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'Talanoa Dialogue must lay the groundwork for a political outcome towards enhanced ambition'

Speakers who were at the Dialogue, representing cities, businesses and civil society share their reflections on the Talanoa experience and outline expectations going forward

7 May 2018, Bonn, On Sunday, parties to the UNFCCC sat down with representatives of civil society, cities, businesses and other non-party stakeholders for the Talanoa Dialogue.

The format of the talanoa, allowing for stories and interventions covering three clear questions – where are we? where do we want to be? how do we get there? – was a welcome and successful departure from the usual formal structure of climate conventions procedures.
Speaking at a press conference organised by the Climate Action Network here on Monday, there was a sense that the dialogue fostered a sense of good intentions in the room, making clear that vulnerability to climate change binds all of us together and highlighting the urgency of taking more ambitious action.

“This lack of climate action means we are ‘cheating one another and abandoning our children’. People around the world are angry. They want to see more climate action, they want to see it happening faster. That is why they go out on the streets with banners and march. That is why they are taking governments and companies who fail to take action to court,” said Juan Pablo Osornio, Task Force Leader, Greenpeace

“The Talanoa Dialogue provided the space in which some of that anger can be channeled. It was a forum to ask the hard questions and to have an honest and open conversation, where participants tell it like it is, with respect and without pointing fingers. This should be a model that we should build on in the future.”The dialogue lays the groundwork for the political discourse needed for an ambitious outcome at COP24 and allowed non-state actors to show their support for governments to step up their ambition.
Four hundred major companies have already committed to climate action with reference to the Paris Agreement. This growing number of corporations are showing their readiness to support governments making firm commitments to revise and enhance their current nationally determined commitments by 2020.

David Wei, Director-Climate, Business for Social Responsibility: “What parties have from the We Mean Business coalition is a standing offer that we are willing to work with you on concrete ways of doing that. We will work with you to have renewable energy and plans mutually supported by corporate demand for renewable electricity. To have end dates for the sales of internal combustion passenger vehicles and fiscal members reducing the cost of electric vehicles, mutually supported by corporate electrification of vehicle fleets. We will work with you to have strong carbon pricing signals, mutually supported by capital investment by business. And we will work with you to have long-term greenhouse gas reduction strategies mutually supported by scenario analysis that is being carried out by companies. We are willing to do this – not just willing, we want to do this together.”

Leaders of cities and regional governments also took part in the Talanoa Dialogue, presenting plans to deliver on the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees – cities around the world are already working towards carbon neutrality by 2050 and setting targets for climate action in sectors including transport, building, zero waste, energy efficiency and renewables.

Emmanuelle Pinault, Head of City Diplomacy, C40: “We brought a message of hope and collaboration. The transformation that we are working towards is very ambitious, but it is possible. It is achievable thanks to collaboration between national governments and other stakeholders.”
“We are happy to have participated in the Talanoa Dialogue. We think that this global political and diplomatic process should continue beyond COP24 and more importantly be translated into a national political process in every country of the world, to engage stakeholders in the assessment and revision and discussions around the NDC, with the final objective of enhancing ambition by 2020.”

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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. www.climatenetwork.org 
For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830

 

Bonn climate talks: 'Week two must cut through the clutter to deliver on key outcomes’

 

The Polish Presidency step up to show leadership to deliver a successful COP24- on a strong rulebook and a political commitment towards enhanced ambition by 2020

Bonn, 05 May 2018: Speakers at a press briefing by Climate Action Network here in Bonn reiterated that although negotiations started well this week, progress has been slow. There is a need to cut through the clutter to hash out some clear options on the negotiating text of the rulebook that countries can take forward in discussions in the run up to COP24 in Poland to ensure a strong outcome both on the Paris rulebook and a political outcome for stronger climate ambition.

Jens Mattias Clausen, from Greenpeace Nordic, said:

2018 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change and this session in Bonn has to set the right tone for the year ahead.  We need to see commitments from countries that they will scale up their ambition to stay on track with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. The Talanoa Dialogue this Sunday must act as the springboard for these new stronger commitments.” 

The panel also called on the Polish Presidency to step up their game for a successful COP by embracing an outcome that would deliver a political commitment for stronger ambition.
We have seen worrying signs that the Polish presidency thinks that it will sufficient just to get some kind of rulebook.  Let's be clear on this: if Poland wants to make the next COP a success and be seen as competent hosts, they need to work hard not only for a strong rulebook but also to ensure that the Talanoa Dialogue, the first review of the Paris Agreement, actually triggers much stronger climate commitments.  Currently we’re heading for 3 degrees C of warming rather than the 1.5 degrees C agreed in Paris and the window of opportunity to reverse this is swiftly closing.” 

The enabling factor to lay the groundwork for success at COP24 hinges on finance which remains a crunch issue. Countries are yet to resolve key issues around Article 9.5 on predictability of finance and on biennial reporting on the status of financial support from developed countries. Eddy Perez, International Policy Analyst said:
“Finance is an issue of trust. In Bonn, Parties should make sure this topic is sorted out and that by COP24, Article 9.5 is fully operational under the work programme of the Paris Agreement. While this has been a controversial issue at these negotiations, it is necessary that all countries engage constructively on this topic to address the legitimate questions, to engage on the process and on the information to be provided that still need to be resolved. We also encourage all developed countries to submit their biennial submissions on strategies and approaches as soon as possible. 9.5 is part of the work programme of the Paris Agreement.”

The outcome from the Suva Expert Dialogue last week to discuss loss and damage finance was a disappointment, added Perez and said it is necessary to carry forward the discussions to lay out a concrete roadmap to support those impacted by climate change beyond just insurance.

With the Talanoa Dialogue set for Sunday, Fernanda De Carvalho, WWF Climate & Energy practice policy manager International said the Dialogue must be seen as a real opportunity to highlight actions linked to enhanced ambition, fully supported by the political will to take outcomes from the Dialogues forward.
“To change the world, we must start with changing ourselves. That is why the Talanoa Dialogue is an important process. We hope this innovative approach inspires governments with new ideas of how to reduce emissions. The outcome of this process must lay the road to COP24 in terms of commitments to revising and improving their Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020. This will determine the future for generations today and in the future.”

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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. www.climatenetwork.org
For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830

“Suva Expert Dialogue must mobilise strong action on loss and damage finance”

 

1 May 2018:  The Bonn climate talks will include an important session on loss and damage finance (addressing unavoidable climate impacts that countries and communities simply cannot adapt to). While the formal process for dealing with these severe impacts was launched with the Warsaw Implementation Mechanism born at COP19, no substantial work has yet been done on how to provide the needed support and finance.

The Suva expert dialogue on loss and damage, starting tomorrow, will provide a platform to exchange experiences with solutions like risk insurance and social protection, and consider how to scale up successful efforts. It will also discuss both “sudden onset” events like storms and “slow onset” ones like sea level rise.

Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead of Climate Change and Resilience, CARE International, said : "The damage caused by climate change impacts, like heavier storms and more intense droughts, is already causing millions to suffer. The most vulnerable are taking actions to adapt, but outside assistance is needed due to the increasing severity of climate impacts. Governments at the UN climate talks must highlight potential solutions to ensure vulnerable people are better equipped with resources to protect themselves: Raising additional finance from those who contribute most to greenhouse gas emissions is a matter of justice.”

Historically, the call for compensation on loss and damage has been led by developing countries as they are both the most severely affected and the least able to cope with it in terms of finance and technical capacity. Work under the Warsaw International Mechanism so far has focused on expanding knowledge base, and the most vulnerable countries are increasingly impatient for attention to financing loss.

“This is a very important opportunity at this session and we need to contribute and to do the best to get meaningful progress on the issue of loss and damage finance. But we also need to see that just building up bigger momentum and finding a solution within this process and in the next years. Because loss is unfortunately only expected to grow and we need to rapidly scale up solutions to really help the people most affected,” said Harmeling.

Guidelines

One of the key outcomes of this meeting is advancing progress on the Paris “rulebook” – setting out strong guidelines that will translate the vision of the Paris Agreement into reality as a trustworthy, effective and fair regime for climate action.

Yamide Dagnet: Project Director - UNFCCC, Climate Program, World Resources Institute, said: “A weak or watered-down version of the implementation guidelines will undermine efforts to bring the Agreement to life, leading to lack of trust, tension among countries, and the risk of failing to pull together at the pace and scale required. Robust, fair, well-designed [guidelines] will catalyse actions, help us create fair opportunities, build trust, and guide us where we need to be.”

More than two years after the Agreement was drafted, there has been only limited progress on issues including details of a transparent framework for action and support, the rules governing ambition mechanisms, and concrete commitments to providing all countries with the financial and technical means to implement their climate action plans.
“We roughly have seven months left to adopt the rules, which is a titanic task, in view of the technical complexity and political sensitivities affecting its negotiation,” said Dagnet.

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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. www.climatenetwork.org
For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830

Civil society sets out expectations for climate discussions starting in Bonn today

'The best rules in the world won’t save us if countries aren’t willing to commit to stronger action"

30 April 2018: The current climate talks in Bonn must pave the way for key outcomes at the COP24 at the end of the year. This includes significant progress on the implementation guidelines- the set of rules that will govern the Paris Agreement, the Talanoa Dialogue, and on finance for climate action. It is urgent for countries to step up in 2018 with commitments to enhance ambition and to limit the huge gap in emissions between current pledges and what the science indicates is necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C. 

The Talanoa Dialogue process focuses attention on the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) which are the building blocks of the Paris Agreement. Countries have numerous opportunities to update targets in their NDCs:  such as, by assessing their current achievements and revising their emission reduction targets, by implementing the Kigali Amendment to phase out potent hydrofluorocarbons and take action against other short lived climate pollutants, by framing policies that boost climate resilience in different sectors such as in infrastructure and agriculture, by setting a timeline to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and by updating adaptation plans, among others.

Mark Lutes, Senior Global Climate Policy Advisor, Climate and Energy, WWF, stressed the importance of these talks to bring the Paris Agreement to life in 2018.

“By the end of COP24 in December, we need decisions in a number of areas, including agreed elements of the nationally determined contributions to ensure consistency and comparability across national commitments. Among other issues, we need to know how the ongoing ambition cycle – the global stocktakes – will work. We need to know how implementation will be transparent and accountable through the transparency framework. We need to know how scaled up finance and technology support will be mobilised.

At the intersessional meeting in Bonn, Li Shuo, Senior Global Policy Advisor, Greenpeace, said countries would need to accelerate progress on a range of technical issues on the rulebook. By the end of the session, he expected no less than a “clear legal text with options and strong ownership from parties.”

“Countries need to sort out certain tasks under the transparency framework, namely whether – and how – flexibility should be granted to developing countries that need that. The other dimension [of the politics] is ambition. A lot of the Paris rules are about gradually enhancing ambition. I want to highlight that the ambition part of the politics is also very important and has been rather neglected at the expense of differentiation and flexibility.

Finance is a cornerstone to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement said Lucile Dufour, International Policy and Development Adviser, Climate Action Network-France: “If in 2018 countries really want to make a change and are committed to making the Paris Agreement robust, sustainable and fair finance cannot be left behind.”

The growing impacts of climate change around the world were clearly seen throughout 2017, but there has been insufficient progress on finance to come to terms with these growing needs.

“The first reason why finance needs to be central in these discussions is that it can help enhance trust and confidence between developed and developing countries. Finance can help create the conditions for success at COP24 and secure smooth progress on the Talanoa dialogue, the Paris rulebook and discussion on pre-2020 ambition.”

Conversely, a lack of progress on finance could become a bone of contention, she added.

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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. www.climatenetwork.org
 
For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830

 

Tele media briefing - Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit 2018

Media Briefing: London’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit (CHOGM) must deliver on climate change and oceans

 

Five speakers set expectations from leaders gathering in London for CHOGM:

 

-           Camilla Born, E3G Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Diplomacy

-           Luke Daunivalu Fiji's Chief Climate Negotiator and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations

-           His Excellency Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister

-           Philip Williamson, global oceans expert, University of East Anglia

-           Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid, Global Climate Policy Lead

 

Recording of the briefing can be found at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXEfNvHYOeI&t=5s

 

- Camilla Born, E3G, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Diplomacy

 

“The Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) is particularly interesting because it is largest leaders’ Summit in 2018. This is likely to be the largest leaders’ summit where there is a prominent feature on climate before the United Nations Secretary General Summit in September 2019.

 

The other interesting feature about CHOGM is that it is a cooperative forum where small islands and climate vulnerable countries are the majority group. Specifically, 25 of the 53 of the Commonwealth are recognized as small island developing states.

 

We see it time and time again that the vulnerable states within the commonwealth being hit by extreme weather and we see collaboration between all commonwealth states to respond to that. So it’s never one country working alone, there is much that countries cooperate on in terms of trade and economic development, which has a climate and clean and modern angle to it but there is a lot of cooperation on the impact side.”

 

- Luke Daunivalu Fiji's Chief Climate Negotiator and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations

 

“Our Presidency team is here in London in the immediate aftermath of two cyclones that have struck Fiji in the space of a few days and caused loss of life and significant economic damage. We recognize that the increasingly regular appearance of these storms is indeed an urgent reminder for us to act and we want to maximize the opportunity here in London to do exactly that.

 

COP23 President Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has come to London to urge commonwealth leaders who represent 2.4 billion of the 7.5 billion people on earth to embrace the Talanoa Dialogue and spearhead the fight for more ambitious climate action. Fiji is using its COP Presidency to press for the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement, which is to limit the increase global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial age. This will require net zero emissions of carbon pollution by 2050. The method chosen to reach that objective is Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

 

From what we have from the current commitments, they are woefully inadequate. With the current commitments, we are committing ourselves to a world in which the average global temperature is 3C degrees higher by century’s end. We are asking the Commonwealth nations to support us through the process of the Talanoa Dialogue, in our effort to increase collective ambition of NDCs and put the world on a new course.

- His Excellency Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister

“This CHOGM was supposed to be held in Vanuatu. In March 2015, we experienced category 5 tropical cyclone Pam and it caused and estimated damage of 450 million USD. For Vanuatu, classed by the UN as Least Developing Country (LDC), the cost of that cyclone is almost 70% of our GDP. It just meant there was no way we were going to be able to host this meeting. We are still in the process of rehabilitation and recovery.

For Vanuatu Climate Change is very real and it is something we factor into anything we do to try to develop our country.

The integration of climate change, particularly response to disasters is something we are now having to mainstream in all the work we do because it is an ever present reality in everyone’s lives.

When you are in a situation where you are an LDC and having to spend over 50% of your GDP responding to climate change events like tropical cyclones, sea level rise, change in weather patterns. We have now a cyclone season that is over six months in a year. This year alone, we’ve already had four tropical cyclones.

The very development of the country, in terms of delivering basic services to people, is challenged by climate change.

The UN ranks Vanuatu as the number one disaster prone country and we have held this rank for five years.

There is only one thing we are champions of in the world and that’s being the champions of disasters.

We come to CHOGM to tell the developed countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the countries of the first world that there needs to be recognition of loss and damage suffered by countries like ourselves. We were contributing 0.001 percent of carbon emissions yet the effects on us are greater than for any country proportionally. It is the result of the industrialization of countries in the West.

It really needs large economies like the UK to step up.

It’s past time to take action. We in Vanuatu we are experiencing something that will come to all of us eventually if we don’t stop the current path we are on…. We are having to restructure our whole economy to be on a disaster footing all year long.”

- Philip Williamson, global oceans expert, University of East Anglia

“Small changes in ocean temperature can have serious effect weather patterns, marine life, distribution of fisheries, coral bleaching…Warmer temperature means less oxygen for fish and carbon dioxide means … ocean acidification. Combined additional effect are occurring in the ocean, whatever we do they will get worse for a while. Now is the time for urgent action.”

“I would like to emphasize net zero emissions as the core of the Paris Agreement because that is the commitment to stop putting out greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

It is will take time to have that transition, it not impossible but it is challenging.”

- Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid, Global Climate Policy Lead

“In the latest climate risk index report released by Germanwatch, it is striking that the top five most impacted countries are all Commonwealth nations including Mozambique, Dominica, Malawi, India, and Vanuatu. So this year 2018 is an important year for making progress towards the full implementation of the Paris Agreement but also more importantly for accelerating climate ambition. CHOGM presents a golden opportunity for the group to prove its reputation for climate leadership. This year coincides with a series important international events and processes like Talanoa Dialogue, the IPCC 1.5C report and the Global Climate Action Summit in California in September. CHOGM can support and enhance these international processes by affirming the Paris Agreement and any international; agreement related to climate change. CHOGM provides a unique opportunity to show that our leaders are committed to the global fight to tackle climate change and seriously engage in the climate process with commitment and integrity… The breadth of membership and spread of geopolitical experience makes the Commonwealth uniquely placed to tackle humanity’s most pressing existential threat, climate change.”

 

About CAN Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 1100 NGOs in more than 120 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More information on www.climatenetwork.org

For more information, contact:

Hala Kilani

Senior Communications Officer - Climate Action Network

Email: hkilani@climatenetwork.org

Tel: +961 3 567928

Skype: halakilani

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IMO: Shipping sector gets on board to tackle climate change but faster near-term action needed to meet Paris climate goals

 

13 April: The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has agreed on an initial strategy to decarbonise international shipping and reduce emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050. While this agreement falls short of the 70 to 100% reductions by 2050 that the Pacific Islands, the EU and others were calling for ahead of the meeting, it keeps a window open to meet the Paris climate goals and is undeniably a game changer for the shipping sector.

This plan serves as a welcome first step to phase out emissions from the sector, but the IMO must now build on the agreed minimum target of 50% reductions in subsequent reviews of the strategy to comply with its fair share of emissions under the Paris Agreement. It must commit to the rapid and strong implementation of near-term measures, which will be discussed later this year, to stay on track with the Paris climate goals to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Shipping accounts for 2% of global emissions and it is time the IMO got on board with the rest of the world to seriously tackle climate change.  

Members and partners of the Climate Action Network reacted to the outcome:

John Maggs, senior policy advisor, Seas At Risk and president of the Clean Shipping Coalition, said: “We have an important agreement and this level of ambition will ultimately require a sector-wide shift to new fuels and propulsion technologies, but what happens next is crucial. The IMO must move swiftly to introduce measures that will cut in-sector emissions deeply and quickly in the short-term. Without these the goals of the Paris agreement will remain out of reach.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, global climate and energy programme leader, WWF, said: “This is very welcome news, a good first step and an important policy signal. Shipping is responsible for more than 2 percent of global emissions, and this is growing. The agreement today is an opportunity to bend this curve to align with the Paris Agreement. This needs to translate into urgent action - now.”

Mark Lutes, senior global climate policy advisor, WWF, said: “The decision sends a strong signal to the shipping industry and fuel suppliers, that they need to scale up investments in new technologies and their rapid deployment, including alternative fuels and propulsion systems.”

Catherine Abreu, executive director, Climate Action Network Canada, said: "This IMO initial strategy represents a small step from the shipping industry to contribute to the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement, to limit the increase of emissions to 1.5Co. A 1.5Co scenario of international shipping emissions requires decarbonization of the sector between 2035 and 2050 and the reduction of shipping emissions of 70%, aiming to 100% by 2050. Canada, who has the world’s longest coastline, should use its position as G7 President and ensure that it calls the IMO to further pursue ambitious and transparent actions to address shipping emissions in a way that it aligns with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Kelsey Perlman, international transport policy officer, Carbon Market Watch, said:  "It’s encouraging to have an emissions reduction plan for shipping, which for 30 years has avoided serious climate action, although ambition will ultimately be determined by how fast the sector adopts measures. An effective carbon price coupled with technology and operational improvements will be key to unlocking the huge potential for pollution-free shipping."

Kelsey Perlman on behalf of the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) said: “Today’s outcome puts international shipping ahead of aviation, short of the type of ambition required by the Paris Agreement, but with a clear, long-term commitment to decarbonize in-sector and peak emissions as soon as possible. This decision should light a fire under ICAO, which has been dragging its feet for over a decade on a vision for long-term decarbonization, arriving only at the mid-term emissions target of carbon neutral growth from 2020 levels. The agreement on shipping emissions today should make people question whether aviation’s emissions should be allowed to grow with no concrete plan to decarbonize.”

Bill Hemmings, shipping director, Transport & Environment, said: “The IMO should and could have gone a lot further but for the dogmatic opposition of some countries led by Brazil, Panama, Saudi Arabia. Scant attention was paid to US opposition. So this decision puts shipping on a promising track. It has now officially bought into the concept of decarbonisation and the need to deliver in-sector emission reductions, which is central to fulfilling the Paris agreement.”

Veronica Frank, international political advisor, Greenpeace, said: “The plan is far from perfect, but the direction is now clear - a phase out of carbon emissions. This decarbonisation must start now and targets improved along the way, because without concrete, urgent measures to cut emissions from shipping now the Paris ambition to limit warming to 1.5 degrees will become swiftly out of reach.
“Although the deal lists possible mitigation measures, the lack of an action plan for their development and the  tone of discussions at the IMO does not give much confidence that measures will be adopted soon. Greenpeace urges the industry to transform these goals into concrete, urgent steps to decarbonise in full as soon as possible and by 2050 at the latest. The IMO plan is a first step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done to achieve climate stability. The initial deal will be revised in 2023 and reviewed again in 2028, giving opportunities to strengthen the targets.”

Manfred Treber, senior adviser climate/transport, Germanwatch said: "The Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997 had stated that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) should pursue the limitation or reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol from international aviation, the IMO should do this for emissions from marine bunker fuels.
It took 19 years until ICAO agreed on CORSIA as a first global instrument to begin to fulfil this task. Now after 21 years - meanwhile the Paris Agreement had been adopted and has entered into force - we welcome that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is joining the world to combat climate change. We all know that their step is by far not sufficient to bring us close to the goals of the Paris Agreement with net zero emissions in the second part of this century."

Aoife O’Leary, legal analyst, Environmental Defense Fund Europe said: The shipping sector’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target represents an important step forward. The IMO has been talking about climate change for twenty years but the strategy agreed this week marks the beginning of a focused debate about the policies and measures that will help it to modernise and regain the status of a clean and efficient mode of transport. The target falls short on ambition but should be sufficient to drive policy development and consequently investment in clean fuels and technology.  EDF remains committed to working with stakeholders including those in the industry to find the ways that will work in order to peak shipping emissions as soon as possible.”

Jennifer Tollmann, climate diplomacy researcher, E3G, said: One of the key messages of the Paris agreement was that everybody needed to do more. With today’s agreement, one of the most serious climate laggards has acknowledged its responsibility. The IMO has taken an important first step in accepting the role it has to play in contributing to shifting us towards a carbon free future and to finally starting to bring the shipping sector in line with fulfilling the promise of the Paris Agreement. Now it's up to the IMO to build on this to start delivering the ambition and climate action the world is coming to expect.”

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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. www.climatenetwork.org
 
For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Senior Communications Coordinator, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830

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Statement on the withdrawal of Ambassador Khan as Chief Negotiator for the Fiji Presidency

2 March 2018: It is with regret that Climate Action Network notes that H.E. Ambassador Shameem Khan has been withdrawn from her role as chief negotiator for the delegation of Fiji to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Ambassador Khan’s strong and visionary leadership has been instrumental in shaping several important outcomes from COP23, particularly the legacy of the Fiji Presidency in unveiling the Talanoa Dialogue for increased climate ambition and in placing communities at the centre of climate action.

The departure of Ambassador Khan at this juncture poses uncertainty around the extent to which the Talanoa Dialogue process can reach its full potential, just as important work is underway to invite constructive and inclusive contributions to the Dialogue in the run up to COP24.
Having had a strong influence in shaping the Talanoa Dialogue and in forging important relationships, we hope Ambassador Khan will continue to participate in this process and lend her support to pave the way for its success.

We welcome Ambassador Luke Daunivalu to his new position and look forward to supporting him as a leader and strong advocate for climate ambition in the fight to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
As the COP Presidency continues until December 2018, Fiji must engage with Poland and other countries to keep up the pace and momentum of work under the Talanoa Dialogue while managing the important political dynamics at the climate negotiations at COP24.

It is absolutely crucial that this year countries step up to show that they intend to enhance commitments in their Nationally Determined Contributions and ramp up ambition by 2020, as well as adopt a rulebook that will bring the Paris Agreement to life.

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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. www.climatenetwork.org 
For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN International; email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org, or whatsapp/call on +918826107830 

Big Shift Global campaign reacts to World Bank Group’s major commitment at One Planet Summit to end financing for upstream oil and gas

PARIS, FRANCE — Today at the One Planet Summit in Paris, France, the World Bank Group (WBG) made a series of announcements, including a headline announcement that they will end finance for upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, in order to align its support to help countries meet their goals under the Paris Agreement.

This announcement builds on previous commitments from the WBG to restrict public finance for coal projects, which helped lead to additional commitments in other fora and growing global momentum towards a phaseout of coal. Other positive announcements from the WBG included commitments to increase the ambition of its Climate Change Action Plan, to increase transparency regarding portfolio greenhouse gas emissions, to expand the use of a shadow carbon price, and to partner with Canada and the International Trade Union Confederation to provide analysis and support for a just transition away from coal in developing countries.

The Big Shift Global campaign sees today’s announcement as a key step towards shifting all public finance away from dirty energy by 2020, and increasing finance for clean energy access for all. Big Shift Global campaign members reacted to the announcement:

Alex Doukas, Stop Funding Fossils Program Director at Oil Change International, said: “The World Bank’s landmark decision to end oil and gas finance after 2019 demonstrates real climate leadership that other public finance institutions must now match. Oil and gas reserves already under development contain more carbon than we can afford to emit while remaining within the limits of the Paris Agreement, so ending public finance for additional oil and gas production is absolutely the right thing to do. All financial institutions, public and private, including the World Bank, must still work toward aligning their finance with the aim of keeping global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius, but today, the World Bank set a high new bar in climate leadership.”

Fran Witt, Senior Climate Advisor at Christian Aid, said: “This announcement shows that the World Bank is ready to clean up its act. For any development institution to be ploughing public money into fossil fuels is now considered reckless. For the World Bank Group to rule out investment in oil and gas exploration from 2019 demonstrates that it can be a force for good.”

Jon Sward, Environment Project Manager at the Bretton Woods Project, said: “This is a major step forward, in terms of the World Bank Group backing up its rhetorical support of the Paris Agreement with concrete action. This announcement sends a clear signal to other publicly-funded multilateral and national development banks that climate change must be taken seriously, and that taxpayer funds should not be used to fund new fossil fuel projects. Civil society will be closely monitoring how the World Bank puts this pledge into action – including how its ‘exception clause’ is applied in IDA countries. It will also continue to push the International Finance Corporation – the World Bank Group’s private investment arm – to stop providing support for new fossil fuel investments through financial intermediaries, as documented in the Big Shift Global’s recent Dirty Dozen briefing.”

Ebenezer Essilfie-Nyame, Chief Operation Officer at Abibiman Foundation, said: “There is an African proverb that, ‘He who fears the sun will not become a chief.’ By today’s announcement, the World Bank Group has demonstrated its commitment in leading the urgent and vital shift that contributes to protecting our planet and people. As the French quote translates, ‘Little by little, a bird builds its nest,’ we welcome this wholesome announcement of WBG and we believe it is in the right direction in contributing immensely to the fight against climate change. Further, we will continue to monitor to ensure that such commitments are honoured.”

Shelagh Whitley, Head of the Climate and Energy Programme at the Overseas Development Institute, said: “The World Bank Group is finally showing true leadership on climate change with their announcement today that they will end all finance for the extraction of fossil fuels by the end of 2019. The World Bank Group’s primary objectives are to end extreme poverty and support prosperity. There is now global consensus that energy access for the poor is best provided through clean energy and that shared prosperity can only be assured through ambitious action on climate change. All multilateral and bilateral public finance institutions must now follow the example set by the World Bank Group and end wasteful and dangerous government support to dirty fossil fuels.”

Notes to Editors:

  • In the three years from fiscal years 2014 through 2016, the World Bank Group financed over $1 billion per year in upstream oil and gas on average, according to the Oil Change International Shift the Subsidies Database.
  • Yesterday, more than 200 civil society organisations from nearly 60 countries released a letter calling on multilateral development banks – including the World Bank Group – and G20 governments to end public financial support for fossil fuels by 2020 at the latest.
  • Yesterday the Big Shift Global campaign released a briefing detailing some of the dirtiest fossil fuel investments by public finance institutions, including the World Bank Group.
  • In October 2017, following Big Shift Global’s campaign ask, the WBG committed to reporting the greenhouse gas emissions of its portfolios, aligning itself with other multilateral development banks doing the same. Today it reinforced that commitment.
  • Big Shift Global is a campaign of more than 30 organisations working for a big shift away from fossil fuel finance by 2020, to increased finance for clean energy access for all.

For more details, contact:

Alex Doukas, Oil Change International, +1 202 817 0357, alex@priceofoil.org

Fran Witt, Christian Aid, +44 7970 799121, FWitt@christian-aid.org

Ebenezer Essilfie-Nyame, Abibiman Foundation, eenyame@gmail.com

Jon Sward, Bretton Woods Project, jsward@brettonwoodsproject.org

  

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Civil Society React to the One Planet Summit

The One Planet Summit is a positive move in the right direction. But governments must step up with faster and more ambitious climate action.

Paris - The One Planet Summit saw the emergence of many positive initiatives namely the World Bank committing to stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction projects by 2019 and AXA insurance halting all new coal and oil sands development and announcing 12 billion Euros of green investment by 2020. While they are positive steps in the right direction, these pledges are not enough to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the needs of vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change and deal with the damages and losses caused by its impacts. We know from the 2017 United Nations Emissions Gap Report that we are not on track. The report tells us that we need to triple efforts, step up both private and public finance and accelerate the deployment of renewables to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and keep warming below 1.5C.

This year is probably among the five-warmest since about 150 years and brought massive hurricanes in the Atlantic and the Caribbean, devastating floods in South Asia and out of control wildfires in California. Simultaneously, 2017 might have broken the global record of man-made CO2 emissions after three years of stagnating carbon pollution, indicating that global use of fossil fuels is growing stronger than its replacement by renewables. This only means that faster and more urgent and concrete action is needed especially by governments to avert further and severe devastation of people and destruction of ecosystems.

Despite these warning signs, many governments, private and multilateral development and financial institutions are still funding fossil fuels in the range of hundreds of billion $US annually. This undermines the Paris Treaty and is a complete waste of time and money that we can no longer afford. Governments, banks and other major actors must immediately shift investments from the energy of the past, the dirty fossil fuel industry of coal, oil and gas towards 100% renewable energy, the cheapest, healthiest and most productive energy source. Countries must also move towards energy efficiency and sustainable land use to prepare for a fully decarbonised economy by mid-century latest.

This Summit was good for the momentum needed for 2018, a critical year filled with many opportunities and moments for countries to step up and demonstrate ambition. Climate Action Network members react:

Greenpeace International climate campaigner Gyorgy Dallos:

"The end is clearly coming for the oil and gas industry as the pace of change accelerates. After Norges Bank's historic announcement, the World Bank – as one of the world's most powerful financial institutions – has sent a damning vote of no confidence to the future of the fossil fuel industry. The world’s financial institutions now need to take note and decide whether the financing is going to be part of the problem or the solution. Critically, we also welcome the World Bank taking the challenge to set a unifying standard for green bonds. This is much needed especially considering the ongoing review of the China Green Bond Catalogue, which still includes coal.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF Climate & Energy Practice Leader:

”The need for climate action has never been more urgent than now. Initiatives, such as this Summit hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, are important to keep our leaders committed, political will high and momentum in scaling and speeding up new and existing climate actions across all actors. This is critical if we are to keep warming below 1.5°C and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

Brett Fleishman, 350.org Senior Finance Campaigner:

“President Macron and other world leaders, are meeting right now to supposedly discuss shifting capital to climate solutions. But we are here to ring the alarm by bringing attention to the unabated support of the fossil fuel industry. We have research that clearly demonstrates that the French government, through its many agencies, is still invested in the energies sources of the past. This acts as a drag on the climate finance summit. This charade of caring about the planet can’t go on. Every euro and dollar spent on adaptation and mitigation is undercut by even more money spent on the fossil fuel industry,” said Brett

Fleishman, 350.org Senior Finance Campaigner:

"Whatever the outcomes from this summit, the global climate movement will keep on pushing through 2018 to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all."

Alex Doukas, Director of the Stop Funding Fossils Program at Oil Change International:

“The World Bank’s monumental announcement that they are moving out of upstream oil and gas finance after 2019 stole the show in Paris. This move from the World Bank demonstrates real climate leadership, and could help signal a broader shift away from the tens of billions of dollars in public finance that G20 governments and multilateral development banks dump into fossil fuels each year. These institutions still provide $72 billion in public finance to fossil fuels annually, which is why a shift away from fossil fuel finance is crucial if we hope to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement. Government commitments to scale up climate finance are important, but they’re not enough. Others need to follow the lead of the World Bank and signal that they will stop funding fossils.”

Nick Mabey, CEO and Co-founder E3G:

“The success of the One Planet Summit shows the world has moved past Trump and is focusing on delivering the Paris Agreement. The sheer amount of announcements at the Summit prove smart finance is moving out of fossil fuels and into the clean economy. We must now follow through to make sure governments, businesses and financial institutions increase their climate ambition to 2020 and beyond.”

Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead, Care International’s Climate Change and Resilience Platform:

“CARE welcomes the One Planet Summit where promising announcements were made to move away from fossil fuels to help slow down the escalation of climate change, such as by the World Bank and the insurance company AXA. However, we are disappointed by the lack of commitments from developed countries for adaptation finance which is necessary to help vulnerable people, especially women and girls, prepare for climate change impacts such more severe floods and droughts. Nations and private donors must step up their ambition in 2018.”

Erin Flanagan, Federal policy director at the Pembina Institute in Canada:

“Canada continues to take steps to phase-out dirty coal-fired power from its domestic electricity mix by 2030. And today, together with the World Bank, it took a new step to accelerate the coal-to-clean transition around the world. We commend this important step forward and call on other countries join in this momentum.”

Aki Kachi, International Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch:

On the anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement, world leaders have gathered again in Paris to reiterate their commitment and many mention carbon pricing. For carbon pricing to actually play the role it needs to, taxes and cap and trade programs need to start to bite: prices must rise rapidly to 40-80 USD per tonne CO2 by 2020.

Christoph Bals, Policy Director, Germanwatch:

“The One Planet Summit showed we are in a new phase of international climate action focusing on achieving the objectives agreed by all governments of the world two years ago. The summit showed that there is enormous momentum to step up global climate action, particularly in three areas: formulating a clear objective for national long term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050; setting an investment relevant minimum price on carbon emissions; and requiring companies to disclose their climate risks and strategies in a forward-looking and comparable way. For the future German government, this summit has formulated clear homework: France is asking for a joint leadership role to set a carbon-neutrality objective by 2050, to introduce a investment relevant minimum carbon price for all sectors and make forward-looking climate disclosure mandatory for companies and investors.”

Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada:

“Celebrating the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement by showcasing its influence on global economic trends was a brilliant way to drive home the real world implications of climate action and the need to support the world’s most vulnerable communities as they fight climate change and respond to its devastating impacts. However, high-level Summits are only as good as the actions they generate, and the world will be watching to see to what extent momentum is increased to shift financial flows and mobilize the trillions of dollars in climate finance required. As one of the founders of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, Canada’s move to put its money where its mouth is and partner with the World Bank to finance the coal-to-clean energy transition in developing countries and small island states is a great example of the action required. Now attention must turn, in Canada and around the world, to phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. Countries can’t adequately fund climate solutions while they continue to fund the problem."

Nithi Nesadurai Regional Coordinator Climate Action Network South-East Asia: 

“The One Planet Summit keeps the focus of the global community on the Paris Agreement and outcomes of COP23, as we move into the COP24 next year when countries are expected to raise their ambition on climate action through the Talanoa Dialogue. But for this Summit to be truly meaningful, it needs to send a message that most of the global community, with industrialised countries taking the lead, need to go faster and further than previously considered towards raising their ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Non state actors and all sectors also need to take ownership of this effort and step up if we are to get to our goal of keeping temperature rise below 1.5C. It is the least we can do for our planet."

For more information, contact:

Hala Kilani

Senior Communications Officer – CAN-International

Email: hkilani@climatenetwork.org

Tel: +961 3 567928 Skype: halakilani

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Statement on Argentina taking over the G20 Presidency in 2018

G20 countries must show climate leadership by signalling their intent to enhance ambition as they prepare to assess progress on their national climate plans under the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue and revise their emission reduction targets by 2020.

30 November 2017: As Argentina officially takes over the reigns of the 2018 G20 Presidency today, civil society calls on the Argentine Presidency to facilitate ambitious commitments from the world’s most powerful economies to tackle climate change. The G20 countries must lead in enhancing climate action and strengthening ambition while pursuing a development model that is in line with the Paris Agreement goals.  
In July 2017, 19 of the 20 G20 leaders demonstrated their support to act on climate change when they signed onto the Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth at the G20 summit in Hamburg. The Argentine Presidency must strengthen and build on this existing framework and work towards its effective implementation through 2018 and in the run up to the heads of state summit on 30 November 2018.

“The adoption of the Climate and Energy Action Plan by the G19 in July this year was a clear indication that the world’s largest economies are well aware that action is urgently needed to make the zero-carbon transition happen. The G20 under the Argentinian presidency must move from commitment to action, by raising the level of ambition of the Paris pledges, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 and providing support to those most vulnerable to climate change impacts.”

“In 2017, the G20 affirmed a near-universal commitment to the Paris Agreement. In 2018, the G20 must turn toward delivering the Paris promise by expressing countries’ alignment in understanding climate action as a core component of modern prosperity. Provinces, states, cities, business, investors, and culture-shaping institutions look for political institutions like the G20 to affirm the global direction of travel, which is mainstreaming climate action and the low-carbon transition,” said Maeve McLynn, finance and subsidies policy coordinator at Climate Action Network Europe.

As a leader among emerging economies and a country committed to the Paris Agreement, Argentina must leverage progress on climate action by promoting a development model that is compatible with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement by phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. A failure to rapidly shift to a zero-emissions growth trajectory can exacerbate poverty, increase food insecurity and render adaptation efforts impossible in the years to come. Climate action is an opportunity to usher in a transformational change for a prosperous and resilient future for everyone.

“It’s now up to Argentina to implement the G20 commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, after the previous host, Germany, failed to confront their own fossil fuel subsidies through the G20 process this November. To support the Paris Agreement, the G20 must advance efforts to stop funding fossils and start a real conversation of a managed decline of the fossil fuel industry in line with climate science. We are calling on the Argentinian presidency to demonstrate that they are serious about climate action," said Alex Doukas, Stop Funding Fossils Program Director at Oil Change International.

 

ith COP23 announcing the Talanoa Dialogue in 2018, the next year is a critical one as countries must permanently tip the scale towards faster action and stronger ambition when they assess their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). They must signal an intent in 2018 to step up and enhance ambition by 2020 in their revised NDCs, to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“As the G20 Summit is being held just days ahead of the UN climate talks in 2018 in Poland, all eyes will be on the Argentinian-led G20 summit to see that world leaders send a powerful signal that they intend to step up and come prepared to commit to enhanced ambition following a collective assessment of their progress under the Talanoa Dialogue in COP24,” said Gillian Nelson, Policy Coordinator, Climate Action Network 

The G7 Presidency is being led by Canada in 2018 and must also set a high bar for climate leadership.
Canada has a critical role in supporting the Argentine G20 Presidency to deliver strong outcomes on climate, including progress on the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies. Canada’s upcoming G7 Presidency is a moment where the country’s positive rhetoric on climate action and multilateral convening power must be funnelled into concrete and measurable climate leadership within the international sphere,” said Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada.

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