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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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UN climate talks flounder on key issues: common time frames, finance for loss and damage and human rights in carbon market rules

7 Dec 2019

07 December 2019, Madrid Spain: As the first week of the COP25 UN climate talks wraps up, Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing today to highlight key issues where the negotiations are stuck- on ambition and common time frames, loss and damage, and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement on carbon markets mechanism. […]

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Today we march again to hold our political leaders to account

6 Dec 2019

06 December 2019, Madrid Spain: As thousands of people in Madrid and Santiago take their demands to the streets today, Climate Action Network (CAN) today highlighted why action within the UN halls critical to respond to the pressure from people and for governments to come out with a solid plan to stop emissions.  The speakers […]

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As impacts rise, decisions on loss and damage must be central to COP25 agenda

3 Dec 2019

Audio recording of the press briefing available here 03 December 2019, Madrid, Spain: Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing today with civil society representatives from regions currently facing severe climate-induced disasters  such as in the Pacific Islands, Southern and Eastern Africa, Latin America and Australia. As extreme weather events and slow onset impacts […]

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COP25: Crucial two weeks of UN talks to address climate crisis begins

2 Dec 2019

02 December 2019, Madrid Spain: As the UN Climate Change Conference or COP25 starts here in Madrid, Spain, Climate Action Network (CAN) held a press briefing to outline the key expectations from governments. These include finance commitments for loss and damage, stronger commitments on ambition, rules on carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris […]

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COP25: Governments must respond to the urgency of the science and the demands of people around the world for transformational actions

27 Nov 2019

Audio recording of the press briefing available here 26 November 2019: Climate Action Network today organised an online press briefing to set expectations for COP25 and unpack some of the main issues that will be high on the agenda of this COP in Madrid, Spain, from 2-13 December. This includes addressing the issue of finance […]

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CAN Board Appoints Tasneem Essop as New Executive Director

4 Nov 2019

04 November 2019: The Board of the Climate Action Network International (CAN) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Tasneem Essop as the new Executive Director of CAN, effective from December 1, 2019. This follows a thorough selection process managed by the Board. Ms Essop brings significant experience in the climate and environment […]

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Open Letter By Climate Action Network to the Government of Chile

30 Oct 2019

30 October 2019 H.E. Mr. Sebastián Piñera       President of the Government of Chile, La Moneda Palace, Calle Moneda, 8320000 Santiago Chile                                                                  […]

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Climate Action Network reacts to the decision by Chile to withdraw as host of COP25

30 Oct 2019

[ In Spanish below ] 30 October 2019: Climate Action Network (CAN) has noted the decision by the Chilean government not to host the UN Climate Summit COP25 that was scheduled to take place between 2 and 13 December in Santiago de Chile. We stand in solidarity with the people of Chile in their ongoing […]

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