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Blog 17.04.2020 – A Time to Change

17 Apr 2020

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic could be understood as a dress rehearsal for climate change. The impact of this virus exposes the fragilities in our current systems for health care, social security, food and sanitation, and climate change will place increased stress on these systems in the years and decades to come. To survive, our response to the crisis must increase our resilience and minimise climate change as much as possible.

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World Bank Directors urged to intervene in Guyana’s oil development over conflict of interest

16 Apr 2020

World Bank Directors urged to intervene in Guyana’s oil development over conflict of interest 

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Blog: Multilateral Development Banks must implement a sustainable recovery from Covid-19

14 Apr 2020

The global response to the coronavirus crisis continues to gather pace and emergency responses supporting health services and economies are vital at this stage for many across the globe. Just like the Covid-19 crisis, the impacts of climate change will be felt more acutely by the poorest and most vulnerable people. It is vital that the stimulus packages supported by MDBs address this and respond to both crises.

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In 2020, the power of people must defeat failing politics : Tasneem Essop, CAN Executive Director

25 Feb 2020

  This blog first appeared as an article on Thomson Reuters Foundation  —————————- We cannot cheer incrementalism when what we need is transformational change 2020 was pitched as a goalpost for climate ambition. A moment when the fog of political apathy would clear and governments moved by the mass strikes, the unwavering evidence from science and […]

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MDBs fail to deliver on joint Paris Alignment promise at COP25

13 Dec 2019

Yesterday at COP25 the nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided a public update on their joint commitment to Paris Alignment. Though the group of banks first committed to a process to align their financial flows with a 1.5°C pathway in 2017, yesterday’s announcement provided few new details. The group of public banks — which includes the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank among others — indicated full implementation of their framework will not occur until 2023-2024 and did not include anticipated criteria for determining whether projects are Paris-aligned. 

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Time to Act Against Undue Influence and Corruption

13 Dec 2019

On December 9, the world celebrated anti-corruption day, and on December 10 human rights day. These topics keep evaporating at COP. Why is ambition still lacking when we have the solutions, technologies, and the money? Solving the climate crisis is possible, but vested economic interests, corporate capture, and a lack of political will are in […]

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NDCs <3 SDGs

13 Dec 2019

Six long months ago CAN published a briefing on climate change and the SDGs which rightly sought to bring the discussion way beyond goal 13 on climate change. In this, it argued that efforts to achieve all the goals are dependent on efforts to respond to global heating. The clue is in the ‘sustainable’. Similarly, […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: A Youth Perspective on Climate and Social Crisis

13 Dec 2019

The twin traumas of social and environmental crises are bearing down on citizens around the world, but political leaders lack the passion and ambition needed to address thelooming catastrophe. In some places, they lack even simple acknowledgement and acceptance. To get a better sense of what happens outside the walls of COP, ECO spoke with […]

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Solving the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies

13 Dec 2019

We know that life on Earth is facing two interlinked emergencies – climate, and biodiversity – both of which result from human pressure on the natural world, and both of which have only a small window of time left in which we can act to solve them. Each crisis makes the other worse. Every time […]

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The Long Night

13 Dec 2019

ECO knows, as you come into the venue this morning, you are preparing for a long night. While progress has been slow and negotiations have been frustrating, ECO still has hope for a positive outcome. To make things easier, we have outlined three issue areas that should be a top priority in reaching an acceptable […]

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