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Bonn climate talks: Countries come together to make progress even as US position on Paris Agreement remains ambiguous

Negotiators worked through details of the rulebook, an operational blueprint that will ensure the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement

18 May 2017- Bonn: Climate Action Network welcomes the progress made in Bonn with negotiators advancing work on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Countries stayed focused on the task at hand: building on the details of the Paris ‘rulebook’, for its speedy implementation.
The most vulnerable countries have reminded us that the goals of the Paris Agreement are non-negotiable. At this juncture, we need an unwavering signal from all countries that climate action will not be relegated to a mere footnote on the global agenda.
There can be no room for confusion or backsliding on the direction and speed of travel that governments promised to embark on in Paris. At the upcoming G7 and the G20 summits, civil society call for enhanced and sustained political commitment to act on climate change to ensure a successful outcome in COP23, under the Fiji Presidency, and beyond.  

Members of Climate Action Network react at the conclusion of the Bonn intersessional:

Krishneil Narayan, Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Action Network, said:
“Pacific islanders are determined to ensure that COP23 builds on the momentum from Paris and delivers the strongest possible outcomes for the vulnerable countries and for communities everywhere. The “Pacific COP” will be a COP for the people, not the polluters. Ensuring our survival means implementing actions that achieve the 1.5ºC temperature limit by bringing an end to the fossil fuel era; addressing loss and damage; and fast tracking the flow of climate finance into the Pacific for adaptation. Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) welcomes the progress made at the Bonn negotiations session this May. Whilst the negotiations moved at a slow pace during this session, we understand that developing the Paris rulebook from scratch is a difficult task for the negotiators. PICAN looks forward to working closely with the COP23 Presidency and the Pacific people to ensure that the Talanoa process – reflecting the true Fijian spirit of dialogue – is inclusive, participatory and transparent and leads to some concrete decisions at COP23.”

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International, said:
Climate change impacts are hitting vulnerable populations all over the world. Almost all countries here in Bonn have made clear: Backtracking from the Paris Agreement is not an option, climate action must be ramped up! The negotiations have made moderate progress, but the spotlight will now be on the most powerful nations. When the leaders of G7 and G20 meet in the coming weeks, the world expects them to protect the climate vulnerable from climate risks and to take actions to cut emissions more quickly.”

Vitu Chinoko, Southern Africa Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator, CARE International, said:
“SouthernAfrica is still recovering from the worst drought in 35 years, while vulnerable countries, like Mozambique and Madagascar, have been hit by cyclones. It is clear that poor populations, in particular women and girls, are already facing impacts that leave them hungry and stuck in poverty. While countries are implementing actions to adapt to these impacts, the negotiations continue to move at a slow pace, despite a fruitful exchange of ideas. We expect countries to come to COP23 prepared and committed to agree on next steps that promote learning, action, and support.”

Teresa Anderson, climate policy officer for ActionAid International, said:
In spite of uncertainty around the US' commitment to the Paris Agreement, negotiators in Bonn did not get distracted, and instead got on with the job at hand.
Writing a brand new rulebook post-Paris began with a fair amount of head-scratching. But slowly, slowly, ideas are taking shape. Negotiators have begun to sketch an outline of the rulebook, and when they come back for the next round of negotiations they'll be ready to do the colouring in."
"It's clear that developed countries' reluctance to deliver on their financial goals is infecting a number of different streams of negotiations. In discussions on agriculture and adaptation, for example, vulnerable countries' efforts to move towards implementation, were stalled by developed countries' apparent allergy to anything that has cost implications."

Li Shuo, Climate Policy Advisor Greenpeace, said:
“Uncertainty over Trump’s decision on the Paris agreement did not deter delegates here in Bonn, but instead galvanised their resolve to move ahead with climate action. In the next days and weeks we expect the shared leadership among responsive countries to grow even stronger. The new coalition of willing that is taking shape should help secure strong outcomes for climate at the G7 and G20 summits.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice, said:
It was encouraging to see that discussions in Bonn were not around whether or not the Paris Agreement was needed but rather about the details of its implementation. This sends a strong signal that the climate negotiations are not being paralysed by politics. Rather, negotiators engaged in the technical discussions that are required to make substantial progress by COP23 on the rules that will guide the implementation of the agreement.”

Lutz Weischer, Team Leader International Climate Policy, Germanwatch, said:
"The delegates in Bonn worked through their tasks diligently and constructively, showing that countries remain committed to the Paris Agreement. When ministers meet in Berlin on Monday and Tuesday for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, they need to send the same strong signal: The world is committed to making the vision enshrined in the Paris Agreement a reality. This requires a commitment to increase national targets as the first round of the ambition mechanism kicks in in 2018. The Petersberg Dialogue is also another opportunity where ministers from the most vulnerable countries will remind the richest countries that it is their particular responsibility to immediately cut emissions and increase support for addressing climate impact in developing countries. We expect Chancellor Merkel to fight for a strong climate outcome both at the G7 summit in Italy next week and the G20 summit in Germany in July. As the work continues towards COP23 in Bonn, it is crucial that civil society is included in the next steps of the process. Excluding our submissions and participation in roundtables is not acceptable."

Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, Corporate Accountability International, said:
“If this round of negotiations has proved one thing, it’s that governments and civil society organizations are determined to create policy to address the corrosive influence of Big Polluters. Try as they might, the industry and the Global North governments in their pockets will not be successful in suppressing our voices or undermining this movement. Around the globe, people have already made it clear: those driving this crisis have no role in making the rules designed to constrain the source of their profits. Simply put, despite bullying from corporate trade groups and the governments representing the industry’s interests, the progress made at this session ensures that a process is underway to advance a conflict of interest policy in the years to come.”  

Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead, Christian Aid, said:
“The Bonn session was a technical meeting meant to work out the details of how the Paris Agreement will operate, and we’re pleased that the negotiators, have weathered uncertainty from the US, rolled up their sleeves and got on well with the job at hand.
Some feared that the indecision around American involvement would have rattled the negotiators, but on the contrary, they have actually shown their resolve and recommitted to the Paris Agreement.
The upcoming meetings, especially the G7 and G20, will be important for preparing the ground for the COP23 summit and will heighten the political pressure for major economies, including the US, to stay on course. They will hopefully send a strong signal to the world on their unwavering support to implementing the Paris Agreement.”

Camilla Born, Policy Adviser, E3G, said:
“From negotiation rooms in Bonn, to phone calls between Beijing and Paris, one message was clear - the Paris Agreement is irreversible. Regardless of the US' ambiguous position, negotiators made steady progress piecing together the finer points of the rulebook. Now attention turns to the G7 and G20 as pressure grows in capitals to deliver the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.”

Jan Kowalzig, Senior Policy Adviser Climate Change, Oxfam said:
“The Paris Agreement is stronger than Donald Trump. Despite his threat to leave the agreement, all other countries have begun crafting the rulebook for the implementation of the landmark climate deal, and will continue to do so at the UN climate summit later this year. World leaders must now use the upcoming G7 and G20 summits to send a strong message to the US president that pulling out of the Paris Agreement will damage the United States, politically, diplomatically and economically."
“Yet there must be no mistake: Current ambition to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emission remains woefully inadequate. We’re still heading for global warming of 3-4°C with disastrous consequence for millions of people around the world living on the frontlines of climate change as droughts, storms and floods threaten their homes, their harvests and their livelihoods. At the same time, rich countries keep shying away form significantly increasing funds to support poor countries adapting to the worsening impacts.”

Sébastien Duyck, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), said:
Unabated by the political posturing of the US government, the climate negotiations continued to progress in Bonn towards the development of practical guidelines to assist governments in translating the Paris Agreement into concrete action. The role of civil society in climate policy was a central issue in Bonn as negotiators and NGOs considered practical approaches to ensure that climate policies are informed by indigenous knowledge and promote gender equality. We are however disappointed that governments did not commit to high standards of transparency when the negotiations next resume. The climate conference in November offers an unique opportunity to stress the urgency of climate action as it will be the first time a small island state is called upon to preside over the negotiations. We hope that Fiji will be able to bring new momentum to this process - in particular in the lead up to the review of collective ambition next year.

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Letter to G7 Sherpas: Make climate change a priority

"The G7 has played a pivotal role in shaping multilateral diplomacy and international climate policy and in upholding the principles of sustainable growth and development. We need this leadership now more than ever.All G7 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement and must deliver on commitments to limit the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. The credibility of the implementation of the Paris Agreement rests on countries honoring commitments on climate finance and demonstrating the will to undertake a global low-carbon transition as agreed at COP22 in Marrakesh."

 

To                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            25 April 2017

The Sherpas of the G7, under the Italian Presidency

Re: The 3rd G7 Sherpa’s meeting on 26-27 April

Dear Ambassadors,

Climate Action Network, a broad coalition of 1200 civil society organisations in over 120 countries fighting climate change, calls on the G7 to put climate change at the front and centre of discussions in the upcoming Sherpa’s meeting and in the G7 Heads of State meeting on 26-27 May.  

The G7 has played a pivotal role in shaping multilateral diplomacy and international climate policy and in upholding the principles of sustainable growth and development. We need this leadership now more than ever.All G7 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement and must deliver on commitments to limit the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. The credibility of the implementation of the Paris Agreement rests on countries honoring commitments on climate finance and demonstrating the will to undertake a global low-carbon transition as agreed at COP22 in Marrakesh.

The recent G7 energy ministers’ discussions failed to live up to expectations and demonstrate the urgency that is required to tackle the pace and scale of climate change that confronts us. This cannot set a precedent for discussions in future meetings.
We, however, do appreciate that most of the countries stood firm on implementing the Paris Agreement and the need for a decarbonisation strategy.
Future meetings of G7 countries must significantly advance discussions on the global climate agenda if we want to maintain trust in the multilateral system.

The United States’ decision to retreat from domestic and international climate action cannot stand in the way of other countries leading the charge towards decarbonisation and ramping up national targets to cut emissions commensurate with their promises in Paris. At this juncture, the G7 cannot afford to dither on its commitments or be undermined by any one country. There is no room for a compromise that results in diluting language on climate change, climate finance and decarbonisation to a mere footnote. This would be a failure.
Countries must stand firmly together to prevent backsliding on hard-won global consensus on climate action, even going as far to issue a climate declaration in the name of the G6 should one country obstruct the way forward.   

Sincerely,
Wael Hmaidan
Director, Climate Action Network-International

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Trump signs orders reversing climate policies- harming jobs, health and the economy

28 March 2017: The world stood in shock as President Trump signed executive orders rolling back the Clean Power Plan and promoting outdated fossil fuels. While more than 190 countries are moving forward, as they agreed in Paris, towards a clean energy future, President Trump is taking America backwards by signing executive orders that will revive the dirty coal industry which has been lagging since 2010. Grassroots movements and market forces have unleashed a clean energy revolution making it the cheaper, healthier option with the promise to generate the jobs of the future. The orders also promote oil and gas at a time when other countries abandon them in favor of fast growing renewable energy. CAN members and partners, including former US Vice President Al Gore and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres react.

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WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice Leader, Manuel-Pulgar Vidal, said:
“Hampering the US’ ability to deliver on its international climate commitments will impact the world’s climate trajectory, but it will not define its outcome.
“Our ability to achieve the promise of the Paris Agreement does not rest on the actions of one government alone.  At COP22 held in Marrakech last year, French President Holland said the Paris Agreement is an ‘irreversible’ process. We agree. “The speed and scale of meeting the climate challenge has always required global solutions from all parts of the international community. It is up to all of us to reaffirm our commitment for a clean energy future, and to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement.
“Companies and cities are not waiting to act; neither should we. Delivering on the Paris Agreement means more jobs, fewer health problems and increased access to cheaper, cleaner electricity. We have no time to lose: momentum remains on our side and together, we are unstoppable.”

President & CEO, World Resources Institute, Dr. Andrew Steer said:
“The Trump administration is failing a test of leadership to protect Americans' health, the environment and the economy. It’s been shown time and again that sustained economic growth and national security are intertwined with good environmental stewardship.
“In taking a sledgehammer to U.S. climate action, the administration will push the country backward, making it harder and more expensive to reduce emissions. Climate science is clear and unwavering: mounting greenhouse gas emissions are warming our planet, putting people and business in harm’s way.
“The Clean Power Plan is a flexible and commonsense approach to reduce emissions from the power sector. It’s already helping to shift markets toward clean energy, which is good for the economy and American competitiveness. The administration should not be rolling back the safeguards that protect our air from methane emissions and limits on coal leasing on public lands. The administration is also wrong to withdraw support for local communities which need to be strong and secure in the face of rising seas, extreme weather events, and other climate impacts.

“The administration is out of step with U.S. companies, investors and consumers who want clean energy that is delivering jobs and revitalizing communities. Many governors and mayors will continue to embrace low-carbon solutions because it’s good for jobs, people and the planet. Republican and Democratic officials alike are committed to harnessing energy from the wind and sun because it’s good for their constituents. Hundreds of leading businesses are committed to reduce emissions and support climate action because it’s in their economic interest to do so.
“Around the globe, countries have committed to transition to a low-carbon economy that will make the world safer and more prosperous.
“Make no mistake: This Executive Order will undermine people’s health and the U.S. economy. It hands moral authority and global leadership over to others, leaving America behind.”

Oxfam America climate change manager, Heather Coleman said:
“President Trump’s reprehensible move to dismantle US progress in fighting climate change is yet another signal that this administration could not care less about the millions of vulnerable people around the world who live on the front lines of a climate crisis they did not create. These actions cater to the fossil fuel industry and corporate elites, while leaving the most vulnerable high and dry.
"Never before have the impacts of a changing climate felt so severe, with disproportionate impacts on those already living in poverty here at home and across the world. Yet with these actions, the Trump administration is choosing to abandon any claim to the US moral high ground.
"Despite the lack of leadership from the President and Congress in addressing climate change, US businesses, cities, and states are stepping up to commit to climate action and to long-term solutions that create safer, healthier communities and strong economic prosperity. Oxfam will continue to encourage equitable solutions to the climate crisis and hold sectors and government leaders accountable.”

350.org Executive Director, May Boeve said:
“This all-out attack on our climate and communities will be met with historic resistance. Trump is once again propping up the reckless fossil fuel industry while slashing any protections that put people before profits. As concern about global warming reaches a three-decade record high, there’s overwhelming support from the American people for climate action. On April 29th, we’re taking our vision and our resistance to Washington for the Peoples Climate March with people from every corner of the country who are ready to keep fighting for our future.”

ClientEarth CEO of environmental lawyers, James Thornton said:
“This is a monumental and ill-considered mistake by Trump which will have a hugely detrimental impact on American citizens, on jobs and on the environment. The vast majority of Americans understand the need to protect the environment and tackle climate change, yet the Trump administration is seeking to undo the laws which all of us – around the globe – need to protect people, the planet and future generations. We must not allow progress to be turned back.”

Center for Biological Diversity Executive Director, Kieran Suckling said:
"Trump just took his war against our climate to a terrifying new level,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “With these massive giveaways to the fossil fuel industry, he proves that his first loyalty is to polluters, not the American public. Anyone who values wildlife, clean air and clean water will be hurt by this plan to let dirty companies pollute our climate and exploit our beautiful public lands.”

Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune said:
“Donald Trump’s executive order would let dirty power plants spew unlimited pollution into our air while ignoring the climate crisis, unraveling protections that are designed to save billions of dollars, and thousands of lives. The safeguards Donald Trump is trying to throw out protect all families in America by curbing dangerous carbon pollution and reducing other dangerous pollutants like mercury, methane, and sulfur dioxide -- but unfortunately Trump would rather pad the fossil fuel industry’s profits.

“Worse, Trump’s attack ignores reality -- not just the reality of the climate crisis, but the reality that the clean energy economy is rapidly growing. The best way to protect workers and the environment is to invest in growing the clean energy economy that is already outpacing fossil fuels, and ensuring no one is left behind  At a time when we can declare independence from dirty fuels by embracing clean energy, this action could only deepen our dependence on fuels that pollute our air, water and climate while making our kids sicker.
“Meanwhile, grassroots advocates have helped push coal to its lowest level in history by retiring nearly 250 plants nationwide, and cities ranging from Salt Lake City, Utah to Georgetown, Texas are committing to 100 percent clean energy. Because of strong local action to replace coal and gas with clean energy we are on track to meet the Clean Power Plan’s 2030 emissions targets as soon as next year, and clean energy growth nationwide will continue unabated.

"The good news is that the safeguards Trump wants to shred -- like the Clean Power Plan -- are on a strong legal footing and the public will have the chance to voice its objections as the Trump administration tries to roll them back. Trump can’t reverse our clean energy and climate progress with the stroke of a pen, and we’ll fight Trump in the courts, in the streets, and at the state and local level across America to protect the health of every community.”

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Former US Vice President Al Gore said:
 “Today’s executive order, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin rolling back environmental protections and policies including the Clean Power Plan, is a misguided step away from a sustainable, carbon-free future for ourselves and generations to come. It is essential, not only to our planet, but also to our economic future, that the United States continues to serve as a global leader in solving the climate crisis by transitioning to clean energy, a transition that will continue to gain speed due to the increasing competitiveness of solar and wind.

No matter how discouraging this executive order may be, we must, we can, and we will solve the climate crisis. No one man or group can stop the encouraging and escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet.”

Former mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg said: 
“No matter what any elected official says, rescinding commonsense climate change regulations and popular public health protections will not revive the coal industry or put thousands of miners back to work. Market forces, including consumer preferences and technological advancement, are the primary reason for the surge in cleaner forms of energy. In fact, even without the Clean Power Plan, we are likely to hit its emissions targets ahead of schedule -- because consumers, cities, and businesses will continue leading on public health and climate change even when Washington won't." 

Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres said: 
"The action by the US to undo important domestic carbon reduction regulation in the face of the enormous momentum building globally toward a low carbon economy risks putting the country on a back-foot at a time when most Americans are looking to lead. This decision will make things harder, not easier for Americans.”

“That's because trying to make fossil fuels remain competitive in the face of a booming clean renewable power sector, with the clean air and plentiful jobs it continues to generate, is going against the flow of economics.”
“I don't know anyone who wants to breathe dirty air, who wants to worry about their water source, or who wants to leave a dangerous world to their children. And because we are all united by these common desires, I am optimistic that Paris will endure, with world leadership remaining resilient in its commitments to Paris.”
“We have already seen an unprecedented upsurge of concern and activism as a result of the recent geopolitical shocks, and I expect we will continue to see that from the American people in response to any proposed weakening of the protections put in place for their health and safety in the form of climate regulations."

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Business, civil society and think tanks call on G20 to lead the way on implementing the Paris Agreement

Business, civil society and think tanks call on G20 to lead the way on implementing the Paris Agreement

22 March 2017: Climate Action Network welcomes the joint statement by the G20 Climate and Energy Engagement Groups. The B20 [Business 20], C20 [Civil 20] and the T20 [think tanks] working groups on climate and energy have called on G20 countries, under the German Presidency, to honour their commitments under the Paris Agreement, lead the way in ramping up ambition under their national climate action plans and submit their long-term projections for low-carbon development by 2018.

Read the full statement here

The G20 accounts for nearly 80% of global emissions. This statement highlights that sustainable development and inclusive growth must be compatible with the Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement goals.
The G20 heads of state will meet in the Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg in July.

About CAN Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. For more information, please contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN International, email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org or call +918826107830

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Civil society calls on Trump to ‘Make America Great’ by acting on climate change and investing in renewables

20 January 2017: As President Trump takes office today, Climate Action Network calls on this new administration not to turn its back on climate change and to choose to be on the right side of history by addressing one of the gravest global issue confronting us today.

"Trump was elected because the American people want a new, safe and prosperous vision for this world -one they feel the usual political elite was not able to deliver. We can’t agree more. Climate change is a problem created by these politicians and after 25 years they still couldn’t solve it. What we need is to also get rid of the energy of the past, and invest in the energy of the future. Renewable energy is the safest and most secure source of energy that can provide more jobs than fossil fuels. A 100% renewable energy vision is the best and most secure way to make America great,” said Wael Hmaidan, International Director, Climate Action Network.

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"Other countries have made it clear that no matter what President Trump does, they intend to implement and strengthen their commitments under the Paris Agreement; not one country has said that if President Trump pulls the United States out of Paris, they will follow. In addition, hundreds of U.S. states, cities, and companies have made clear their determination to stay the course on climate action. If President Trump persists in his stance that climate change is not a serious threat that demands greater action, he will find himself isolated on the international stage, with real consequences for his influence on trade, terrorism, and other issues."  - Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists   

“Donald Trump is always telling us how smart he is. Well the smart thing to do on climate change is to listen to the scientists and businesses and ensure America is ready to capitalise on the growing low carbon revolution that will help make it great again.  If he doesn’t he will hand the next industrial revolution to America’s economic rivals. “China, is snapping at America’s heels and is ready to take its mantle as the most pro-active, low-carbon superpower. “Trump has already spoken about investing in America’s infrastructure.  Any modern construction firm will likely have sustainability built-in to its plans. States and cities will want the very latest, climate-smart technology, not out of date infrastructure from the past.” - Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead, Mohamed Adow

“The tens of thousands of people expected to take to the streets around the inauguration are not just protesting Trump’s power -- we’re foreshadowing the resistance that will continue to grow after today. Trump has threatened to roll back so many hard-won progressive gains, including those on climate, but he can’t take away our resolve to fight back at every turn. And movements for justice are forming alliances like never before to do just that. There are so many ways to challenge injustice, and for our climate and our communities, it’s more important than ever that we stay strong against Trump’s tyrannical plans, and work together to create the future we need. “While we are also seeing the rise of politically oppressive regimes in many parts of the world, these will continue to be met with the people’s growing resistance and the urgent demand that political leaders everywhere need to listen to science and start driving national economies away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy. The impacts of extreme weather in a warming world already costed the US hundreds of human lives and $46 billion in damages during the past year alone. While globally the concentration of climate changing CO2 in our planet’s atmosphere continues to rise to new record levels with the World Meteorological Organisation confirming 2016 was the hottest year on record. Now more than ever, elected officials worldwide need to heed to the urgency of the climate crisis and stand with science to safeguard a livable planet for communities worldwide.” -May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director

“Those of us who understand the threats we are facing now need to come together in new coalition and be ready to fight as hard as our opponents, who are ready to sacrifice the earth to preserve their privileges. For the sake of our and our children’s future, we now have to show Donald Trump and the world that we have the better story - and are not wimps.” -Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council

"Donald Trump is installed in the White House only days after new data confirms that 2016 has been the third hottest year on record in a row. It is crystal clear that we can risk no gap in the effort to scale up climate action. Regardless of what the Trump administration will do, it is high time that the EU steps up their game, reaching out to countries like China to ensure continued international efforts to tackle the causes and impacts of climate change." - Wendel Trio, Director at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

“If we look at Trump as a populist, we can surely say that there is no place for populist statements on climate change. It’s a very serious science and any attempts to simplify the issue will be considered unprofessional.” - Alexey Kokorin, WWF Russia

“The Arab region is not only the most vulnerable when it comes to climate change but climate change has been linked to political conflicts some countries in the region like Syria witnesses the worst drought since 900 years; real implementation Paris agreement will save lives”.
“Our countries showed initiatives by starting major renewable energy project it's time for countries like USA to keep its promise in saving future generations.” -Safa’ Al Jayoussi, Can Arab World Co-Coordinator.

“Climate change is an international issue that affects us all negatively. Don't let the United States of America be responsible for the "domino effect" of withdrawing from Paris agreement. Each country should hold to its commitments that was consolidated in Marrakech. - Nouhad Awwad, Arab Youth Climate Muster AYCM, National Coordinator-Lebanon
 

For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN- International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or call on +918826107830
About Climate Action Network:
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German G20 must mobilise action on climate change for a stronger and safer world

Germany today took over the G20 Presidency by outlining its mission for 2017 under the overarching motto of “Shaping an Interconnected World”

1 December 2016:  Climate Action Network calls on the German Presidency to use the G20 platform to mobilise international cooperation and action on climate change. 
Decisive action on climate change is vital to strengthening global stability and achieving sustainable development, two pillars of the 2017 G20 agenda. The G20 countries account for nearly 80 percent of global emissions. They have a responsibility to lead on several actions to ensure that climate change does not further endanger global stability.  

By making climate-risk disclosure mandatory, the G20 can ensure that new investment in infrastructure is climate-resilient and low carbon. This is vital to avoid the serious risk of stranded assets that threaten financial stability and economic growth. 

Inefficient fossil fuel subsidies skew markets in favour of energy sources that are not environmentally sustainable and which fail to deliver long-term energy security. 
G20 governments must unlock the potential of renewable energy sources that are now cost-competitive in many parts of the world. They must further commit to halt fossil-fuel based development and infrastructure investments. Green finance will be an essential enabling element in the necessary global energy transition to 100% renewable energy.

Developing mid-century strategies for sustainable development and decarbonization is a key step in ensuring stable and resilient national economies. Such long-term planning will send clear signals to the private sector, and help build a framework for investments in line with development goals and those of the Paris Agreement.

Mitigating and adapting to climate change will be key to global security as the scale and frequency of extreme weather events threaten vulnerable communities and exacerbate scarcity of natural resources. 
In 2015, all G20 governments adopted the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030-the Sustainable Development Goals. During COP 22 in Marrakech last month, 48 of the most vulnerable countries committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2050. 
Now the world’s largest economies must ensure that their economic decisions are compatible with the commitments they made in Paris and in line with the direction in which the global economy is moving.

Germany, at the helm of the G20 must reaffirm commitments to avoid irreversible climate change. It must through its G20 leadership, work to ensure a progressive outcome on global climate action.    

CAN members comment on the start of the German G20 Presidency  

“Climate science tells us that the responsible thing to do is to stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure now. Germany should push the G20 in this direction, and at the very least, should advance the 2009 G20 promise to end fossil fuel subsidies. We can’t afford to build new fossil fuel infrastructure, and we certainly can’t afford to waste even one more cent of public money on it.” Alex Doukas, Senior Campaigner, Oil Change International

“As the G20 Presidency enters Europe for the next 12 months, Germany and the whole European Union should get behind an ambitious work plan that moves the world's largest economies further away from fossil fuels and closer towards being fully renewables based and energy efficient. Germany together with the rest of the EU now have the opportunity to solidify their alleged climate leadership. This includes phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, increasing near-term climate action and getting down to business with the EU's long-term decarbonisation strategy.” Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network Europe

“As the world’s largest emitters and strongest economies, the G20 have a responsibility to act on climate change. The Paris Agreement has set a globally agreed framework for responding to the climate crisis, but we can only achieve the Paris objectives if the G20 now acts decisively on implementation. We welcome the emphasis the German presidency has announced to put on this issue. We expect chancellor Merkel to make it very clear that climate change has to be a priority, also vis-a-vis the incoming U.S. administration. All G20 countries need to agree to develop their mid-century decarbonization plans by 2018.” Christoph Bals, Policy Director, Germanwatch     

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HISTORIC BREAKTHROUGH: 48 COUNTRIES COMMIT TO TRANSITION TO 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY

November 18, 2016: In a historic breakthrough, 48 climate vulnerable countries clear the way towards a safe and prosperous future for everyone and commit to 100% renewable energy by mid-century. In a bold move that is set to spark a global ripple effect prompting other countries into concrete action, the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), chaired by Ethiopia declared shifting to net carbon neutrality in a high-level ministerial meeting held on the last day of the UN climate talks in Morocco.

“We are thrilled by this move, this is what we worked hard for all these years, countries stepping out to transform their energy dependence away from fossil fuels into sustainable resources that brings economic growth while saving lives from climate-induced potential disasters,” said Climate Action Network Director Wael Hmaidan.

Constituting 25% of the countries in the climate process, CVF vow to end energy poverty “not leaving anyone behind and protect food and water security” through massive de-carbonization plans and creating jobs in renewables.

“The commitments made by the Climate Vulnerable Forum today are both impressive and inspirational. They have once again shown their moral leadership in this process with real-world commitments to action. These countries are already living the terrifying reality of climate change today and their very existence is on the line. The EU stands with them and their commitment to greater ambition in the years ahead,” said European Union Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.

This declaration comes in the wake Hurricane Matthew that devastated Haiti and caused a humanitarian catastrophe amplified by capability constraints. As the most vulnerable, CVF countries are setting the urgency and taking action to build resilience, averting disasters protecting people through providing insurance covering climate related calamities and risk.

“Participating in CVF and adopting this declaration is an ethical matter for us,” said Costa Rican Minister of Environment and Energy Edgar Gutierrez. “The health of our people, the destiny of our nations is at stake.”

CVF will hold a summit in 2018 to lay out their de-carbonization map that will meet science and limit temperature increase to 1.5 above pre-industrial levels.

"I welcome the Climate Vulnerable Forum Declaration highlighting the need for urgent climate action in order to protect the most vulnerable and allow everyone to prosper.   Our goal must be to bend the curve of emissions by 2020 in order to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C and enable an orderly and just transition.  For this we must accelerate the shift of capital and promote radical collaboration among all stakeholders. We can do it,” said Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres.

CVF pledged to promote the full implementation of the amended Montreal protocol to reduce emissions equivalent to 0.5C warming.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is a collaborative platform for vulnerable countries to address the key issues related to climate change. The CVF brings together government leaders from 48 developing countries vulnerable to climate change to which it has an open, inclusive and semi-formal approach. Nations participating in the CVF are also members of the Vulnerable Twenty. The Forum is currently chaired by Ethiopia. The incumbent CVF chair is Marshall Islands

Check out the following links for information about the forum, the vision and the communique:

http://www.thecvf.org/

http://climate.gov.ph/15-press-release/173-climate-vulnerable-forum-s-newly-adopted-vision-and-communique

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Civil society responds to climate talks in Marrakech as countries reaffirm their commitment to Paris deal

Vulnerable countries come forward with plans to adopt 100% renewable energy but Africa COP sees no clear commitments from developed countries to increase long-term funding for adaptation

18 November, Marrakech: At the climate talks in Marrakech, Climate Action Network welcomes that governments reaffirmed their resolve to work together on implementing the Paris Agreement, even amidst uncertain political moments. As of today, 111 countries have ratified the Agreement, with several such as UK, Australia, Guatemala, Malaysia Pakistan and Tanzania, in the last few days. Together they represent the greatest international cooperation to act on climate change.

The extraordinary political solidarity that brought the Agreement into force less than a year since it was negotiated, thereby allowing the first meeting of the Parties to take place much earlier than anticipated, must now translate into substantive action.

Taking advantage of the Paris Agreement’s rapid entry into force and work on the rulebook being completed by 2018, countries have to do more and faster. 

Governments must keep their pre-2020 commitments to limit warming below 1.5 degrees C and prevent irreversible damage from the impacts of climate change.

Countries that have not yet ratified the Doha Amendment must do so. While some countries will achieve their 2020 targets and progress is promising on initiatives, such as the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, civil society organisations call for much stronger political will to ensure that all countries meet their pre-2020 targets. Developing countries must be assured financial, technical and capacity-building support to do this.
The 48 countries, part of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, have committed to updating their Nationally Determined Contributions before 2020 emphasising that additional support is critical for their implementation.    

That these climate talks took place in Africa, a continent particularly vulnerable and ill-equipped to tackle climate change, would give reason to believe that developed countries would commit with certainty increased support for adaptation beyond their current, inadequate plans. This has not been the case. In these two weeks, some of them have promised funds but this is woefully short of what is needed ​now as well as in the long-term to protect poor communities who are already bearing the brunt of the worst impacts of climate change.

If governments are serious about achieving the goals from Paris, they must come fully prepared in ​2017 and ​2018 to scale up mitigation ambition​, enhance funding for adaptation in particular, and ​review progress. ​​This includes agreeing to a robust methodology for what is counted as climate finance against the US$100 billion commitment.

Marrakech marks an important moment when countries initiated the process​ to take the Paris Agreement forward to 2018 which will be a critical milestone to assess real progress.

CAN members in Marrakech reacted to the talks:

“Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) welcomes the progress made at COP22 in Marrakech. This COP was meant to take a step forward towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement by setting some guidelines of moving forward and this was achieved for some of the issues. There is a lot of work still to be done in the realization of goals set out in the Paris Agreement but the partnerships and overall political willingness of the countries to move forward together is commendable. In particular, the collective commitment shown towards the Paris Agreement despite the concerns arising on the climate change positions of the incoming United States President-elect Donald Trump sends a signal that the debate on the realities of climate change is over and that the world is committed to solving the climate change problem. PICAN also supports the confirmation of Fiji as the next COP23 Presidency and commends Fiji on the leadership shown on behalf of all vulnerable islands states. This is a highly significant moment as it is the very first time a small island developing state will hold presidency of the UNFCCC COP. It’s going to be a Pacific COP next year. PICAN looks forward to working closing with the Fiji Presidency and showcasing the leadership of the Pacific in the year ahead.” Krishneil Narayan, the Coordinator of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN)

“Despite fears, the spirit of Paris and the climate movement are alive and well as we saw in Marrakesh at COP22. Technical negotiations showed progress but the plight of the poorest and especially women and girls still demand a clearer roadmap and money to match. We are also calling on governments and business to make emission cuts now that respect the 1.5 degrees limit so that a desperate situation does not completely spiral out of our control. Thus, the ambitious leadership shown by 47 developing countries in the Climate Vulnerable Forum pushes the most powerful countries to be much bolder and take quicker action.” Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General and CEO of CARE International

“Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) members welcome the progress made on technical front at the COP 22 but expressed their disappointment on lack of urgency shown by developed countries on delivering their promise of providing necessary funding to developing countries to cope with the incessant impacts of climate change.  The agreement on process for preparing a rule book for implementation of Paris agreement, the infusion of some more money in  adaptation fund and the fact that CMA the implementing body of Paris Agreement has begun functioning is all good news but the money on the table is way less than required to help the  developing countries to implement their conditional NDC and close the emissions gap required to arrest runaway climate change and assist the most vulnerable and the poorest of poor in South Asia.“ Sanjay Vashist, Director of Climate Action Network South Asia

“This year’s UN climate talks in Marrakech made clear that the Paris Agreement remains robust, but strong leadership will continue to be important if we are to safeguard our societies from dangerous climate change. Here in Marrakech the EU repeatedly reiterated its leadership on climate action, but these statements were followed by a visible degree of inaction. The EU turned a blind eye to the need to boost climate action in the next four years. Cancelling the surplus allowances under the Emissions Trading Scheme would have been a school book example of showing leadership, but the EU failed the test. It is high time for the EU to start walking the talk. The EU must come well prepared in 2017 and to the next big political moment in 2018, with clear plans to both scale up the ambition of its inadequate 2030 targets and present a strategy for how to bring emissions down to zero in the long term.” Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

“We came to Marrakech on a high note with the Paris Agreement entering into force in record time. The U.S. has been a leader on tackling climate change under the Obama administration, helping to build the global consensus around shared action that resulted in last year’s historic Paris Agreement. But the outcome of last week’s elections has raised serious doubts about the continued commitment of the U.S. to the international climate framework after President Obama leaves office. “Despite of US election results, ambition and efforts for making the Paris Agreement work must continue within next year and the years to come. Some Latin American countries has highlighted the importance of prompt definition of the Agreement implementation’s guidelines and rules. Transparency and finance are key issues that need to be finished as soon as possible, but not later than COP23. Latin American countries need to start the revision of their NDCs to increases their current goals and to find clear pathways to achieve them. Including renewable energy transition in their NDCs is transcendental to ensure the success of their climate goals and energy access in the region. Most of the NDCs targets in the region are addressing both mitigation and adaption, in this sense the role of the Adaptation fund in the Paris Agreement should be rapidly discussed to contribute vulnerable climate countries. A clear framework for the accounting of both provider and recipient countries will enhance the transparency in the efforts. There is so much to do and the political momentum has passed, but civil society do not have to let down our guard” Gianfranco Ciccia, node coordinator Climate Action Network Latin America (CAN-LA)

 

“The good news is that country after country here in Marrakech made it crystal clear over the last week that they intend to implement and strengthen the Paris Agreement, regardless of whether the incoming Trump administration stays in Paris or decides to leave. Not one country has said that if President Trump pulls the U.S. out of Paris, they will follow. Numerous U.S. states, cities, and hundreds of companies have made clear their determination to stay the course on climate action. And yesterday, under the leadership of the King of Morocco, heads of state and ministers adopted the Marrakech Action Proclamation, calling for much greater ambition to meet the temperature limitation goals agreed in Paris." Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists

“The UN climate talks continue to be filled with twists and turns, but they have delivered what they needed to this week – putting substance behind the promise of the Paris Agreement so it can be fully implemented. The Marrakech work has not been the most glamorous, but it’s a key step in the chain reaction needed to roll out the agreement. Countries’ commitment to the Paris Agreement also passed its first stress test this week with the US election results. Unequivocally, they restated that they are in this for the long haul.
“But there’s a lot of work ahead of us. The emissions gap continues to grow between what science tells us is needed to protect the planet from the worst impacts of climate change and the goals and actions governments set in Paris. Urgently reducing emissions and preparing for the climate change impacts that are already affecting us are essential for the world’s future prosperity, safety and security.” Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF International’s Climate & Energy Practice

“The world came together in Paris to take unprecedented action to tackle the climate crisis, and in Marrakech, we came together to affirm that no individual country or leader has the power to derail that momentum. The Sierra Club is heartened by the committed resolve and continued dedication leaders around the world have shown to meaningful and lasting climate action. Climate leaders, activists, businesses, labor leaders, faith groups, environmental justice advocates, and youth leaders from across the globe convened in Marrakech with the goal of working to avert the worst effects of the climate crisis. In fact, nations are reaffirming their commitments, nearly 50 nations committed to going to 100 percent clean energy, and new research shows the U.S. is already on the path to meet key carbon reduction goals before they are even implemented. It is clear that this progress will not be stopped, even in the face of threats by President-elect Trump.” Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

 

“The job here in Marrakech was to start writing the rulebook for the Paris Agreement and to take urgent action. But the issue of finance has thrown a spanner in the works. Although several countries have made welcome contributions to immediate finance needs, rich countries have been trying to wriggle out of their pledges to help poorer countries meet the costs of coping with impacts and greening their economies. Climate action will cost money that poorer countries simply don't have. The general message to developing countries is ‘you’re on your own.’
“In the planet’s hottest year ever, when parts of Africa are dealing with their worst drought in decades, rich countries’ willingness to leave developing countries in the lurch holds back climate action at a time when we need it most. “Without real finance, and drastic cuts in emissions from rich countries the planet doesn’t have a chance of staying under 1.5°C warming.” Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate change for ActionAid

“The COP outcome once again failed to meet the urgency of the climate crisis, but people-powered movements around the world aren’t going to let our leaders get away with a COP-out. In the last two weeks, hundreds of organizations banded together to stand up to all new fossil fuel development, and dozens of climate vulnerable countries committed to 100% renewable energy futures. Climate science, the Paris Agreement, and millions of people around the world demand an end to new fossil fuel development and a just transition to renewables.” Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director, Oil Change International

“While the U.S. election could have derailed the negotiations, what’s happened in Marrakech has given hope that global action on climate change will not be deterred by isolated politicians. These negotiations’ outcome once again failed to meet the urgency of the climate crisis, but countries and social movements came together to keep pushing forward at a time when resolve is essential. The lessons of Marrakech are clear: Don’t look to bureaucrats or climate-denying Presidents to take the lead on global climate action. Look to the people in the streets and in communities around the world. These are the people-powered movements resisting fossil fuels and building a renewable energy future, and this is the path to victory.” David Turnbull, Campaigns Director, Oil Change International

“The shock of the U.S. elections has ignited a fiery determination to fight Trump’s regressive rhetoric on climate. A broad coalition of people and organizations is rising up and working together to keep dirty fossil fuels in the ground and stop dangerous and unjust projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline. We celebrate today’s announcement from the countries most affected by climate change to move rapidly toward 100% renewable energy. But we have yet to see this ambition matched by some other leaders in Marrakech. While the continued commitment to the Paris Agreement is heartening, this was not the COP of Action that we were promised. We urgently need more ambitious action from the USA and other developed countries to protect our environment and people around the globe from the grave dangers of climate change.” Clare Lakewood, Staff Attorney, Climate Law Institute, Center for Biological Diversity

“This was billed as a conference for action and implementation of the Paris Agreement. Instead, we saw a stubborn refusal from developed country ministers and negotiators to fill the adaptation finance gap and face the fact that the Agreement doesn’t fully protect lives that will suffer the most from climate change. Adaptation finance is not just an abstract numbers game. It’s about providing women farmers in Africa with seeds to plant drought-resistant crops and feed their families; it’s about building seawalls so millions who live in coastal areas survive rising sea levels. These countries are doing their fair share. The Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of forty-seven countries most at risk, announced their commitment to 100 percent renewable energy. We need developed countries to live up to their end of the bargain.
“The Paris Agreement was undoubtedly historic, but millions of people facing extreme and erratic weather can’t afford to keep waiting. Oxfam hopes the 'Pacific COP' in 2017 focuses the world's attention on the risk that small islands in the Pacific and elsewhere face, and truly delivers the actions and support needed by climate-vulnerable people everywhere.” Isabel Kreisler, Oxfam International climate change policy lead

“The last two weeks has shown that Arab countries are taking Paris agreement seriously by Saudi Arabia ratifying the agreement before the COP and countries who already ratified or in their way of ratification. Some Arab Countries showed leadership in climate vulnerable forum like Tunisia, Sudan , Yemen and Morocco and more countries who joined this COP which are Palestine and Lebanon this shows the readiness for our region to take initiative on climate solutions.” Safa’ Al Jayoussi, CAN Arab World Co-Coordinator

“The Paris Agreement provides a good framework for climate action, but the Nationally Determined Commitments ambition is still insufficient and needs to be fixed urgently. We leave Marrakech with unfinished business.  Finance is still a major issue to be figured out as well as analyzing what the impacts of the United States election are. However, it is important to note that there has been a focus on creating new action here as well. It is clear that if the world is going to act on climate change now that countries need to step and do more”. Tina Johnson, Policy Director, US Climate Action Network

“The Marrakech summit showed that there is unstoppable momentum to put the Paris Agreement into practice, despite the outcome of the US elections. China especially seems ready to step into the looming vacuum. The EU also has to decide whether it wants to play a global leadership role in the coming years. There are major opportunities next year where we expect the EU and Germany to show leadership, like the G20 summit in Hamburg and COP23 in Bonn.” Christoph Bals, Policy Director, Germanwatch

“The most striking theme in Marrakesh was the continued commitment by countries and businesses around the world to moving forward on climate change despite the uncertainty that resulted from the election of Donald Trump. That continued commitment was clear in public statements and private assurances, in the constructive spirit of the negotiations, and in the actions of the several countries who formally joined the Paris Agreement in the last two weeks. The momentum that generated the Paris Agreement — and ensured that it entered into force in record time — can’t be derailed even by an earthquake as large as last week’s election. The direction the rest of the world is taking is clearer than ever. People around the globe are already seeing the impacts of climate change every day — from record-breaking heat to floods to costly storm damage – and they’re demanding a safer, cleaner, low-carbon future and the jobs and economic growth that future will entail.” Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President for Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

“It was fitting that on African soil it was the most vulnerable countries who showed the most leadership with their bold pledges to switch to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible. This is despite the fact that as poor and vulnerable nations with little historical responsibility for causing climate change, they were not required to act so quickly. The rest of the world now needs to harness this sentiment and follow suit by doing more to accelerate the low carbon transition we need to keep temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
“Although momentum has continued it was good to be reminded that our current trajectory sends us into dangerous territory and the Paris Agreement will only be effective if nations continue to ratchet up their commitments. The key date is 2018 when countries should start doing that in earnest.” Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead 

“The spirit of togetherness that made the Paris Agreement possible was alive this week in Marrakech, and it will become more important than ever in the coming months. What wasn’t as evident at COP22 was a common understanding of the urgent need to support developing countries at the necessary levels. Realizing the Paris Agreement’s goals and protecting the world’s most vulnerable communities requires an end to the petty disagreements on finance that so often stall progress. Canada has an opportunity to play a constructive role on this and many other issues. Indeed, it is clear that the world is now looking to Canada with renewed focus. It’s Canada’s time to show exceptional leadership on climate change and the drive to decarbonize the global economy.” Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

“The world is finally seeing the urgency for collective climate action. The meeting in Marrakesh concluded as scientists confirmed 2016 will be the third consecutive hottest year ever while a climate denier has been elected to the White House. But we are seeing leadership take center stage from many directions. The Climate Vulnerable Forum countries have demonstrated what government leadership needs to look like by committing to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible. Yet climate leadership has consistently relied on people's power. Moving forward, the climate and social justice movements stand united and more committed than ever. The only way for real climate action is to stop all new coal, oil and gas developments, financing instead a just transition towards a 100% renewable energy future for all.” Payal Parekh, 350.org Global Program Director

“The last two weeks have seen a renewed determination to move ahead with the Paris Agreement. Here at the UN, countries have taken a small step together and some are already taking the giant leaps we need. 47 countries on the frontline of climate change are setting the pace, and their commitment to 100% renewable energy shows leadership and vision, just what we need from everyone.
“If governments are serious about the Paris Agreement, not a single new fossil fuel project can be licensed anymore. To avoid climate catastrophe we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, protect our forests and oceans and shift to ecological agriculture and 100% renewable energy. We will be the generation that ends fossil fuels.” Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

Hivos welcomes the reaffirmation of countries to move ahead forcefully to implement the Paris Agreement in spite of leadership changes in some countries. The most vulnerable countries in the Climate Vulnerable Forum have shown the true leadership  by committing to strive to be carbon neutral by 2050, meet a 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible while working to end energy poverty and involve all stakeholders including civil society in the process. Hivos and its partners are calling on all countries to follow this leadership. These commitments have to be supported now by new, additional and adequate climate finance directed specifically for energy access through decentralized renewable energy." Eco Matser, Director Green & Inclusive Energy Programme Hivos

For more information: contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN- International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or call on +212600545716.

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CIVIL SOCIETY MOVING STONGER IN KEEPING CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE TOP OF POLITICS

November 17, 2016, Marrakech, Morocco – The civil society movement is growing stronger in its fight against climate change, overcoming all obstacles, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to join its ranks at the end of the year.

Civil society confirmed its commitment to continue placing climate change at the top of the political agenda in a farewell organized for Ki-moon farewell to express gratitude for his support in the struggle to reach breakthroughs and commitments by governments such as the Paris Agreement. “Civil society made the climate change movement what it is today and will continue doing so despite changes in the political leadership that might take the process in a negative direction,” said Climate Action Network (CAN) Director Wael Hmaidan. The event was organized on the sidelines of the UN Climate Talks taking place in Marrakech.

Ki-moon asked a host of civil society leaders representing environmental organizations, youth, women and gender groups, businesses, trade unions, indigenous people, farmers, faith groups and research organizations to move forward more forcefully as we are running against time, raising alarm that immediate action is needed to keep global temperatures increase below 1.5C. “I ask you to raise your voice as high as possible,” Ki-moon said. “Soon I will be sitting amongst you, I cannot be a business CSO but I can immediately join as a civil society in the fight against climate change.”

The historical moment of Ki-moon joining civil society was captured in a photo depicting the Secretary General and the climate movement actors standing together behind a banner that said: “Climate action is unstoppable, 1.5 is possible” emphasizing the message that the climate agenda is moving forward to ensure a safer future, cleaner jobs, resilient economies and more security for all.

Youth groups recalled the historic moment in 2014 and 2015 when the UN Secretary-General joined and led the global climate marches in New York in a show of solidarity and commitment to the cause and movement that is trying to avert the catastrophic impacts of climate change.“Mr. Ban Ki-moon will always be the pride of Asia for his inspiration that bestows upon us youth a shared duty to carry on what he has started in our time,” said youth representative Jing Liu from China. “I particularly enjoyed seeing Ban Ki-moon at the front of the climate march in September 2014 in New York, joining thousands of youth across the world.”

Business leaders recognized the Secretary-General’s role and vision in widening the scope of climate change engagement and placing it at the top of political agenda but also the business agenda,” said Chief Executive Officer of We Mean Business Paul Simon. “You have focused minds and catalyzed action to help build early momentum, this has enabled us to have the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals”

 

For more information, contact:
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Email: hkilani@climatenetwork.org
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CIVIL SOCIETY BID UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI MOON FAREWELL

November 17, 2016 Marrakech, Morocco - Civil society are organizing a farewell ceremony for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon who leaves office at the end of the year with a strong legacy of supporting the climate process and observers’ engagement in the talks.

Civil society organizations, represented by the various UNFCCC observer constituencies including environmental organizations, youth, indigenous people, gender groups, businesses, local governments and authorities, trade unions will show their gratitude for the Secretary-General’s support of their engagement. They will also welcome him in the civil society movement that is moving forward towards a safe and a renewable energy future, prevailing over all obstacles.

What: Farewell to the Secretary-General as he leaves office and welcoming him in the civil society movement going forward in the fight against climate change and leaping over all obstacles
Where: UNFCCC Side Events Hall E- Atlantic Room, Marrakech (Blue Zone – Accreditation Required)
When: 9AM GMT/local time, Thursday November 17, 2016
Who: Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, representatives of environmental organizations, businesses, local governments and authorities, youth and group groups, gender groups, indigenous people, farmers and trade unions.

For more information, contact:

Hala Kilani
Senior Communications Officer campaigns - Climate Action Network
Email: hkilani@climatenetwork.org
Tel: +961 3 567928
Local Phone: +212 6 53 77 86 95

Mark Raven
Communications coordinator
Email: Markraven00@gmail.com
Tel: +905414145425 / +447841474125

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