Agenda 2030 Working Group

The CAN Post-2015 Group first united around the Rio+20 negotiations in 2012. With the looming UNFCCC 2015 deadline for countries to agree on an international plan to save the climate, and the 2015 expiration of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), CAN aims to bring the development and environment movements together.. CAN works closely with other NGO campaigns including Beyond 2015 and CIVICUS. CAN has also been active in the Open Working Group Process to define the new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets as well as in the Intergovernmental Negotiation Process (IGN) to agree on the Post-2015 SDG agenda. Currently, CAN has joint positions with Beyond 2015 on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda on both Environmental Sustainability and Energy.

For more information please contact:
Diego Martinez, CAFOD, dmartinez@cafod.org.uk

The EU 2030 package: on time, yes, but where was the ambition?

ECO waited with bated breath for the European Council decision on the EU’s climate and energy package as news trickled through in the early hours of Friday morning.

Is this package, setting a reduction target of “at least” 40% by 2030, up to the challenge of preventing dangerous climate change and staying well below 2°C? The short answer is no. The longer answer is still no, unless other Parties are willing to make up the remainder of the EU’s fair share.

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Opportunity alert: EU, the road to Lima and ambition

ECO is hearing rumours of a battle over the EU’s direction for a long-term goal towards a carbon-free future, and its position on INDCs. European environment ministers will meet in Brussels early next week to adopt the EU’s position towards Lima. This is an opportunity to show they are serious about building a truly fair and ambitious global climate regime. And ECO has a few tips for the EU:

Tip 1. Apply the science to enhance the action.

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CAN Position: Energy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, September 2014

~~Any Energy SDG should recognize that access to sustainable, affordable, safe and reliable energy is a pre-condition for eradicating poverty and sustainable development.
To achieve sustainable development, the post-2015 framework must leverage the shift away from fossil fuels and nuclear to zero carbon renewable and climate resilient energy systems. This includes transforming fossil fuel subsidies, with protection for poor and vulnerable groups, to finance new renewable and energy efficiency usages while also providing adequate support and technology transfer to poorer countries.

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Post-2015 CAN reaction document OWG13

CAN welcomes the efforts of the Members of the Open Working Group on SDGs to provide a coherent and comprehensive list of goals and targets in their report to the UN General Assembly. In advance of the next OWG session we would like to offer comments and suggestions on behalf of CAN to support the process and provide constructive input.

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From Bonn to New York

As we wrap up in Bonn, New York is preparing to host an equally important process, the penultimate session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ECO’s done its homework and can tell you that the linkage between climate change, poverty eradication and sustainable development makes it clear that the post-2015 sustainable development framework will fail if climate change is not adequately addressed within it.

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Open Letter: Supporting a strong and visible representation of climate change in the SDGs

To: Co-chairs and members of the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs

Cc: Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser on post-2015 to the UN Secretary General

Supporting a strong and visible representation of climate change in the SDGs 

12 June 2014

Your Excellencies,

Dear Members of the OWG on SDGs,

We are writing to thank you for your ongoing efforts to ensure that climate change is appropriately reflected in the latest version of the focus area document.

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Comments from CAN on Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post2015 Development Agenda

CAN welcomes the efforts of the Members of the Open Working Group on SDGs to provide a coherent and comprehensive list of goals and targets in their report to the UN General Assembly. In advance of the next OWG session we would like to offer comments and suggestions on behalf of CAN to support the process and provide constructive input. 

For CAN, the key points for the SDGs are:

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Doubling Climate Ambition - How the Post 2015 and UNFCCC processes complement each other.

April 2014:

There is growing global recognition that climate change is a critical development challenge and one of the most important issues that could undermine sustainable development and poverty eradication if not properly addressed. Furthermore, choosing sustainable development pathways will in turn lead to action on climate change so both must be considered together. 

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