Media Advisory – Webcast Notice
April 4, 2011
UNFCCC CLIMATE TALKS IN BANGKOK
NGO BRIEFING ON THE NEGOTIATIONS
Civil society expectations for Bangkok, and lessons learnt from Japan crisis
[Bangkok, Thailand] Climate Action Network International will host a media briefing, webcast live, to outline civil society expectations for a successful outcome of UN climate talks in Bangkok this week. International NGO experts will discuss Bangkok in the context of agreements reached at COP16 in Cancun in December and goals for the upcoming COP17 in Durban. In addition, Japanese NGOs will talk about the unfolding nuclear catastrophe in their country and assess Japan’s positions in the talks. A local Thai NGO representative will brief the press on the current flooding events hitting the country.
The briefing takes place in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, April 4, at 14:30 local time (07:30 GMT), UNFCCC Press Conference Room, UNESCAP Building. It will be webcast live at:
NGO experts on the panel will include Tim Gore of Oxfam; Tove Ryding of Greenpeace; Naoyuki Yamagishi of WWF, and Tara Buakamsri of the South-East-Asian NGO network AFAB.
What: Briefing on the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Bangkok
Where: UNFCCC Press Conference Room, UNESCAP Building, Bangkok
Webcast Live via www.unfccc.int, or at:
When: 14:30 local time (07:30 GMT), Monday, April 4, 2011
Who: NGO experts on UNFCCC negotiations
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 600 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. For more information go to: www.climatenetwork.org
For more information please contact:
David Turnbull, CAN International, +1-202316349 (US mobile), or +66(0)808067305 (Thai mobile)
December 9, 2010
World NGO Leaders call on Ministers to deliver climate agreement
Heads of WWF, Greenpeace, Oxfam, and CAN call out blocking countries
[On demand webcast available]
[Cancún, Mexico] The leaders of four international environment and development organizations here at the climate talks in Cancún urged Ministers to produce a strong and meaningful climate agreement and called out individual countries for blocking progress in the climate talks under way here.
An on-demand webcast of the panel is available now at:
Leaders participating on the panel included:
• Yolanda Kakabadse, President, WWF International;
"Governments should stop blaming each other and have the courage and the vision to be remembered by the people of the world. This is not a winners and losers option, we must all win
• Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam International;
“With just two days left in the Cancun talks, we are in a position to move forward on a number of significant issues. Now it’s time for the negotiators to stop blocking and get to work negotiating. We need some practical progress to build trust, confidence and momentum that will deliver concrete results here in Cancun for poor people around the world. If they do this, ministers can final lay to rest the ghosts of Copenhagen once and for all and move us forward in the fight against climate change.”
• Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International;
"Ministers here in Cancun can make history this week, they can set in motion a sequence of events that will build hope for the future, mark a transition to a fair and just world in which the environment and equity go hand in hand, they can build the trust needed to deliver a climate saving treaty in Durban."
• David Turnbull, Executive Director, CAN International.
"When Obama came into office I was as optimistic as any that we would see a sea change in these talks. Unfortunately it appears the President and his administration are paying too much attention to the climate-denying Senators in Washington DC rather than living up to the goals they have set forward in public time and time again. They are blocking progress on increased transparency in their own reporting, while demanding more from China and India on that same issue.”
On-demand Webcast: http://webcast.cc2010.mx/webmedia_en.html?id=247
Where: UNFCCC Press Conference Room Luna,Moon Palace, Cancún
Original webcast: 11:30 AM local (17:30 GMT), Thursday, December 9, 2010
Who: World NGO leaders on Cancún climate talks
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 550 non-governmental organizations working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. For more information go to: www.climatenetwork.org.
For more information contact:
Hunter Cutting: +52(1) 998-108-1313
COP 16 will be the seventh Conference of the Parties since the Kyoto Protocol entered into force in February 2005. That’s a lot of talking. And the physical layout of these meetings means there is also a great deal of walking.
But, lack of progress in the negotiations shows that so far not enough governments are ‘Walking the Talk’.
To highlight this disconnect, Greenpeace is hosting More Walk, Less Talk, a competition to find the person – and the country – that covers the most ground in Cancun. And there will be fabulous prizes!
As we all know, walking is very good for us – among its many benefits it is credited with improving circulation, bolstering the immune system, and helping keep us in shape.
It is also, of course, good for the climate.
So, the race to the future starts now. Grab your step-counter . . . reset . . . and go!
Get your pedometer from the Greenpeace booth or Greenpeace representatives around the Moon Palace. Register at morewalklesstalk.org. Winners will be announced on December 10th.
And by the way – did we mention the fabulous prizes?
New York – 4 November 2010—Responding to the publication of the report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Finance (AGF), Steve Herz of Greenpeace International said: “Developed countries now have no excuse to delay meeting their promise to raise $100bn a year by 2020 to support climate action in the developing world.
“It is now clear that it is both technically feasible and politically possible for governments to raise substantial amounts of public money for climate action from new mechanisms, such as pricing emissions from international air travel and shipping.”
“In fact, developed countries can meet their Copenhagen commitments without raiding existing aid programs, and without counting the face value of loans or private sector investments, rather than their grant component.”
Unless developed country Governments keep their promise to provide long-term finance, a global agreement on climate action would be nearly impossible to reach.
“It is now time for developed country governments to come up with a clear workplan and timeline for implementing a suite of sources of finance that can meet the long-term need,” added Herz.
The AGF has shown that significant new public resources can be mobilised through mechanisms such as
- auctioning emissions allowances in developed countries,
- pricing emissions from international shipping and aviation, and
- eliminating developed country subsidies to fossil fuels and using these resources to support climate action.
Greenpeace is calling on Governments gathering at the upcoming climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, to make clear progress on outlining how decisions on innovative sources of funding will be taken and to build upon their Copenhagen commitments by agreeing that they will provide at least $100bn in public finance that is new and additional to existing aid targets, as a significant milestone towards achieving the public funding that is actually needed. .
Steve Herz, Greenpeace International (based in San Francisco): +1 510-338-123
Wendel Trio, Greenpeace International Climate Policy Director (in Belgium) +32 473 17 08 87
Szabina Mozes, Greenpeace International Communications (Amsterdam): +31 646 162 023
Tom Wang of Greenpeace China at the UNFCCC climate talks in Tianjin China
courtesy OneWorld TV
Michelle Medeiros from Greenpeace International speaks to OneClimate.net about the different approached to climate change in the US and China