"Equity," it is often said, "is the pathway to ambition." The CAN Equity Working Group is trying to make this pathway real. The basic challenge here is shifting the focus of "the equity issue" from positional bargaining to equitable effort sharing. Not that position bargaining is going away anytime soon, but its limits are clear. Thus, we seek a widely shared understanding, based on the Convention's core equity principles, of national "fair shares" in the common effort to stabilize the global climate system. An understanding of how the costs of climate transition -- both mitigation costs and adaptation costs -- should be divided, between nations and between income groups. An understanding that is specific enough to provide useful quantitative guidance-- to both negotiators and campaigners, as they seek paths towards a high ambition world.
For more information please contact:
Rixa Schwarz, Germanwatch
Tom Athanasiou, ECO Equity