Warsaw Negotiations Discuss The When, Where and How of Taking Climate Action

14 November 2013

[Warsaw – Poland] – November 14, 2013: Countries have just begun negotiating the questions of where, when and how countries make their climate action offers for the 2015 global action plan at the Warsaw talks, according to CAN policy experts.

Jennifer Morgan from WRI said it was imperative a more transparent and systematic approach was taken to lodging offers.

The failure to agree what information to include in offers and the fact that they were lodged very late in the game negatively affected the outcome of the last major climate negotiation session in Copenhagen in 2009.

"We need to be able to measure  overall climate action effort can be measured and countries need to be able to contrast and compare each others' effort," Morgan said.

"This could be one of the key outcomes of this meeting, and though its early stages, these discussions are happening," she said.

Tom Athanasiou from EcoEquity said many countries were also beginning to speak – in general terms – about a way to analyze and review whether pledges were fair.

"But it's time to get far more specific, and to speak of simple things.  We have a science review, but how are we going to do an equity review, which we need just as desperately," Athanasiou said.

"Dealing with fairness needs to go from being a blocker in these negotiations to a solution."
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READ WRI's PAPER ON SETTING AND REVIEW PLEDGES:  (http://www.wri.org/publication/pathway-climate-change-agreement-2015-options-setting-and-reviewing-ghg-emission) http://www.wri.org/publication/pathway-climate-change-agreement-2015-options-setting-and-reviewing-ghg-emission

For more information or for one-on-one interviews with NGO experts, please contact Climate Action Network International’s communications coordinator Ria Voorhaar on +49 (0) 157 317 35568 or rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

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