a positive signal for addressing these. CAN expects additional tasks to emerge from the ADP negotiations in order to ensure the scaling up of action to protect the world’s vulnerable.

But we are highly concerned about the outcome of SBSTA and SBI’s Joint Contact Group on the 2013-2015 Review, which failed to provide clear recommendations to build on the findings of three years of robust and intensive scientific work under the Structured Expert Dialogue.

Certain countries’ unwillingness to forward recommendations for next steps to the COP obstruct efforts to prevent further harm and suffering on our planet in peril.

Yet the science has spoken. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees would avoid many of the disastrous impacts on people and ecosystems that the world’s governments have a legal and moral obligation to prevent.

We call on the COP presidency to take up this vital agenda item and bring it to a fruitful conclusion in the COP.

Thank you. 

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CAN Articles and submissions published by Climate Action Network about the UNFCCC 2013-2015 Review, November 2015

In Paris, the mandate and the work of the 2013 – 2015 review will come to an end.

We have seen scientifically sound, relevant and highly interesting work of the Structured Expert Dialogue, we have learnt that the “guardrail” concept, where up to 2°C of warming is considered safe, is inadequate. Instead we need a long-term goal which makes the defence line as low as possible, ideally 1.5 degrees.

The science of the 2013 – 2015 review is clear, but the political conclusions drawn from its joint contact group (under SBI and SBSTA) were not.

Now in Paris the 2013 – 2015 review is again on the agenda of SBI and SBSTA, but also on the agenda of the COP.

To have prompt access to convincing arguments for a good final result of the 2013 – 2015 review in the attached document you find articles in CANs newsletter eco on the 2013 – 2015 review and CAN submissions on it.

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CAN Annual Policy Document: "The Paris Package: A Springboard for Sustained Transformative Change", November 2015

We need a global transformation across the world to respond to the climate crisis. In the words of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “Human influence on the climate system is clear and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”   

The science cannot be clearer. Climate change impacts are worsening, and we are responsible. More and more people are demonstrating a willingness to change their lifestyles in order to be part of the solution, and governments are also responding to the need for transformation by taking climate action.  But we are still far from where we need to be, and actions being undertaken globally are still inadequate compared to the demands of science.

 

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CAN Annual Policy Document: "The Paris Package: A Springboard for Sustained, Transformative Change", Summary English, November 2015

~~We need a global transformation across the world to respond to the climate crisis. In the words of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “Human influence on the climate system is clear and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”   

The science cannot be clearer. Climate change impacts are worsening, and we are responsible. More and more people are demonstrating a willingness to change their lifestyles in order to be part of the solution, and governments are also responding to the need for transformation by taking climate action.  But we are still far from where we need to be, and actions being undertaken globally are still inadequate compared to the demands of science.

 

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CAN Annual Policy Document: "The Paris Package: A Springboard for Sustained, Transformative Change", Summary Spanish, November 2015

~Necesitamos una transformación global para responder a la crisis climática. En las palabras del Grupo Intergubernamental de Expertos sobre el Cambio Climático: "La influencia humana en el sistema climático es real y las recientes emisiones antropogénicas de gases de efecto invernadero son las más altas en la historia. Los recientes cambios del clima han tenido impactos generalizados en los sistemas humanos y naturales ". 

La ciencia no puede ser más clara. Los impactos del cambio climático están empeorando, y nosotros somos responsables. Más y más personas están demostrando voluntad de cambiar su estilo de vida con el fin de ser parte de la solución y los gobiernos también están respondiendo a la necesidad de una transformación mediante la adopción de los planes de acción climática . Pero aún estamos lejos de donde tenemos que estar y las acciones que se están realizando a nivel mundial siguen siendo insuficientes en comparación con las exigencias de la ciencia.

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CAN Briefing Paper: Recommendations to the Ministerial Policy Dialogue- Pre COP, November 2015

~~The diplomatic journey that began in Durban is now drawing rapidly to a close. COP 21 needs to be that juncture where all governments agree that the pace of transformation needs to be much faster; that the transformation needs to be just, and have the rights of the most vulnerable and equity at its core. The outcome from COP21 should leave no doubt for citizens, businesses, cities, governments and other stakeholders that the world needs to transform, and that the “Paris Package” has enabled this transformation.

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