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

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

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German G20 must mobilise action on climate change for a stronger and safer world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAN members comment on the start of the German G20 Presidency  

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

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

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

For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN- International; email:, or call on +32468405277

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.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


For further information, contact:

Hala Kilani

Senior Communications Officer campaigns - Climate Action Network


Tel: +961 3 567928

Local Phone: +212 6 53 77 86 95


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAN members in Marrakech reacted to the talks:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



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

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

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

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

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

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


For more information, contact:
Hala Kilani
Senior Communications Officer campaigns - Climate Action Network
Tel: +961 3 567928
Local Phone: +212 6 53 77 86 95


Mark Raven
Communications coordinator
Tel: +905414145425 / +447841474125



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

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

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

For more information, contact:

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

Mark Raven
Communications coordinator
Tel: +905414145425 / +447841474125

Heads of State and ministers need to make bold commitments to honor spirit of Paris

15 November 2016, Marrakech: As Heads of State and Ministers arrive in Marrakech for high-level dialogues on climate finance, Jennifer Morgan, International Executive Director, Greenpeace International said: "This is the generation that will end fossil fuels and the Heads of State meeting in Marrakech this week need to ramp up ambition and align goals to honor commitments made in Paris. There is reason to feel optimistic- the APA has set the process for the rulebook on the Paris Agreement, carbon emissions have  stayed flat for three years, and countries are recongnsing that shifting to 100% renewables  is the way forward. For instance, Brazil will veto a coal deal in their congress and stop funding coal. But much more needs to be done to raise pre-2020 ambition. Ministers need to state how they are going to bank on progress made and state this is a priority for their people, to help the most vulnerable impacted by climate change."  

Negotiators also concluded a review on loss and damage late on Monday night. Speaking on this Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International said: “We welcome that governments here remembered the spirit of Paris and overcame divergent positions on loss and damage. It is absolutely timely to step up the work of the Warsaw International Mechanism on loss and damage and to enhance action and support. Now it is central to progress on finance provided by developed countries, start the work of the task force on climate displacement and deliver concrete solutions for those countries and communities most affected.” 

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

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.


Finance and facilitative dialogues remain sticky issues as week two of Marrakech climate talks starts

14 November 2016, Marrakech, At the start of the second week of the international climate talks in Marrakech, speakers at the Climate Action Network press briefing emphasised the importance of the talks moving forward on key areas like finance, the facilitative dialogues and for countries to ratchet up ambition on their pre-2020 commitments in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Making opening statements on key expectations from countries in the second week, Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, NRDC said: “There are a number of opportunities this week for countries to detail new steps to mobilize finance to help countries build low carbon and climate resilient economies. We are hoping that countries show they are moving more finance for adaptation since who wants to leave the African-hosted meeting without a clear signal on adaptation. Countries can show that they are prepared to really roll-up their sleeves and implement the important detailed implementation tools of the Paris Agreement. We need a clear set of decisions that countries will finalize the Paris rulebook in 2018.”

Armelle Le Comte, Climate Finance Expert, Oxfam said, “The current thought of doubling adaptation finance is not enough.  We also need to meet the balance of mitigation and adaptation. G77 countries are asking for quadrupling of adaptation finance and that is more along the lines of what we need.” She also said the draft of the Marrakech declaration, which will be one of the main outcomes, fails to push for adaptation finance, it only welcomes the $100bn roadmap.” 

Mohamed Adow, Global Climate Policy Lead, Christian Aid, said: “Today we have very welcome news that for the third year in a row global carbon emissions are pretty much flatlining despite strong economic growth. It has been particularly pleasing to see China continuing to reduce its emissions way ahead of schedule. This shows that the real economy is moving faster than our politics.”

Countries must ratify the Doha amendment and make good on their pre-2020 pledges made in Doha. Secondly, they need to embrace the focus on capacity building as a key part of the Paris Agreement to enable poor countries actions. Finally, developed countries need to restate their ongoing commitment to deliver $100 billion of climate finance.”

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As week one of climate talks ends, countries must do more to pull in support for Paris Agreement

Marrakech, 12 November 2016: China has reaffirmed its commitment towards the Paris Agreement and more countries must do so and bring concrete action plans to the table, said Liz Gallagher, Senior Associate at E3G. She was speaking at a press briefing organised by Climate Action Network here to give an overview of week one at the COP22 and outline expectations for the second week.
Germany, yesterday, put forward its long-term decarbonisation plans and despite this coming after a long internal dialogue, it is a welcome move. While it contains some important elements, further iterations should inject more ambition into it. She expressed disappointment with the 2016 Facilitative Dialogue discussions yesterday.
The discussions for most part remained generic and vague, she added. For these dialogues to be truly meaningful, it is necessary that there is adequate preparation to talk on details and outline clear action points and not just reiterate past actions. The discussions next week and the Minister’s meeting will be a real test in terms of raising the bar for 2018 and increasing expectations from countries.
In terms of outcomes from this COP, Gallagher said putting 2018 on the map and getting details sorted on the Rulebook (the blueprint on the implementation of the Paris Agreement) and clear action plans towards 2020 was critical.    

Steve Herz, Senior International Policy Advisor, Sierra Club spoke about implications on the Paris Agreement under President-elect Trump. "It is not clear what his first moves will be in office but we know China has shown a willingness to take on a bigger leadership role," he said.  
On the impact domestically, Trump may refuse to implement or reject the Clean Power Plan but an energy transformation is already underway and the share of renewable energy market is only growing, he added.  
“Over 50% of our energy came from coal but now it’s down to a third. 2015 was good for energy and 2016 will be better, because of massive investments in renewable energy. People are just tired of coal in their communities, businesses are moving from coal and realigning their business plans with climate action. The US has real support for climate action, and not just from environmentalists but also from the public,” Herz said.   

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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.


CAN Statement on the Outcome of the US Elections

09 November 2016, Marrakech: The climate movement is a people’s movement. 103 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement, testimony to the power of people to push their governments to act on climate change. Climate Action Network is determined to build on and carry forward on this momentum despite uncertainties and political shocks that threaten to derail our focus, to defend the millions of people already impacted by the devastating consequences of climate change and to leave behind a safer, cleaner and more secure world for future generations.

The climate movement goes beyond national governments to represent a broad and diverse coalition of cities, businesses, local communities and individuals. No one government or individual, however powerful, can deny the transformational change that is unfolding before us and the growing scientific evidence that we must act urgently to move away from destructive fossil fuels and embrace a 100% renewable energy future.
President-elect Trump must recognise the moral, economic and social imperative to lead and act on climate change and carry forward the commitments made by the United States under the Paris Agreement.

Below are some reactions from CAN members on the outcome from the US Elections.

“The economics of energy are already changing rapidly, home grown wind and solar are increasingly becoming the cheapest forms of energy and falling costs in technology continue to show us the direction of travel. The benefits are already being recognised by a number of US states which are harnessing their abundant clean energy resources. It’s also popular with the American public. A recent Pew Research Centre study showed that 83 per cent of American adults support expanding wind farms, while 89 per cent support solar expansion.  Although the US will certainly suffer from any obstruction of efforts to stop climate change, it also risks the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people who have done nothing to cause the problem yet are the most vulnerable to its effects.” Mohamed Adow, Senior Climate Advisor, Christian Aid

“President-elect Trump has the opportunity to catalyze further action on climate that sends a clear signal to investors to keep the transition to a renewable-powered economy on track. China, India, and other economic competitors are racing to be the global clean energy superpower, and the US doesn’t want to be left behind.” Tina Johnson, Policy Director, US Climate Action Network

“The new president must protect the people he serves from climate chaos. No personal belief or political affiliation can change the stark truth that every new oil well and pipeline pushes us closer to catastrophe. The administration has moral and legal obligations to meet international commitments and go further to curb pollution and keep dirty fossil fuels in the ground.” Maya Golden-Krasner, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity

“We have a new administration and a new opportunity to surge forward on climate action. The Obama administration moved mountains to rally the world around combatting climate change. Our new president needs to carry that legacy forward and make good on the promise to make America into the world’s clean energy superpower. US leadership is needed to turn the international consensus of the Paris Agreement into concrete global action, and it starts by charting our own path to a low-carbon future.” Mariana Panuncio-Feldman, World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) senior director of international climate cooperation

“Trump’s election is a disaster, but it cannot be the end of the international climate process. We’re not giving up the fight and neither should the international community. Trump will try and slam the brakes on climate action, which means we need to throw all of our weight on the accelerator. In the United States, the climate movement will put everything on the line to protect the progress we’ve made and continue to push for bold action. We need the rest of the world to charge ahead and look beyond the White House to partner with civil society, businesses, and local governments who are still committed to climate action. Our work becomes much harder now, but it’s not impossible, and we refuse to give up hope.” May Boeve, Executive Director, 

“Climate change is already having major impacts on the lives of millions of people in the United States and around the world. Droughts, flooding and other types of extreme weather events are becoming stronger and more frequent, and the U.S. is not immune. This is a global crisis that President-elect Trump will have to address. “The U.S. has joined the Paris Agreement and must continue to meet its climate obligations. Leaving this important international agreement will damage our credibility with important overseas partners and would be a major setback in the fight against climate change.” Kelly Stone, ActionAid Policy Analyst

"It is regrettable that the next US President has not yet understood that the world is on track to phase out fossil fuels. While it is clear that Mr Trump cannot withdraw the US nor undermine the Paris Agreement, there is a risk for the US to miss the boat in a race to a renewable future. There is however no fear that the world’s ongoing energy shift would be troubled by this election result. As more than a half of all countries in the world have ratified the Paris Agreement, it is clear that the Paris momentum will continue no matter who the President of the US is." Ulriikka Aarnio  International Climate policy coordinator Climate Action Network Europe

“The world knows that a prosperous future is one that runs on clean energy. Despite the outcome of the US Election today, cities and businesses and other countries will continue to lead on climate and work to ensure a fair, practical transition for workers entering the new economy. At the North American Leaders’ Summit in June, Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to work together to develop a continent-wide clean electricity grid and to reduce methane emissions. These actions serve our national and regional interests as much today as they did yesterday and must be taken forward.” Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada

"Donald Trump now has the unflattering distinction of being the only head of state in the entire world to reject the scientific consensus that humans are driving climate change. No matter what happens, Donald Trump can’t change the fact that wind and solar energy are rapidly becoming more affordable and accessible than dirty fossil fuels. With both the market and grassroots environmental advocacy moving us toward clean energy, there is still a strong path forward for reducing climate pollution even under a Trump presidency. Still, this is a time for tough choices. Trump must choose whether he will be a President remembered for putting America and the world on a path to climate disaster, or for listening to the American public and keeping us on a path to climate progress. Trump better choose wisely, otherwise - we can guarantee him the hardest fight of his life every step of the way.” Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club.

“On this horrific morning, U.S. youth denounce and grieve the election of Donald Trump. We stand in global solidarity with communities all over the world that have been impacted by U.S. climate injustice and imperialism. We also stand with marginalized communities across the U.S. who wake up in fear this morning: fear of deportation, fear of violence, fear of being silenced, imprisoned or killed in their struggles. It is now up to us to enact the just and stable future we believe in.” Ryan Camero, Media and Communications Lead, SustainUS

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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.


Montreal Protocol: Deal to phase down HFCs a major score for global climate action

15 October, Kigali: Climate Action Network welcomes the outcome reached in Kigali under the Montreal Protocol to phase down “super greenhouse gases” known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This is a critical step towards limiting warming and the single biggest climate action of the year, just weeks before leaders meet in Morocco for international climate talks.

The amendment establishes three different timetables for all developed and developing countries to freeze and then reduce their production and use of HFCs.

Developed countries agreed to make their first HFC cuts by 2019. China, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, and more than 100 other developing countries have committed to freeze their HFC production and use by 2024, and make further reductions thereafter. India, Gulf States, and Pakistan have agreed to make HFC reductions on a slower track.

It is crucial that in the coming years countries work towards transitioning to energy efficient and environment friendly alternatives. The agreed technology review will help with rapid maturity of alternatives and enable countries to strengthen their actions.

The results from Kigali on HFCs as well as the recent outcome on aviation emissions shows that governments are taking the objective of the Paris Agreement seriously. CAN hopes that countries will accelerate national ambition over time but soon enough to give a fighting chance for the world to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 C.  

Representatives from civil society organisations reacted to the agreement as follows:

“This is a major breakthrough: The world has come together to curb climate-wrecking super-pollutant HFCs. This is the biggest step we can take in the year after the Paris agreement against the widening threats from climate change. And bringing HFCs under the Montreal Protocol sends a clear signal to the global marketplace to start replacing these dangerous chemicals with a new generation of climate-friendly and energy-efficient alternatives.” David Doniger, NRDC’s Climate and Clean Air program director.   

 “The success of this agreement will be determined by how much developing countries can leapfrog HFCs and how much countries can avoid yet another chemical alternative like toxic HFOs and adopt natural refrigerants. This will be decisive in the coming months and years.” Paula Tejón Carbajal, Global strategist, Greenpeace International

“The agreement reflects the willingness of all parties to take action on climate change. What we have achieved at Kigali is the beginning. We can build on this success and further enhance climate actions by countries under the Montreal Protocol and in other climate agreements, especially the Paris Agreement,” said Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE

“To aid the switch to newer and safer natural refrigerants, sufficient funding will be required through the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund to enable poorer countries to invest in the new technology. It is vital that developed countries also share their progress on technological breakthroughs.” Benson Ireri, Senior Policy Advisor, Christian Aid

“The Kigali Amendment, just prior to the adoption of the Paris Agreement, brings concrete global action to fight catastrophic global warming. With billions of tonnes of emissions still up for grabs, the ultimate success of the Kigali amendment will depend on accelerating the removal of these industrial climate-killers in upcoming meetings.” Clare Perry, Climate Campaign Leader, Environmental Investigation Agency

For more information, contact Dharini Parthasarathy, Communications Coordinator, Policy, CAN International; email:, or call on +918826107830

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.