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As Warsaw goes down to the wire, NGOs outline what's at stake

Warsaw, November 22 - With the United Nations climate negotiations in Warsaw expected to wrap up this evening, civil society representatives will brief media on the crunch issues that are still in play. 

With some emerging economies blocking a way forward on a fair way to divide climate action and still other delegations fighting a solid agreement on when and where pledges for the 2015 global climate action plan should be made, ministers have a lot to do in today's COP plenary which is currently scheduled to begin at 3pm.

What: Climate policy experts to brief journalists on developments in the negotiations in Warsaw.

Who:
Alden Meyer, director of policy and strategy, Union of Concerned Scientists, USA,
Uthra Radhakrishnan, research associate, Center for Science and Environment, India. 

When: 3pm CET, today, Friday. 

Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. 

The press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop19/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=259

Contact:

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 the world’s largest network of civil society organizations working together to promote government action to address the climate crisis, with more than 850 members in over 100 countries. 

Media Advisory - COP19 Daily Diary: Thursday, November 21

  • CAN Press Conference 

What: Climate policy experts to brief journalists on developments in the negotiations in Warsaw.

When: 11am CET, Thursday

Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. 

The press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop19/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=259

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +49 157 317 355 68.

 

 

  • Photocall: How are you going to share the carbon budget?

• What: A colorful stunt to illustrate that the richer countries have largely been responsible for burning through more than half the amount of carbon that can be emitted in order to remain under the 1.5/2° threshold. If we keep burning carbon in this way, the rich countries will use far more than their fair share, leading to catastrophic climate change, and pushing the climate action effort onto other countries.

• When: 12.30pm Thursday

• Location: outside the food court on level 0, C2. 

 
 

  • Event to Launch New Report: This is Climate Change in Europe

CAN Europe is launching an exciting new publication, This is Climate Change in Europe. The report brings together dozens of sources ranging from the IPCC, national adaptation plans, UN studies, official NATO documents and many more to provide, for the first time, a summary of current and pending climate impacts in Europe, on a country-by-country basis. 

What: Side event + report launch, This is Climate Change in Europe

Who: Key note speaker: Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chair IPCC

When: 18:00 – 20:00 CET, Thursday

Where: EU Pavilion, Brussels Room, 1st Floor, National Stadium, Warsaw. 
(Refreshments and snacks will be served)

Contact: Vanessa Bulkacz,  wanessa@caneurope.org

More info: The publication will be available for download from 18:00 on 21st November here by pasting this link into your browser: http://www.caneurope.org/upcoming-events/627-21-nov-2013-warsaw-this-is-...

 

Resources:

  • News Release: Christian Aid calls for urgent climate finance to unlock talks

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/november-2013/christian-aid-calls-for-urgent-climate-finance-to-unlock-talk.aspx

 

Activists answer WTF: Where's the Finance. Stunt highlights that massive amounts of public money go to subsidies for fossil fuels, rather than climate finance and renewables. 

Contact:

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 the world’s largest network of civil society organizations working together to promote government action to address the climate crisis, with more than 850 members in over 100 countries. 

 

Media Advisory - COP19 Daily Diary: Wednesday, November 20

  • CAN Press Conference 

What: Climate policy experts to brief journalists on developments in the negotiations in Warsaw.

When: 11am CET, Wednesday

Who: Tim Gore, Oxfam, Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid.

Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. 

The press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop19/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=259

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +49 157 317 355 68.

  • Photocall: Civil society welcome ministers to UN climate talks asking 'WTF - WHERE'S THE FINANCE?'

• What: Youth and climate campaigners will welcome ministers to Warsaw, lining the entrance to the conference centre, holding signs asking 'WTF - Where's the Finance?'  to highlight the empty rhetoric of the pre-conference hype around COP19 being a 'finance COP'. 

• When: Time: 9AM-10AM, Wednesday 

• Location: Level -4, Zone A. Tunnel, National Stadium, Warsaw.

• Contact: Louisa Casson, louisa@ukycc.org, +48 729 410 236, Ingrid Verne, ingrid.verne@gmail.com

  • Climate Action Tracker Warsaw Update launch

Climate Action Tracker will launch its Warsaw update, with revised figures for where the world is really heading in terms of degrees of temperature rise.   We will rate 38 countries on how well they are doing compared with their pledges, and how much work there is to do in order to keep global warming below 2degC. 

Who: Bill Hare, Climate Analytics, Niklas Höhne, Ecofys, Marion Vieweg, Climate Analytics

When: 10.30am CET, Wednesday

Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. 

 

  • Photocall: Stunt on Fossil Fuel Subsidies Sucking Up the Money 

Today civil society asked developing countries "Where is The Finance?". Tomorrow as the high level ministerial meeting on finance takes place we will provide an answer to where some of that finance is. 

Who: Civil society will be staging a photo stunt to highlight the massive amounts of public money going to fossil fuel subsidies while climate finance receives tiny amounts by comparison. 

What: Witness governments donating more money to the  "fossil fuel subsidies donation office" while ignoring those already being impacted by climate change. 

Where: Action will happen in zone C2 level 0, outside the main food court 

When: Wednesday 19th Nov at 12.00pm, COP19, Warsaw 

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +49 157 317 355 68.

 

  • US Climate Action Network:  Press Briefing

What: US climate policy experts to brief journalists on some developments in the negotiations in Warsaw. The solutions are there but is the political will? Some solutions like a source for long-term finance could even be hidden in plain sight (special analysis will be released during this briefing.)

When: 3:30 PM CET, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. 

The press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop19/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=259

Please note: Not in Warsaw? You may submit your questions ahead of time via email. 

Contact:  Marie Risalvato, +1 352 514 3217mrisalvato@climatenetwork.org


Activists spell out WTF - standing for "where's the finance?" at the Warsaw climate negotiations Nov 19.

All eyes on Germany as incoming government mulls EU climate targets

Open letter from global civil society calls on German party leaders to harness Energiewende spirit

[Warsaw, PolandNovember 19, 2013] –  Civil society organisations gathered in Warsaw for the United Nations climate conference (COP19) today sent letters to German Chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel, SPD party leader Sigmar Gabriel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer, who are in the middle of negotiations to form a coalition government for Germany.

85 groups and networks, representing citizens from around the world, are concerned that the coalition negotiations will result in weak climate targets. Given Germany’s key role in the EU, this would send a bad signal for the bloc’s impending decisions on 2030 climate and clean energy targets. European Heads of States are scheduled to address the issue in March 2013.

“As representatives of worldwide civil society, we are writing this letter from Warsaw today to urge you to show true leadership on climate policy”, said the letter, applauding Germany’s inspiring example of Energiewende.

Groups are urging the coalition negotiators to support European climate targets that would make a fair and adequate contribution to the global efforts of preventing catastrophic climate change, while putting the EU on track to become a climate friendly economy. 

A domestic EU reduction in carbon pollution of at least 55% by 2030 below 1990 levels is needed. This must be combined with ambitious and binding renewable energy and energy consumption targets. The 40% target, which is currently being floated in the coalition talks, is completely inadequate, and could imply only 33% domestic cuts, due to all the extra emission allowances in the EU emission trading scheme. Even the conservative-led UK government is advocating for a target of 50% by 2030. As for action on national level, the letter calls for a climate change act that uses binding climate and energy targets of the Energiewende as a framework for innovation. 

Ten days ago, the Philippines was hit with one of the world’s worst typhoons in recorded history, killing thousands, injuring many thousands more and displacing 4 million people. It was a grim reminder of the “weather on steroids” that climate change is causing. And it’s not just the Philippines.

Quotes:

“The emission gap is growing and growing while people in Kenya suffer from drought-caused decreasing agricultural yields every year. Please don't wait any longer and agree to the emission cuts necessary”, says ACT Alliance spokesman Votumniko Chinoko, Kenya

“If there are no drastic emission cuts, climate consequences look devastating for Latin America,” says Ariel Chavez from Diaconia Bolivia.

 “The people in Bangladesh are being forced to shoulder huge economic and social costs caused by climate change. To me it is an injustice when mitigation measures are continuously delayed and watered down”, says Mr Shamsuddoha from Center for Participatory Research and Development in Bangladesh.

“We need countries, which inspire the global transformation of our energy systems. Germany could and should do this. The world is watching you,” the letter concludes.

 

Contact:

For more information or for one-on-one interviews with CAN Director Wael Hmaiadn, 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 850 members in over 100 countries.

 

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COP19 Daily Diary: Tuesday, November 19

 

CAN press conference 
What: Climate policy experts to brief journalists on developments in the negotiations in Warsaw.

• When: 11am CET, Tuesday

• Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. 

The press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop19/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=259

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +49 157 317 355 68.

 

Climate Vulnerable Forum Press Conference 
• What: The Climate Vulnerable Forum release a Major New Action Plan in which 20 governments detail how they will work together to lift climate action ambition through progress in international sectors, such as finance, health, human rights and others.

• When: 11.30am CET, Tuesday

• Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. 

• Contact:  For further information or for a copy of the embargoed Action Plan, please contact: info@thecvf.org / matthew.mckinnon@undp.org

 

Photo Call: Yeb Sano Delivers 590,000+ person campaign  to UN Climate Talks
When: 1:00pm, Tuesday, November 19th

Where: Inside the COP19 conference center, Level -2 at the Cafe at the end of the plenary hall, on the media room side of the stadium. 

What: Photo-opportunity and chance to interview Yeb Sano as he prepares to deliver his campaign which has been signed by over 590,000 people from around the world, along with petitions from other key organisations, into the plenary session of the climate talks.

Contact: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

- Iain Keith (in Warsaw): iain@avaaz.org, +48 506 682 718

- Jamie Henn (in Warsaw) Jamie@350.org, +48792183258

 

Photo Call on Finance

COP19 was billed as the finance COP, but so far it seems there is no money in the stadium, let alone on the negotiating table. Ahead of Wednesday's high level ministerial meeting on finance, activists will form a giant human WTF? (Where is The Finance?) 

Who: Civil society will be staging a photo stunt to highlight the lack of climate finance at COP19.

What: Forming the question WTF? with a loud vocal call of "Where is the Finance?"

Where: Action will happen in zone C2 level 0, outside the main food court (Photo shots from C2 level 2)

When: 2.00pm CET, Tuesday

Contact: Ria Voorhaar, rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, +49 157 317 355 68.

Contact:

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.

Media Advisory -Civil Society Responds as Japan Slashes Climate Action

Warsaw, Poland - November 15, 2013: Japan will be handed a special "Fossil Of the Day" award at a colorful press conference today at which civil society will slam Japan's decision to slash its mitigation target. 

Japan is the second rich country this week to walk away from climate action, with Australia tabling legislation to repeal its carbon price earlier this week.  

At the press conference, activists will perform a powerful visual stunt highlighting the hurtful timing of Japan and Australia's announcements given the disaster in the Philippines which overshadowed the opening of the UN climate negotiations this week. 

Speakers will then provide a reaction and analysis to Japan's announcement. 

Who:

  • Kimiko Hirata, director, CAN Japan - will respond to Japan's announcement;
  • Wael Hmaidan, director, CAN International - who will reflect on the first week of the negotiations and the international context of Japan's announcement; 
  • Marion Vieweg, Climate Analytics - who will present an analysis on what Japan's announcement means in terms of overall climate action;
  • Heather Bruer, Australian Youth Climate Coalition - on the national day of action being held in Australia in response to Canberra's axing of their climate action plan. 

What:  A visual stunt, followed by reaction and analysis to Japan's decision to slash climate action.

When: 11am-12pmCET, today Friday November 15th.

Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2.

The press conference will also be webcast live here: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/adp02/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=241

Contact:

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 the world’s largest network of civil society organizations working together to promote government action to address the climate crisis, with more than 850 members in over 100 countries. 

Warsaw Negotiations Discuss The When, Where and How of Taking Climate Action


[Warsaw – Poland] – November 14, 2013: Countries have just begun negotiating the questions of where, when and how countries make their climate action offers for the 2015 global action plan at the Warsaw talks, according to CAN policy experts.

Jennifer Morgan from WRI said it was imperative a more transparent and systematic approach was taken to lodging offers.

The failure to agree what information to include in offers and the fact that they were lodged very late in the game negatively affected the outcome of the last major climate negotiation session in Copenhagen in 2009.

"We need to be able to measure  overall climate action effort can be measured and countries need to be able to contrast and compare each others' effort," Morgan said.

"This could be one of the key outcomes of this meeting, and though its early stages, these discussions are happening," she said.

Tom Athanasiou from EcoEquity said many countries were also beginning to speak – in general terms – about a way to analyze and review whether pledges were fair.

"But it's time to get far more specific, and to speak of simple things.  We have a science review, but how are we going to do an equity review, which we need just as desperately," Athanasiou said.

"Dealing with fairness needs to go from being a blocker in these negotiations to a solution."
ON DEMAND WEBCAST of PRESS CONFERENCE AVAILABLE HERE: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop19/templ/play.php?id_kongresssession=6901&theme=unfccc
READ WRI's PAPER ON SETTING AND REVIEW PLEDGES:  (http://www.wri.org/publication/pathway-climate-change-agreement-2015-options-setting-and-reviewing-ghg-emission) http://www.wri.org/publication/pathway-climate-change-agreement-2015-options-setting-and-reviewing-ghg-emission

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Contact:
For more information or for one-on-one interviews with 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 the world’s largest network of civil society organizations working together to promote government action to address the climate crisis, with more than 850 members in over 100 countries.
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CAN NGO experts to comment on closure of Bonn climate negotiations, expectations for Warsaw talks

NGO experts from Climate Action Network will hold a press briefing today at 14.30 CEST at Hotel Maritim on the closing of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn.  The press conference will be webcast live.

WHAT: NGO experts will brief media on the outcomes of the second UN climate negotiations of the year as well as civil society's expectations for the major talks of the year to be held in Warsaw in November. 

WHEN:Friday June 14, 14.30 CEST   

WHERE: Haydn Room, Hotel Maritim, Bonn, Germany

WEBCAST LIVE: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/sb38/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kong...

WHO: Speaking will be: 

* Ruth Davis, Political Advisor, Greenpeace UK,
* Lina Li, Policy Advisor, Greenovation Hub Beijing, and
* Dorota Zawadzka-Stępniak, Environmental Policy Team Coordinator, WWF Poland. 

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