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Mayors stand together to face the toughest challenges of the 21st century http://www.c40.org/blog_posts/standing-together-to-face-the-toughest-challenges-of-the-21st-century … cc .@Anne_Hidalgo & @MikeBloomberg #COP21
(Paris City Hall)
Signed by the C40 Steering Committee
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
Michael R. Bloomberg, UN SG Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
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“they well know what such an outcome needs to contain: a long term goal, a deal on finance, a ratchet mechanism, rules etc. Over the remainder of the week what they need to find are the critical missing ingredients (…)”
Addressing climate change takes all of us, especially the private sector going all-in on clean energy worldwide.
.@POTUS Thank you for your leadership. What a historic day.
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pdf link: Wednesday, 2 December - LPAA Focus Event on Resilience - Media Advisory
COP21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Focus on Water & Oceans Resilience
WATER RESILIENCE AND OCEANS NEW COALITIONS LAUNCHED TODAY TAKING CONCRETE COOPERATIVE ACTIONS A NEW “PARIS PACT ON WATER AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE”
"UN Water warns that without an improved water resources management, the progress towards poverty reduction targets, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and sustainable development in all its economic, social and environmental dimensions, will be jeopardized."
COP21 Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Resilience – Vulnerability & People
"will present to decision-makers six initiatives to address resilience. Those six major initiatives and projects will accelerate the implementation of innovative actions, in areas such as integrated water resources management food security; disaster risk reduction and capacity-building essential to resilience.
Those initiatives will help address the needs of the nearly 634 million people who live in at-risk coastal areas just a few meters above existing sea levels, as well as those living in areas at risk of droughts and floods."
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Bonn, 4 September 2015 – The latest round of UN climate change negotiations ended today on track to produce the first comprehensive draft of the new, universal climate change agreement that governments are committed to reach in Paris, in December.
The draft, to be drawn up by Ahmed Djoghlaf of Algeria and Daniel Reifsnyder of the United States will present clear options and ways forward on all elements of the agreement and the decisions that will operationalize it from 2020.
"POLITICO senior policy reporter Darren Samuelsohn sat down with Robert Orr, a longtime climate adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who now runs the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy".
Excerpts (with titles added by the author of the site):
(…) to agree just how much pollution they’ll cut, and how much money rich nations will offer less developed countries to deal with their own growing energy demands and also adapt to a changing climate.
(…) the deal is expected to touch on everything from the future of coal and renewables to crop failures and rising seas.
(…) will require changes in everyone’s economies, everyone’s fuel mixes, everyone’s infrastructure investments.
The issue of financing
The issue of financing: All of this has to be paid for. Most will be paid for by private monies, but can this agreement reach a level of clarity and ambition that it sets the framework that those investments are made by private businesses, by finance houses, but pension funds, the big money out there. But to do that, we will need to see investments by governments, both north and south. Donors — traditional donors, the United States, Europe, Japan — need to step up and provide public funding for those governments that need that, but that then needs to be leveraged into this much bigger pool of private finance. That equation, and how the public and the private finance together is a critical open element yet to be negotiated.
This is, first and foremost, financing, getting the blend of public and private finance right, and the volumes of public-private finance, and the mechanics of that, the vehicles agreed for how — who will do what and how and in what time frame.
The fossil-fuel industry
RO: In the fossil-fuel industry already the major companies are evolving, and they’re evolving quite quickly. Everyone who is an oil company or a self-described fossil-fuel producer, they’re quickly becoming “energy companies.” They’re making investments in other parts of the energy spectrum of choices. So, how quickly those companies are able to evolve will make them competitive or not in the 21st century economy.
Effects on the consumer
DS: How would an American consumer feel the effects of a Paris climate deal?
RO: The effect on consumers will depend on where you live in the world and in the United States. The bottom line is this deal will set the framework for necessary reductions, but how they are reduced, through what mechanisms, and what burdens where and what benefits where, that’s the art of government and of public policy.
Although the outcome of Copenhague 2009 was disappointing (e.g. US & China had not proceeded to commitments) there were some interesting aspects, e.g. leaders rolling up their sleeves and being involved in text-editing
RO: The role of president and other heads of state and government is quite important. We did see an extraordinary scene in Copenhagen in 2009 where not just President Obama but other leaders truly rolled up their shirt sleeves. I do remember President Obama actually carrying a laptop to show other leaders certain texts. I saw President Lula of Brazil literally rolling up his shirt sleeves and saying, ‘I haven’t done this since I was a labor leader.’
But that kind of head of state and government involvement — don’t expect to see that in Paris. The negotiators have to do what negotiators have to do, and that’s the negotiation track, but leaders can help that along by getting critical agreements on the big issues. Don’t expect to see them line-editing text in Paris. That’s a negotiator job. But in September this year, in New York, there will be meetings on the margin of the Sustainable Development Goal summit. You will see a number of world leaders talking to each other in bilateral and multilateral fora. You will see it in the G-20 meeting later this year.
Also the INDC was decided at Copenhagen
RO: One very important thing was achieved in Copenhagen, which was the Copenhagen Accord for the first time created this notion of national plans from all governments. So the basic building block of the new regime was born in Copenhagen. But the sense of failure around Copenhagen was related…
(…) a lot of the benefits of the new regime have already been factored in to governments’ plans, expenditure, investments, and even more to the point, companies and private finance are already pricing this in.
On the Copenhagen development pledge of $100 billion per year starting in 2020: Very doable as a reallocation exercise
DS: How do you address the fact these negotiations aren’t on track to raise the $100 billion climate fund to help developing countries as promised back in 2009?
RO: This is one of the key elements that we do need from Paris. We need clarity with high granularity on the $100 billion commitment made on Copenhagen. This was a commitment of developed countries to support developing countries at a tune of $100 billion per year starting in 2020; so, annually from 2020 forward. It sounds like a lot of money, but if you take what the annual investments are just in energy, even before you get to any other part of the global economy, it pales in comparison. So, we’re talking about simply reallocating to higher-value uses investments that are already being made in other energy sources, other types of infrastructure, other types of agricultural systems. So, this is a reallocation exercise to higher-value investments by governments and by private actors, and in that context, $100 billion is very doable.
Climate coalitions strengthening; COP21 will be the political impetus which will recognize their efforts and motivate them further
When you get the oil and gas companies starting to move as a bloc and, increasingly, with more and more oil and gas companies joining the coalition, that will move the needle. But the same is happening with agricultural products companies. The agreement in New York in September 2014 of a number of the key producers of palm oil, which is responsible for a larger percentage of the deforestation in the world, that is now becoming a solid coalition of virtually all the palm oil producers in the world.
These coalitions are not waiting for orders from governments. They’re not waiting for a starter’s pistol in Paris; they’re already doing this. But Paris will be the political impetus which will recognize their efforts and which will push them on.
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Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
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"It is clear to me from recent gatherings − the G7, the Major Economies Forum, the Paris informal ministerial, the International Conference on Financing for Development and many other bilateral meetings − that there is strong political will to reach an ambitious global climate agreement.
But in the negotiating rooms, progress has been painfully slow.
The technical talks are seriously lagging behind the political discussion. This must change.
When it comes to the substance, the text is still far too long, with all options put forward by countries earlier this year still on the table. This will need to be negotiated. So we have a lot of work ahead of us.
Negotiators will need to get straight down to the substance in August. They will need to start looking for areas of convergence and identify issues that will need to be resolved by Ministers. These include differentiation of the responsibilities and capabilities of the countries, the legal form of the agreement, the transfer of technology or support to developing countries, to mention just a few.
The European Union was the first major economy to submit its contribution in March – a binding, economy-wide emissions reduction target of at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This is the most ambitious contribution presented to date.
The good news is that, after a slow start, more and more countries are submitting their contributions: so far, 56 countries representing 61% of current global emissions.
But the not so good news is that the current contributions still represent only around a quarter of all countries.
Key G20 countries such as Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey must submit their intended contributions without delay."