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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 20:12

One of the most celebrated outcomes of COP23 was the operationalization of Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Platform (LCIPP). ECO congratulates Parties for establishing a path to enable the UNFCCC to improve recognition of the perspectives and rights of Indigenous Peoples and their importance for climate action.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 20:10

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) told parties in the Talanoa Dialogue they need to step up and enhance their climate ambition before 2020. ECO is wondering if this plea was heard?

 

The CVF seem to be sensing that parties are sleeping on their laurels while climate impacts ravage their countries, threaten their very existence and cause serious and costly damage and loss of livelihood.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 20:08

ECO has mixed feelings about the outcome of this session on Global Stocktake.

On one hand it was encouraging to see progress on the “informal note” but on the other it was also disappointing that Parties didn’t seem ready to get to the fundamental discussion.

For example, when co-facilitators presented their “tool” to illustrate a possible model of a GST timeline, there was a sense of hesitation on Parties’ side to engage. ECO understands negotiators’ need to “clarify” some things first, but we really need to break the ice and move forward.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 7, 2018 - 20:18

ECO is here to explain why pre-2020 action is still a thing, and why, with 2020 creeping up, all Parties should be preparing for the pre-2020 stocktake to be held at COP24. At the heart of this issue are two components: trust and urgency. With insufficient pre-2020 action, ECO sees a very real risk of setting a precedent of not honouring deals made and undermining trust between Parties, just as they are entering the implementation period of the Paris Agreement.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 7, 2018 - 20:16

Once upon a time at COP21, ECO fought for guiding principles in the Paris Agreement. One of them was food security. At that time, many countries were skeptical and asked, “what is this strange thing, food security? We only know food production.” So ECO worked really hard to socialize among Parties the internationally agreed FAO definition with the four pillars of food security. At COP23, ECO was thrilled to see the creation of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) with a clear purpose that includes consideration of food security.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 7, 2018 - 20:14

Just a quick reminder from ECO to Parties: The Global Stocktake (GST) is about “achieving the purpose of the Paris Agreement and its long-term goals,” which has to be done in a comprehensive manner. An integral part of the Paris Agreement is Article 8 which demands assessing the progress on “averting, minimizing and addressing Loss and Damage”. Taking such progress into account in the GST is a litmus test of our collective progress towards these goals.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 7, 2018 - 20:12

As the demand for water, land and food increases, and as climate change intensifies, wetlands are the most rapidly declining ecosystems in the world. When these natural buffers lose their ability to effectively store and regulate water, and support food production, people are deprived of their well-being, resulting in social tensions, conflict and sometimes human mobility. And, as both the IPCC and IPBES recognise, some wetlands also function as important carbon stores and natural defenses against flood damage. Wetland conservation and restoration therefore make perfect climate sense!

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 7, 2018 - 20:10

Boum chAPAlakalaka Boum chAPAlakalaka  (cursive font)

 

Hey CMA, this is for you!

Address loss and damage as you all agreed to

8.2 are the words you should heed

To give WIM guidance and authority

 

Boum chAPAlakalaka Boum chAPAlakalaka (cursive font)

 

If you don’t want L&D under the APA

Just agree in Bonn to start the work at the next CMA

 

8.3, enhance action and support!

Through WIM and beyond, CMA1 start the work!

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, May 7, 2018 - 20:08

ECO is getting worried that the negotiators do not have a common view on the timeframe issue to make a decision on the Common Timeframes. How ironic is it to negotiate on common timeframes without a common timeframe for adopting a decision? ECO believes that a good timeframe for this decision to be made would be by December, when it should be concluded as part of the PAWP package in Katowice.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 20:38

On the first day of week 2, ECO would like to help answer a crucial question: what actually makes climate finance predictable? Well, ECO definitely thinks that part of the answer is for countries to provide the relevant information to show how they intend to scale up climate finance. But predictability is also about creating a process that will help developing countries make the best use of this information and plan their climate actions accordingly.

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