“ #WeAreStillIn coalition gives us reason to hope for a new generation of climate leaders in the US”

9 November 2017, Bonn: The press briefing began by addressing the (Republican) elephant in the room: the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Mariana Panuncio-Feldman, WWF, said the #WeAreStillIn coalition – which includes mayors, governors, business leaders and college presidents, American Indian tribes, faith leaders and more, representing some 130 million Americans – remains committed to climate action and an international agreement to take climate action forward.

“The message they are bringing is a message of hope. It's a message of action. The stories that #WeAreStillIn will be sharing in the coming days are stories of actions they are taking in the United States, stories of the social and economic benefits – in addition to climate ones – that are accruing to their constituencies. And stories of what more can be done in the United States and how they want to play a part in the transformation.”

She said she hoped the participation of these US subnational actors would give the international community confidence in the new generation of US climate leaders.

To a query on the position of this alternative delegation at the climate talks, Panuncio-Feldman pointed to measures that subnational actors are already taking, such as New York City's newly green building standards or Walmart's adoption of energy efficiency and renewable power.

“We know that the actions that need to be taken need to be accelerated right now and need to be built further into future in a way that contributes to a transformation of the American economy. But I think that the very concrete and real examples that you're going to hear in coming days are very pertinent to the pre-2020 conversation and show that there is commitment and muscle in the United States to take action on pre-2020 now.”

Camilla Born, E3G, then gave a summary of the status of negotiations under way at the COP. She said negotiators are now reaching the limits of their mandates and outlining the political issues that ministers will take up in the week ahead.

“We're making lots of progress on the technical and process aspects of these discussions. We're flagging up some more political elements that don't fit within a negotiator's mandate and moving more to a conversation that needs to be between ministers in the coming week.

She said good progress has been made with technical questions relating to the rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement. She also said that the issue of pre-2020 actions had been raised and that the Fiji Presidency must now consider how to play a constructive role on issues and agenda points that have been raised.

Asked about the relative silence on the important question of finance for adaptation, Born responded that finance is certainly being discussed, though largely at a technical level. She said she sees positive signals ahead of  next year's ministerial dialogue on finance which will squarely address this issue.

“Some of the most exciting conversations on this topic have been around some of the work that the  multilateral development banks are doing to try to prevent funding of dirty projects within their portfolios, and move their funding much more effectively into projects which support climate action – and which have multiple other benefits in fulfilling these organisations' missions and mandates.”


Contact: Dharini Parthasarathy, CAN Senior Communications Coordinator, dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org or whatsapp +918826107830

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COP23 update: Calls for China to step up leadership ; German funding to adaption fund welcomed

7 November 2016, Bonn: On the second day of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, speakers at the Climate Action Network press briefing welcomed a positive early announcement of funding, encouraged China to fully assume the leadership role it's been signalling, and again stressed the urgency for beginning a process to set out clear and effective rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement by the end of this COP.

Li Shuo, Senior Climate & Energy Policy Officer, Greenpeace East Asia, said that China is making real progress on climate action and signalling its intent to take a newly active role in climate diplomacy. “We see that many in Beijing see that America's difficulty is actually China's opportunity. China has made it very clear that it will honour its Paris Agreement [commitments], and in fact is on a trajectory to overachieve both the 2020 and 2030 climate targets. Over the past few months, we are also seeing very bold actions from China, and a transformation of China's approach when it comes to international climate diplomacy.”

Li pointed to China's embrace of renewables and phasing down of coal-powered generation, its establishment of the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action alongside the European Union and Canada, and the strong message emerging from its 19th party congress, in which it for the first time described itself as wishing to be a leader in international climate governance.

Adaptation Fund

Jan Kowalzig, Senior Policy Adviser Climate Change, Oxfam Germany, began by welcoming his country's announcement that it will give 50 million euros for the Adaptation Fund and a further 50 million for the Least Developed Countries Fund. “The announcement of new finance so early in the conference is an invitation to other developed countries to follow suit,” but Kowalzig stressed that these amounts are not nearly enough.

“We need to make sure that these welcome pledges are not used to cover up what's going on: Germany is currently not on track to meet its mitigation targets. It's going to miss them by a wide margin. The German government has pulled the brake on renewable energy expansion over the past four years. It has not done anything to address emissions in the transport sector. In fact, Germany is one of those that constantly opposed ambitious fuel emissions standards in Brussels. And it has missed the opportunity to start the phase out of coal.”

He expressed concern that talks in Berlin over forming a coalition government currently include three parties who are opposed to Germany meeting its Paris Agreement commitments.

“In many countries governments or ministers are not acting as they should be. We need a complete phase out of fossil fuels and as soon as possible. As I said, Germany is sometimes still portrayed as a climate leader, as a country that's ambitiously engaging in climate action and turning its energy systems to renewable energy... but this is not the case.

And it's not the case in many other countries, and that makes it even more important that we engage much more also in movement building with citizens.”

Non-state actors must drive progress

Yamide Dagnet, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, agreed that action is needed from players other than national governments.

“It's not just government acting, it's acting together also with non-state actors. So business has a role to play; at the subnational level, cities and provinces also have also a role to play. And I think we're going to see over the next two weeks, how we can actually leverage opportunities that we have missed in the past two years. What is really important is to seize opportunities to really capitalise on what can be done in including the changes in technology.”For Dagnet, the key elements to be resolved by these talks include: agreeing on the modalities of reporting; agreeing on how to ensure this reporting is credible to build trust; agreement on the accounting rules; and how to take stock of our collective effort.

“On the Talanoa dialogue, I think there's two contextual issues to bear in mind. First of all, we're here in the aftermath of unprecedented climate disasters over the past month. We're only a day from the fourth anniversary of anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan.

“We can only stress that we have just two years left according to science, two years to really prevent irreversible impacts

which would result in loss and damage so severe that even the best solidarity package, the best support would fail to get us where we need to be or to effectively support the most vulnerable countries.

“This makes mitigation a kind of down payment, for loss and damage and therefore the mitigation and the means of implementation to get the right pace, to accelerate reduced emissions is focus of dialogue.”


Please contact: Dharini Parthasarathy, CAN Senior Communications Coordinator, dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org or whatsapp +918826107830

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CAN Position on the Facilitative Dialogue 2018, April 2017

The facilitative dialogue in 2018 (FD2018) is mandated to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties towards the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal in Article 4 and to inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), the next round of which are due by 2020.

Since current domestic climate pledges are fundamentally inadequate to remain on a global warming pathway of well below 2°C or 1.5°C as per the Paris Agreement’s objectives, the FD2018 represents a key opportunity for the international community to enhance global aggregate ambition so as not to foreclose the possibility to meet the 1.5°C pathway.

The facilitative dialogue is an opportunity to collectively look into options on how current NDCs can be revised and new ambition can be generated to strengthen individual Parties’ contributions by 2020. It is also an opportunity to find ways for expediting implementation of NDCs while at the same time looking at meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, the facilitative dialogue is an opportunity to identify ways in which Parties could implement climate action in areas not covered by their NDC or surpass the ambition level outlined therein.

In this position, Climate Action Network outlines its expectations on the outcome and the modalities of the facilitative dialogue to inform ongoing consultations by the COP 22 and COP 23 Presidencies on this matter.


Climate Vulnerable Forum Shines with Bold Call for 100% Renewable Energy

COP21: The Second Ever 'Ray of the Day'

To be fossil worthy you must be cowardly, you must shake with a limp wrist SO we’re not giving out a fossil today, instead we’re giving a Ray of the Day and despite the name we do not give them out everyday.

The Ray is a rare thing it’s only given out when extra-ordinary things happen. Last night at 6pm, there was a high level meeting of 43 nations from the Climate Vulnerable Forum and where they made a bold, ambitious declaration to do something amazing. These countries that are the most vulnerable have decided to not play the victim, but instead show the kind of leadership that the rest of the world can learn from.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum have declared that they support a Paris agreement that aims to achieve full decarbonisation of our economies, so they can run their countries on 100% renewable energy, by mid century 2050! They are leading the way in setting course for a safer world, with only 1.5 degrees of global warming. As well as demanding proper support for communities hit hardest by climate impacts.

This declaration is so big, so bold, that it makes lots of the other countries...look like fossils.

Let’s hear it for the countries of the Climate Vulnerable Forum!

About CAN: The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 115 working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced 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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Dead Heat in First Fossil of the Day Awards of the Paris Climate Summit

As world leaders up the ante on the opening day of the Paris Climate Summit, the first place Fossil of the Day award is a double-act. New Zealand claim a top spot for rather hilariously, or not, urging countries to phase out fossil fuel subsidies while shelling out big bucks to prop up fossil fuel production to the tune of $80 million.

Prime Minister John Key showed a degree of hypocrisy by claiming, at a Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform event, that New Zealand is a leader on fossil fuel subsidy abolition - despite the country’s fossil fuel production subsidies have increasing seven-fold since his election in 2008. His phoney grandstanding came just a week after claiming that New Zealand ‘doesn't need to be and shouldn't be a leader in climate change’. Are you getting mixed signals too? Or is it just us?

Joining New Zealand on the winners podium (drum roll please) for a first placed Fossil Award is Belgium! With environmental leadership as murky as a tall glass of weisse beer it's four governments from four different parties are still bickering over how to implement the existing EU climate and energy package from 2009, ensuring they were too busy to even consider doing the work necessary to prepare for the Paris Climate Summit.

Today Belgium is one of the few EU countries lagging behind on their carbon pollution reduction and renewable energy targets. There is such a severe state of gridlock in the Belgian environment office it's as if the minister ate 5 boxes of Guylian Chocolates in one sitting. Because of this blockage on a Belgian climate agreement the country also lags behind in providing sufficient and durable climate finance.

For Belgium... the train has left the station for COP21 - literally. This weekend the Environment Minister missed the train to Paris. Why? Because the government was negotiating the restarting of old nuclear power plants that were canned over a year ago. Way to go Belgium…backwards.


World sees biggest ever climate marches ahead of Paris Climate Summit


UPDATE - Numbers have been revised to be 785,000 - meaning the world saw its biggest ever climate mobilisations this weekend.

Sunday November 29, 2015 - Worldwide: On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, over 570,000 people around the world took to the streets over the weekend for the record-breaking Global Climate March to urge leaders to scale up action on climate change to achieve 100% renewable energy, eliminate poverty and protect people from worsening climate impacts.

This number of 570,000 is still provisional and could rise further with big marches in Mexico City, Ottawa and Vancouver still to come in later today. These events came despite the Paris event, where 400,000 were expected to march today, being cancelled.

People joined in more than 2300 events across 175 countries. Coming from all walks of life, people from affected communities, development organisations, climate movements, the young and old, people of faith, indigenous people, trade unionists and many more marched together.

In Paris, 22,000 pairs of shoes - including that of Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, were placed at Place de la Republique, on behalf of the 400,000 people who were expected to have marched if possible. Afterwards, 10,000 people held hands in solidarity with frontline communities affected by climate change.

The marchers demonstrated that tackling climate change affects so many of life’s essentials, from equality and poverty, food and energy, to water, jobs, safety and human rights. Support for scaling up climate action has never been higher, and world leaders cannot ignore these calls. Doing so would place them firmly on the wrong side of history.

Highlights of the Global Day of Action:

  • Records were broken in more than 10 countries which saw their biggest-ever climate marches with Australia (140,000, including 60,000 in Melbourne), India (140,000) New Zealand (33,000), Bangladesh, Britain (over 50,000 in London), Italy (over 20,000 in Rome), Spain (over 20,000 in Madrid), Denmark (over 10,000 in Copenhagen), Greece (over 3,000 in Athens), Switzerland (over 5,000 in Geneva), and Austria (over 2,000 in Vienna).
  • Events took place in countries as diverse as Mongolia, Saudi Arabia and Samoa took part. A march took place in Sanaa, Yemen, despite bombs falling close to the start of the march; nuns marched in South Korea; there were powerful marches in the the Pacific islands -- New Caledonia and the Marshall Islands. People marched in cities in Senegal, the Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire, and Nigeria; and in Kenya, there was a march across the Equator.
  • The UN Climate Summit in Paris (30 Nov-11 Dec) is an opportunity for over 190 countries to build a platform, which scales up the just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all, and provides adequate support for those affected by climate impacts.
  • Climate change is already harming communities all around the world and a further one hundred million people could be forced into poverty if we do not rapidly scale up climate action.
  • We have the solutions to tackle the problem - frontline communities, cities and businesses are leading the way in harnessing the benefits of renewable energy and boosting the resilience of vulnerable communities. Now it is time for governments to listen to the people on the streets and step up.
  • A strong, diverse coalition of groups supporting climate action will be in Paris during the Climate Summit to continue to maintain pressure on governments to deliver an ambitious agreement.

Organisations participating in the marches made the following comments:

Kelly Dent, climate change lead, Oxfam

The voices of people all around the world calling for climate action are echoing in the streets of Paris and must now ring in the ears of world leaders meeting at the summit tomorrow. Millions of people have shown they expect the best possible climate deal for the world's poorest people already hit hardest. For the future of us all, world leaders must aim high and deliver.

Hoda Baraka, global communications manager, 350.org

In Paris, we joined hands today against climate change and violence. People here and hundreds of thousands who are taking part in climate marches worldwide, have a clear message for world leaders: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace

Across five continents, people have taken to the streets to demand that we change the way we power our world. In towns and cities across the globe, people have called for political leadership on climate change. They want a climate deal that keeps temperature rises in the safe zone, that calls time on the fossil fuel era, and that sets us on a course towards 100% renewable energy by the middle of the century. If in two weeks we have that, then Paris will have delivered an historic agreement. The people have marched, and we’ll be keeping up the pressure over the coming fortnight, but now it’s over to the politicians.

Mohamed Adow, Senior Climate Advisor, Christian Aid

As someone from Kenya, a country which is feeling the impact of climate change, it means a lot to see people from all walks of life, of every colour and creed, speaking with one voice about climate change.  My hope is that the world leaders in Paris tomorrow will hear that voice and deliver a strong outcome. Today's act of solidarity is on an unprecedented global scale. The numbers of marchers in places not known for climate change activism shows the scale of the international demand for political action.

Liam Upson, activist, UKYCC

We joined the March to tell heads of state that they're negotiating our future and they must do more. We demand a clear, fair future.

Amitabh Behar, national anchor, action/2015 India

Addressing climate change, and ending poverty and inequalities are two sides of the same coin. We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns. If leaders want to fully implement the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at tackling inequality and ending poverty within a generation, they will need to adopt and implement a transformative agenda at the COP21.

Isaac Kabongo, chairperson, Climate Action Network Uganda

We the citizens of Uganda we have demonstrated our will and commitment to tackling the challenge of climate change, Government of Uganda and the developed countries should provide leadership, Resources and policy guides on the implementation of the commitment.

Safa’ al Jayoussi Head of Climate & Energy Campaigns at IndyACT

The marchers on the streets in Beirut and Cairo show that the Arabs do care about climate change and it is in their agenda as our region is also very vulnerable and we are already having extreme weather events. The mobilization is a call from our people for the leaders in  COP21 to sign a binding agreement that is fair for all.

Stephen Brown, European Director at Global Citizen, speaking from Paris

Poverty and climate change are inextricably linked and as extreme climate worsens it is the poorest of our communities that will be hit the hardest - unacceptable when they are the least to blame. If we don't tackle climate change now, we will undermine all the incredible progress we have already made in eradicating poverty. This weekend hundreds of thousands of people, including many in vulnerable communities, have taken to the streets around the world calling on governments attending COP21 to take urgent action. World leaders must respond to this huge outcry by delivering a bold new international agreement to tackle climate change

Henda Gandamanah, action/2015 coordinator in Indonesia, speaking from the march in Jakarta

Climate change is already a reality for us, we are feeling the impacts every day and we are suffering now. From severe floods to droughts, people are already losing their lives and their livelihoods. We have been marching because we want to send a message to leaders meeting at COP21. They must hear our message loud and clear; our lives matter. They must act now for all of our futures, before it is too late.

Kirsty McNeil, Director of Campaigns at Save the Children, a member of action/2015 attending the London Climate March

Children are on the frontline of climate change. In the world’s poorest countries they are already feeling the effects of climate change, despite being least responsible for its causes. This weekend, as part of the Global Climate March, hundreds and thousands of people, including many children and young people, have called for urgent action to fight climate change. When leaders meet in Paris this week they must remember that the decisions they will take now will affect generations to come. Now is the time for a strong deal for climate action.

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