Tag: NGO Participation

Civil Society's Voice Being Marginalized


ECO has been pondering the evident marginalization of the ‘civil society voice’ lately and started scribbling a few preambular thoughts on a serviette…

  • Reaffirming that vibrant public participation “allows vital experience, expertise, information and perspectives from civil society to be brought into the process to generate new insights and approaches”1;
  • Acknowledging the respectful, positive and constructive dialogue at the December 1 ADP Special Event;
  • Encouraging Parties and the Secretariat to provide roundtables and other opportunities to enhance the full inclusion of civil society as a relevant and meaningful voice in these negotiations; . . .

    #Operative text... 

 1Guidelines for participation of representative of NGOs at meetings of the bodies of the UNFCCC.

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CAN Intervention in the COP18 SBI Informal Consultations: Article 6, 27 November, 2012



SBI Intervention in the Informal Consultations: Article 6

27 November, 2012


Thank you chair for giving me the floor.

Good morning,

My name is Farrukh Zaman and I will speak on behalf of CAN international.

The six themes included in the scope of the article 6 work program are crucial to the implementation of the convention and to successful and effective climate policies at the national level.

We see the adoption of a new work program as a key opportunity to build on the amended work program and to strengthen each of its 6 thematic pillars.

Considering that the new work program will last for the upcoming 8 years, it is very important to us to ensure that the work programme propose a strengthened approach to each of the thematic issues covered by the work program.

Considering the diversity of issues represented, we believe that structuring the work program in two parallel streams would help improve the focus and qualitative outputs of any activity taking place within the frame of this work program, as well as make the most of the participation of experts and stakeholders to the work program.

We would thus suggest to create a work stream on

education, public awareness and training on the one hand

and on public participation and access to information other hand.

Finally, we see an important opportunity for the work program to support parties in the implementation of the convention. The work program could thus provide an opportunity to exchange best practices and provide guidance to parties on how they include stakeholders in the preparation of national negotiating positions and of national communications.

We would look forward to engage with parties delegates during the coming days.

Thank you





NGO experts to brief on key developments at COP18

Media Advisory – Webcast Notice


[Doha – Qatar] – November 28, 2012 –  International experts from NGOs organized in the Climate Action Network (CAN) - a network of more than 700 organisations from over 90 countries – will brief the media on the latest developments in the climate negotiations at Doha, Qatar, tomorrow.

On youth and future generations day at the climate talks, Reem al Mealla, from the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) will outline plans for the first climate demonstration in a Gulf state which will call for Arab leaders to make a pledge to reduce carbon emissions.

Liz Gallagher, senior policy advisor at E3G, will to provide an update on the difficult negotiations over the LCA track's chair's text as well as any breaking developments at COP18.

The briefing takes place in Press Conference Room 2 in the Qatari National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar on Thursday 29 November, at 11am local time (8am GMT). It will be webcast live.

·      What: Briefing on the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Doha.

·      Where: Press Conference Room 2, QNCC, Doha, Qatar

·      Webcast Live at: http://unfccc4.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop18/templ/ovw_live.php?id_kongressmain=231

·      When: 11am local Doha time, Thursday 29 November, 2012

·      Who: NGO experts on UNFCCC negotiations


Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 700 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

For more information, please contact CAN International Communications Coordinator Ria Voorhaar, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, local mobile: +974 33 38 6907.




CAN Intervention in the COP18 COP Opening Plenary, 26 November, 2012

COP18 Opening Plenary Intervention

26 November, 2012


We have been given 30 seconds to express the views of CAN representing over 700 NGOs all around the world. It is impossible to say anything substantive about the most important challenge facing humanity in 30 seconds, so we are forced to limit ourselves in this intervention to place on record our protest about this exclusion of civil society voices in this vital process.




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