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CAN is an important, critical voice in the international climate policy process. The network’s regular press briefings and commentary help journalists and their audience make sense of what can be a baffling process, even to those who have been covering it for years.

CAN helps coordinate and amplify the communications work of its 850 members around major international climate processes. CAN also provides an important capacity building role for some members interested in boosting their communications efforts.

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It’s crunch time in the negotiating rooms: countries must hash out key technical elements in the next hours

Katowice, 7 December 2018: Speakers from Climate Action Network (CAN) unpacked the various elements of the rulebook that are currently being negotiated to give an overview of the state of progress, or lack thereof, that must be resolved before ministers arrive next week to take on more political issues.

A particular focus was given to a number of technicalities including: the level of flexibility given to developing countries, the scope of the rulebook, and reaching consensus on climate finance. Yamide Dagnet, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, called on ministers to provide signals on ambition, which would result in a COP decision with commitments to enhanced NDCs by 2020.  She noted that we need to make sure that the Paris rulebook does not backslide and is compatible with the ambition we need to see for a 1.5C pathway. Further, Dagnet said: “We call to the leaders and to the negotiators not to stay in the negotiator bubbles. We need to salvage the multilateral regime, but also connect with the real world. This is why we need both a strong rulebook and strong signals for ambition.”

Common Timeframes are the heartbeat of the Paris regime and refer to the duration of future NDCs. Through properly defined time frames we can more accurately compare the ambition of different countries. A prevailing risk is that the existing guidelines allow for low ambition to be locked in for long periods of time. The negotiations so far, have failed to make significant progress towards the implementation of recurring 5-year periods.  “Instead of reaching a conclusive and substantive decision that would launch 5-year NDCs in the future, we are only going to reach a procedural decision,” said Li Shuo, Senior Climate & Energy Policy Officer, Greenpeace East Asia Office. The slow-moving negotiations may indicate fears that this addition to the rulebook would allow for increased accountability of commitments.

Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead on Climate Change and Resilience, CARE International, recognized the importance of further developments on the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, because its acknowledgement and implementation would provide a foundation for which vulnerable countries could build upon to address climate change impacts.

"Loss and damage caused by climate disruption threatens the livelihoods of millions of people, particularly in developing countries. Loss and damage was highlighted in the Paris Agreement and developing countries are asked to integrate measures to avert and address loss and damage in their own national planning. Thus, it is essential to anchor the issue in Paris Rulebook here at COP24. We do not have all the answers on how to address loss and damage and how to finance the needs of poor countries, but we must start acting now. Developed countries who are committed to the Paris Agreement, like the EU, New Zealand and Canada, must work proactively with vulnerable, developing countries to jointly push for a strong rulebook, rather than hide behind the inaction of the USA," said Harmeling.

As this week’s negotiations are coming to an end we are seeing progress on finance in the rulebook. The recently released biennial assessment gives us a signal that climate finance is being mobilized but also shows how much more needs to be put on the table for any real impact to fight climate change. Furthermore, the assessment outlines the current opportunity to enhance and ensure balance between mitigation and adaptation support. “We need to leave Katowice with a clear and strong understanding that developed countries are committing to scale up. Next week we should set high expectations in relation to the Green Climate Fund replenishment. Germany has committed to double their commitments and others must do it too,” said Eddy Perez, International Policy Analyst, CAN Canada. He emphasised that a process must be agreed to to adopt post-2025 finance goals. Better clarity and predictability on finance can unlock ambition and instil trust among countries, he added.   


About Climate Action Network: Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. . For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email:, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830



“Just transition and ambition are two sides of the same coin”

Katowice, 5 December 2018: Speaking at a press conference today, representatives from Climate Action Network (CAN) spoke on the need for a just transition that is built on social dialogue where transformative change towards a low-carbon future is not at the cost of exacerbating existing social inequality and removing social safety nets.
Highlighting the importance of a genuinely fair transition from fossil fuels to renewables, Lucile Dufour, International Policy and Development Adviser, Climate Action Network, France said:

“Just transition and ambition are the two sides of the same coin. While countries need to respond to the latest available science and scale up their NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) by 2020, maintaining global warming to 1.5C degrees will only be possible if the conditions are met to take everyone on board in a just and fair manner.”

Dufour pointed out that citizens everywhere do want climate action as they are rising everywhere and demanding countries to step up but it is governments that are failing to respond to people’s asks by implementing a transition that does not address social challenges, reduce inequalities and advance climate action at the same time.

“Recent developments in France are just one example on how not taking into consideration just transition can hinder the effectiveness of climate action,” Dufour said.

The decision by the French government to freeze the fossil fuel taxes for the next six months will hinder France’s ability to step up its climate ambition.

“By doing so the French government fails to respond to the social crisis but also fails to implement climate action that is socially acceptable. Fossil fuel taxes are key to accelerate climate action, we call on French government to learn from its mistakes” Dufour said.

Polish civil society called on the Presidency of COP24 in Katowice to lead on ambition by ensuring a dialogue on the Rulebook and on Just Transition highlights the importance of enhanced ambition to keep warming to 1.5C in line with the Paris Agreement.

“We call on (want) Katowice for being remembered as a response to the IPCC 1.5 report and not only an outcome on the Rulebook,” said Oskar Kulik, WorldWide Fund for Nature (WWF) Poland.

Speaking on finance and support, including for loss and damage, Harjeet Singh, Global Lead on Climate Change, ActionAid International, emphasized the centrality of finance to ambition, finalization of the rulebook and tackling impacts. The $100 billion is the minimum required to implement the climate plans put forward by developing countries. Implementing the plans also requires keeping with Article 9.5 of the Paris Agreement on financial predictability. Developing countries need to know when, how and source of the money to plan accordingly.

“Article 9.5 is about accountability and transparency. It is not there is no real money and if there is no real money there is no real action,”

He said, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said we need $500 billion every year by 2050. “So, $100 billion is just the bare minimum that we need to unlock ambition to also help people who need to deal with climate impacts,” Singh said.

He said that the negotiations are stuck whenever developing countries request support.

Tackling impacts or loss and damage is wrongly projected as a developing countries issue and there is no progress on finance in the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage.
Ocean acidification, melting of the arctic and desertification are impacting developing and developed countries alike.

“We need solidarity, we need the entire global community to come together to solve this global challenge. We are not seeing this spirit and the momentum required,” Singh added.

About Climate Action Network:

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. . For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email:, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830

Call for EU to step up leadership as experts emphasise why a strong rulebook must drive ambition with adequate climate finance

Strong statements by UN Secretary General must embolden leaders to make the right choices

4 December 2018, Katowice: Discussions for a comprehensive Paris Rulebook- the guidelines that will operationalise the Paris Agreement- alongside constructive intergovernmental dialogues for enhanced ambition, must set the lay the foundations for negotiations to pick up in the next days of the UN climate talks here in Katowice.  

Lutz Weischer, International Team Lead, Germanwatch, opened the briefing by emphasizing the role of COP24 as the platform where global leaders are obligated to respond to the IPCC 1.5C Report and the rising global outcry for climate action as evidenced by the thousands of people taking to the streets to demand a fossil free future.

He said the EU has to lead by increasing near term climate targets, “We need the EU as a champion - the EU can only become a champion for (improved climate targets) if Germany supports it, and Germany unfortunately on this issue right now, is in the same camp as Poland”. Weischer described the German Coal Commission and its current negotiations on meeting the German 2030 targets; however, he added “We expect the EU to make it very clear here, that they are willing to - update their insufficient 2030 NDC before 2020”. If Germany is planning on passing a binding climate law in 2019 as they have promised, then “They should be in a position to support a move by the EU here to agree to revise its NDC” he said.

Weischer described three urgent steps for Germany to show it is serious about climate change:

1) Finalize 2030 pathway with the Coal Commission
2) Introduce Carbon Pricing
3) Enable the Transport Commission to reduce emissions

Camilla Born, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G, said the Paris Rulebook negotiations started encouragingly as numerous nations requested additional time to work on its technical aspects. A constructive session on Facilitative Sharing of Views speaks to further commitment towards creating dialogues that allow for knowledge and experienced to be shared across nations. When speaking on the preferred 5-year time frames for National Contributions she said, we hope to see a “long term vision that they’re going to be moving to net-zero emissions and building resilient economies and societies, coupled with a commitment to every five years coming forward with new climate plans”.

Alden Meyer, Director, Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), said: strong levels of ambition were heard in the Secretary General’s speech, “If I had closed my eyes - I might have thought I was listening to someone from UCS or Greenpeace, it was an amazing speech for the Secretary General of the United Nations to make to world leaders”. Meyer reiterated the importance of a comprehensive Rulebook and greater commitments to climate finance, “In addition to rules and finance, Climate Action Network is calling for a Katowice Ambition Package next week, including a successful conclusion to the Talanoa dialogue - and elements within the COP decision acknowledging the IPCC reports”.

Additionally, “We need a transformation in climate finance across the board in the public and private sector. We need to put a real price on emitting carbon. We need to eliminate the hundreds of billions of dollars of subsidies every year for fossil fuel production, extraction, and consumption. We need to avoid the lock-in of carbon inefficient infrastructure across the world, and we need to shift the trillions of dollars that are going into fossil fuel” he said.

Meyer also addressed the persistent work of non-state actors in driving momentum. “NGOs and others around the world that are not waiting for COP decisions. They’re going ahead and implementing actions on the ground.  

About Climate Action Network:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. . For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email:, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830


A strong call for ambition as world leaders arrive in Katowice for COP24

3 December 2018, Katowice: World leaders at the UN climate talks in Katowice have made statements calling for stronger ambition but it's now time for countries to keep their word by commiting to updated Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020. Countries are feeling the pressure following the IPCC 1.5C Report and public demand for action has never been higher.

Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada, said this “COP24 has to wake up slow-moving governments”. 2018 has seen the small but continued rise of a very powerful group of politicians who undercover of populist rhetoric are working to defend our status quo lethal addiction to fossil fuels”. She said transformative work is required for a smoother transition to a green economy “The technical work is meant to underline much larger social transformation that happens on the ground in countries and we see that that has to go hand in hand with economic transformation and the creation of a stronger social safety net, so that we’re both moving forward with protecting the planet, but also making sure that people have access to decent work or are able to provide for themselves and their families. They must be protected from the kind of volatility that we’re seeing in the natural world and also across socio-economic spaces”.

However, Abreu remained positive about the COP’s potential as she stated “The Paris Agreement is one of the best examples that the world has of global cooperation on an issue of universal significance”  The CVF Virtual Summit and G20 outcome on climate, with 19 countries standing by the Paris Agreement, are evidence that climate multilateralism is gaining ground.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid, described the fundamental importance of developing the Paris Rulebook and establishing reliable financial flows for vulnerable countries. A strong Rulebook “allows us to hold countries accountable to their actions”. Further, he emphasized, that without delivery of $100 billion by 2020 we will lack the confidence to successfully implement the Paris Agreement. Adow underlined his concerns surrounding climate finance as he stated, “Rich countries of the world haven’t actually honored their commitments to deliver the kind of support that will allow developing countries to be able to meet and exceed their Paris pledges and this is critical”.

On the topic of a coal company sponsoring COP24, Mohamed Adow said “A coal company sponsoring this COP is actually equal to having arms dealers at a peace summit. The idea that the Polish Presidency can have the very companies that cause climate destruction sponsoring the talks is just a slap in the face of the poor vulnerable countries who are suffering the impacts of climate change, and it is a very unpresidential thing to do.”

Fernanda Carvalho, WWF International, expressed the need for near term pre-2020 action. She said, “We want countries at this COP to express politically their will to enhance NDCs”. Furthermore, Carvalho recognized the UNSG Summit in 2019 as a platform for nations to amplify their ambition. With regards to the need for greater political communication she said “The Talanoa dialogue is a process that should create the conditions and the trust to enhance ambition, we want a political outcome that is preferably captured in a COP decision”.

About Climate Action Network:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1200 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

Statement by the CAN International Board of Directors

Statement by CAN International Board

Monday, 26 November 2018

The Board of CAN International has taken note of an article published in the media today concerning the announcement by the Board on 7 November 2018.

In the period from October 31, 2018 to November 5, 2018, the CAN International Board of Directors received a number of complaints. The Board takes seriously all complaints brought to its attention.

On consideration of the complaints received, the Board has decided to put CAN’s Executive Director Wael Hmaidan on a period of leave, and commissioned an independent workplace investigation.

The investigation, which is carried out independently from the Board itself, has begun and will be completed by the end of the year. The findings will contribute to guidance on future actions and decisions. In order to safeguard the integrity of the independent investigation, the Board is not in a position to comment further on any of the complaints received or on the media article.

Dr. Stephan Singer will be the focal point for leading operations within the CAN International Secretariat to ensure operations continue uninterrupted, especially during this busy period.

CAN International strives to be a safe and welcoming workplace for the passionate and committed members of the climate movement worldwide. The Board remains committed to ensuring that CAN International lives up to this vision.

Issued on behalf of the CAN International Board of Directors

Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit

The Virtual Climate Summit organized by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) snowballs the process for ramping up climate action, but countries still need to significantly step up and raise ambition by 2020 to keep global warming below 1.5C degrees.

Thursday 22 November: Countries of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) broke new grounds

today by successfully organizing the first gathering of Heads of States and governments completely online at, setting a precedent for a future of low emissions international fora. The zero-carbon summit, which came as a response to the scientific report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last September, aimed at providing a platform for all leaders to commit to raising climate ambition by 2020 to keep warming below 1.5C degrees as agreed in 2015 in Paris and to safeguard vulnerable communities worldwide from runaway climate change.


Pre-recorded video statements, panels and films were screened over 24 hours engaging various audiences over social media. More than 50 countries participated including Costa Rica, Germany, France, Fiji, Philippines, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Palau, Finland, Cambodia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Grenada, Lebanon,  Kiribati, Ireland, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sweden, Santa Lucia, Barbados, Haïti, Mongolia and others.

The Summit was an important show of leadership by the Marshall Islands and other countries most vulnerable to climate change, which optimized scarce resources to organize the Summit and build a coalition of frontrunners who will act as the driving force for a decision on enhancement at the upcoming UN negotiations (COP24) in Katowice and the UN Secretary General (UNSG) Summit in September 2019.

The Summit Host, President of the Marshall Islands and Chair of the CVF Dr. Hilda Heine announced new and ambitious climate targets becoming one of the first along with Fiji to respond to the Paris Commitments and setting an example for other countries to follow to secure survival and protection of vulnerable communities worldwide. The official outcome of the Summit, particularly the “Jumemmej Declaration” (Marshallese for vigilance against threats) will feed into the agreed mechanism to promote enhanced action by all nations party to the Paris Agreement dubbed the “Talanoa Dialogue” and sends a powerful call to arms to all leaders and non-state actors to enhance ambition by 2020 while emphasizing the role of the UNSG Summit in 2019. The Declaration also announces that all CVF countries will enhance their own climate contributions by 2020.

CVF countries attempted to lead by example to emphasize that the transition to clean renewable energy and decarbonized economies that will keep warming below 1.5C is feasible and economically productive.

Although the Summit kicked off a snowball for enhanced commitments, which civil society will keep pushing to build up to a significant size during the climate talks in Katowice through to the UNSG Summit in 2019, many countries missed the intended purpose of the online meeting, either by not participating in the Summit or by failing to present new strong and ambitious commitments. As many speakers in the Summit expressed, enhanced commitments are the only way to safeguard vulnerable and other communities from dangerous climate impacts that are threatening their survival and peace and security worldwide.

The IPCC’s special report was clear. To keep the world safe from climate disasters, countries should take unprecedented actions to cut carbon emissions and a complete phase-out of coal by all members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development by 2030.

The Summit saw the participation of a number of civil society and organizational leaders including the UN, World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, the Elders, Oxfam, Mission 2020, SEforAll, Greenpeace, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the World Resources Institute, CARE and others.

Cities, businesses and governments in Ukraine discuss transition to renewable energy

Kiev, 13 November 2018

EECCA Press Release

Relying on renewables as the only source of energy to drive countries’ development pathways not only makes sound environmental sense, but is also good for the economy. In addition it is crucial if we are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. So we urgently need to do more and move faster on 100%RE. 

This was the message by Dr. Stephan Singer, Senior Advisor Global Energy Policies for Climate Action Network (CAN), at a Meeting of Energy Ministers and the Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 12 - 15 November 2018.

At the meeting, which included representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, international energy agencies and regional UN commissions discussed the state of the energy sector and how it could become more sustainable. Around the world 55 countries, 140 corporations and hundreds of cities already committed to 100%RE and the reason for doing so is clear:

“Renewable energy creates jobs that do not harm the environment,” said Dr. Singer. “At the moment in the renewable energy sector there are more than 10 million jobs. In the coal sector, for example, only 7 million jobs. The renewable energy price reduction varies from region to region, but they still become cheaper every year. The decrease in the cost of lithium batteries from 2010 was 80% and led to an increase in the number of electric vehicles to 1.5 million in 2016, compared with 700,000 in 2015. 60 watt LED bulbs cost $100 apiece in 2010, now less than $2.”

CAN also took the opportunity to hold a discussion on “Practical aspects of transition to 100% renewable energy” as this goal still seems elusive, despite the international trend in the clean energy sector.

The panel brought together representatives of Agricole Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Energy Ministry of Ukraine, the Danish Energy Agency and the Mayor of Zhytomyr to discuss their commitments for a complete transition to renewable energy and illustrate how this is already being achieved.

Participants on the panel included:

  1. Dr. Stephan Singer, Climate Action Network International, Senior Advisor on Global Energy Policies;
  2. Mr. Yuri Dziuba, Director of Logistic and Real Estate Department of Credit Agricole;
  3. Mr. Sergiy Sukhomlyn, Mayor of Zhytomyr City (Ukraine);
  4. Mr. Sergiy Maslichenko, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Associate Director Energy Efficiency and Climate Change;
  5. Mr. Kristoffer Bottzauw, General Director, Danish Energy Agency; and
  6. Ms. Olga Buslavets, Ministry of energy and coal industry of Ukraine, Director  of  Directorate  of Energy  Markets Development.

Over the course of the discussion Dr. Singer touched on the significant sustainable development co-benefits that a full transition to renewables can bring. 

“Today renewable energy sources contribute only 20% to the global energy mix. The remaining 80% comes from burning fossil fuels which results in the death of 7 to 9 million people each year. CO2 is a long-lived gas and it will remain in the atmosphere for many decades, so we must reduce emissions as soon as possible.”

The recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C clearly shows, however, that the window of opportunity is closing fast and that current leaders carry a heavy weight of responsibility to step up and enhance ambition on climate action in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  

“In spite of all the positive trends we are far from reaching the Paris Agreement goals and we must do more and move faster on 100%RE,” Dr. Singer concluded.

Countdown to the CVF Summit

The Virtual Climate Summit 2018 is an emission-free event led by The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and chaired by the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), offering a global platform for national leaders to raise climate ambition and step up their NDCs, stand in solidarity with those vulnerable to the growing impacts of climate change, and reinforce efforts under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.

The Summit is a response to the IPCC 1.5 report and will provide feed into the COP24 Talanoa Dialogue political phase.


  • Summit programme: Summit host online platform
  • When it happens: This is a 24-hour event, which will be broadcast live starting from 9:00 pm GMT on 21 November ( 8:00 am MHT 22 November) - President Hilda Heine(Republic of the Marshall Islands) will open the Summit as CVF Chair
  • Program design: The programme includes video statements from Heads of States/Government/Ministers of participating countries; thematic sessions organized by partner organizations; short films about vulnerability and solutions to climate change; and the Summit outcome document.


As a platform for countries to raise their voice in reaffirming commitment to the Paris Agreement, the CVF Virtual Summit have been calling for video statements from Heads of State and Heads of Government to highlight their countries’ climate story, current ambition in meeting the 1.5ºC target and support to the CVF. Participant countries are expected to be CVF members (there are currently 48 CVF member countries) as well as summit observers.

Until now,  40+ countries have confirmed their participation and Leaders statements are being received as we speak. An initial program will be published online as of 14 November and an update on High-Level participation will be shared on the 16th of November. 


In order to highlight the importance of women’s leadership in climate action, President Heine of RMI appointed a special voluntary group of all-women ‘Summit Champions’. The aim of the Champions group is to actively communicate on the Summit, to champion the role of women in addressing climate change, and to encourage the CVF Virtual Summit’s different member and observer state leaders to fully engage with the initiative, complementing the official outreach of the Marshall Islands government and other Summit partners.

Summit Champions: 

  • Christiana Figueres;
  • Rachel Kyte;
  • Helen Clark;
  • Jennifer Morgan;
  • Laura Tuck;
  • Laurence Tubiana;
  • Senator Loren Legarda;
  • Mary Robinson;
  • Naoko Ishii; and
  • Winnie Byanyima

Link to the champion page:


Ten thematic topic-specific sessions organized by partner organizations will be moderated live via web-conferencing. Each session is one hour long.

1. Realizing Global Ambition Locally: How Domestic Multi-stakeholder Alliances Can Drive Greater Action and Ambition Around the World

Led by: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on behalf of the global partners for the Alliances for Climate Action (ACA)

2. 100% RE: A Vision For Decarbonization, Resilience, and Prosperity

Led by: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) International and Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

3. Operationalizing Sustainable Lifestyles: Technological Transitions Or Behavioral Shifts?
Led by: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

4. From Local to Global: Accelerating Adaptation Action at Scale and at All Levels
Led by: Global Centre on Adaptation, in partnership with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

5. Women’s Leadership for Climate Action
Led by: The Republic of Marshall Islands and the CVF Summit Champions Group

6. A New Sustainable Ocean Economy—Advancing Climate and Ocean Action
Led by: World Resources Institute (WRI)

7. Survive & Thrive at #1o5C: The Finance Agenda of V20 Economies
Led by: Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

8. Stepping Up Climate Ambition To Meet The 1.5oC Warming Limit
Led by: Climate Action Network (CAN) International

9. Urgent Call For A New Development Paradigm That Works For People And Planet
Led by: Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE)

10. Regional SIDS-SIDS Cooperation – Integrated and Inclusive Climate Technology Markets
Led by: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

How can you engage?

Each session aims to provide 15-20 minutes as online interaction through questions fielded from Twitter using the CVF Summit hashtag #CVFSummitPanel.


Crowd-sourced short films on climate vulnerability and solutions across the world will be presented.


Greenpeace is leading an online mobilization to take a selfie holding a sign saying “Survive, Thrive, 1.5”. The photos would then be tweeted using the hashtag #StepUp2018 calling on world leaders to act.


Summit outreach, amplification of messaging on raising climate ambition and media/social media outreach:

  • By asking your Leader/Head of Government to join (see the guidance attached and submitting statements until 16/11 via this link  here). 
  • By linking to the summit on your website and social media
  • By joining the conversation: #StepUp, #1o5,  #VirtualClimateSummit
  • By promoting the summit messaging in the media and your network.

CVF Summit Thematic Panel: Stepping Up Climate Ambition to meet the 1.5oC Warming Limit

13 November 2018

The thematic panel discussions are an important and exciting part of the CVF Summit and the panel “Stepping Up Climate Ambition to Meet the 1.5oC Warming Limit” organized by Climate Action Network (CAN) and partners certainly is no exception. 

The panel will take place on 22 November at 14.00 GMT and will include high-level speakers from Greenpeace, Costa Rica, the New Climate Economy, Ghana/C40, the Netherlands and the IPCC who will be discussing their views on how increased global climate ambition can be pursued in the interest of climate justice and a sustainable future. 

Throughout 2018, a range of global moments have built a drumbeat for increasing climate ambition – calling on governments to step-up their national plans and policies so that all peoples, societies and ecosystems have a chance to survive and thrive. 

Over the course of the discussion we will hear from:

  • IPCC author Daniela Jacob what the IPCC tells us in terms of urgency, opportunities and the scientific findings of a 2 degrees temperature increase; 
  • The Minister of Environment from Costa Rica and the Climate Ambassador from the Netherlands who will share their countries experiences, hopes and commitments contributing to achieving a 1.5 degrees world and what they will do in 2019; 
  • The Executive Director of Greenpeace who will share her views on the challenges and the urgency we face if we go beyond the 1.5 degree for vulnerable countries, in particular. She will also elaborate on why there is hope and what the opportunities for action are;
  • the Mayor of Accra, Ghana who will share what actions Accra is taking to become a climate resilient city; and 
  • The Programme Director of the New Climate Economy who will specifically highlight the economic opportunities strong climate action holds, drawing on the recently released report and case studies on the economic benefits of a low carbon development path.

With the CoP24 in Katowice Poland just 10 days away the global drumbeat to do more and act faster will be further intensified during the Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit on 22 November. 

The Panel aims to support the call from the CVF Summit to all governments to enhance climate ambition and make a strong political commitment at COP24 towards this end.

Statement by Dr. Stephan Singer, CAN Secretariat

8 November 2018

Climate Action Network (CAN), a member-led network of over 1300 non-governmental organizations in over 120 countries, is committed to promoting government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change and advocates for the full decarbonisation of economies as soon as possible.

As the focal point responsible for leading operations within the CAN International Secretariat during this time, I reaffirm CAN’s determination to continue carrying out our agreed work programme and to deliver on all outputs in line with our strategic priorities. This includes, but is not limited to, the upcoming outcomes from the Virtual CVF Summit on 22 November and the COP24 in Katowice between 2-14 December.

With the full support of the CAN Board and together with the senior management team, we will strive to ensure that the everyday programmatic work of CAN by the staff of the international secretariat remains unimpeded in light of recent administrative changes and the proposed independent investigation, as recommended by the CAN Board.

Every measure is being taken to ensure that all processes and protocols are in place to support the CAN international secretariat staff and enable the team to work in an environment conducive to their best interests and the interests of the network.

This is a critical phase in the climate movement and the work of CAN is vital to push for strong climate action. We keep our sights on the larger cause that we are committed to and the work we have chosen to do.

The worth and value of CAN lies in its membership and I remain grateful for the support of all our members, donors and partners.

I look forward to engaging with you and I can be reached at