NGO Participation Working Group
The participation of NGOs in the climate negotiations is key to remind governments of their responsibility to adopt an adequate climate agreement based on equity and science. NGO participation also ensures that actors are held accountable. The status of observers in the climate negotiations does not, however, allow NGOs to contribute with expertise and insights from communities as much as other UN fora do. The NGO Participation working group reviews procedures and practices related to the role of NGOs in the talks and advocates for more inclusive and transparent negotiations. Also, participation of local stakeholders is crucial in the implementation of mechanisms established under the Convention when the decisions adopted at the international level have direct impacts on local communities. The NGO Participation working group works with other CAN working groups to ensure that these mechanisms involve local stakeholders.
~~Dear Madame President,
My name is Sebastien Duyck and I am speaking on behalf of Climate Action Network.
In Paris, the international community came together to commit to the most significant environmental agreement of our generation. COP-21 marked an unprecedented convergence of actors around the necessity to take ambitious and equitable action to preserve the climate for current and future generations.
CAN welcomes the opportunity to provide its views on the intermediate review of the Doha Work Programme on Article 6 . CAN considers the elements addressed by the Work Programme are essential for the implementation of effective climate policies. As its member organizations are involved on a day-to-day basis in activities related to the six thematic areas of the Work Programme at the local, national and international level, CAN reiterates its commitment to support its implementation.
~Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) stipulates the commitment of parties to promote education, training, public awareness, access to information, public participation and international cooperation on climate change. These six thematic areas are recognized as essential for involving all levels of society in the climate action.
We, the undersigned organisations, call for language in the 2015 climate agreement stating that the Parties to the UNFCCC shall, in all climate change-related actions, respect, protect, promote, and fulfil human rights for all.