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India and Bangladesh brace for Cyclone Amphan amidst coronavirus lockdown

20 May 2020

20 May 2020: Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall in India and Bangladesh around 16:00 local time on Wednesday 20 May 2020 bringing heavy winds and severe flooding that threatens lives and property. Preparations are in place to shelter large numbers of people even as both countries grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. India has […]

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CAN reactions to the postponement of COP26 to 2021

2 Apr 2020

  Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network: “At this moment, all our efforts are focused on fighting the Covid19 pandemic. Governments must prioritise the health, safety and jobs of their citizens. Under these circumstances, we acknowledge the necessity to postpone the Bonn climate session to later this year and COP26 to 2021. “Let us […]

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‘Empty words and collective failure’: Japanese NGOs react to new NDC

30 Mar 2020

30 March 2020, Tokyo, Japan: In the face of the climate crisis, we have no time to delay action. The Japanese Government had a choice between showing ambition to lead and succeed or settling for the false comfort of empty words and collective failure. Sadly, the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) that Japan submitted today is […]

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Japanese NGOs urge Prime Minister Abe to substantially increase national climate targets following a public consultation

5 Feb 2020

Citizens’ inputs must encourage Japan to reduce emissions by at least 45-50% , from 1990 levels, by 2030 . The government’s plans to allow new coal-burning power plants to be built across the country is in total contradiction to the Paris Agreement goals, says CAN-Japan  5 February 2020, Tokyo, Japan: Japanese non-governmental organizations under Climate Action Network Japan held […]

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Press Release: ´Immediately shift investments from fossil fuels into renewables and nature protection and restoration,´ civil society said to the World Economic Forum (WEF) participants.

23 Jan 2020

Immediately shift investments from fossil fuels into renewables and nature protection and restoration, civil society said to government, bank and business leaders convening in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF). Thursday 23 January 2020: For the first time, the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Report identifies failure to mitigate […]

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People promise to take to the streets as world leaders leave UN climate talks with no plan for climate crisis

16 Dec 2019

15 December 2019, MADRID, SPAIN: The UN climate talks concluded today in Madrid with governments showing no signs of addressing the climate emergency.  Bogged down by bad faith negotiations that put politics and fossil-fuel interests above people and the planet, many countries — fronted by the United States, Australia and Brazil — once again exposed their […]

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Civil society representatives call out big emitters for blocking progress in UN climate talks as negotiations near conclusion

13 Dec 2019

“Cheating does not change what the atmosphere sees. We don’t want any accounting tricks being created here.”   13 December 2019, Madrid, Spain: As the COP25 UN climate negotiations officially close today with the potential of talks running over the allocated time, Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing to give an assessment of the […]

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Leaving this COP without addressing loss and damage finance will be a gross injustice

12 Dec 2019

12 December 2019, Madrid, Spain: As the COP25 UN climate negotiations approach its end, Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing to provide updates on key issues that are closely watched by civil society particularly loss and damage finance and raising ambition.   Reactions from CAN speakers: Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead on Climate […]

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Political dynamics shape last days of COP25 negotiations

11 Dec 2019

11 December 2019, Madrid, Spain: As ministers arrive at the COP25 UN climate negotiations, Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing to provide a political context on the state of play on the negotiations and updates on civil society’s demands from party negotiators. Reactions from CAN speakers: Alden Meyer, Director, Strategy and Policy, Union […]

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Plans to reduce emissions must be paired with commitments to phase-out production of fossil fuels

9 Dec 2019

09 December 2019, Madrid, Spain: As the second week of COP25 commences, Climate Action Network today organized a press briefing to give a context and updates on where things stand as issues become more political and expose the fault lines on where and how the countries are undermining climate ambition. Representatives of NGOs called on […]

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