Publications

CAN Intervention: Pre-2020 Stocktake, December 2019

In the pre-2020 period, you have had the chance to get the world on track to avoid catastrophic climate change and prevent loss and damage to people, particularly in vulnerable countries.

With all respect, when it comes to domestic climate action, in particular from large emitters, your leaders have fundamentally failed to show the political will and courage matching the crisis we face. 

We urge all countries, especially big emitters, to respond to the fundamental lack of ambition and we will hold your leaders accountable. We will stand up to those who want to continue profiting from climate-destroying practices, and stand up for those vulnerable people facing devastating losses and damages.  

We furthermore urge developed countries to make all efforts to meet the climate finance goal of US $100 billion per year in a way that is fair and transparent, including by significantly increasing the share of adaptation finance, as well as new and additional public finance, and agreeing new and robust accounting standards.

Next week’s Stocktake should recognize the climate action shortfall in the pre-2020 period particularly by developed countries and call on developed countries to do all they can to meet and exceed their 2020 commitments in the short time left.

The lack of ambition in pre-2020 from developed countries is not going to go away and must be compensated post-2020- by those same countries.

 
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CAN Joint Opening Intervention, COP25, December 2019

This conference starts against the backdrop of a wave of protests for a better life around the world, including in my home country, Chile, where COP25 was supposed to take place. What happens in Chile is just a symptom of a global problem: our current models do not sustain us and worsen the climate crisis.

Chile and the world is waking up. We see better than ever the dramatic impacts of the climate crisis and grave warnings from three recent IPCC reports. In response, a historic mass movement for climate justice is rising.
At the Climate Action Summit in September, heads of state and government from the biggest emitting nations failed to provide a response to the people and the science.

Now at this COP, we will hold ministers and leaders accountable and demand just solutions to the climate crisis:

  • How will you address loss and damage impacting the most marginalised through a robust Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) review that provides real finance and support for impacted countries and people?

  • How can you ensure that market mechanisms do not undermine environmental integrity, human rights, and climate ambition as they have done in the past?

  • How will countries, especially major economies step up in 2020 and contribute their fair shares to the global effort to close the emissions gap towards the 1.5 degree threshold and raise national climate ambition in the next decade as we cannot afford another lost decade?

We are not lacking ideas but you are lacking the political will. Parties, you must start raising your domestic climate ambitions while internalising the inherent social, economic and climate justice linkages. 

We are more united than ever. With the full power of our networks Climate Action Network and Climate justice movements from around the world, we are closing ranks with the people on the streets and hold your leaders accountable!

 
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CAN International: Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, French Translation, November 2019

Dans le monde entier, des millions de personnes - de Hong Kong, du Royaume-Uni, d'Haïti, du Liban, d'Équateur et du Chili - sont descendues dans la rue pour réclamer leur droit à une vie meilleure. 

Ces manifestations sont l'aboutissement d'une prise de conscience croissante du public et d'un manque d'action de la part du gouvernement pour s'attaquer aux causes profondes de l'urgence climatique et à l'injustice sociale ; les deux étant intimement liés.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary: Madrid - Responding to the People and the Science, English, November 2019

Around the world millions of people have taken to the streets — from Hong Kong, the UK, Haiti, Lebanon, Ecuador, and Chile — demanding their right to a better life. These protests are the culmination of increasing public awareness and a lack of government action to address the root causes of the climate emergency and social injustice; the two of which are fundamentally linked.

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CAN Annual Policy Document- Executive Summary: Madrid - Responding to the People and the Science, Spanish TranslationNovember 2019

Alrededor del mundo, millones de personas han tomado las calles – desde Hong Kong, el Reino Unido, Haití, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Líbano, Ecuador y Chile – demandando su derecho a vivir mejor. Esas protestas son la culminación de la creciente conciencia ciudadana y la falta de acción gubernamental para abordar las causas esenciales de la emergencia climática y la injusticia social; las cuales están estrechamente vinculadas. ​

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CAN Annual Policy Document: Madrid - Responding to the People and the Science, November 2019

Around the world millions of people have taken to the streets — from Hong Kong, the UK, Haiti, Lebanon, Ecuador, and Chile — demanding their right to a better life. These protests are the culmination of increasing public awareness and a lack of government action to address the root causes of the climate emergency and social injustice; the two of which are fundamentally linked.

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CAN Position: Achieving Overall Mitigation in Global Emissions through Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, October 2019

 
In the context of negotiations currently underway to establish a new set of global carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, CAN-I fully supports the need for any such mechanism to deliver a real reduction in global emissions. Under the Kyoto Protocol, carbon markets have operated under a zero-sum game logic whereby, in theory, and under a perfectly functioning system, emissions in developed countries were compensated by emission reductions in developing countries. Given the need to accelerate climate action around the world, such a mechanism is not sufficiently ambitious.
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CAN Submission: View on the Review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, October 2019

Climate Action Network (CAN) International thanks for the opportunity to provide its views on the WIM review in this submission. Agreeing on a further submission at SB50 is important in order to allow Parties and observer organisations sharpen and reshape their positions and contributions along the key criteria and aspects agreed as part of the Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the Review. As a lot of important information was already presented in previous submissions by Parties and observer organisations, CAN would like to recall its contributions as important inputs and which should still be taken into account by Parties when conducting the review, including:

  • CAN International’s briefing paper for the Pre-COP;
  • CAN International’s letter to the Special Envoy for the UN Climate Action Summit;
  • CAN International’s submission “Views and inputs on possible elements to be included in the terms of reference for the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism, February 2019” and
  • CAN Submission on the Scope of the Technical Paper Exploring Sources of Support for Loss and Damage and Modalities for Accessing Support, February 2018
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