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Coal Smoke Obscures Climate Ambition in Warsaw

[Warsaw, PolandNovember 23, 2013] Countries have been exposed at the climate negotiations, in Warsaw, as beholden to vested interests, such as the dirty fossil fuel lobby, after they once again missed an opportunity to put the world on a pathway to securing a comprehensive climate action plan in 2015, according to Climate Action Network.

“At the time when climate impacts are hitting communities around the world, we have seen the true nature of international climate politics: economic interests keen to maintain the status quo have been the hand pulling the puppet strings of governments in these negotiations,” Climate Action Network International Director, Wael Hmaidan, said.

The Warsaw meeting saw some developed countries inject an ominous air into the talks, leading to the evaporation of trust. For example, Japan rolled back its climate commitments and Australia tabled legislation to repeal its price on carbon during the first week of the talks. 

Then, BASIC countries pushed back on efforts to lock all countries into taking climate action as part of the 2015 Paris plan because they feel they have not been supported to take such action in the past, specifically, in regard to the absence of funding from developed countries like the EU and the US.

CAN welcomed the establishment of an international mechanism to provide expertise to help developing nations cope with loss and damage caused by climate impacts, though the mandate and scope of the mechanism will need to be strengthened to meet the needs of the vulnerable. 

Mohamed Adow, from Christian Aid, said: "In agreeing to establish a loss and damage mechanism, countries have accepted the reality that the world is already dealing with the extensive damage caused by climate impacts, and requires a formal process to assess and deal with it, but they seem unwilling to take concrete actions to reduce the severity of these impacts," Adow said.

On finance, a key issue at the Warsaw talks, the picture was mixed. The adaptation fund achieved its $100 million fundraising goal, and more money will flow to countries that can stringently prove they are reducing emissions from deforestation. But, no clear deadline was set to make the first payments into the Green Climate Fund and the road towards the $100 billion a year by 2020 commitment is murky, with no timelines, pathways, and sources outlined. Thus leaving developing countries without a predictable flow of funds to take climate action.

“Furthermore, Warsaw did not provide a clear plan to fairly divide the global effort of responding to climate change and a timeline of when that will happen, which is needed as countries progress towards the 2015 deal,” Adow said.

The intransigence of many countries has led to unprecedented levels of frustration within civil society. Hundreds of members of civil society, from the youth, faith, and environment movement, have fasted for the duration of the negotiations to call for climate action. The fasters are acting in solidarity with the Filipino climate commissioner, Yeb Sano, who called for countries to “stop the climate madness” at the opening of the talks just after his country was devastated by a typhoon. Haiyan was just a taste of the kind of extreme weather we can expect to increase if carbon pollution doesn’t peak in the next few years, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“A mass movement has now developed of people from throughout the world who will fast for a day every month until a deal to save the climate is agreed, in Paris, in 2015,” Hmaidan said.  

The movement emerged as many groups, including some CAN members, chose to walk out of the talks on Thursday.

With many countries, cities, and states to hold elections next year, civil society will go forward from Warsaw to issue a clarion call for citizens around the world to demand climate action from their governments. Attention will first turn to the EU, which must, in March, agree a strong carbon pollution reduction target for 2030.  

Next year will see climate change rocket back to the top of the international political agenda. The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has put world leaders on notice to bring bold pledges and action to his Climate Summit, in September. 

Despite countries failing to bring the necessary mandate for change to Warsaw, the negotiations did add to the chorus of voices heralding the end of the age of coal, according to Liz Gallagher from E3G. Just this week, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, reminded the dirty energy lobby that most of the known coal reserves must not be burned, destroying the Polish Government’s attempt to brand the fuel as climate friendly. 

Figueres' comment adds to those of the IEA, OECD and even businesses such as PwC, who are also calling for most fossil fuel reserves to remain untouched and for governments to put a price on carbon. 

“The fact remains the venue for international collaboration on solving this problem which, before long, will affect us all, is the UNFCCC,” Gallagher said. “Countries need to go home and spend some time listening to their people, rather than the dirty energy lobby and come back to the negotiating table next year with a serious approach to solving this problem and securing a climate agreement in Paris, in 2015,” Gallagher said

The Warsaw Outcome

  • A missed opportunity to put the world on a pathway towards a comprehensive climate action plan in 2015 that would keep the climate safe 
  • The establishment of an international mechanism to provide expertise to help developing nations cope with loss and damage caused by climate impacts was welcomed, though the mandate and scope of the mechanism will need to be strengthened to meet the needs of the vulnerable.
  • No progress was made on clear plan to fairly divide the global effort of responding to climate change and a timeline of when that will happen
  • On finance, a key issue at the Warsaw talks, the picture was mixed. Some European developed countries, including Germany and Switzerland, send a signal of trust by helping the Adaptation Fund reach its  USD100 million fundraising goal. While this can now be used to fund concrete adaptation projects in vulnerable developing countries, it is still only a drop in the ocean given the huge adaptation costs.
  • More money will flow to countries that can stringently prove they are reducing emissions from deforestation. A process for ensuring governance, and protecting indigenous people and biodiversity was established.
  •  But, no clear deadline was set to make the first payments into the Green Climate Fund and the road towards the $100 billion a year by 2020 commitment is murky, with no timelines, pathways, and sources outlined. Developing countries  have been left without a predictable flow of funds to take climate action.
  • Some simple accounting rules were agreed in regard to the information countries put forward on their climate action commitments

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. 

 

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.

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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Media Advisory: NGO experts briefing on the geopolitical context and expectations for the second UN climate negotiations of the year

NGO experts from Climate Action Network will hold a press briefing THIS MORNING at 11am at Hotel Maritim on the opening of the UN climate talks.  The press conference will be webcast live.
 

  • WHAT: NGO experts briefing on the geopolitical context and expectations for the second UN climate negotiations of the year.
  • WHEN: Today Monday June 3, 11am CEST,   
  • WHERE: Haydn Room, Hotel Maritim, Bonn, Germany
  • WEBCAST LIVEhttp://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/sb38/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=243
  • WHO: Speaking will be:
    • Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis, Climate Action Network Latin America
    • Jason Anderson, WWF
    • Kyle Ash, Greenpeace
    • Sivan Kartha, Stockholm Environment Institute

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