Comms Working Group

The CAN Communication Working Group develops and coordinates climate relevant communications across the network at global, regional and national levels. The group briefs the media on the climate change negotiations, the sustainable development goals, IPCC and other international fora. Work also focusses on renewable energy, financial flows and breaking stories from the front lines of climate change like climate impacts and mobilizations. Given the wide range of issues to be covered, the group coordinates closely with other CAN working groups. Some of the products developed through the group include news releases, reactive statements and communications packages.

For more information contact:
Dharini Parthasarathy, CAN Secretariat, dparthasarathy@climatenetwork.org

Joint G20 Engagement Groups Statement on the Withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement

We call for responsible leadership and long-term frameworks 

Climate change represents one of the largest risks to sustainable development, gender equality, inclusiveness, equitable economic growth, and financial stability. To curtail climate change, we need fast and ambitious global action. Therefore, we, the Chairs of the Climate and Energy Taskforces of the G20 Engagement Groups Business 20, Civil 20, and Think 20 as well as the Engagement Groups Labor 20, Women 20 and Youth 20 – together with the Foundations 20 –, consider the decision of the U.S. Government to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement as very short-sighted and irresponsible. This decision not only ignores the reality of climate change and the opportunities of an international framework for the necessary transformation but also undermines the standing of the United States as a reliable partner in solving global problems. Ignoring the threat posed by climate change endangers a sustainable future for today’s youth and coming generations. Today’s challenges are global in nature and require coordinated solutions and international cooperation. We need globally agreed upon targets and frameworks – like the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to transform huge challenges into opportunities and to create a perspective for innovation, decent jobs, and a vivid civil society. 

While we welcome constructive suggestions on how to implement the Paris Agreement, the UNFCCC and many countries have made clear that the agreement cannot be renegotiated. We agree with this and strongly encourage the United States to stay in. 

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