Equity/Effort-Sharing Working Group

"Equity," it is often said, "is the pathway to ambition." The CAN Equity Working Group is trying to make this pathway real. The basic challenge here is shifting the focus of "the equity issue" from positional bargaining to equitable effort sharing. Not that position bargaining is going away anytime soon, but its limits are clear. Thus, we seek a widely shared understanding, based on the Convention's core equity principles, of national "fair shares" in the common effort to stabilize the global climate system. An understanding of how the costs of climate transition — both mitigation costs and adaptation costs — should be divided, between nations and between income groups. An understanding that is specific enough to provide useful quantitative guidance to both negotiators and campaigners as they seek paths towards a high ambition world.

For more information please contact:
Rixa Schwarz, Germanwatch, schwarz@germanwatch.org
Tom Athanasiou, ECO Equity, toma@ecoequity.org

Side Event: Equity and Differentiation in the Context of INDCs – The State of the Debate

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 – 13:15-14:45

Room: Paracas

The importance of Equity and Differentiation within the 2015 agreement is accepted by many Parties and observers. However, the terms of an equitable agreement applicable to all are both unclear and controversial. Disagreement exists on operationalization and scope of equity, and on approaches for assessment of iNDCs. In this context, CAN has made a detailed proposal for a dynamic Equity Reference Framework that is explicitly rooted in the Convention’s core equity principles.

CAN Submission: Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), October 2014

Governments at COP19 in Warsaw agreed to “initiate or intensify preparations of their intended nationally determined contributions” (INDC) to meet the ultimate objective of the convention. It was also agreed that governments in ‘a position to do so’ would submit their INDCs by March 2015. At the Climate Summit in New York, the commitment to come forward with INDCs was further reiterated. Even though there is broad agreement on the need to submit INDCs much ahead of COP 21 in Paris, there is still not enough agreement on the shape of these INDCs.

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Energy Access for All

ECO was jumping for joy during the ADP ministerial when some of the Parties and groups echoed CAN’s call for phasing out all fossil fuel emissions and phasing in a 100% renewable energy future, as early as possible, but no later than 2050.

Phasing-out fossil fuel emissions is of fundamental importance to secure the right to zero-carbon development for all – especially for those whose lives, homes and cultures will be at existential risk even at 1.5°C warming.

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Side Event: Civil Society, Equity, and the Preparation and Assessment of National Contributions

Civil Society, Equity, and the Preparation and Assessment of National Contributions

Mainstreaming Equity in the Preparation and Assessment of National Contributions


Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 – 16:45-18:15

Room: Solar


See you in Bonn, with your homework done!

ECO hopes that the climate gets what it needs in 2014, a year of ambition as we delivered a good draft text for Paris. After this year’s first UNFCCC meeting, it’s clear that much more effort will be needed for 2014 to be a success. Below a few things ECO hopes delegates will focus on as they return home from Bonn and prepare for the next session back here in June.

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The race to Lima is on

The sun is shining, the starting pistol has gone off, and the race for a draft negotiating text by Lima is on. As the Parties race towards the finish line, they’ll have to navigate the racecourse (otherwise known as the Convention) and the three key hurdles that they all face: contributions, contact groups and elements.

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Discussion Paper: Options for Integrating Climate Change Considerations Into the Post-2015 Development Framework

April 2014;

Author: Bernadette Fischler, CAFOD. With contributions from: Rachel Garthwaite, Save the Children, Ruth Fuller and Dominic White, WWF UK, Sven Harmeling and Kit Vaughan, CARE, Sarah Wykes, Graham Gordon and Neva Frecheville, CAFOD, Lis Wallace, Progressio. (Supported by CAN and Beyond2015 but not an official position)