CAN Intervention on Agriculture in the COP19 SBSTA Closing Plenary by Geoff Evans, 16 November, 2013

Thank you chair. I am Geoffrey Evans and am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

CAN is pleased with this week’s agriculture workshop. Everyone in the world depends on agriculture for his/her very sustenance, while many, especially in the developing countries, rely on it for their livelihoods. Climate change puts all of this at risk. Many CAN Members have a long history of working with farmers communities. The sustainability of agriculture and enhancement of food security, now and into the future, are of absolutely vital importance for us.

Following on the success of the workshop, the UNFCCC should facilitate the potential for countries to:

•  Promote biodiverse climate-resilient small-scale agriculture based on agro-ecological principles;

•  Support appropriate technology development and transfer that enhance sustainability of food production systems;

•  Include safeguards which protect biodiversity, equitable access to resources by rural peoples, food security, the right to food, the rights of indigenous peoples and local populations, as well as the welfare of farm animals, while promoting poverty reduction and climate adaptation;

•  Explore opportunities to sustainably reduce emissions from the agricultural sector; and

•  Reduce emissions from the conversion of forests and pasture to agriculture.

•  For developing country agriculture the priorities should be sustainability, climate resilience, and food security, and Parties must provide resources for promoting biodiverse, resilient small-scale agriculture and appropriate technology development and transfer.

Thank you.


UN Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2013 - SBI 38/ SBSTA 38/ ADP 3

The thirty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 38), as well as the third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 3) will be held at Maritim Hotel from 3-14 June 2013 in Bonn, Germany. There will also be workshops on the implementation of methodological decisions related to the Kyoto Protocol. 

CAN Intervention - SBSTA: methodological guidance on REDD+ - June 2011

We are encouraged by progress in SBSTA on methodological guidance on REDD+.

The safeguards information system discussion identified commonality between parties concerning:
•    the full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders including indigenous peoples and local       communities;
•    the need to build on existing systems;
•    regular international reporting, including biennial reports; and
•    participation of observers in Submissions and Expert Meetings and Workshops.

We support the establishment of ‘Principles’ including Transparency, Regularity, Simplicity, Accuracy, Reliability, Participation, and Completeness.

Unfortunately, the continued failure to differentiate ‘natural forests’ from ‘plantations’ means further attention is required to properly address the safeguard against conversion.

We emphasise the urgent need for recourse mechanisms for affected people, in particular indigenous peoples and local communities.

Reference levels should be set to contribute to mitigation of climate change, encourage broad participation of countries, and we support the use of historical baselines for reference emissions levels.

We encourage further discussion on international baselines to address international leakage and the potential to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.

Finally, modalities for forest carbon monitoring and MRV will be important to address this year, in particular full and independent review and addressing gaps in COP and IPCC Guidance.



UN Bonn Climate Change Conference Bonn - June 2011 - SBI 34/ SBSTA 34/ AWG-KP/ 16-2 AWG-LCA 14-2

UN Climate Change Conference June 2011
Bonn, Germany
6 - 17 June 2011
The 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will take place from 6-16 June. The second part of the fourteenth session of the AWG-LCA and the second part of the sixteenth session of the AWG-KP will take place from 7-17 June. All sessions will be held at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn. Further information will be made available soon.

UN New Delhi Climate Change Conference - October 2002 - COP 8

Taking place from October 23 – November 1, 2002, COP8 adopted the Delhi Ministerial Declaration that, amongst others, called for efforts by developed countries to transfer technology and minimize the impact of climate change on developing countries.

UN Milan Climate Change Conference - December 2003 - COP 9

1 – 12 December 2003 The parties agreed to use the Adaptation Fund established at COP7 in 2001 primarily in supporting developing countries better adapt to climate change. The fund would also be used for capacity-building through technology transfer. At COP9, the parties also agreed to review the first national reports submitted by 110 non-Annex I countries.

UN Buenos Aires Climate Change Conference - December 2004 - COP 10

COP10 discussed the progress made since the first Conference of the Parties 10 years ago and its future challenges, with special emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation. To promote developing countries better adapt to climate change, the Buenos Aires Plan of Action was adopted. The parties also began discussing the post-Kyoto mechanism, on how to allocate emission reduction obligation following 2012, when the first commitment period ends.

UN Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2005 - SBI 22/ SBSTA 22

The twenty-second sessions of the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change occurred between 19 and 27 May 2005. It was preceded by the seminar of governmental experts on 16 and 17 May 2005. Both meetings occurred at the Hotel Maritim, Godesberger Allee, 53175 Bonn, Germany.

UN Montreal Climate Change Conference - December 2005 - COP 11/ CMP 1

Canada hosted the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Montreal in conjunction with the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention.

The conference was an historic event. The Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met for the 11th time, while marking the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol. At Montreal, the first ever Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (CMP) ran parallel to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP). The United Nations Climate Change Conference was the largest intergovernmental climate conference since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997. Some 10,000 participants attended.

The conference attracted unprecedented business interest as a result of two operation trading systems: the pan-European emissions trading scheme and the Clean Development Mechanism, a tool to promote sustainable development and combat climate change.


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