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Building Blocks For Paris Emerge, But Ministers Miss Opportunity Take An Easier Road

Bonn - Germany, Friday June 6: Politicians at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn have today sent positive signals in relation to releasing early next year their climate action contributions towards the global agreement due to be signed in Paris in 2015. 

The US said heads of state should reaffirm at the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in September that they "commit to submit" their contributions by March 31, 2015.

Mohamed Adow, from Christian Aid, said up for negotiation tomorrow is the kinds of information those contributions should contain based on suggestions from the co-chairs of the session.  

"Countries need to realize that forming the Paris agreement was like building a house for the people of the world in which the co-chairs are the foremen, they are the builders and the contributions are the bricks," he said. "Like a good house the Paris agreement needs to protect us and not fall down."

Alix Mazounie of RAC France said finance played a vital role in ensuring all countries could form their own climate action plan. 

"Developing countries desperately need reassurance that public finance will be part of the 2015 agreement or there might be no deal," she said.

But Greenpeace's Martin Kaiser said politicians had missed an opportunity to make new climate action commitments for the period until the Paris agreement comes into affect in 2020.

"By not picking the low hanging fruit now, governments are making their job that much harder and more expensive later,"  he said. "Governments need to reject the influence of the fossil fuel lobby and act in the interests of their people."

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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.

 

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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. 

Getting on the Right Track for Workstream 1

The Warsaw city bikes are a good choice to explore this place which we call home for the next two weeks.  The main task of ADP workstream 1 is to chart the course of work needed to deliver a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement no later than COP 21 in Paris.  So we should not spin our wheels in the same old direction with the same old interventions.  

Here are some of the key points for the ADP WS1 outputs that will set the right course:

* The deadline for tabling commitments: 2014

The Paris Protocol must signal the beginning of the end of fossil fuel use, with commitments inscribed that put the world on an emissions reduction pathway consistent with 1.5/2°C.  To ensure this happens, Parties cannot wait until they show up in the City of Light to make their commitments but rather must table them much sooner so that a review for adequacy and equity can be done.  This means Parties must begin working on their proposed commitments right away so they can be tabled in 2014.  And the 2014 deadline applies equally to mitigation and financial commitments.  

These should not be viewed as ‘initial offers’ in some negotiating game, but real commitments that will add up to an ambitious deal from the beginning. The timeline for tabling in 2014, inscribing in 2015 and the adequacy/equity review are just the safety nets to ensure that goal is reached and there is enough time for ambition to be raised if need be.  

* A basket of indicators to guide commitments and the Equity Review

In Warsaw, Parties must agree common equity indicators to guide the development of their commitments, including: Adequacy, Responsibility, Capacity, Development Need and Adaptation Need.  Key milestones for the review also must be agreed and the review must be concluded early enough in 2015 that Parties have time to revise commitments.

* Information required for commitments

Sufficient information about the proposed commitments should be provided to enable the review ex ante for adequacy and equity.  Such information should include the gases and sectors covered and the GWPs used. Information is also necessary for the land-use sector and carbon markets, and work needs to begin next year on a common accounting framework for them.  

Further specific information may be required depending on commitment type.  For developed countries this should be straightforward as commitments must remain in the form of absolute, economy-wide, multi-year, emission reduction targets.  The 2015 agreement should retain the 5-year commitment period length in order to ensure responsiveness to the latest science.  

* The contours of the Paris Protocol

In order to be able to deliver a draft negotiating text by COP20, Parties will need to decide on key elements and the work plan here in Warsaw.

The AR5 WG 1 report makes clear that all countries need to take deep emission reductions if we are serious about not breaching the 1.5/2°C threshold. It is also clear that the efforts for emission reductions by all countries will be different in this regard for arriving at fair and equitable emission-reduction efforts.  Working backwards from December 2015, Parties need to agree here in Warsaw when to table, what to table, and how to review.

 

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