Tag: CAN Intervention
Watch as civil society demands climate action at the UN climate talks. We were heard in the plenary and "welcomed" the COP president with our chanting just as he arrived: perfect timing!
We stand with you - With people in the Philippines hit by typhoon Haiyan, and all other victims of climate chaos
Over 100 vigils have been organised by people all over the world. Right now, there are people sat in squares, singing songs and lighting candles together in solidarity with those who are suffering.
Many have fasted for the past two weeks to show solidarity with people in the Philippines and others around the world.
We also stand in solidarity with our colleagues who walked out of what has, so far, been an ugly round of UN climate talks with a lot of backtracking by some of the biggest emitters - at a time when typhoon Haiyan tells us more clearly than ever that we need to do more, rather than less.
From here we must go back to our capitals, mobilize political power, and demand action to stop this climate madness.
It’s our voice, our future, our power. We know very well who is blocking this process, and we have had enough. And now we send a very vocal and loud message, from the people to our governments.
Thank you for giving us this opportunity to speak.
I am Ethan Spaner and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.
During the past 2 weeks we have come here together in Warsaw to try and frame what the future of our planet will look like. At this point, we have not done enough. The same humanity who has had the ambition to build this world has yet to have the ambition we need to save it.
We need to bring forward the finance to assist our brothers and sisters in developing nations to cope with the extreme weather that has surpassed even what our scientists thought was possible. We need those most responsible to come forward with emission reduction commitments that can lead us to a safe future. Instead, we witness backtracking.
Civil society wants action, but humanity NEEDS action.
To our ministers and negotiators who have come here to take part in this process, if you believe that this process is our best chance to work in cooperation, in equity and with respect for each other, then act now. If you stand in solidarity with Mr. Yeb Saño, and those in the Philippines who have spent these last 2 weeks burying the dead, then act now. Look around the room at your colleagues, and work together to find a way forward, a common way to secure our future on this planet, and at the end of this Conference of the Parties, start a new beginning. Thank you.
- Thanks and Introduction
- As the US has noted, words matter. I'd like to respond to her request for any wording that specifies there is still work left to do.
- First I will add that context also matters. There are now more than 30 Parties in the room. This is more than we have had for a very long time----probably not since as far back as at BKK-2 here 3 years ago (as the EU has already observed)
- This is an indicator of how the context is changing---momentum may be swinging back to one where CB is afforded the degree of importance and attention it has always deserved (in CAN's view at least)
- Putting context and words together, we need to go back to Marrakech and 2/CP-7 to find the right words and a mandate for further work
- In the chapeau to Section VI of 2/CP-17 (the most recent LCA text on CB, which this group agreed in Durban) you will find the following words; "CB should be a continuous, progressive and iterative process that is participatory, country-driven and consistent with national priorities and circumstances"
- Those words form the basis of the Marrakech Framework for Capacity Building in Developing Countries, which underpins all UNFCCC work on CB. They have been in the chapeau of every COP decision on CB since Marrakech. However, as can sometimes be the case, because they are so basic, sometimes they get forgotten.
- The three key words here are the adjectives: "continuous", (most importantly) "progressive", and "iterative". Taken together, they mean we are never done (as in fact the EU has already acknowleged)
- As the EU has also already observed (holding exactly the same view as CAN) while there may well be no Bali Building Block solely for CB (as the US has pointed out, as a reason for discontinuing work) the LCA agreed to create a dedicated discussion precisely because evidence from the ground demonstrates there is still a long way to go on developing capacity for developing countries - action must continue, must be progressive, and must be iterative
- Jamaica and Burundi in particular have spoken eloquently of the unfulfilled capacity needs that still need to be addressed – precisely the same ones CAN has been emphasising time and time again
- CAN has also been maintaining for a long time that unless some sort of effective and dedicated CB oversight and co-ordination structure is created, these capacity needs have very little chance of ever being adequately met
- In this light, we do not unfortunately (referring again to the US emphasis on the importance of words) consider that the Cancun para 137 requirement to further elaborate institutional modalities has been fully implemented by merely establishing the Durban Forum
- With all due respect to its potential utility as a dialogue, the Durban Forum is only scheduled to meet for one day in 2013 and (presumably) one further day sometime in 2014
- CAN's suggested yesterday that the LCA could neatly conclude its work on agenda item 3 f) by mandating a COP-18 decision for the COP to supervise an intensive 2 year programme of work in the SBI throughout 2013-2014, offering the opportunity for some concentrated work across and through 4 full sessions of the SBI
- With sufficient content, this programme might be worthy of being called the Doha Capacity Building Action Plan
- Thanks again Chair and delegates for this opportunity. We look forward to further opportunities to offer our assistance and views
Thank you Co-Chairs. My name is Anna Malos and I am speaking on behalf of the Climate Action Network.
For the ADP to succeed, firstly elements of the LCA must be concluded at Doha: ie 2015 as a global peak year, comparable ambition and common accounting. A KP second commitment period must be adopted – providing momentum and architectural elements for future deals.