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At the close of September UN talks, observers leave with call for urgent compromise

Today marked the close of the penultimate intersessional before heads of state, ministers, and negotiators head to Paris in December to finalise what should be a comprehensive and universal climate agreement. 

All over the world, public support for climate action is growing, but progress at the negotiating tables and within the text remains incremental. As heat records continue to fall, and the world is beset by extreme storms, droughts, and wildfires, people are calling for swift action and a strong deal. 

In Bonn this week, negotiators grappled with the new tool produced by the co-chairs to guide negotiations. While not obviously apparent in the text, there was a new willingness by countries to more openly discuss potential roadblock issues in detail like loss and damage, differentiation, finance, and a mechanism to scale up action in the years to come. 

On the ground in Bonn, CAN members made the following comments: 

"The clock is ticking, and country negotiators cannot just sit and wait until October. They need to find compromises on the key outstanding issues between now and the start of the next session. We need a better mutual understanding than they currently have—ready to build a Paris agreement together that can deliver the action needed for a climate safe future." 
-Jasper Inventor, Greenpeace

"It’s getting very clear that we will get a deal in Paris. The question now is what kind of a deal we are going to get—whether that deal will be a good deal. Right now, the country commitments won’t keep us under 2°C, much less 1.5°C. A good deal will to create a framework for countries to continually increase their ambition, protect the most vulnerable, and prevent catastrophic climate change. This means the deal needs to provide support for poor countries to adapt and develop on a low-carbon path."
-Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid

Webcast: The press conference was webcast live here is available on demand: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_aug_2015/channels/press-room-3
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Missing Ministers in Stark Contrast to Signs of Hope Outside

Bonn, Germany - June 5, 2014Governments failed to seize the moment after only a handful of ministers arrived in Bonn for two days of high level meetings at the UN climate negotiations.

According to Climate Action Network – a network of 900 civil society organizations – many ministers from key countries were absent from the talks which started today, a sharp contrast from the political momentum of recent announcements by the US, Mexico, China and Finland.

Climate Action Network members made the following comments on the opening of the high level meeting today:

There are alarm bells going off all over the world and yet our leaders don't seem to notice and the collective response is totally inadequate. It is like a fire is raging outside our homes and instead of using fire hoses we're using squirt guns to put it out. Even worse, fossil fuel industry is trying to block fire fighters from coming to our rescue and put out the fire. And some people are even claiming there is no fire.
Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists.

Climate Action Network is now calling for governments to take action to phase in of 100% renewable energy and completely phase out fossil fuels by 2050. Transforming the energy systems which drive climate change is critical and urgent.
Tasneem Essop, WWF.

 

Contact:
Please contact Climate Action Network International’s communications coordinator Ria Voorhaar on +49 (0) 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org
 
Climate Action Network (CAN) is the world’s largest network of civil society organizations working together to promote government action to address the climate crisis, with more than 900 members in over 100 countries. 

NGO experts comment on close of the first climate talks of the year

 

Bonn, Germany - May 3, 2013:  NGO experts from the world’s largest network of NGOs working on climate change will brief the media on today at 14.30 on the outcomes of the year’s first session of the United Nations climate negotiations. 

Commenting on key developments of the week will be including growing coalescence around how countries' differing responsibilities and capacities to deal with climate change can and should be measured and the missing urgency around efforts to reduce emissions reductions before 2020:

  • Mohamed Adow from Christian Aid
  • Jan Kowalzig from Oxfam Germany
  • Julie-Anne Richards from Climate Action Network International 
  • What: NGO experts comment on the outcome of the first climate negotiations of the year
  • Where: United Nations Campus, Langer Eugen (Room 2105) Hermann-Ehlers-Str. 10, 53113 Bonn, Germany.

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For more information or for one-on-one interviews with the NGO experts, please contact Climate Action Network International’s communications coordinator Ria Voorhaar on +49 (0) 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 800 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels

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CAN Intervention in the ADP2 Bonn Intersessional: Opening Plenary, 29 April 2013

 

Climate Action Network Intervention during Opening Plenary 

29 April 2013

 

Thank you Co-chairs,  

My name is Liz Gallagher and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.

Climate Change is the single greatest threat faced by humanity, and halting it is our greatest challenge. If climate impacts are becoming visible in developed countries, in much of the developing world they are reaching a breaking point.

Just as we approach the 400 ppm threshold, we are currently on track to more than quadruple current levels of warming by the end of this century – and yet we know adapting to a 4°C world is not possible. 

Both political will and ambition will need to be dramatically increased across the board if the 2015 agreement is to be effective. One method to demonstrate this is for parties to work tirelessly on pre-2020 ambition.

A shared understanding on equity is the key to unlocking the 2015 agreement. A successful outcome demands targets based both on science and on equity. A spectrum approach to this problem that fails to include equity will not deliver ambition and risks jeopardizing the negotiations. What we need is an "equity spectrum" based on the Convention principles.

Thank you co-chairs

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