This December government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 climate summit. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement. They are expected to commit to put forward higher 2030 climate targets by 2020, deliver a robust Paris Agreement rulebook and provide predictable and meaningful financial support for developing countries. Click to find out more on CAN Europe's side events.
Increasing mitigation action for 1.5°C: short-term steps and long-term strategies
Monday 3/12, 10.30-12.00, EU Pavilion, Room Brussels
This event looks at plans and options for increasing mitigation actions in Europe and beyond, in line with the IPCC special report on 1.5°C. The first part of the event will assess the compatibility of the European Commission’s draft strategy for long- term EU greenhouse gas emission reductions with the IPCC report. The second part will look at how countries outside Europe can increase their mitigation actions in the short term, including through international support, with case studies from Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, Morocco, Peru and Vietnam.
CAN Europe organizes this event together with the German Environment Agency, the NewClimate Institute and the Wuppertal Institute.
The real costs of coal paid by local communities
Monday 3/12, 18.30 - 19.15, EU Pavilion
This event will focus on the issue of just transition - a zero-carbon transition built on the principle of social justice. This complex concept will be illustrated with stories of local communities affected by coal infrastructure. Speakers will present the recently published report "The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla”, which provides testimonies of the villagers living in Muğla, Turkey who suffer health and environmental impacts of extracting and burning coal and analyses impacts of coal on people's health, socio-economic well being, and forest ecosystems. You will also hear from local citizens of Imielin, Poland, who oppose the expansion of the hard coal mine underneath their town.
Joanna Flisowska, Coal Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe,
Alicja Zdziechowicz, Zielony Imielin (Society of Green Imielin)
Ireneusz Górniok, Zielony Imielin (Society of Green Imielin) (tbc)
Supporting implementation of the Paris Agreement through Climate Litigation and Legislation Reforms
Thursday 6/12, 11.30 - 13.00, UNFCCC Side Event, Pieniny Room
This event gathers civil society representatives engaged in litigation actions and legislation reforms in Europe. Their aim is to inspire change that promotes equity, inclusion and human rights in the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Climate action is rising across the jurisdictions of the world - this event will allow you to stay on top of all these developments.
Tessa Khan, Co-Director, Climate Litigation Network- Urgenda Foundation;
Caterina Freytag, Climate Litigation Policy Advisor Germanwatch;
Sanna Vannar, Plaintiff of People’s Climate Case, the president of Saminourra;
Martial Breton, CliMates;
Wendel Trio, director, CAN Europe
The People’s Open Climate and Human Rights Event: How to hold your government accountable for its climate "inaction"?
Thursday 6/12, 16.00 - 18.00, Greenpeace HUB (with drinks)
From city-dwellers to farmers, youth to seniors, communities around the world are part of a growing climate litigation movement that is demanding climate action through human rights arguments. This event explores how climate litigation can hold governments accountable for their human rights obligations while presenting community building and legal strategies for developing a climate lawsuit against government.
Louise Fournier, Associate Litigation Counsel-Climate justice and liability campaign, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Sanna Vannar, president of Sáminuorra, Sweden, plaintiff in the People’s Climate Case
Clodagh Daly, representative of Climate Case Ireland
Lisa Goeldner, climate and energy expert at Greenpeace Germany, representative of the German climate case (tbc)
Coalition for Higher Ambition: stakeholders showcasing the way to a zero carbon Europe”
Saturday 8/12, 18.30-20.00, EU Pavilion
Businesses, associations, investor groups, local and regional authorities, trade unions and civil society organisations who form the Coalition for Higher Ambition will come together at this event to demonstrate that they are committed to play their part in implementing the Paris Agreement, by showcasing that the transition to a zero carbon economy is already well underway and that efforts can and will be scaled up. The speakers will discuss what their expectations from EU policymakers are to put Europe on a fast-track to reach net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, C40 (tbc)
Yann Françoise, Head of climate, energy and circular economy strategies, City of Paris
Sasja Beslic, Head of Group Sustainable Finance; Nordea Group and IIGCC Board Member
Tom Mitchell, Chief Strategy Officer, Climate KIC
Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Head of climate policies - Chairman's area at Iberdrola.
Mir Roca Montserrat, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
Moderator: CAN Europe: Wendel Trio, Director