Day 3, Bonn Climate Change Conference
Civil society groups came together today to kick the Bonn negotiations into action, arguing that the world’s governments need to stand for climate action or step aside. This action came as ministers and negotiators arrived, and before they could have their morning coffee, they were handed the Volveremos declaration. The majority of those taking part in the action were representatives of civil society groups who walked out of the negotiations in Poland last December, protesting the influence of fossil fuel companies and the lack of ambition, finance and urgency in the climate talks. “Volveremos” is Spanish for “we will return” and it has been a call to arms for civil society ever since last year’s Warsaw talks; not only to reject climate inaction, but inject a stronger, united call for climate action throughout the into the world.
Inside the talks, ministers were tasked with generating the political will to increase their country’s ambition to meet the most recent guidelines outlined by the IPCC, and prepare to deliver their national contributions to limiting climate change by March of next year. While we didn’t end the day with any more commitments to climate finance or emissions reductions than we started with, there was a positive shift in tone. Several ministers made statements about the need to reach zero emissions by mid-century, including those from the Marshall Islands, Colombia (for AILAC), Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Grenada, and France.
China sent positive signals today that it would be ready to submit its national contribution to limiting climate change by early next year. This was widely supported in the talks today and was another small step towards a successful agreement in Paris next year.
The US followed suit, injecting some further urgency into the talks by calling on the world’s leaders to submit their own NDCs as part of their countries’ commitments during this September’s Climate Leaders Summit.
From our partners
Remember the Carbon Majors Report that showed only 90 companies are responsible for 63% of the world’s historical greenhouse gas emissions? Well, Julie-Anne Richards and Dr. Keely Boom from The Climate Justice Programme have written a discussion paper linking these companies to the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage, arguing that they should be the ones to provide funding to the most vulnerable communities suffering the worst impacts of climate change.
Greenpeace, WWF and the World Futures Council today highlighted the possibilities of a 100% renewable world. The groups were joined by representatives from the UNFCCC, Mexico, The Seychelles and the Africa group. You can find their recent reports on achieving a US energy revolution, 100% renewable energy in the EU and a WWF report on debunking the myths of Renewable Energy.
In the news
Finland has become the latest country to announce a new climate change act, which will put into law a long-term mitigation target of 80% emissions reduction by 2050.
Climate change is being blamed for washing Japanese war dead from Marshall Islands graves.
Care International launched an in-depth brief on the organization’s hopes for this round of negotiations.
CAN International is posting daily ECO newsletters with reflections and advice from civil society aimed at negotiators.