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Civil Society Statement on how to strenghten the Post-2015 declaration with respect to climate change, July 2015

POST-2015 INTERGOVERNMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS- INTERGOVERNMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS ON THE OUTCOME DOCUMENT

20th July, 2015

Speaker: Noelene Nabulivou, Fiji

 

My name is Noelene Nabulivou, I am from Fiji, in the Pacific. I am here to remind us all, that climate change is real and happening.

We welcome the opportunity to offer comments on today’s discussions, giving special attention to the issue of climate change. Several member states have already acknowledged that the new draft contains some welcome references to climate change, resilience, sustainable energy  and of course CBDR. It has been also mentioned and we agree, that climate change, gender equality, healthy ecosystems, human rights, poverty eradication, and respect for planetary boundaries are inextricably linked.

However occasional and inconsistent references are not enough. The text still falls short of a vision to embrace a future in which we completely phase out fossil fuel emissions, phase in renewable energy and remain within planetary boundaries.

We urge governments to give people hope by including a reference to limiting global warming to 1.5ºC and remaining within planetary boundaries; and to heighten trust by explaining how we will achieve this goal with specific references to phasing-out greenhouse gas emissions completely and by taking immediate urgent mitigation action.

We also need a clear reference to climate justice by acknowledging that the poorest are hit hardest and that support for adaptation, loss and damage will be available.

People need certainty that governments will act to protect their fundamental and universal human rights from the adverse effects of climate change, in a manner consistent with existing legal obligations and principles in line with best available science.

Further, the Post-2015 agenda must ensure private sector accountability, including for transnational corporations in their cross-border activities.

Finally, we urge governments to be explicit about both infrastructural and psychosocial resilience; to replace all reference to “modern energy” with “safe, ​clean, sustainable and renewable energy services”; and to have a clear reference to ocean acidification and phase-out emissions.

These proposals will strengthen the draft and people's understanding of the challenges ahead. The Post-2015 agenda must speak to everyone - No more must drown, no more must die of thirst and hunger, and no one need to leave their countries because of climate crises.

Endorsements:

Climate Action Network, PICAN, Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Pacific CSO COP21 Urgent Action Campaign (Fiji], DIVA for Equality; DAWN, International-Lawyers.Org, and Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change Research, and the Psychology Coalition of NGOs at the UN, Centre for Human Rights and Development Studies (CHRDS), Pathways to Peace (PTP), Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS), Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Christian Aid.

 

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CAN Briefing: Post-2015 Final Draft from Climate Change Perspective, July 2015

Climate Action Network welcomes the opportunity to offer further comments and recommendations to the final post-2015 draft text in order to progress towards securing a truly sustainable development agenda. CAN believes the post-2015 development framework must be a clear and unanimous call to the world that achieving sustainable development, eradicating poverty and tackling climate change are inextricably linked and at the same time give hope these challenges can be addressed simultaneously.

While some good references to climate change, resilience and sustainable energy were included in the new draft, the text still falls short of  incorporating the fundamental sustainable development challenge entailed in climate change and a vision to embrace a future in which we fully phase out fossil fuel emissions.

Key recommendations
The post-2015 final draft must be strengthened, inter alia by:
1. Incorporating clear reference to limiting global warming to 2 or 1.5°C in §27,
2. Incorporating the need to phase-out carbon emissions in §27;
3. Strengthening the role of and support for adaptation (§9, §27 & §28) to climate impacts and addressing loss and damage (§27); and
4. By recognizing climate change is not only an environmental issue, but also an economic, social and political challenge. A strong statement on this interlinkage must be included  in the Preamble
 

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CAN Submission: Technology Executive Committee on the TNA and TAP Processes, June 2015

CAN thanks the Secretariat of the UNFCCC and the members of the Technology Executive Committee for the opportunity to comment on the Technology Needs Assessment and the Technology Action Plan processes. In response to the questions posed by the Secretariat on this topic, CAN submits the following responses, on which we would welcome a broader discussion with the TEC. 

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What the G7 means for the UN climate talks in Bonn - Webcast Media Briefing

Monday June 8 - Bonn, Germany: Expert observers at the UN climate negotiations currently underway in Bonn will outline what the G7 outcome due Monday lunchtime will mean for the talks as they enter the second week.
After slow progress during the first week, the co-chairs of the negotiations aiming to draft a new agreement on climate change, due to be signed in Paris this December, will present a proposal for a new way of working for the session to countries on Monday morning. CAN will brief reporters on what the proposal will mean for progress towards the global agreement. 

For the first time this year, all countries are expected to put forward climate action plans to the Paris agreement. In today's briefing, CAN will present the findings of a new report which shows that Japan's weak draft plan will see the country accrue far fewer benefits  including the creation jobs in renewable energy, improved public health and money saved from avoided fossil fuel imports - than if the government scaled up the plan in line with a 100% renewable energy pathway. 
 

To ask questions in this special webcast event, email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 
 

Who:

• Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists 
• Li Shuo, Greenpeace China
• Masako Konishi, WWF Japan

• When: Monday June 8th, 14.30pmCEST

• Where: Room Nairobi 3, World Conference Centre Bonn, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113, Bonn (UNFCCC accreditation required to attend).

• Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards here.
 

Contact:
Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

About CAN:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org

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CAN Submission: 2013-2015 Review of the UNFCCC, June 2015

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In 2012, the COP decided to establish a structured expert dialogue (SED) with the aim to support the work of a Joint Contact Group of SBSTA and SBI and to ensure the scientific integrity of a review in 2013-2015 on the adequacy of the long-term global goal in light of the ultimate objective of the Convention.  Through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas SBSTA and SBI should give recommendations in relation to party commitments. The message of the SED could not be clearer: ‘Climate change is here and it is a matter of survival’.

The SED has shown to be an appropriate vehicle for open and substantive discussions between Parties on the scientific knowledge and evidence based climate policy formulation. It considered scientific information, especially the latest IPCC Report (Fifth Assessment Report), relevant to the review through regular scientific workshops and expert meetings and assisted in the preparation and consideration of synthesis reports on the review.

The aim of this paper is twofold: To get greater recognition of the significance of the 1.5°C goal from all stakeholders and to make recommendations on how to translate the findings of the SED into concrete outcomes, in the context of the UNFCCC negotiations. The Report on the structured expert dialogue on the 2013-2015 review will be the main basis for CANs analysis.

 

CAN Intervention in the Bonn Climate Change Conference SBI & SBSTA Opening Plenary, 1 June, 2015

Neoka Naidoo

Thank you honorable Co-Chairs and delegates, I am Neoka Naidoo speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network. Congratulations on the progress accomplished through the Structured Expert Dialogue, and the presentation of the very comprehensive final factual report.          

CAN believes that the deliberations of the SED should lead to a COP-decision in Paris that will strengthen the long-term goal of the Convention to “well below 2 degrees”. CAN is convinced that "phasing out all fossil fuel emissions and phasing in a 100% renewable energy future with sustainable energy access for all, as early as possible, but not later than 2050” is the way to go.         

In order to achieve deep emission reductions, action needs to start now with peaking of global greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2015. While near-term emission reductions are necessary to keep the door open to limiting warming below 1.5°C, long-term emission pathways are critical to its achievement. Therefore, in addition to ambitious near-term action, Paris must also outline a vision for a carbon emissions-free future in the form of a binding long-term goal.     

Finally, CAN urges Parties to provide opportunities for civil society organizations to contribute to processes that help guarantee transparency of actions, such as the International Assessment and Review. 

 

Adrian Yeo

Thank you co-chairs, I am Adrian Yeo, speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network. Governments need to phase out all fossil fuel emissions as early as possible, but not later than 2050, ensuring that mitigation does not compromise adaptation, food security or social and environmental safeguards.

In line with this, resolving the pending technical issues in relation to REDD+ non-carbon benefits and the development of safeguard information systems is crucial. Without further guidance from SBSTA, there is a risk that safeguards are not being addressed and respected; and result in significant negative social and environmental impacts and jeopardize the ability of REDD+ to mitigate climate change.

The Framework for Various Approaches should develop detailed accounting rules for carbon markets consistent with the overall framework. To promote the highest standards of environmental and social sustainability and to ensure good governance Carbon market eligibility criteria are indispensable. 

The fight against climate change does not justify accepting solutions that affect human rights, ignore environmental safeguards, or increase social or gender inequality. And no sector can escape their responsibility to cap and reduce their emissions and pay their fair share of financing, including international shipping and aviation.

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CAN Views: REDD+, role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks, May 2015

~~Climate Action Network International (CAN) welcomes the opportunity to provide input on discussions about REDD-plus that will take place both under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and in the discussions of the new climate agreement under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

With the adoption of the Warsaw Framework for REDD-plus, the remaining work under the UNFCCC relates to: guaranteeing the inclusion of REDD+ in the new climate agreement and resolving the outstanding issues in the SBSTA agenda. For these two tracks, CAN would like to provide views outlined in this paper.
 

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CAN Comments: LULUCF accounting in the Geneva text, May 2015

~~CAN is encouraged that the Geneva negotiating text includes substantive sections on principles to govern LULUCF accounting.  We have long advocated such principles and we agree with much of the text.  However, we consider that it can be improved by streamlining the many similar options. In this briefing document, we first outline some things that we are particularly keen to see in the Paris agreement, then we outline the substantive options in the current text and we finally suggest a specific option.

Where we are coming from
We wish to have common accounting rules because these are essential for assessing comparability of effort. 
We consider that accounting should both comprehensive and complete, so that nations ‘account for what the atmosphere sees’ in terms of emissions and removals.  Whilst we appreciate that a comprehensive land-based approach should give very similar coverage to an comprehensive activity-based approach, we think that the latter has developed a dubious reputation as a result of the Kyoto LULUCF rules. Moreover, as the Paris agreement will be under the Convention, the general rules of the Convention should apply.  The Convention employs a land-based system of reporting and this should also be applied to accounting.  The 2006 IPCC Guidelines also employ a land-based approach. 
Clearly, some nations are not yet in a position to account comprehensively, notably LDCs and SIDs, but all advanced economies are able to do so and the aim should be for all countries to be in a position to do so eventually.
Our other main concern is the use of business as usual reference levels, as employed for forest management in the Kyoto Protocol accounting rules.  These usually exclude emissions from accounting and so they should not be employed because they do not represent accounting for what the atmosphere sees.  Either a common base year should be employed, as in all other sectors, or a base period, as used in REDD+.

 

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Bonn Climate Change Conference: ADP2.9 - SBI/SBSTA 42

As we approach the midpoint of this this vital year for climate action things are heating up. A slew of climate related events, reports and meetings are scheduled throughout May and June, from the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference to the G7, and the UNGA High Level Event on Climate Change in New York. Beginning in late May, thousands of people around the world will take to the streets in hundreds of different actions to call for solutions to the world's greatest problems climate change, poverty, inequality and unemployment. A wide range of voices, from business leaders, to the top tier of the faith community, youth, labour, and those from frontline communities will raise the pitch of the global chorus calling for the just transition away from a world hooked on fossil fuels, to one powered by 100% renewable energy.

Against this backdrop, negotiators will meet in Bonn to push forward the draft Paris agreement on climate change due to be signed this December.

This page will collate CAN's work on this session. 

Petersberg Dialogue reaffirms goal to phase out fossil fuel emissions, all eyes now on Merkel at the G7

Environment ministers from 35 countries met together with German Chancellor Angel Merkel and French President François Hollande as part of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin today. The politicians discussed key points of the new, universal global climate agreement to be signed later this year in Paris. 
 
Today's meeting part of a series of high level meetings happening six months out from the Paris talks. These include the Business and Climate Summit happening in Paris this week and the G7 in Germany in June, at which many leading corporations and major economies respectively are expected to back a long term goal to phase out fossil fuel emissions as part of the Paris agreement. 
 
As anticipated, national climate plans (or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) so far submitted by countries such as Canada, the EU, the US and others move us closer to, but not all the way to, a safe climate. We therefore need the G7 to support a Paris agreement that scales up action over time. A key tool that Paris can offer is a long term goal to phase out emissions and phase in renewable energy in conjunction with national plans that scale up over time to meet that goal. Achieving a that goal will require the leadership of both Merkel and Hollande. 
 
On the release of the Petersberg Dialogue statement, Climate Action Network members had the following comments:
 

Christoph Schott, Senior Campaigner at Avaaz in Germany, said:

The world needs climate superheroes, and the G7 could be Angela Merkel's moment to dust off her green cape and rise to the biggest challenge humankind has ever faced. The climate chancellor has been missing in action recently, but this summer she can inspire the world with 100% clean energy by 2050, something 2.3 million people want to see.

 
Martin Kaiser, head of international climate politics with Greenpeace, said:
 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent an important signal today when she reaffirmed the long term goal of global decarbonisation - a necessary first step for a global energy transition towards 100% renewable energy for all. However, this goal can and must be reached by 2050.  We must not delay it until the end of the century. We expect Merkel to now engage in the heated debate underway in Germany  by jump-starting a fair phase-out of coal in the country. Is she up to the task? The G7 Summit will be the defining last moment for Merkel to either establish herself as the 'coal chancellor' or the 'climate chancellor'.

 

Celia Gautier, EU policy advisor with RAC France, said:
 
For France to take the lead and secure an ambitious and durable agreement, it is crucial François Hollande step up climate action in France. France's energy transition is not fully under way. The country isn't even on track to meet its 2020 renewable energy target and French utilities are still massively investing in coal power plants abroad. This is not setting an example for the rest of the world. It's undermining France's capacity to stabilize climate change below 2°C. President Hollande has two hundred days left to clean up his act.
 
 
Contact:
Ria Voorhaar
Head - International Communications Coordination 
Climate Action Network – International (CAN)
 
mobile: +49 157 3173 5568
skype: ria.voorhaar
 

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