SB58: Key Agenda Fight for Bonn Climate Conference

Establishing publicly-owned renewable energy systems is crucial in countering corporate capture, achieving energy sovereignty and energy democracy, and ensuring that the energy transition serves the broader goal of system change. By rejecting neocolonial and false solutions, we can move towards real solutions that directly reduce emissions at the source.

This transformation of our economies is not only necessary to meet our climate goals, but also to empower people with democratic decision-making power over how these goals will be realized.

Civil Society Policy Forum, “Ensuring the World Bank Group’s Evolution Roadmap Delivers for People & Planet: Reframing Development Impact Indicators

IBON International raised Southern people’s concerns on the World Bank reform at the Civil Society Policy Forum, “Ensuring the World Bank Group’s Evolution Roadmap Delivers for People & Planet: Reframing Development Impact Indicators”.

We highlighted the Bank’s role in imposing policies and financing projects that harm people and the planet. The event was co-organised by Eurodad – the European Network on Debt and Development, Arab Watch Coalition, Bretton Woods Project, and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Fighting Closing Civic Space at COP | COP 27 People’s Agenda Fight #6

For decades, civil society, Indigenous Peoples, environmental and human rights defenders, trade unions, and social movements worldwide have worked to address climate change. Their participation is instrumental in the fight against the climate crisis. Unfortunately, we have seen civic spaces at the COP erode over the years. 

IBON International’s Executive Director, Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo, tackles the importance of civil society participation and how we can push back against the shrinking civic spaces at COP.

Kicking Big Polluters Out of COP 27 | COP 27 People’s Agenda Fight #5

There is a corporate capture of climate negotiations, with big polluters like the fossil fuel industry usually having more space at the table than any country representative. Civil society organizations are campaigning against big polluters’ undue influence in climate talks that is preventing significant progress towards action.

Pascoe Sabido of Corporate Europe Observatory shares the ongoing campaign to kick big polluters out of COP and other climate negotiations and how global climate justice movements can join in.

Solidarity with Egyptian Civil Society and Prisoners of Conscience | COP 27 People’s Agenda Fight #4

This coming November 6–18, COP 27 will happen in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. It will be a challenging arena for civil society to advance climate justice fights since Egypt has been typically repressive of activism domestically. Global climate justice movements are already raising concerns about how this could have serious implications for civil society participation in the negotiations.

Salma El Hosseiny of the International Service for Human Rights shares with us the human rights and civic space situation in Egypt and what civil society at COP 27 can do to promote solidarity for Egyptian activists and prisoners of conscience.

New and additional finance for loss and damage | COP 27 People’s Agenda Fight #3

The impacts of climate change are already breaching the adaptation limits of nations and communities. This results in extensive loss and damage that has been a long-standing concern for developing nations, especially small island states in the Pacific. Despite contributing the least to climate change, people in the Pacific region are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

We sat down with Josaia Osborne, Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs, to share the impacts of climate change on communities in the Pacific and the demand for the COP to deliver on new and additional finance to address loss and damage.

On A New Collective Quantified Goal For Climate Finance | COP 27 People’s Agenda Fight #2

Negotiations on the new climate finance goal to assist developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change is currently underway. It represents an opportunity to break the status quo on climate finance. How do we ensure that countries in the Global South have the adequate, predictable, and additional resources needed to implement climate action at the scale required?

Liane Schalatek, Associate Director of Heinrich Böll Stiftung Washington, gave her insights on the needs, gaps, and long-standing demands from the COP related to climate finance.

Equitable Fossil Fuel Phase-out | COP 27 People’s Agenda Fight #1

Fossil fuel consumption and production is pushing global temperatures closer to the 1.5 degree Celsius limit. Already, developing countries are experiencing worsening weather extremes, devastating their economies and communities. Developing nations are calling for an equitable phaseout of fossil fuels to arrest runaway climate change.

We talked to Souparna Lahiri of the Global Forest Coalition to shed light on the matter, including how COP 27 can pave the way for a fossil fuel-free future.

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