New focus on injecting fairness into climate talks a cause for hope
08 May 2013
Bonn, Germany - May 3, 2013: Experts from Climate Action Network (CAN) International welcomed a new, positive dynamic emerging from the year’s first UN negotiations in Bonn last week, but urged leaders to ensure that the 2015 climate plan is robust enough to save the planet.
While many countries continued to present their same hackneyed positions in the plenary sessions, there are more parties with constructive plans that ensure fair contributions to climate action by all and do more to reduce carbon pollution before 2020. The new proposals injected fresh air and confidence into the talks.
1000 days to the new 2015 global climate protocol
18 March 2013
Monday March 18, 2013 places us exactly 1000 days away from the end of COP21, the UNFCCC climate conference to be held in France in December 2015. It is here that governments have promised to deliver a new global and legally binding climate regime. It’s time for governments to realise that preparations for that moment must begin now.
In order for the 2015 protocol to be adequate, a lot needs to change in national politics in almost every country in the world. In less than three years, countries need to reach agreement on new post-2020 reduction targets that are compatible with a 1.5°C carbon budget, innovative mechanisms to deliver new and additional public finance, international transparency and compliance rules as well as the agreement on the legal form.
Another year of inaction on climate ends in Doha
08 December 2012
EU misses opportunity to show leadership
[8 December 2012 - COP18, DOHA] At the Doha climate talks, governments failed to do anything meaningful to avert the planet's slide towards catastrophic climate change. Countries used the economic crisis as a reason to avoid paying for climate finance, while billions of dollars in damages rack up from monster storms.
Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe said:
"Rather than contribute to closing the gap between what countries are willing to do and what is needed in terms of climate action, Doha has increased it. By sticking with only the lowest end of their promises, Parties like the European Union are moving this gap in the wrong direction. The EU missed its chance to play a leadership role in Doha, which it could have done by increasing its emission reduction target to 30%, in line with policies it already has in place. We are dismayed that the EU accepted weakening "hot air" rules by allowing the use of emission surpluses from the past."