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

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

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

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."

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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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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.

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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.”

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

 

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