CAN Letter: Civil Society Recommendation on criteria for selection of UNFCCC Executive Secretary, April 2016

~Dear H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon and members of Bureau of COP UNFCCC,

We, Climate Action Network (CAN), a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
in more than 110 countries, are writing to you in regards to the upcoming selection of the UNFCCC Executive

CAN believes that the role of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary is crucial for efficient and effective implementation
of the Paris Agreement as well as for ensuring that the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC – ‘stabilization of
greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic
interference with the climate system’ – is fulfilled.

In light of this, CAN would like to outline some of the qualities required for the selection of the incoming UNFCCC
Executive Secretary:
• Trusted: The incoming Executive Secretary should be trusted across the spectrum of countries. She/he
should have the ability to build bridges across different countries and manage their competing
demands. The Executive Secretary should also promote transparent practices and procedures to enable
honesty and trust amongst Parties and Observers.
• Bold and Visionary: The incoming Executive Secretary should have considerable expertise in
facilitating effective intergovernmental processes and a clear vision for how to facilitate the acceleration
of action on climate change as necessitated by science. The Executive Secretary must stand in solidarity
with vulnerable peoples and the evidence in order to stand up against the pressures of the fossil fuel
industry and climate skeptics.
• Global Ambassador for Climate Action: The Executive Secretary should be a recognised ambassador
for accelerating climate action amongst the broader international community, in particular to new
audiences like the financial community and other international forums, such as the G20.
• Values Civil Society: The Executive Secretary should be respectful of civil society and their role in
international negotiations. She/he should hold civil society’s role in high regard and understand the
valuable role civil society plays at the international, national and local levels.
• Sensitive to the needs of the most vulnerable: The incoming Executive Secretary should be able to
identify with the plight of vulnerable communities and should be able to steer UNFCCC towards greater
ambition and an enabling framework that helps these communities in their struggle.
• Institutional Knowledge: The incoming Executive Secretary should have experience of the UNFCCC
negotiations, internalise the political spirit witnessed in Paris, and have an excellent network of support
from participants within the negotiations.
• Confidence in delivering multi-layered diplomacy: She/he should have the confidence and
competence to undertake multi-layered diplomacy with both state and non-state actors, complemented
with continued engagement with leaders, CEOs, Mayors, etc. to help connect the international space for
accelerated national ambition.
• Excellent Communication skills: The incoming Executive Secretary should have the ability to
communicate to a variety of constituencies and transcend different audiences. Post Paris, a new and
refreshing narrative will be required to reinvigorate accelerated action on climate change.

Civil society experts respond to historic Paris Agreement signing ceremony

April 22nd, New York - Today representatives from more than 150 countries, including nearly 60 Heads of State, will gather at the UN Headquarters in New York to sign the historic Paris Agreement as governments take their first collective step from ambition to action after forging a new, global climate treaty in December. The event, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Earth Day, will be the largest signing ceremony of its kind in the history of the UN, demonstrating the political momentum behind the global plan to tackle climate change and end the fossil fuel era.

Civil society experts have commented on the significance of the signing and what needs to happen next to accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy and boost the resilience of climate vulnerable communities:

"Today’s signing of the Paris Agreement is truly one for the history books, marking a turning point for humanity and a permanent shift toward a 100 percent clean energy economy. Following on the historic momentum from Paris, we’ve seen remarkable climate action both at home and around the world. The victories are numerous, from states like Oregon and New York committing to eliminate coal, to the wave of announcements from cities and businesses pledging to go 100 percent renewable, to India committing to 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022. In Paris, the world gave fossil fuels their expiration date, and today’s signing has set that process in motion.” said Michael Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club.

“For so many countries to sign at the first opportunity is a real indication of the overwhelming support to turn the Paris Agreement into accelerated climate action. The decisions in the Paris Agreement now need to be incorporated into government and corporate decisions by breaking free from fossil fuels,” said Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International. “More people than ever before mobilized for the public good and our climate in 2015; this global wave of people power helped deliver the agreement in Paris. The people will stay vigilant until fossil fuels are history and climate justice is delivered,” added Bunny McDiarmid, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

“The signing of this agreement reminds us just how far we’ve come. Just a few years ago the world was divided on how to respond to climate change and progress was slow. But this agreement shows the world is now united in tackling its biggest threat and the path towards a low carbon world is set. It is vital that countries ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible so that we can turn it into reality. The sooner it comes into force the stronger the signal is to investors and the faster the global transition will be, as money shifts to clean technologies. We’re already seeing this happen with coal as the market turns its back on companies like Peabody Energy.” said Mohamed Adow, Senior Climate Advisor at Christian Aid.

“The formal signing of the Paris Agreement could be the next nail in the coffin of the fossil fuel industry if governments actually follow through on their commitments. The growing and vibrant climate movement is forcing governments to bow to the pressure to break free from fossil fuels. However there is still a dangerous gap between what the governments are signing up to, what they are doing and the real ambition we need to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The only way to achieve this is by keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground. As a movement we will continue to hold governments accountable, ensure they ratify the treaty, go well beyond their current targets and accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy.” said May Boeve, Executive Director of

“The signing ceremony is a historic and important step forwards for the Paris Agreement but today isn’t just about the UN process and governments. There is a variety and pick’n’mix feel to the groups gathered here in New York, with activists, faith groups, representative of climate vulnerable countries, city mayors and business leaders forging partnerships to accelerate the shift to 100% renewable energy by raising the pressure on governments, financial institutions and of course, the fossil fuel industry. The end of the fossil era is inevitable and what is developing here in New York means exciting times are ahead.” said Wael Hmaidan, Director at Climate Action Network International.

"The signing of the Paris Agreement is historic. It is a crucial step in a journey that began a long time ago. This day did not arrive without a tremendous amount of support from people around the world, from all walks of life marching, getting arrested, writing their congressmen, and signing petitions demanding that world leaders to take action on the global threat of climate change. As we celebrate this great achievement it is clear that greater ambition is required. Civil Society will continue to engage with and to push world leaders to do their part." said Tina Johnson, Policy Director of US Climate Action Network.

“After the signing the Agreement, governments around the world have to roll up their sleeves and get to work aligning national climate and development policies with the 1.5oC degree warming threshold - which requires a swift and just transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy as well as concerted efforts to bolster the global climate agreement itself.” said Krishneil Narayan, Coordinator of Pacific Islands Climate Action Network.

"Although we have seen a great amount of global commitment to tackle climate change, current national action plans are not ambitious enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. This is a question of survival for many poor and climate vulnerable communities and nations that need much more support to withstand increasing climate shocks. There’s no room for delay, now is the time to turn the Paris Agreement into meaningful action,” said Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator at CARE International

“The signature of the Paris Agreement is a strong signal forward, but the provisions of the agreement alone will not keep the planet away from dangerous climate change. Countries must therefore urgently get to work to increase their ambitions and turn them into swift, concrete actions if we are to keep temperatures well below the 1.5C [degrees celsius] threshold stated in the agreement. This is particularly crucial for communities around the world who are experiencing firsthand the effects of climate change at this very moment. It is therefore a moral duty to end the fossil fuel era now.” said Bernd Nilles, Secretary General at CIDSE.

“Governments must urgently turn these commitments into action by ratifying and implementing the Paris Climate Agreement at a national level while ratcheting up their ambition towards climate action, as the current commitments are not enough to avoid a world that is 3°C warmer. The first three months of 2016 are already recorded as warmest in hundred years and effects of which can be seen across the subcontinent reeling under unprecedented heat waves that has already claimed hundreds of lives.” said Sanjay Vashist, Director of Climate Action Network South Asia.

"Now more than ever developed countries have to ensure that adequate climate finance is in place to help millions of vulnerable people to respond to the worst impacts of climate change. The current Paris agreement is still unclear on how climate action will be implemented equitably and fairly. This should be the key priority for negotiators meeting at Bonn next month to pick up where the Paris climate meeting left off.” said Vositha Wijenayake, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator at Climate Action Network South Asia.

“The signing of the Paris agreement today marks a critical step forward towards building a more resilient, low-carbon future. But there is still much unfinished business left from Paris on adapting to the dangerous impacts of climate change. If all of today’s public climate adaptation finance were to be divided among the world’s 1.5 billion smallholder farmers in developing countries, they would get around $3 each a year to cope with climate change.” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director at Oxfam International.

"What we need now is clear milestones on how rich nations will raise the $100 billion they promised, as well as ambitious roadmaps from all countries to show they are taking practical steps to address the crisis. The Paris Agreement needs to make sure that events like the current drought and other severe weather caused by El Niño can be effectively tackled in the future.” said Harjeet Singh, Climate Policy Manager at ActionAid.


Climate Action Network Condemns Deadly Crackdown on Coal Protesters

5th April, Bangladesh - Climate Action Network, a global community of over 950 NGOs in more than 110 countries fighting for action to tackle climate change, condemns yesterday’s deadly police crackdown on villagers protesting coal plant construction. Officials say that at least four people died when police opened fire on an unarmed crowd in Gandamara, a small coastal town in Bangladesh, where 500 villagers had gathered to oppose two new Chinese-funded coal projects.

The villagers had been protesting peacefully for days, despite a police ban, after the local conglomerate behind the planned coal expansion started bulldozing land to pave the way for the unpopular plants. Authorities in Bangladesh have long used intimidation tactics to prevent locals voicing their concerns - this new and deadly means of silencing opposition to dirty coal power is an extremely worrying escalation.

“More than six thousand farmers are dependent on this fertile land for agriculture and salt production, these farmers travelled to Gandamara to save their livelihoods and some paid for it with their lives," said Sanjay Vashist, Director of Climate Action Network South Asia. "Experts have also pointed out that the operation of coal plants would cause major damage to the delicate ecosystem of the area, due to air and water pollution and increase in boat traffic to deliver coal to the plant.” he added.

“It is time for government to stop the death and destruction caused by coal projects in Bangladesh and show real leadership through redirecting investments away from coal to renewables like wind and solar,” said Dr. Mohd. Abdul Matin, Convenor of the Coal Affairs Program Committee and General Secretary of BAPA.

Wael Hmaidan, Director of Climate Action Network International said, “people have a right to peacefully stand up against reckless coal expansion that threatens to destroy their homes and ruin their livelihoods. This community is trying to defend itself from an increasingly desperate industry and has suffered a direct attack from the authorities who should be preserving their rights, not trampling on them.”

Climate Action Network supports the demand from local groups for an immediate, full and independent inquiry into yesterday’s events, to hold those responsible to account for the unnecessary murder of at least four people. It is simply unacceptable for police to open fire on protesters and shoot to kill.


Editors note:

[1] A report from one of our members based in Bangladesh is here

[2] Photographs of the violent crackdown were posted on facebook by protesters here

[3] According to local reports Chittagong-based S. Alam Group plans to build two coal-fired power plants at the area. Two Chinese firms — SEPCOIII Electric Power and HTG — are financing $1.75 billion of the the plants’ estimated $2.4 billion cost.

[4] About CAN:

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from over 110 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

CAN contact: Mark Raven, CAN International, email:, phone: +44 7841474125

CAN Letter: Input to the work on pre-2020 climate action in 2016, April 2016

Dear Mr. Fuller and Mr. Chruszczow,

I am writing on behalf of the Climate Action Network (CAN), an umbrella of more than 950 organizations worldwide.

Firstly, I would like to welcome the COP21 decisions on “Enhanced action prior to 2020”, in particular the decisions to launch a technical examination of adaptation, and to appoint high-level champions to ensure the new and existing efforts on mitigation and adaptation are scaled up and strengthened. CAN also welcomes the appointment of Laurence Tubiana as the first high-level champion and looks forward to the appointment of the second champion by the President of COP22 as well as the first annual high-level event at COP22.
Secondly, I would like to make a few comments and suggestions on the work plan for pre-2020 climate action. Many of our members have been very active in the discussions under ADP Workstream 2, to ensure that it continues beyond COP21 as a permanent action agenda. CAN proposes further work in the following five areas to facilitate enhanced action:

CAN Submission: Input to WIM Executive Committee, Financial Instruments to address Loss and Damage, March 2016

~Loss and damage are the adverse effects of climate change that go beyond people’s capacity to cope and adapt to climate change impacts (Warner, van der Geest and Kreft 2013; LDC 2012). Loss and damage impacts range from extreme events, for example, weather-related natural hazards, to slow-onset events, including sea-level rise; increasing temperatures; ocean acidification; glacial retreat and related impacts; salinization; land and forest degradation; loss of biodiversity; and desertification (UNFCCC 2012).
Communities are already experiencing significant loss and damage to quality of life, livelihoods, food, and livelihood security as well as secondary loss and damage in the form of stress on the social fabric essential for adaptive capacity and resilience (LDC 2012).

We welcome the agreement at Paris to aim to keep warming to 1.5°C. This would prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change, but will still poses serious challenges, especially for least-developed countries, small island developing states, African countries and a number of vulnerable Latin American countries including with drought, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise (Schaeffer et al. 2013, pp. 3–4). Hence, even with the best possible future mitigation efforts, vulnerable countries will still have to deal with loss and damage (LDC 2012; Verheyen and Roderick 2008, pp. 10–11). Even worse, current mitigation ambitions as expressed in the INDCs might still lead the world to a warming in the order of 3°C of average by the end of this century. This level of warming may be beyond the limits of adaptation for a large number of countries (Schaeffer et al. 2013, p. 4), in particular as it results in significantly higher increases in many regions.


CAN Letter: Participation of civil society in SBSTA Agriculture Workshop, March 2016

~~Dear Mr. Fuller,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Climate Action Network (CAN) as many of the members of the CAN are working on the climate, agriculture and food security nexus.  Many of them, individually or collectively, made submissions to the SBSTA last year and will submit new texts for the two upcoming workshops to make sure that the needs and solutions of the most vulnerable people especially smallholder farmers are highlighted.

The fact that the SBSTA addresses issues relating to agriculture is a very positive sign. Nonetheless, we noted that during the workshops of June 2015, the space given to observers was extremely limited despite previous decisions of the SBI reminding that “the existing means of engagement of observer organizations could be further enhanced, in the spirit of fostering openness, transparency and inclusiveness” (FCCC/SBI/2011/7 - SBI-34 conclusions 178).

We therefore would like you and the secretariat to support the participation of civil society representatives in the two workshops. At least one representative of the different constituencies should be invited to give a presentation and actively participate to the discussion. We truly think that such a proposal will benefit all.
We remain at your disposal for further information. Thank you in advance for your kind attention.
Yours sincerely,
Wael Hmaidan
Climate Action Network-International


“Break Free From Fossil Fuels”: bold, coordinated, worldwide actions announced

GLOBAL -- Today the global platform “Break Free” has been launched, featuring a series of peaceful, coordinated actions that aim to disrupt the fossil-fuel industry’s power by targeting the world’s most dangerous and unnecessary fossil fuel projects.[1]

This May, thousands of people from around the world will join actions taking place across 6 continents aiming to halt dirty fossil fuel operations and demonstrate support for an accelerated ‘just transition’ to 100% renewable energy. Major actions are currently planned in countries such as Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil, US, Germany, Philippines, Australia and more - led by the communities that have spent years already fighting dangerous fossil fuel projects.[2]

“Hot on the heels of the largest ever climate mobilisations in history activists are once again stepping back into the ring to strike a body blow against a fossil fuel industry that’s on its knees.” said Wael Hmaidan, the Director of Climate Action Network. “More and more people are joining the fight because they see how fossil fuels are destroying the planet, risking the economy, and creating injustice for local communities. The movement is here to stay, there is no end to it, until the final bell tolls for the fossil fuel industry.”

On the back of the hottest year in recorded history, communities worldwide are demanding  governments put words into action after delivering the historic Paris Agreement in December where 196 parties signalled the end of the the fossil fuel era. In order to address the current climate crisis and keep global warming below 1.5C degrees fossil fuel projects need to be shelved and existing infrastructure needs to be replaced, now.

“The science is clear: we need to keep at least 80%, if not more, of fossil fuel reserves in the ground,” said Payal Parekh, the Global Managing Director of, “communities worldwide are experiencing first hand the consequences of climate change and the damage inflicted by the fossil fuel industry. It’s up to us to break free from fossil fuels and accelerate the shift towards a just transition to 100% renewable energy. It’s in our hands to close the gap between what current commitments will achieve and what science demands is necessary in order to protect our common home.”

The climate movement’s commitment to scaling up its resistance to the fossil fuel industry comes at a time when renewable energy is already more affordable and widespread than ever before. These new tools give communities at the front lines of climate change new ways to respond to the crisis and build their own power.

“Moving towards 100% renewable energy is possible with the political will to make the change” said Arif Fiyanto, Coal Campaigner at Greenpeace Indonesia. “There are no major economic or technical barriers to a future supported by renewable energy. Any new infrastructure built to support fossil fuels expansion, such as coal mines, power plants, oil rigs and export terminals will be a waste of money and further lock us into a path to irreversible climate change”

Post-Paris, the fossil fuel industry is running scared with prices plunging and companies going bankrupt. Now, ramped up civil disobedience will show that the industry’s social licence to operate is fast evaporating. Such peaceful civil disobedience brings people from all walks of life, and not just seasoned climate activists, to challenge both politicians and polluters to accelerate the unstoppable energy transition already underway.

One such example is last year’s Ende Gelände (Here And No Further), which saw 1500 people take part in a daring act of civil disobedience to shut down Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions. On the urgency at hand, Hannah Eichberger from this grassroots anti-coal alliance said: “It’s time now for a grassroots energy transition that does not only exchange one source of energy for the other but that tackles the root causes of natural destruction and social injustice: corporate power.”

The struggles against the fossil fuel industry and the environmental, social, economic and political destruction they’ve wielded has been underway across regions for many years.

"Fossil fuels have brought horrendous pollutions to the Niger Delta alongside unimaginable human rights abuses while severely harming communities, said Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian activist from the Health of Mother Earth Foundation, “We cannot allow fossil fuel addicts to burn the planet. The time for the shift is now. No one will set us free. We must break free ourselves, now" he added.

These peaceful worldwide mobilisations taking place in May serve as an important point in the climate movement’s trajectory to increase pressure on the fossil fuel industry. The global struggle to finally break free from fossil fuels will continue making this a struggle the world cannot ignore.




[1] For more information visit:

[2] Highlights from some of the planned actions across 6 continents include:

Germany: Last year 1500 people entered the pit of a lignite coal mine in the Rhineland, and in May hundreds more are coming to Lusatia, where local communities have struggled against mining and resettlement for years. There they will engage in civil disobedience to stop the digging in one of Europe’s biggest open-pit lignite mines, which the Swedish company Vattenfall has put up for sale. The action will show any future buyer that all coal development will face resistance, and demonstrate the movement’s commitment to a different kind of energy system that prioritizes people and the planet over corporate power and profit.

Nigeria: In the Niger Delta actions will be held in 3 iconic locations that epitomise the decades old despoiling of the region. The actions will show clearly that Nigeria, nay Africa, is better off without the polluting activities of the fossil industry. They will also underscore the fact that people's action remains the viable way to save the planet from mankind's addiction to fossil fuels.

Turkey: community leaders in the Izmir region will confront the illegal tactics behind the coal industry’s plan to build 4 more dirty coal plants near their homes, in addition to the one operating illegally. They will gather at the gates of a massive, growing spoils mountain used by nearby coal plants against a court order to dispose of dangerous waste from the burning of dirty coal. This action will unite several fights against individual coal plants into a unified stance against the current Turkish government’s plan to dramatically expand the use of coal in the country.

Australia: As an election approaches, climate activists will bring the country’s growing climate movement to the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, and demonstrate their resolve to both make the climate a key issue in the coming election, and their determination to continue resisting coal no matter who is in the Prime Minister’s chair.

Brazil: Indigenous people and climate activists will join hands for four different peaceful actions addressing key parts of the country’s oil and gas infrastructure -- from where the gas is fracked in Indigenous land, to its risky transportation, to where it is burned. The exact details are being kept confidential, but thousands of participants are expected across more than a week of action in all areas of the country.

United States: Activists are targeting 5 key areas of fossil fuel development: new tar sands pipelines in the Midwest with an action near Chicago; fracking in the Mountain West with an event outside Denver; ‘bomb trains’ carrying fracked oil and gas to a port in Albany, NY; Shell’s devastating refinery pollution north of Seattle; and dangerous oil and gas drilling in Los Angeles. These diverse actions will all escalate critical local campaigns that target the unjust practices of the fossil fuel industry that burdened the poor and people of color with the bulk of the industry’s pollution.

[3] About CAN:

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1,000 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from over 110 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.  

CAN contact: Mark Raven, CAN International, email:, phone: +90 53626 88406 or +44 7841474125

Climate Action Network demands justice for murdered activist

Friday 4 March, 2016

Dear Minister Ayala Alvarenga,

Climate Action Network (CAN), a community of over 1,000 NGOs in more than 110 countries fighting for action to tackle climate change, expresses sadness, regret and condemnation at the brutal murder of Berta Cáceres that took place in her home on Thursday 3 March.

As the world’s largest environmental community we urge the authorities to act swiftly and bring to justice those responsible for her murder.

The CAN community also expresses concern for the safety of Berta’s colleague Gustavo Castro Soto who was injured in the attack. As an important witness to this serious crime we demand that the Honduran authorities ensure his well-being, and that they conduct a transparent investigation without impunity.

Berta co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to fight for their rights. She led the peaceful opposition to the building of a dam that would have destroyed local communities’ farmland and limited access to drinking water. In 2015 she was awarded the Goldman Prize, the highest recognition for environmental activism.

Together we face the threat of climate change. As climate impacts increasingly hit home governments and citizens must work together. To do this effectively we must shun false solutions and uphold human rights - this is what Berta did, and she paid for it with her life.

CAN calls on all involved with regional dam projects to do everything in their power to stop the violence and intimidation against activists.

This letter is supported by the entire CAN community, you can find a list of all 1,000 organisations here:


Climate Action Network


Estimado Secretario Ayala,

Climate Action Network (CAN), una red de más de 1.000 organizaciones no gubernamentales presente en más de 110 países con el fin de fortalecer la acción por el clima global, expresa tristeza, pesar y condena el brutal asesinato de Berta Cáceres, que tuvo lugar en su casa el pasado jueves 3 de marzo.

Asimismo, pedimos a las autoridades de Honduras que actúen con rapidez para llevar ante la justicia a los responsables de su asesinato. CAN, también, expresa su preocupación por la seguridad de Gustavo Castro Soto, colega de Berta, quien resultó herido durante el ataque. Como testigo importante de este grave delito exigimos que las autoridades de Honduras garanticen su bienestar y que lleven a cabo una investigación transparente y sin impunidad.

Berta fue cofundadora del Consejo Nacional de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) para contribuir a la lucha de sus derechos. Ella lideró una oposición pacífica en contra de la construcción de una represa que amenazaba parte del territorio  agrícola de las comunidades locales y reduciría el acceso al agua potable. Por su incansable rol en la defensa de su comunidad y sus derechos, en 2015, Berta fue galardonada con el Premio Goldman, el más alto reconocimiento para el activismo ambiental.

Juntos nos enfrentamos a la amenaza del cambio climático. A medida que los efectos del cambio del clima son más frecuentes, los gobiernos nacionales y los ciudadanos debemos trabajar juntos. Para hacerlo con eficacia no aceptaremos falsas soluciones y trabajaremos por hacer valer los derechos humanos, tal cual hizo Berta, quien lamentablemente pagó con su vida.

CAN llama a todos los involucrados en proyectos de represas en la América Latina a evaluar sus impactos socioambientales con la más alta rigurosidad y detener la violencia y la intimidación contra  activistas.

Esta carta cuenta con el apoyo de toda la comunidad de CAN, se puede encontrar una lista de las 1.000 organizaciones aquí:




CAN Submission: Input to SCF Forum on Financial Instruments for Loss and Damage, February 2016

~~Climate Action Network (CAN) International sees an important role for the SCF Forum to discuss financial instruments to address loss and damage and is grateful for the opportunity to provide inputs on the scope and purpose of the Forum and also to provide relevant information as well as case studies to inform the Forum.

CAN believes that finance for loss and damage should pay particular attention on how loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change affects particularly vulnerable developing countries, vulnerable populations and the ecosystems that they depend on, and how approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change can be designed and implemented to benefit these populations.



CAN Letter: IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC, February 2016

Dear IPCC bureau member:

I am writing on behalf of Climate Action Network (CAN) International a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations in more than 100 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

CAN welcomes the invitation by the UNFCCC COP for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to provide in 2018 a Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emissions pathways.

CAN is of the opinion, that  IPCC’s Special Reports play a valuable role in informing the international climate debate and that they should continue to provide solid, science-based, and politically relevant information to support  the UNFCCC. In this regard, it is of utmost importance that the IPCC accepts in its bureau meeting this month in Geneva, the invitation of the COP to provide a special report in 2018.

CAN recognizes that there was limited data available during AR5 for the IPCC to examine 1.5°C scenarios, but since then more research has been published. Also, if the IPCC were to announce a Special Report on this theme, the urgently needed research would surely continue and intensify. Research results that would not be available in time for the Special Report could still inform AR6.

We suggest that the Special Report requested by the COP would pay particular attention to rapid emission reductions towards decarbonisation and low-emission development scenarios and implementation pathways and needs consistent with 1.5°C warming scenarios, in line with CAN’s original proposal for a 1.5°C report.

Taking an integrated approach, the proposed Special Report should demonstrate the pathways available to achieving ambitious emission reductions while promoting sustainable development, including in relation to aspects covered in the Paris Agreement’s preamble. As well as considering pathways that conform to GHG budgets that are consistent with achieving limiting warming to below 1.5ºC with a high (>75%) probability, the Special Report would ideally also break down these pathways by countries and/ or regions and include a separate chapter covering explicit modeling and consideration of climate impacts of international aviation and shipping.

Also, while pursuing the greatest possible mitigation ambition and adaptation resilience, we want to equally ensure that none of the actions taken under the Paris Agreement have unforeseen negative impacts, either to the environment or to the host communities.  This would require that the IPCC assess the efficacy, costs, and risks of all technologies and approaches to limit warming to 1.5°C, with particular attention to those technologies that might pose an intrinsic risk.
To the extent possible, the IPCC should categorize the risks of climate-related technologies and approaches as high, medium, or low in their environmental and social impacts.  This could help ensure that as technologies are offered in climate projects under the UNFCCC, unexpected consequences and, particularly, cross-boundary or global incidents, are avoided.  This can also lower the cost of doing technology assessments in project implementations, by focusing on appropriate levels of assessment for each project. The UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee might be helpful in framing this work.

The report should also include empirical evidence on which mitigation and adaptation measures have been effective, and which have failed, as well as taking into account avoided impacts compared to higher temperature scenarios.

Thank you very much for your consideration.


Wael Hmaidan
Climate Action Network-International