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Daily Tck: Day nine of the UN climate talks in Bonn

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  • Ethiopia shows African leadership with 64% emissions cut commitment
  • Scientific review says government agreements on the 2ºC temperature limit won’t be sufficient
  • Hundreds of thousands call for big polluters to be barred from attending UNFCCC negotiations

Ethiopia deserves an award for climate leadership. Today, Ethiopia’s government became East Africa’s first to submit a climate action plan for the new global agreement – and cursory analysis shows it to be among the most ambitious officially announced to date. The plan sets Ethiopia on track to achieve 64% emissions cuts by 2030 while also transitioning into a middle-income country, but only if developed countries deliver on their climate finance commitments. Oxfamwelcomed the plan, calling it “ambitious” for setting “far reaching” short and long-term goals. Added to the plans released by Morocco and Gabon, we’re seeing real leadership from Africa.

In other news, efforts to build on existing climate action commitments in the near-term saw progress toward a negotiated agreement in Paris. To date, countries have held a series of expert briefings on what they could do to boost climate action, but the ideas raised weren’t linked to support for implementation. Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, WWF’s Tasneem Essop described a turning point in this years-long process that could turn ideas to action. All country blocs have put ideas forward. In particular, she highlighted a proposal by the G77 and China that lays out plans to unlock climate action in both developed and developing countries. “It’s an important starting point, because the package in Paris is two-fold. It is a new agreement for the post-2020 period. It is also an agreement or set of decisions about what countries will be doing in the pre-2020 period.”

When it came to dealing with the results of a two-year science-based review that notes government agreements on the agreed red line of a 2ºC rise in average temperatures won’t be sufficient to protect people and the planet from significant harm, it was a far less rosy picture in negotiations. There was hope that Wednesday would deliver a breakthrough that could formally link the review’s findings to negotiations on the new climate agreement. Persistent blocking led by Saudi Arabia, and backed by China and India, means the issue won’t be dealt with until Paris.

While many expected Wednesday’s meetings to deliver a new working draft of the Paris agreement, it didn’t happen. The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, a large network of climate advocacy groups, expressed grave concern over the pace. A new version of the text is now expected on Thursday.

News, links & useful grist that caught our eye

Rules for how the UN-backed forest protection scheme, REDD+, will work are now agreed. The unexpected development means that work can on can start on ramping up projects.

In the halls between negotiating rooms, Loss and Damage seemed like the issues of the day. The Climate Action Network’s ECO newsletter, which one can predictably find on almost every coffee table and and every shelf in the World Conference Center, ran multiple stories with recommendations for negotiators. Side events and press conferences covered the topic.#LossAndDamage buzzed on twitter. And a group of young people organized an action.

More than 224,000 people are calling on governments to kick “#BigPollutersOut” of the UN climate talks, calling their participation in climate negotiations harmful and illogical. Organised by Corporate Accountability International and presented in Bonn Wednesday, the petition is supported by numerous NGOs and organisations as well as people from across the globe. For more on the #BigPollutersOut petition, check out our latest Tree Alert.

We were proud to see some familiar faces in a Guardian piece featuring young climate campaigners to watch before Paris COP 21. The Guardian is running a whole series of stories on ‘from the generation that will see the worst impacts of climate change,’ called #GroundUp.

Eighty British companies called for a global climate deal, an ambitious domestic carbon budget, and policies to spur low-carbon energy investment in a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron. Notable signatories include Coca-Cola, E.ON, SSE, Scottish Power, Tesco, Diageo, and Marks & Spencer.

Resources

Look out for focused blogs on issues and developments in the negotiations by our Climate Trackers in Bonn here.

Find the Climate Action Network International’s Saturday edition of the ECO Newsletter here.

IISD’s reporting service has high-resolution pictures from Wednesday inside the World Conference Center, and more to come throughout the next two weeks. They also have a detailed written overview of each day’s negotiations.

Useful hashtags for tracking the negotiations in real-time are #SB42, #ADP2015, and  #UNFCCC. We’ll join the conversation on twitter via @tcktcktck and @adoptnegotiator.

In addition to our Daily Tck (which is also available in Spanish), we’ll keep you abreast of developments in the wider world of climate activism and action at tcktcktck.org and publish related communications briefs at treealerts.org.

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