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G20 Issue Brief: Long-term Strategies, February 2017

The Paris Agreement calls for countries to formulate long-term low-GHG emission development strategies, in line with pursuing efforts to limiting global temperature increase to 1.5ºC. With the 2016 adoption of Agenda 2030, countries are also beginning to implement policies to fulfil the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Long-term strategies create a framework within which the implications of short-to-medium-term decisions that impact both greenhouse gas emission trajectories and development pathways can be coherently planned and adjusted where necessary. Developing and implementing these strategies ensures alignment with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, in a way that fosters increased prosperity for citizens, reduces the risk of locking-in unsustainable and high-emission infrastructure, and will help to avoid stranded high-carbon assets.

Careful long-term planning also provides an opportunity to maximize socio-economic benefits, such as cleaner air and water, improved security for jobs and energy access, and better health. If well done, these strategies can identify such opportunities, as well as challenges, open a space for democratic consultation on these implications, and secure a just transition for workers and communities which depend today on a fossil-based economy. 

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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.

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CAN Briefing on Top Line Priorities for the Japan-Brazil Meeting, February 2018

The 16th Informal Meeting on Further Actions Against Climate Change or the Japan-Brazil Informal Meeting provides an opportunity for key Parties to initiate the critical discussions that need to happen in 2018 and agree on important issues ahead of the UNFCCC intersessions in April. Climate Action Network provides this Briefing outlining its top line expectations for 2018 with the view of guiding the Ministers at this Meeting. 

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CAN Submission on the Scope of the Technical Paper Exploring Sources of Support for Loss and Damage and Modalities for Accessing Support, February 2018

The prevalence of extreme weather events and climate impacts experienced all over the world in 2017 - hurricanes in the Caribbean, heavy floods in South Asia, floods and droughts in Africa, droughts and rising sea levels in the Pacific, changing rainfall including flooding in South America - make it very clear that we have no time to waste.  The most vulnerable people in the frontlines of climate change require finance for loss and damage urgently. 

It is essential that the review of the Warsaw Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) at the 25th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 25) in 2019 results in the full operationalisation of the WIM. This will be achieved by establishing a finance arm, with modalities for channelling and accessing loss and damage finance by the 2019 review from a clear menu of options developed by the WIM and the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF). We cannot lose more time in delaying meaningful discussions with the rapidly increasing and worsening climate change impacts that are being felt across the globe. CAN urges all countries to proactively and positively engage in these discussions.

The WIM Executive Committee (ExCom) and the SCF will need to undertake additional work over 2018 and 2019 to develop and discuss the concepts necessary to achieve this.  Ample focus must be given to this task, comparable to all other elements of their respective workplans.  It is essential for the Subsidiary Bodies and the COP to consider progress on loss and damage finance at each meeting.

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CAN Position Paper on Forest and Land Restoration - Natural Ways of Limiting Temperature Rise to Below 1.5°C

CAN acknowledges and encourages the outstanding role of carbon sequestration in natural ecosystems in the struggle to limit global warming to 1.5o C, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement. CAN urges all governments to protect primary forests, halt deforestation and peatland degradation, and restore lost and degraded forests in a sustainable and participatory manner, while strengthening the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. CAN believes that the global, rapid and deep decarbonisation required to meet the 1.5°C challenge must comprise both maximum emissions reductions in the energy and industry sectors as well as steep and ambitious efforts to store carbon in natural ecosystems.     

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