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Japan Wins 1st Place Fossil

First place Fossil is awarded to Japan. The Shared Vision finds itself in a deadlock situation since Parties don’t seem to find a procedure to bridge the discussions on the long-term global goal and the debate on other items, namely equity. While CAN without effect tried to make an intervention at the Shared Vision informals on a possible way of moving the discussion out of its deadlock, Japan frankly raised the question: “Are the other items necessary for this discussion?” Japan – along with other countries not being open to even hear the concerns on equity and other items – are of no help in re-connecting the long-term global goal and equity, which are, in their nature, interlinked debates. The view of limiting the Shared Vision to the global goal and the peak year doesn’t lead us anywhere and should be overcome by this point of time in the discussion and before Durban.

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Japan Wins 1st Place Fossil

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     6 October 2011
Panamá City, Panamá

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First place Fossil is awarded to Japan. The Shared Vision finds itself in a deadlock situation since Parties don’t seem to find a procedure to bridge the discussions on the long-term global goal and the debate on other items, namely equity. While CAN without effect tried to make an intervention at the Shared Vision informals on a possible way of moving the discussion out of its deadlock, Japan frankly raised the question: “Are the other items necessary for this discussion?” Japan – along with other countries not being open to even hear the concerns on equity and other items – are of no help in re-connecting the long-term global goal and equity, which are, in their nature, interlinked debates. The view of limiting the Shared Vision to the global goal and the peak year doesn’t lead us anywhere and should be overcome by this point of time in the discussion and before Durban.

About CAN: The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of roughly 700 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to promote government and individual action to limit human0induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. www.climatenetwork.org  

About the Fossils: The Fossil of the Day awards were first presented at the climate talks in 1999, in Bonn, initiated by the German NGO Forum. During United Nations climate change negotiations (www.unfccc.int), members of the Climate Action Network (CAN), vote for countries judged to have done their 'best' to block progress in the negotiations in the last days of talks.  

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Getting Shared Vision Out of Deadlock

As delegates flock into Panama’s final meeting on Shared Vision, ECO has few hopes that the world will be much closer by the end of this week to agreeing on a peak year and a long term reduction goal for global emissions. But delegates need to remember that their heads of state have already laid out a common vision: keeping global temperature below 2°C! The science is clear – meeting this goal requires dramatically scaling up the current collective level of ambition.  The best lawyers in the world can’t negotiate with the atmosphere!

In addition, ECO agrees with many Parties that focusing on the numbers without any notion of equity in achieving them will fail to deliver emission pathways that will allow the world to stay below 2°C, let alone, 1.5°C.

ECO proposes the following step-wise approach to achieving a shared vision in Durban:

 Step 1:  Parties agree to collectively aim for an emissions pathway that not only keeps us below 2°C, but also keeps the possibility of limiting warming to 1.5°C within reach. Parties agree to peak global emissions by 2015 and cut them by 80% by 2050.

 Step 2: Parties commit to launch a process to look at countries’ “fair shares” to get the world onto the desired emissions pathway, based on the following principles of the UNFCCC: historical responsibility for past and present emissions, capability for reducing such emissions, and the right to sustainable development.

Step 3:Parties agree to inject the outputs of this exercise into the negotiations over a comprehensive legally binding long-term climate regime (see Monday’s ECO for more on the mandate for these negotiations).

While much work will be required after Durban to turn this vision into reality, setting the goal is the first step on the road to collective survival.  Make it so!

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CAN letter to LCA Chair regarding submissions and expert meeting opportunities arising from Bonn June 2011 intersessional

CAN has identified the important submissions, technical expert meetings, workshops etc that should be undertaken to progress work in order that Durban should be successful in establishing the basis for a fair, ambitious and binding agreement.

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Shared Vision Needed Before Durban

ECO loves workshops, and luckily, there more are to come! For instance, the facilitators of the shared vision informal have keenly noticed an interest by Parties to hold one more workshop on what a long-term global goal for emission reductions might mean for developing countries – and ECO would add  – global peaking year.

Here ECO offers two smart observations: (i) if the workshop is held only in Durban (rather than, as ECO would suggest, at the tentative Fall/Spring session) Parties will not be able to adopt a COP decision on the much-needed long-term goal just a few days later (as if at these talks anything was ever dealt with at the urgency and speed it deserved); and (ii) the experience of Copenhagen shows that it doesn’t take a workshop to know that negotiating a long-term goal without understanding who contributes what and what’s the fair share of their responsibility, will be very difficult. ECO believes that this understanding, at least in some principled form, needs to be in the Shared Vision outcome of Durban.

The long-term goal itself, as well as the peaking year, requires a look in the science books rather than negotiations or workshops.  The potential to act on the outcome of the review, which could recommend a strengthening of the temperature target to 1.5°C (for the sake of millions, future generations, and many islands and their inhabitants) must be kept in sight.  This calls for an emissions pathway that keeps 1.5°C within reach while allowing a high probability for keeping warming well below 2°C.

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‘Just Transition’ – Making a New World Possible

What do negotiators do when something is agreed? They leave it out of the text!
It might seem weird but it just keeps happening in the shared vision discussion.
Calling for a low emission economy which ensures a just transition and the creation of good quality, decent jobs was long ago agreed as part of the text also referring to gender, indigenous peoples’ rights and other important elements of an overarching climate effort.  
Yet this essential reference has mysteriously vanished from the new shared vision text. And this despite support from Argentina to the United States and all other parts of the alphabet as well.
What is going on? The reference to ‘just transition’ is aimed at gaining the support of the world’s workers for these negotiations.
This international process must inspire people, give hope on our capacity to 
improve peoples’ life and and show that another world is possible.  
The negotiations rightly focus on ‘how far’ we have to go on emissions reductions, financing, technology and capacity building.  
‘Just transition’ sets forth the equitable pathway for ‘how’ to get there. The world needs a sustainable climate and economy, and that requires a bridge to a future with good, decent jobs.

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Shared Vision Must Be Clear Vision

As parties walk into the LCA contact group on Shared Vision this morning, ECO will be thinking ahead to a final destination does not yet look clear. Nearly all Parties agree to a global goal of staying below 2o C, and even so, more than 100 parties call for stabilizing temperature rise at well below 1.5o C compared to pre-industrial levels.   But the current path Parties are taking us towards is a close to a 4o path. So we hope the contact group proceeds with the right motivation and a visionary mindset. The Shared Vision discussions can help avoid the 4o path only if parties engage in a constructive and trust-building dialogue today that will advance the text in substance, move towards convergence of views and provide clarity to both.

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