Civil society to announce they will fast in solidarity with the Philippines’ Yeb Sano

12 November 2013

Unprecedented within the history of the climate movement, many members of  civil society will today start fasting in solidarity with the head of the Filipino delegation, who yesterday demanded movement at the major UN climate negotiations, following the devastating Super Typhoon which hit the country on November 8. 

CAN director Wael Hmaidan, who is already fasting for climate action, will detail the extent of the swell of support now behind Yeb Sano. Over 10,000 people are unaccounted for after the storm which shows how loss and damage is well and truly already being experienced by the people of the Philippines. 

Kelly Dent, from Oxfam, will detail how climate finance can be used to save lives in the countries which are most vulnerable to these kind of climate impacts. She will comment on how these negotiations can deliver more on climate finance for the people most at risk. 

Louisa Casson, from the youth constituency at the negotiations, will talk about how the cause of climate change – the fossil fuel industry – is losing its social license as a result of powerful divestment campaigns happening around the world, and how these negotiations can deliver action by pushing for more investment in renewable energy and energy efficiciency. 

• Wael Hmaidan, director, Climate Action Network International
• Kelly Dent, COP lead, Oxfam   
• Louisa Casson, member of YOUNGO – the youth constituency at COP19.
• What: Civil society joins Yeb Sano's hunger strike in force, commenting on how these negotiations can deliver for the people most at risk from climate change. 
• When: 11am CET, today Tuesday November 12th.
• Where: COP19 Venue, National Stadium Warsaw, Press Conference Room 2 located on Level -2/Zone E6, right next to Plenary 2. The press conference will also be webcast live here:
For more information or for one-on-one interviews with the NGO experts, please contact Climate Action Network International’s communications coordinator Ria Voorhaar on +49 (0) 157 317 35568 or 

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