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Climate Talks Briefing Update - Webcast from Cancún

Evaluating the endgame roles played by key countries

Spotlighting the United States and Japan

[Cancún, Mexico] An on-demand U.N. webcast is now available streaming a media briefing hosted Friday, December 7, by CAN International to assess progress in the UNFCCC climate negotiations underway in Cancún, Mexico.
NGO experts on the panel include Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists; Raman Mehta of CAN South Asia; and Masako Konishi, WWF Japan.

What: On-demand briefing by webcast on the Cancún climate talks
Webcast Address: http://webcast.cc2010.mx/webmedia_en.html?id=297
Original webcast date: 2:30 PM local (20:30 GMT), Friday, December 10, 2010

Who: NGO experts on UNFCCC negotiations

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Japan: No to Kyoto 
Under Any Circumstances

When leadership was needed most, the home country of the Kyoto Protocol made a destructive statement in the KP plenary. It rejected a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol by saying ‘Japan will not inscribe its target under the KP on any conditions or under any circumstances’.
‘Preferring’ a single-treaty approach is one thing, but aggressively denying the future of Kyoto is quite another. The statement upset many Parties and created an unconstructive atmosphere.
This COP was supposed to be the place to rebuild trust among parties, but Japan’s move not only could degrade trust but even potentially wreck the negotiations.
At a time when the world is seeking to strengthen the climate regime, Japan’s hard stance, in the guise of getting the US and China to make mitigation commitments, risks leaving us with no deal at all.
A large majority of Parties have said they want a legally binding outcome.  It’s time they hold firm to the legally binding treaty that was so hard-won in those late nights in Kyoto.  Japan should honour the basic framework that all countries agreed in Bali, which is for developed country Parties to continue their mitigation obligations under the KP, for a legally binding agreement under the LCA track to include comparable efforts for the US, and for the developing countries to undertake nationally appropriate mitigation actions that are supported by finance, technology and capacity building.
Does Japan really want to be known for the burial of the Protocol that was born in one of its beautiful cities?

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Next Steps for Japan

ECO congratulates Mr. Naoto Kan on his appointment as the new Prime Minister of Japan.
We wonder if Japan’s financial initiative to support developing countries, the so-called ‘Hatoyama Initiative’, will now be changed to the ‘Kan-Do Initiative’?
Last year in Copenhagen, ECO welcomed Japan’s $15 billion pledge for fast start finance. This represents half of the $30 billion commitment from the developed countries under the Copenhagen 

And here in Bonn, Japan announced that $5 billion out of their 15 billion pledges has already been spent. This is certainly impressive! But it is often said that this is mainly relabeled money, so it would be even more impressive if the 
actually additional amount is revealed.
The new initiative, now run by Prime Minister Kan, must have increased transparency and describe the extent to which the resources are new and additional. Last but not least, we expect Japan to provide strong support to an innovative mechanism for long term finance.
Whatever the name is, ECO hopes Japan will continue a ‘can do’ policy to lead the world on fast start finance.

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Presentation - Building on Kyoto - Dec 2004

While the Kyoto Protocol is not yet in force (due to the unilateral declaration by the George W. Bush Administration of the United States that it would not follow the Kyoto Protocol, as well as delay in Russiaís ratification of it) already many difficulties have been overcome, with deailed operational rules for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol having been agreed upon at the Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP7), and more than 120 countries having ratified it.  This indicates that the large majority of the countries and people of the world are strongly in support of the Kyoto Protocol as the only international system of rules that could allow us to confront global warming.


CAN Submission: Analysis of the Mitigation Potential of Japan, June 2007


The Climate Action Network (CAN) urges the Japan, the ‘self-claimed most energy efficient country’, to admit that it is only ‘one of the most energy efficient countries’and submit real mitigation potential, as well as concrete ranges of emission reduction in order to move the discussion forward.


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