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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:04

So far, it is safe to say that the Arab Group has not covered itself with climate ambition glory in Katowice. With Saudi Arabia at its helm, the Arab Group has been fighting fiercely to strip the impending COP decision of ambition, notably by refusing to recognize the importance of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C.

However, against all odds, a little Arab country is standing up to its bigger and richer brothers by refusing to reject the science.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 19:02

We’re nearing the end and we’re not quite sure how much progress you’ve made in advancing the transparency negotiations. So we won’t take so much of your time, we just want to provide a couple of comments on the important issues in the transparency discussions.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:18

With this afternoon’s plenary, the Talanoa Dialogue will come to a close. After a year of listening to the stories, perspectives and solutions put forward by Parties and non- Parties alike, and absorbing the unsettling implications of the IPCC SR 1.5°C, ECO is convinced that the way forward is now clear.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:16

A lot is at stake at COP24 in the last days.

The IPCC special report on 1.5°C made clear how urgent climate action is, and that impacts already occurring today require immediate measures to, in particular, protect the poorest and most vulnerable.

It is abundantly clear that more finance is needed for loss and damage. We’ve seen developing countries face impacts to the tune of 200% of their GDP in one hurricane that has been amplified by climate change.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:14

ECO is old enough to remember the forest accounting rules negotiated in 2011 for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. At the time, ECO warned the EU and other developed countries against the dangers of building their baselines on hypothetical projections that envisioned massive increases in emissions from the forest sector. Sadly, the EU and others went ahead and did it anyway.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:12

Ministers, we need to talk. I know this might sound technical, but it’s not; this concerns you. There can be no ambition with so little support for adaptation.

The Paris Agreement seeks to achieve a balance between adaptation and mitigation finance, as well as attending to the particular needs of least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS).

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:10

Dear Ministers,

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:08
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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:06

Monday was the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, including “the right to health” which now has a stable place in the Paris preamble. But, where is health at this COP? In spite of the significance of health to humanity, it has not been incorporated into the language of the Rulebook.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:04

As Ministers wrap up the Talanoa Dialogue discussions today, ECO hopes that the process will lead to an ambitious COP decision and real transformation back home, to meet the 1.5°C target.

The IPCC Special Report has shown us the  importance of the 1.5°C target. It has provoked a lot of new thought, prompting ECO to ask what roles the different sectors should play.

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