Press Releases

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.

You can find a range of our latest resources and releases below:

Pacific COP23 announces ‘Talanoa Dialogue’, sets into motion Paris Agreement

COP23 shows there is a strong appetite for faster action and stronger ambition. Countries must  work in the run up to COP24 next year and prepare to show they will step up and enhance ambition by 2020

17 November 2017, Bonn : As countries wrapped up discussions at the climate talks here in Bonn, one fact remains undisputed: climate change is happening and climate action cannot wait. In a year marked by devastating losses from climate impacts, and with 2017 seeing a rise in global emissions, this Pacific COP brought home one message: that we need faster action and stronger ambition.  

The Talanoa dialogue, an important outcome from this COP, switches on the ambition ratchet mechanism of the Paris Agreement and sets into motion the climate pact that governments promised to abide by two years ago to keep warming below 1.5°C.
Important progress has been made on the guideiines that will frame the implementation of the Paris Agreement and this must be adavnced in time for the deadline next year. 

This COP also highlighted that there is appetite for faster and stronger climate action in the near term. A decision to formally anchor pre-2020 discussions in the next climate talks puts immediate pressure on developed countries to do more on increasing ambition in the run up to 2020 and thereafter.

With renewed political will, countries must now collectively assess progress on their national climate plans and come to COP24 in Poland with an intention to step up ambition by 2020 in order to transition to a renewable energy future.

The extraordinary swell of support for climate action by cities, businesses, faith groups, local leaders and indigenous people further turns the heat on national governments to do more, and to do it much faster.
The launch of the Gender Action Plan and the indigenous people’s platform are an integral part of the legacy of this Fiji Presidency. 

These climate talks, presided by a country that is no stranger to dangerous impacts, focused the world’s attention on issues close to those at the forefront of devastating impacts. However, the disappointing outcomes on loss and damage and finance make it clear there is a brutal disconnect between the support developed countries are willing to commit to and the reality of climate impacts developing countries face. Wealthy nations once again failed to align their financial promises with concrete actions and turned up empty handed.

Looking ahead, the Polish Presidency must build on the progress made on the implementation guidelines and sustain the strengthened international cooperation on climate action. This can happen if countries such as Canada, Norway, France, UK, Germany and New Zealand step in to offer leadership domestically and internationally.

Members of the Climate Action Network reacted to the outcome of COP23: 

Krishneil Narayan, Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), Fiji, said: "The Pacific islands region is one of the most vulnerable to climate change. Fiji’s Presidency of COP23 provided an opportunity to emphasise the need for higher ambition in implementing the Paris Agreement to reach the 1.5oC goal. The Bula spirit has been infused and the course set for the Talanoa Dialogue in the coming year. The work done here to operationalize the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform and adopting the Gender Action Plan is much welcomed. However, a lot more was expected on the outcome of Loss and Damage outcome from this “Pacific COP”. We hope that countries would make full use of the expert dialogue in 2018 to further advance the work on Loss and Damage."

Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General and CEO of CARE International said: “At COP23, political agreements did not sufficiently address the harsh climate reality that millions of poor and vulnerable people already face. CARE welcomes the negotiation progress in areas such as gender and agriculture as well as the attention to climate impacts. However, as global emissions continue to increase, we need countries to significantly step up their efforts in 2018 to shift away from this dangerous trajectory and to keep the within the 1.5oC limit.”

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, head of WWF’s global climate and energy programme, and COP20 President, said: ​“In a year marked by extreme weather disasters and potentially the first increase in carbon emissions in four years, the paradox between what we are doing and need to be delivering is clear: countries must act with greater climate ambition, and soon, to put us on a path to a 1.5°C future.
“It is time to show bolder vision, innovation and urgent action -​ in global efforts and domestically -​ building on the clear momentum we are seeing in our societies and economies already. The Talanoa dialogue is the opportunity for that and it should deliver concrete outcomes. COP23 has made significant progress on pre-2020 action and support as well as the role of gender, local communities and indigenous peoples but the months leading up to COP24 will be critical to achieve the ambition we need to secure a just transition and sustainable future beyond 2020."​

Josianne Gauthier, CIDSE Secretary General, said: “Climate change is a matter of urgency and decided action. As this year’s climate conference comes to an end CIDSE welcomes the progress made but strongly urges governments to continue moving towards collective action throughout 2018 and beyond, taking concrete steps towards a just transition where no one is left behind. As the Pope reminds us, this should be accompanied by a personal spiritual conversion, questioning our priorities and the impact they have on our common home.”

Nick Mabey, CEO and Co-founding Director E3G, said: COP23 achieved what it had to but not what it needed to. Countries and their leaders must work together to raise ambition and make the goals of the Paris Agreement a reality. Through the Talanoa Dialogue they must inspire everyone to do more: to identify bold new practical ways to reduce pollution and protect people for a changing climate.

Tracy Carty, head of Oxfam’s delegation at COP 23, said: “This year hurricanes ravaged the Caribbean, floods destroyed thousands of homes and schools in South Asia, and drought brought devastation to millions in East Africa. We’re no longer talking about the future; the world’s poorest countries and communities are already fighting for their lives against disasters intensified by climate change. Yet for the most part, rich countries showed up to Bonn empty-handed, and blocked progress on finance for 'loss and damage’ for those facing the worst impacts of climate change.
“The brutal disconnect between what developed countries are willing to provide and the reality of climate impacts developing countries face must be urgently addressed. President Macron's international climate summit next month in Paris will offer another opportunity for countries to unveil new financial pledges.”

Jens Mattias Clausen, head of Greenpeace’s political delegation at COP23, said: “Leaders must now go home and do the right thing, prove that they have listened to the voices of the Pacific, with all their hurt and hope, and understand the urgency of our time. Talk is not good enough and we still lack the action we need. “We call on France, Germany, China and others to step up and display the leadership they claim to stake. Clinging to coal or nuclear power and parading as climate champions while failing to accelerate the clean energy transition is nothing but bad faith.

“We welcome the focus on enhanced ambition and the inclusion of pre-2020 climate action in the design of next year’s stocktake, the Talanoa Dialogue. This will form part of Fiji’s legacy and it is imperative that the dialogue will not just be a discussion but actually lead to countries ramping up their climate targets. “Bonn still leaves a daunting task of concluding the Paris rulebook next year. Countries need to rediscover the political courage they had in Paris to complete the rulebook on time.”

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said: "At this year's climate talks, the Fijian presidency helped us build the vessels needed to carry us towards a clean energy future. Now it's up to ministers and heads of state to fill these vessels with increased ambition on climate action, so as to close the substantial gap between the commitments countries have put forward to reduce their emissions and the much higher level of ambition needed to meet the temperature limitation goals established in the Paris Agreement.   

"Progress was made on developing the Paris Agreement implementation rules, but the pace of negotiations must pick up significantly if the rulebook is to be finalized at the climate summit in Katowice, Poland next December. Little progress was made on the critical issue of ramping up financial and capacity-building support to help developing countries deploy clean energy and other climate solutions, and to adapt to the mounting impacts of climate change; this must be a much higher priority going forward. Fortunately, heads of state and ministers will have numerous opportunities over the next year to demonstrate real climate leadership."

Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director, said: “Even in the face of the climate-denying Trump administration, it is the unstoppable power of the people across the United States and the world that has continued to drive progress beyond coal -- from retiring half of the U.S. coal fleet to pushing governments to form the new Powering Past Coal Alliance. Coal and other fossil fuels have no place in our future, and the world will continue to move toward a clean and just energy economy. The Sierra Club is committed to doing our part to drive that progress and ensure this transition to clean energy leaves no one behind until the goal is met.

“The Sierra Club applauds the government of Fiji for their leadership during these negotiations, and we challenge all governments to continue to step up to meet the ever-growing challenge of tackling the climate crisis. Following a year of devastating hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and storms, it’s never been more evident that the world needs to make serious and swift strides to curb carbon emissions for the sake of families, communities, and the planet. Now is the time to act.”

Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, said: “The roadmap agreed today should help countries to bridge the gap between what they have committed to do and what is needed to keep temperature rise to safe levels. The EU needs to step up to the mark and make the most use of this opportunity by getting everything set for raising its 2030 climate target. The immediate next step is to put forward a higher climate target through the development of the new 2050 zero-carbon strategy. We need to go much further and faster, as the current snail’s pace of the talks does not match the urgency of climate action nor the speed of the renewable energy transition on the ground.”

Jamie Henn, 350.org Strategy and Communications Director, said: “There’s one word that needs to define the year ahead: ambition. 2018 will be all about accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all. Movements will do our part by stopping new fossil fuel projects, ending dirty finance, and getting as many towns, cities, and regions as possible to commit to 100% renewable energy for all.”

Christoph Bals, Policy Director, Germanwatch, said: “This COP sends a powerful message to the German coalition negotiations: We expect that Germany implements its climate targets for 2020 and 2030. Key issues are a socially acceptable phase out of coal, a  transformation of the transportation and agricultural sector. This COP stressed that in the coming three years, rich countries need to do more to meet their existing commitments. Countries also need to step up next year and develop strategies to increase their ambition up to 2030. Those are clear tasks for the next German government. We are disappointed in the limited progress this conference has made to address the need for finance to help the most vulnerable people cope with the impacts of climate change that are already unavoidable. Rich countries need also step up to support the poorest and most vulnerable people. The next opportunity is the summit hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France on 12 December.”

Sanjeev Kumar, Founder, Change Partnership, said: Politics didn’t match adequacy at COP23. However, the Talanoa Dialogue is the means by which governments can put science-based commitments alongside their rhetoric on climate change to ensure mutual prosperity and save lives.

Urszula Stefanowicz, expert at the Polish Climate Coalition, said: “The Polish Presidency, hosting the next UN climate summit in 2018, has to work in partnership with the current Fijian Presidency to make sure it ends in success and results in all countries committing to higher climate targets. As the host of the next year’s COP24 climate summit, the Polish government cannot allow short-termism and vested interest to guide its stance in the negotiations.”

Eamon O’Hara, Executive Director, ECOLISE, said: “There are many thousands of grassroots, community-led initiatives on climate action, in Europe and globally, but they feel disconnected from the formal processes and are operating in a kind of policy vacuum. Governments and policy makers need to engage with and support this bottom-up action in order to help inject pace into the entire process.”

Mauro Albrizio, European Affairs Director, Legambiente: “Now it’s time for Europe to walk the talk and start immediately implementing the roadmap. The 2030 climate and energy package is the first opportunity for Europe to show real leadership adopting more ambitious targets for renewables and energy efficiency in coherence with the Paris Agreement. We welcome the Italian proposal to host COP26. It’s a good opportunity to prove with concrete action that Italy and Europe are prepared to lead by example scaling up their ambition at home”.

Giulia Bondi, Climate Justice and Energy Officer, CIDSE: “What we need to solve the current climate crisis is a real transformational change, only achievable through a strong political commitment, including from the EU. Two years after the Paris Agreement, some good progress has been made here at COP23 in advancing in the work programme and with the set-up of the Talanoa Dialogue to design a pathway towards increased ambition. Nonetheless, important questions such as climate finance and loss and damage are still being sidelined and this is alarming as people who are vulnerable to climate change urgently need actions: their very future is at stake.”

Francisco Ferreira, President, ZERO, said: “The consequences of climate change are dramatic worldwide including Europe, where more vulnerable countries like Portugal are suffering from large forest fires and severe drought. More ambition is required from Europe towards a fast decarbonisation to fulfil the Paris Agreement goals.”

David Howell, SEO/BirdLife, said: “We knew it already, but COP23 has reconfirmed it: rapid transformational changes in the world economy, especially the economies of the wealthy and developing nations, must begin in the next few years, with commitments and action under way when COP24 begins. With these parties doing more, especially on pre2020 decarbonization and finance, a clearer path will emerge which will create greater confidence amongst UNFCCC parties. Spain must do its part, and SEO/BirdLife calls on President Rajoy, his Ministers and autonomous governments to go beyond existing 2020 commitments to reduce emissions across the economy, and to achieve this quickly.”

Safa’ Al Jayoussi , Executive Director/ IndyACT, said : “Concrete steps were taken in this year’s COP23, now we need to move this into action toward pre-2020 ambition on the local and subregional level, especially from the Arab Region were the extreme weather events are hitting very hard with highest temperature has been recorded in multiple locations this year , our region is the most vulnerable yet have the most renewable energy opportunities that are barely tackled yet.”

Sébastien Duyck, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), said: “As another COP closes, Parties find themselves with considerable work ahead of them as they only have thirteen months to deliver on the Paris promises by creating a robust, rights-based Paris Rulebook. When in comes to ensuring that climate policies promotes human rights and justice, COP23 saw two significant successes with the adoption of the first ever UNFCCC Gender Action Plan and the operationalization of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. While more can be done, these developments are welcome steps forward in integrating gender equality, recognition of and respect for perspective and knowledge of indigenous peoples into climate policies. In 2018, Parties must build on these advances to ensure that the Implementation Guidelines for the Paris Agreement promote people-centred actions.”

Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President for Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund, said: “In the same week that we learned global carbon pollution is on the rise again after three flat years, the Trump administration came to Bonn to sell the world on fossil fuels. The good news is that the world wasn’t buying. The story of these climate talks was that however much Donald Trump wants to take us backward on climate change, the rest of the world – and the rest of the U.S. – is intent on moving forward.”

“Trump doesn’t speak for America on climate change – not for the majority of U.S. citizens who support action on climate change, nor for the 2,500 cities, counties, states, businesses and universities that have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals.”

Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead, Christian Aid, said: “Everyone knows the Paris Agreement pledges alone are not enough to combat climate change – they only get us to a world of three degrees.“The ratchet mechanism that made the Paris Agreement not just a static document but a living thing that strengthens itself over time, now has a name: The Talanoa Dialogue. That mechanism has now been switched on.
“The Talanoa Dialogue is what makes the Paris Agreement tick and it’s essential that it features prominently at next year’s important summit in Poland.”

Ben Niblett, Senior Campaigner, Tearfund and Renew Our World, said: Fiji has led the way with bold leadership. Our hope was for developed countries - those most responsible for global greenhouse gas emissions - to follow this lead, step into Fiji’s canoe and paddle firmly towards the Paris Agreement commitments.
We have a lot further to go to keep the Paris Agreement promises and protect the world God made and the people who depend on it, particularly on climate finance, clean energy for developing countries, and reducing emssions faster. But there were some encouraging steps at COP23 towards reducing emissions as a group of countries committed to phase out coal.

Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy, said: “The conference gets a grade of “meets expectations.”  The negotiators got down to orderly business working out the rules to implement, assess, and advance the Paris Agreement.  The processes did not get overly distracted by the U.S. government’s announced withdrawal from the accord.  In fact, Chancellor Merkel and President Macron celebrated the energy generated by the leadership of U.S. governors and mayors.  Nevertheless, the absence of national U.S. leadership was evident within the negotiating process this week and for driving more ambitious climate action in the future.
“Two years after adopting the Paris Agreement, the global climate policy process is on cruise-control in the race toward a low-carbon, resilient future.  We are still headed in the right direction, but since the U.S. took its foot off the accelerator, the pace of climate action has slowed down.  It’s time for someone to jump in the driver’s seat and floor it.”

Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), said: “The 23rd Conference of Parties under Fiji presidency has initiated an important driver of ambition through the Talanoa dialogue and we hope developed countries bring enhanced pre-2020 national climate plans to the 2018 conference in Poland. This is a welcome process and sets the correct course for the negotiations as per the equity principle. However, the efforts of developed countries to sabotage any progress on finance for loss and damage while trying to make business out of distress through insurance for millions affected was disappointing."

Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy at the aid agency CAFOD, said: “No one said implementing the Paris Agreement was going to be easy and whilst making some progress, countries have left themselves with plenty to do at next year’s talks in Poland. It was great to see the momentum build immediately behind the phasing out of coal after the joint UK/Canada announcement yesterday, particularly given US attempts to promote coal at these talks, and more of these positive initiatives will be necessary if we are to increase the ambition of the Paris Agreement.   

“Ultimately, to build the trust needed now to deliver the Paris agreement, developing countries need to feel assured that richer nations that have caused the problem are going to stump up the cash they’ve promised to help poorer countries cope with climate change. There’s been a sense this year of developed countries hiding behind negotiations on other issues, such as agricultural policy, to avoid reaching the point where money has to be talked about, but developing countries want to see that richer nations are doing more than just expressing sympathy and empathy and instead are putting their money where their mouth is on climate action.”

Robert Hall, President, ECOLISE, said: Europe must now demonstrate stronger climate leadership and enhanced ambitions to make the necessary contributions to meet the Paris targets to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Only through involvement of people through community-led actions is it possible to meet targets.

Karim Elgendy, Carboun: Middle East Sustainable Cities, CAN Arab world board member, said: COP 23 has witnessed the emergence of the cities and regions as major players in the climate debate. The shift from negotiations towards implementation that followed the Paris Agreement has shifted the attention towards efforts the ground towards implementation. The engagement of states, cities, and organization from the United States during this COP, after the federal government’s announcement of its intention to withdraw has supported this transition. In the highly urbanized region of the Middle East and North Africa, cities need to lead the transition towards a low carbon development.

Nithi Nesadurai, CAN Southeast Asia (CANSEA) Regional Coordinator, said: "COP23 set the momentum to ramp up ambition through the Tanaloa dialogue but the best results can be only achieved if deep and meaningful emission reductions take place before 2020, especially by the major industrialised countries. Echoing the ASEAN statement on COP23, we urged developed countries to commit finance to loss and damage. However, as a region that's highly vulnerable to climate impacts, we are disappointed to not see this materialize. The way forward is to ensure climate action at home by pushing for greater nationally determined (NDCs), transitioning away from coal to renewable energy and committing to a low-carbon development pathway within the context of just transition.

Tomás Insua, Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement, said: “Solutions to the climate crisis are well within our grasp.  Pope Francis has sounded an urgent call to protect our most vulnerable sisters and brothers from the worst ravages of climate change. Here in Bonn, we've demonstrated that we can do that.  Stepping up to 1.5 degrees means nothing less than truly loving and caring for 'the least of these.

Moussa Elimane Sall, CAN Arab world board member, said: The fight against climate change requires more responsibility and more commitment. Our weak action today is already condemning certain peoples, particularly the island. We are at the threshold of the irreversible and the developed countries add another layer of injustice, poverty and precariousness, "touching" the most fragile "first. 

Ramiro Fernandez, Climate Change Director, Fundación Avina, said: COP23 have shown how non-state actors are already making progress on implementation of their commitments, and Latin American countries, like Argentina or Peru, have also shown serious progress on building the institutional frameworks needed for implementation of their NDC’s. In the era of implementation cities, regions and other non-state actors will play a critical role on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

----------------------------------------------ENDS--------------------------------
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 
 

 
 

City, Business, Faith, Trade and Civil Society Leaders Call on Countries to Step Up in 2018 To Strengthen Their National Climate Plans

BONN, GERMANY (November 17, 2017)— As the conclusion of the COP23 climate talks near, the key ingredients are coming together for 2018 to galvanize stronger climate action under the Paris Agreement. Based on extensive consultations with Parties, last night the Fiji Presidency released a draft roadmap for the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue, a year-long process aimed at taking stock of climate action that should set the stage for countries to send clear signals by COP24 that they will enhance their national climate plans by 2020.  

Following are statements from senior representatives from cities, business, faith, trade and civil society and a government minister on the importance of prioritizing enhanced ambition during these final hours of COP23: 

Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute 
“Two years ago in Paris, countries made a promise to scale up their national climate efforts every five years. To live up to that promise and secure significant economic and social benefits, countries need to deliver on their current climate commitments and define how to strengthen their national climate plans by 2020. We have entered a decisive window to rapidly bend the emissions curve downward to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Encouragingly, the evidence shows that smart climate policies will promote greater resource efficiency, new technology, more investment and better jobs. Leaders need to learn from this success and step up their climate efforts.” 
 

Wael Hmaidan, Executive Director, Climate Action Network  
“In order for governments to have confidence in strengthening their climate targets in 2020, they need to see that exceeding their current targets is urgent, achievable, and desirable.   And this is where we see the Talanoa Dialogue playing a role.  It will allow countries to better understand that businesses, cities, and communities around the world are stepping up ahead of them.  They will understand that their national climate plans have been surpassed by the real economy and its time to catch up.”
 

Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation
“The Paris Agreement was a historic achievement and we should be proud of it. But there is no time to rest on our laurels, we are not on track. If we are serious about tackling climate change, everyone will need to step up and put forward ambitious climate commitments between now and 2020.”
 

Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Environment Minister of Chile
"When you deny climate action, you deny your citizens cleaner, cheaper energy.  Since we’ve introduced carbon taxes, and begun to change our energy system, we’ve seen the renewable energy sector grow fivefold. And while we projected renewable energy from solar and wind to be 20 percent of our energy sources by 2025, we reached this goal last month --eight years early.  Our NDC was written in 2013 and is already outdated.  So I think for the future, to enhance ambition, we need to have very flexible action plans so we can capture the low-carbon transformation as it happens."  

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

“Growing jobs on a liveable planet is an imperative for all of us. This requires a sense of urgency combined with ambition, a commitment to Just Transition measures for the workforce and a capacity to reinvest in vulnerable communities. Governments should not hide behind those who do not want to make progress.  They put at risk the benefits of investments in jobs and economic growth and they put at risk the planet.” 

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Head of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Programme
"The planet is at a crossroads. We have within our reach an unprecedented opportunity following the Paris Agreement - one that can and must change the future. The decisions we make today set the foundation for 2018 and beyond. Countries must increase their ambition to put us on a path to a 1.5C future." 

Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition 
“The message from the business community is that if governments want to attract investment and create competitive industrial policies, then having bold long-term climate policies really helps lower the costs of capital, and lower the risk of investment.  It is much easier if countries step up and set more ambitious climate policies.  But the opposite is true as well.  The more businesses send very strong signals to policymakers and to the market that they are raising their ambition because they see economic opportunity through bold climate action, then the more you will see governments raise their ambitions.” 

Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI
"The 2018 Talanoa Dialogue must produce stronger NDCs that set us on the right path to staying well below 2°C of global temperature rise. Local and other subnational governments are ready to step up and to contribute through their own commitments to bringing down climate-altering emissions as rapidly and decidedly as needed. The over 1,000 cities and regions reporting to the carbonn Climate Registry have the potential to reduce their emissions by a compound 5.6 GtCO2e by 2020. Climate change can only be a collective effort of all actors and in 2018 we have to accelerate. We cannot miss this opportunity."

Tomás Insua, Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement 
"We need to bend the arc of greenhouse gas emissions downward by 2020. The wheels of government turn slowly and an ambitious public commitment in 2018 is the first step.  As people of faith, we protect the people and places we love, and our vulnerable sisters and brothers most of all.  All we ask is that government do the same--and do it quickly." 

Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists 
"From hurricanes and typhoons to heat waves and wildfires, the signal is clear: climate change is underway, and time is running out to head off truly devastating impacts.  We have the cost-effective clean energy solutions needed to meet this challenge; what there hasn't been enough of is political will.   Countries must come to next December's climate summit in Poland prepared to take bold actions to safeguard the climate for their citizens and future generations."

Sven Harmeling, Global Lead on Climate Change Advocacy, CARE International Climate Change & Resilience Platform
"The 1.5 degrees limit which governments agreed on in the Paris Agreement, is the promise for a world in which people and countries can survive and thrive because major climate change impacts can be avoided. The Talanoa Dialogue must guide governments towards stepping up their climate efforts between 2018 and 2020, as time is running out to shift the world to a low-emission pathway quickly enough to keep the 1.5C limit within reach."

Nick Mabey, CEO, E3G
“COP is not a gathering of idealists with their heads in the clouds: it is a gathering of practical individuals who are determined to get things done. Countries must now step up and make good on what they promised to do when the Paris Agreement was drawn up and get us to annual global temperature increases of well below 2°C.”

####

CONTACTS  

World Resources Institute:
Rhys Gerholdt (in Bonn), rgerholdt@wri.org,  +1 202 341-1323
Beth Elliott (in Bonn), beth.elliott@wri.org, +1 301-357-0981  

Climate Action Network International:
Dharini Parthasarathy, dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org
Hala Kilani, hkilani@climatenetwork.org

For more information on expectations for climate action in 2018, watch a recording of the “2018 Year to Step Up” press conference.  

As world leaders arrive in Bonn, civil society calls on them to inject much-needed political will into climate talks

Climate leadership starts with strong domestic action and developed countries must put more on the table on finance and overall support

15 November 2017, Bonn. The political phase of COP23 begins today, with ministers and some heads of state arriving for the high-level talks. Negotiations at the technical level have been reasonably successful, but will political leaders of wealthy nations recognise the urgency of moving beyond the cautious limits their negotiators were working within?

During the past ten days, they have wasted too much time being unwilling to advance on key and legitimate issues,” said Lucille Dufour, International Policy Adviser, Reseau Action Climate France. “Now is time to send a strong wake-up call to developed countries, so that they come to terms with the urgent need to deliver more action before 2020 and provide sufficient support to the most vulnerable populations, especially for loss and damage.

 

“Developed countries should remind themselves that these questions are not only about negotiating text or negotiating spaces. This is a matter of people's lives being affected on a daily basis by the growing impacts of climate change.”
French president Emmanuel Macron is one of the leaders making an early appearance. Dufour set out clear expectations for the French government: -that France pushes for greater ambition with the European Union, that at the summit Macron will host in Paris next month, France delivers on the 5 billion USD it has promised for adaptation and loss & damage, and that Macron’s government aligns its positive statements at the international level with bold domestic climate policy, including swifter action on a transition to renewable energy.

 

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will also address the UN climate conference today, and Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International, said Germany risks failing to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement.
“The key issue on the table is that ten years ago her government committed to a 40% reduction by 2020 and Germany is now missing that target. And the only way that we think that can be changed is if the coalition supports a coal phase-out by 2030. Our expectation is that she's heard the voices of the vulnerable, she's seen the candlelight vigils around the world at embassies that have been occurring and that she will signal that she supports a coal phase-out by 2030,” said Morgan.

Mere Nailatikau, Regional Communications Advsior, Oxfam Pacific Region, said, “Our Pacific civil society family is concerned that emissions still rise globally. Many countries are still investing in fossil fuels, while wealthy nations try to block discussions to address loss & damage incurred by their emissions.”

 “Support for our affected communities has been at the forefront of our hopes at this Pacific COP. We are concerned that proposals on the table now are weak. Communities hit by climate-related disasters may have to wait longer for help since negotiations here are failing to make meaningful progress on loss & damage finance. We welcome commitments to show real progress towards 100 billion USD.”
 

Sven Hamerling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International said, “There has also been a lot of resistance from developed countries, unfortunately, to even start looking into a process which is about generating additional finance. I think in the overall political setting of this debate, there was a conclusion that we can only get to a certain point and leave further conversations and further fights for more finance to the future.”

The Bonn climate talks are being presided over by Fiji, a first for a small island developing state. The talks are expected to close on Friday. 
------------------------------------------------

For more information: Dharini Parthasarathy, Climate Action Network, dparthasarathy@climatenetowkr.org; +918826107830
 

 

COP23 update: Progress on negotiations and outcome on agriculture

14 November 2017, Bonn: Speaking at a Climate Action Network press briefing today, Li Shuo, Greenpeace East Asia, reiterated the feeling that the first week has been smooth overall. “The Talanoa Dialogue discussions have gone well. Negotiations over transparency have gone surprisingly well, producing a good informal note and moving into substantive discussions. Discussions of the global stocktake lost some time in procedural back and forth, but also produced an informal note this morning. The notable exception is talks over nationally determined contributions, where there are worrying signs; a 180-page note suggests numerous and complicated points of disagreement remain as ministers arrive to begin the more political process in week two.

 

He was asked if there has been progress on the question of pre-2020 actions, where vulnerable countries have been pressing for attention to immediate action – including outstanding commitments from Annex I countries under the expiring Kyoto Protocol; rich countries prefer to focus on the incoming Paris Agreement.

 

“Substantively, there are genuine concerns from developing countries that a lot of previous commitments have not been fully respected or effectively delivered, things such as finance, technology, and capacity-building. So a very important task here is to find a way to accommodate those concerns in an appropriate manner,” Li said.

 

“On the political side, I think it is very important to address those concerns in relation to other parts of the bigger package. The desired outcome out of COP 23 is that we find appropriate solutions on pre-2020 on the one hand, but also to give a very strong forward-looking message, for example on the Talanoa Dialogue, and also prepare a very solid ground for the Paris Rulebook.”

 

But if the Northern countries and the global South are at odds over pre-2020 actions, their negotiators have found common ground in another potentially difficult area: agriculture. Agriculture is an important sector both because it contributes as much as one third of total greenhouse gas emission, and because it is of vital importance for food security, economies and livelihoods in most of the Global South

 

Teresa Anderson, ActionAid said, “It's been important for the UNFCCC to make progress in a way that could work in the interests of developing countries as well as the interests of the whole planet. There's been debate for a long time about whether this discussion should focus on adaptation or whether it should focus on mitigation. It's been very complex, and very tense.”

 

It’s now been agreed that talks under the Subsidiary Body of Scientific and Technological Advice can be translated into action and implementation, and thus enable the UN system to provide more strategic support for vulnerable countries as well as address highly polluting agricultural systems and practices.
 

“There is now a concrete opportunity to look into adaptation issues and we can also keep in mind how to bring down dangerous emissions from agriculture. And as civil society, we hope that the discussion will move forward into being about the tools and methodologies and real-life solutions that can help agriculture to become more resilient and less polluting,” said Anderson.

Elsewhere, Climate Action Network has been exploring unconventional options for meeting SDGs and Paris Agreement commitments, said Stephan Singer.
 

Christoph Bals, Director, Germanwatch, shared news from a court in Hamm, Germany, of a victory for climate action in a landmark legal case – Saúl Luciano Lliuya, a Peruvian farmer, is suing the German utility company RWE for costs to protect his home from a glacier that is now melting due to climate change. Today’s decision established the legal basis for companies like this – one of a hundred corporations responsible for the overwhelming majority of greenhouse gas emissions – to be found liable for its contributions to climate disasters that threaten people like Luciano.
“It’s a huge breakthrough. It's a precedent, because in more than 50 countries, we have exactly the same clause in the civil law that this court case is built on, the nuisance clause. And this will have effects not only in Germany, but all over the world,” said Bals.

---------------------------------

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 or Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN International; email hkilani@climatenetwork.org
 

Week two of COP23: civil society reps call for the reality of climate impacts to be brought into negotiating rooms

 

“Talanoa Dialogue must be designed to increase ambition”

13 November, 2017, Bonn. The beginning of the UN climate conference's second week marks a transition as negotiators make way for ministers to begin the real political process. There has been a push by the Fiji presidency for openness and transparency in the Talanoa dialogue, including input from both governments and non-state actors. So far, there is mixed progress on the work programme – negotiations over issues of transparency going well, while there are sharply polarised positions over national contributions to limiting global warming.

On the vital question of finance – for mitigation and adaptation, as well as for loss & damage – things are not going smoothly.

Tracy Carty, Climate Change Policy Advisor, Oxfam GB, said: “We need a work programme that will explore sources of finance for loss and damage, because that's currently a massive gap. Unlike adaptation and mitigation, which have the 100 billion commitment, there are currently no sources of finance for loss and damage.

Carty said it appeared that developing country governments are resistant to committing more public money for badly needed climate finance, but pointed out that there are innovative sources of funding that would not come from the public purse, including levies on shipping and aviation or on the carbon majors, a group of one hundred large corporations that are responsible for the major share of emissions.
“At the moment, those carbon majors are off the hook. Nobody is looking at what's their contribution. If they were to pay their share and their responsibility for the damages that's been caused because of the impacts of climate in parts of the world, what would that look like? How much would it look like? So this process needs at a minimum to start to explore those kind of options and there are many,” said Carty.

Talanoa Dialogue

Reminding us that COP23 is presided over by a vulnerable country already experiencing severe climate impacts, Mohamed Adow, International Climate Lead, Christian Aid, said we have a unique opportunity to bring the reality of climate change into the negotiations. This has not happened through the first week but needs to happen in the second week.

“There is an opportunity for the ministers coming in to grasp and help deliver that important gift to the vulnerable countries who are suffering first and worst, it would be advancing loss and damage, particularly support to be able to implement the actions and activities that are needed.
[Vulnerable countries] got a mechanism in 2013;  they got an article in Paris; but those two don't deliver the actions and activities that are needed. They need to be translated so that they can be able to implement loss and damage.”

Turning to the Talanoa dialogue, Adow reminded everyone that this is the new name for working on an established principle to ratchet action and ambition upwards, and called for Fiji to retain a role right through the end of this COP and into 2018 when the Paris Agreement comes into force.

“What will be critical, now that this dialogue has been set up, is for the Fijians to be given a leading role next year so that they can be able to help deliver on the promise and the vision they've set out.  It's not something we can leave in the hands of the Polish alone, and so in this second week, we need to be able to strengthen hand of the Fijians so that they can play a role [… ] on an ongoing basis so we can effectively design the dialogue to be able to increase ambition.”

US engagement

Asked about the seemingly mild treatment of the US despite the Trump administration's declared intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists, responded that the US negotiators have in some places continued with constructive engagement, but in others show problems linked to new administration's hard line: loss and damage and finance which may become sharper as the ministerial phase of the conference begins.

“There's also a recognition that there are major elements of American society – states, business, mayors, universities and others, represented by the We Are Still In initiative – that are doing their best to meet America's emissions reduction obligations under Paris with or without Donald Trump. And I think that message has been well-received.
“The problem is of course is that they are not representing that same kind of initiative on the finance side of table, and making up for Donald Trump's refusal to meet the remaining two billion dollars of the Green Climate Fund pledge and proposing deep cuts in other areas of US climate finance. So yes on the domestic ambition, that's making up some of the damage caused by Donald Trump, but on the finance side it's a different message than what we're hearing. We're hearing the US is taking a pretty tough line on finance and on having loss & damage be a standing agenda item in this process.”

 

Mohammed Adow said that he would like to see a strategy used to deal with Trump Administration intransigence brought into the climate negotiations.
“When the US blocked the climate outcomes in the G7 and the G20, we effectively ended up with a G6 climate outcome and a G19 climate outcome. And so on loss & damage, if the US continues to block, I think it will be about time the rest of the world basically noted the US blockage, but moved on and gave effectively a proper process that is going to consider how climate finance for loss and damage is going to be mobilised.

“We cannot afford to have the rest of the developed world hiding behind the US and I think we have to make the distinction between a country, in this case the Trump administration, that has already announced its withdrawal, and the rest of the world collectively moving forward – and on finance for loss & damage and on finance for adaptation but also having a clear process to ratchet up ambition we have to make that distinction.

------------------

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 or Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN International; email hkilani@climatenetwork.org
 

 

“ #WeAreStillIn coalition gives us reason to hope for a new generation of climate leaders in the US”

9 November 2017, Bonn: The press briefing began by addressing the (Republican) elephant in the room: the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Mariana Panuncio-Feldman, WWF, said the #WeAreStillIn coalition – which includes mayors, governors, business leaders and college presidents, American Indian tribes, faith leaders and more, representing some 130 million Americans – remains committed to climate action and an international agreement to take climate action forward.

“The message they are bringing is a message of hope. It's a message of action. The stories that #WeAreStillIn will be sharing in the coming days are stories of actions they are taking in the United States, stories of the social and economic benefits – in addition to climate ones – that are accruing to their constituencies. And stories of what more can be done in the United States and how they want to play a part in the transformation.”

She said she hoped the participation of these US subnational actors would give the international community confidence in the new generation of US climate leaders.

To a query on the position of this alternative delegation at the climate talks, Panuncio-Feldman pointed to measures that subnational actors are already taking, such as New York City's newly green building standards or Walmart's adoption of energy efficiency and renewable power.

“We know that the actions that need to be taken need to be accelerated right now and need to be built further into future in a way that contributes to a transformation of the American economy. But I think that the very concrete and real examples that you're going to hear in coming days are very pertinent to the pre-2020 conversation and show that there is commitment and muscle in the United States to take action on pre-2020 now.”

Camilla Born, E3G, then gave a summary of the status of negotiations under way at the COP. She said negotiators are now reaching the limits of their mandates and outlining the political issues that ministers will take up in the week ahead.

“We're making lots of progress on the technical and process aspects of these discussions. We're flagging up some more political elements that don't fit within a negotiator's mandate and moving more to a conversation that needs to be between ministers in the coming week.

She said good progress has been made with technical questions relating to the rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement. She also said that the issue of pre-2020 actions had been raised and that the Fiji Presidency must now consider how to play a constructive role on issues and agenda points that have been raised.

Asked about the relative silence on the important question of finance for adaptation, Born responded that finance is certainly being discussed, though largely at a technical level. She said she sees positive signals ahead of  next year's ministerial dialogue on finance which will squarely address this issue.

“Some of the most exciting conversations on this topic have been around some of the work that the  multilateral development banks are doing to try to prevent funding of dirty projects within their portfolios, and move their funding much more effectively into projects which support climate action – and which have multiple other benefits in fulfilling these organisations' missions and mandates.”

------------------------------

Contact: Dharini Parthasarathy, CAN Senior Communications Coordinator, dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org or whatsapp +918826107830

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 le

Tags: 
Organization: 

COP23 update: Calls for China to step up leadership ; German funding to adaption fund welcomed

7 November 2016, Bonn: On the second day of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, speakers at the Climate Action Network press briefing welcomed a positive early announcement of funding, encouraged China to fully assume the leadership role it's been signalling, and again stressed the urgency for beginning a process to set out clear and effective rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement by the end of this COP.

Li Shuo, Senior Climate & Energy Policy Officer, Greenpeace East Asia, said that China is making real progress on climate action and signalling its intent to take a newly active role in climate diplomacy. “We see that many in Beijing see that America's difficulty is actually China's opportunity. China has made it very clear that it will honour its Paris Agreement [commitments], and in fact is on a trajectory to overachieve both the 2020 and 2030 climate targets. Over the past few months, we are also seeing very bold actions from China, and a transformation of China's approach when it comes to international climate diplomacy.”

Li pointed to China's embrace of renewables and phasing down of coal-powered generation, its establishment of the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action alongside the European Union and Canada, and the strong message emerging from its 19th party congress, in which it for the first time described itself as wishing to be a leader in international climate governance.

Adaptation Fund

Jan Kowalzig, Senior Policy Adviser Climate Change, Oxfam Germany, began by welcoming his country's announcement that it will give 50 million euros for the Adaptation Fund and a further 50 million for the Least Developed Countries Fund. “The announcement of new finance so early in the conference is an invitation to other developed countries to follow suit,” but Kowalzig stressed that these amounts are not nearly enough.

“We need to make sure that these welcome pledges are not used to cover up what's going on: Germany is currently not on track to meet its mitigation targets. It's going to miss them by a wide margin. The German government has pulled the brake on renewable energy expansion over the past four years. It has not done anything to address emissions in the transport sector. In fact, Germany is one of those that constantly opposed ambitious fuel emissions standards in Brussels. And it has missed the opportunity to start the phase out of coal.”

He expressed concern that talks in Berlin over forming a coalition government currently include three parties who are opposed to Germany meeting its Paris Agreement commitments.

“In many countries governments or ministers are not acting as they should be. We need a complete phase out of fossil fuels and as soon as possible. As I said, Germany is sometimes still portrayed as a climate leader, as a country that's ambitiously engaging in climate action and turning its energy systems to renewable energy... but this is not the case.

And it's not the case in many other countries, and that makes it even more important that we engage much more also in movement building with citizens.”

Non-state actors must drive progress

Yamide Dagnet, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, agreed that action is needed from players other than national governments.

“It's not just government acting, it's acting together also with non-state actors. So business has a role to play; at the subnational level, cities and provinces also have also a role to play. And I think we're going to see over the next two weeks, how we can actually leverage opportunities that we have missed in the past two years. What is really important is to seize opportunities to really capitalise on what can be done in including the changes in technology.”For Dagnet, the key elements to be resolved by these talks include: agreeing on the modalities of reporting; agreeing on how to ensure this reporting is credible to build trust; agreement on the accounting rules; and how to take stock of our collective effort.

“On the Talanoa dialogue, I think there's two contextual issues to bear in mind. First of all, we're here in the aftermath of unprecedented climate disasters over the past month. We're only a day from the fourth anniversary of anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan.

“We can only stress that we have just two years left according to science, two years to really prevent irreversible impacts

which would result in loss and damage so severe that even the best solidarity package, the best support would fail to get us where we need to be or to effectively support the most vulnerable countries.

“This makes mitigation a kind of down payment, for loss and damage and therefore the mitigation and the means of implementation to get the right pace, to accelerate reduced emissions is focus of dialogue.”

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Please contact: Dharini Parthasarathy, CAN Senior Communications Coordinator, dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org or whatsapp +918826107830

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

 

Tags: 

Civil society groups set expectation for COP23: Countries must move fast to close the emissions gap and address escalating impacts

CAN welcomes the opening of COP23, hosted for the first time by a small island state. Fiji was a champion in setting the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, and will be calling on the entire international community to step up its game to achieve this.

“This year, at the Pacific COP, we hope to highlight the urgency of taking action. We must keep fossil fuels in the ground and move towards a safe and just transition to renewable energy. We must limit warming to 1.5 degrees celsius. It is a matter of survival for many vulnerable nations around the world.

This means immediately phasing out coal and other fossil fuels. Developed countries and major polluters need to understand that their fossil fuels are the Pacific's loss and damage.

We must ensure support is provided to frontline communities already experiencing loss and damage from a problem they didn't cause.”– Genevieve Jiva, COP23 Project Officer, Pacific Island Climate Action Network

Many important decisions will only be taken next year at COP24, but from this conference, we need to make progress on how the process will work, emerging with a roadmap towards success in Poland next year.

Climate Action Network shares the key objectives of the Fiji presidency for COP23: progress in negotiating implementation guidelines, transparency over actions by parties, and defining support for vulnerable people in developing countries.

“When disasters are hitting us one after the other, we have to put a spotlight on how to deal with these impacts. First, people who are being affected need to be supported; we need to help them rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Second, we need to protect them from future disasters.”

Unfortunately, we not only have an emissions gap, we have an adaptation gap. We have not done enough to help people protect their lives and livelihoods.– Harjeet Singh, Global Lead on Climate Change, ActionAid

A report released by the United Nations Environment Programme states that the gap between actions promised under the Paris Agreement and the reductions needed is still too high.

“We are only about a third of the way that we need to be on a least cost pathway to stay well below 2 degrees C, much less meet the 1.5 C temperature goal. The [UNEP] report says that if that emissions gap is not closed by 2030, it is extremely unlikely that the goal of holding global warming below 2  degrees C can be reached. Current commitments make a temperature looking at 3 degrees C by 2100 likely, confirming the results of several other analyses.”

“But the report also contains very good news, showing can we can take actions in the agriculture, building, energy, forestry, industry, transport as well as actions to reduce hydrofluorocarbons and other climate forcers; and that this can provide the solutions we need.

“So we have the solutions we need to the crisis we face. The question is what do we need out of this Conference of the Parties to contribute to moving these solutions forward. – Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists.

PRESS RELEASE: Big Shift Global Campaign on World Bank Annuals

BIG SHIFT GLOBAL CAMPAIGN

As the World Bank gears up for its Annual Meetings this week, the Big Shift Global coalition demands that the Bank stick to its promise and follow a truly green growth pathway to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to keep warming below 1.5C.
It is unacceptable that the World Bank continues to fund fossil fuel projects two years after the Paris Agreement. 

The Big Shift is a rapidly growing movement which has united many thousands of people across the globe with a common aim – to get the World Bank to recognise that it can’t keep on funding fossil fuels when the world is about to reach the 2020 tipping point beyond which it will no longer be able to stop run-away climate change.

The campaign is bringing out two key reports tomorrow, 12 October, Thursday, to highlight how funding by development banks into fossil fuels are against their public commitments to support green growth.
These reports are by Oil Change International and E3G, members of the Big Shift coalition and are under embargo until 12 October 12 PM.

Key Findings from the Reports :

  • Government-backed Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are not greening their investments fast enough. While overall spending on climate-related activities is higher than on fossil fuels, there is still a lack of progress in phasing out fossil fuel investments and increasing climate finance.
  • MDBs approved over $5 billion in fossil fuel finance in 2016, despite the Paris Agreement being reached in December 2015, analysis by Oil Change International shows.
  • The Inter-American Development Bank is a leader among MDBs, with the highest green-to-brown ratio. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank Group have emerged with the lowest green-to-brown ratio among MDBs, E3G analysis shows. From fiscal year 2015 to 2016, multilateral development bank finance for fossil fuel exploration-related activity doubled.
  • E3G analysis found that some projects reported as climate finance were in fact fossil fuel projects instead. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided funding to an offshore gas exploration project in Azerbaijan, the Lukoil Shah Deniz Stage II project, and counted $10m as climate finance.
  • As a first step towards phasing out support for oil and gas, both newly released briefings conclude that MDBs should stop all remaining support for coal and commit to ending finance for exploration of fossil fuels. The African Development Bank and Asian Development Bank have already excluded financing for fossil fuel exploration based on financial risks, and the other MDBs should follow suit. 

While the reports are under embargo, you can speak to the authors- Alex Doukas from Oil Change International and Helena Wright from E3G to get quotes and secure a copy. of the reports 

For any questions, please contact: Dharini Parthasarathy, Climate Action Network Communications Coordinator, Policy, Email: dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org Mobile US number: +1(571)-525-4222

About the Big Shift Global
The Big Shift Global is a multi-stakeholder, global campaign coordinated by organisations from the Global North and South. For a full list of organisations who are part of the campaign, read here  

------- ENDS---------------------------

 

The World We Want: Civil society urges G20 leaders to step up action on global challenges

Climate change, global inequality and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals were high on the agenda of civil society’s discussions

19 June 2017, Hamburg: The Civil20 (C20) Summit concluded here today with over 300 civil society groups from around the world urging the world's largest and richest countries of the G20 to commit to firm and immediate action on global challenges like climate change, inequality and regulation of financial markets.
This comes just three weeks ahead of the G20 Summit on 7-8 July when Heads of State will be hosted by the German Presidency.  
The two-day C20 meeting, under the theme “The World We Want”, produced a Statement to advise governments on priority issues that require their joint attention.

[Read the communique from the C20 summit
Read also the policy brief on Climate and Energy]

On climate change, the Statement reiterated that the global civil society rejects the recent decision of the United States government to withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement, a move that has drawn widespread condemnation from outside and within the US. It calls on the remaining 19 countries to reaffirm and strengthen their commitment to the Paris goals by taking steps to implement it wholeheartedly.
They must do this by submitting ambitious long term climate strategies, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, setting effective and fair carbon price signals, shifting the finance flows to promote transformation and resilience and sticking to the promises to ramp up climate financing.    

Calling for a radical transformation of the current neoliberal economic system, it says: “We can no longer treat the environment, oceans and the atmosphere as though they were limitless sinks for pollution and greenhouse gases.”  

“Climate change has been at the top of the agenda across the Civil 20 Summit here in Hamburg over the last two days, where civil society groups have made it absolutely clear that they expect an ambitious outcome from this year’s G20 Leaders’ Summit. The case for acting on climate change is incontestable for the future of our planet and people, but also to make the most of the opportunities of transitioning to a sustainable future that include creating jobs, making economies more resilient and promoting security,” said Wael Hmaidan, International Director, Climate Action Network.                                    

Last week, the engagement groups of the G20, representing civil society, think tanks, foundations, women, labour and business also put out a joint statement asking countries to stand by their climate commitments despite the US withdrawal and step up ambition in the years to come.   

About the Civil20:
The C20 main objective is to facilitate a structured and sustained exchange of critical reflection and political perspectives amongst civil society in G20 countries and beyond on the G20 agenda. Read more on the Civil20 website

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 or Hala Kilani, Senior Communications Officer, CAN International; email hkilani@climatenetwork.org
 

Related Event: 

Pages