CAN South Asia Quarterly Newsletter for April – June 2024

Dear Friends,

A new climate finance goal aka New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG)  needs to be set by the end of this year that will set the course for the transformational change required to mobilise and deliver finance in a way that addresses the needs and priorities of developing countries. 

South Asia, reeling from extreme heatwaves, deadly floods, and Cyclone Remal’s destruction, exemplifies the necessity for a robust and equitable climate finance goal. The current USD 100 billion target, set for 2025, is inadequate. We must establish a New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG) that is ambitious, additional, and need-based, rooted in the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and capabilities (CBDR-RC) and fair shares. 

The Bonn Climate Change Conference, the halfway point between the last and next COP, showed a. shocking lack of urgency among developed countries in addressing the climate crisis. Developing countries have put proposals for the new climate finance goal on the table. But developed countries have refused to engage on how much public money they are willing to provide. This is despite climate finance being key to staving off climate catastrophe, and a legal obligation under the Paris Agreement and the Climate Convention. This failure by rich countries is a symptom of their lack of political leadership. 

A successful outcome on the new finance goal is crucial to the overall success of COP29. More importantly, A quantum leap this year in climate finance is both essential and entirely achievable

CANSA members and partners are at the forefront of the global campaign led by CAN International and Demand Climate Justice groups to amplify the call for rich nations to step up and pay up. Throughout the UNFCCC SB60 and the G7 Summit, our message to G7 leaders and other governments of the Global North was powerful and clear, #PayUp for Climate Finance.

In the coming months CANSA will host consultations, webinars and activities on the New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance and how to ensure that the goal is  based on climate justice and science and be responsive to the evolving needs and priorities of developing countries.

Happy Reading!

Sanjay Vashist
Director, CANSA


CANSA AT BONN 2024

60th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies, 3-13 June 2024 
World Conference Center, Bonn

The annual SBs serve as a midpoint between two COPs, and are also crucial to set the tone (expectations) for the year. Read more about the details of CANSA’s participation in Bonn here

CANSA’s Statement at the Bonn Climate Change Conference 


CANSA Side Event at Bonn

Just and Inclusive Urban Transition in the Global South (South Asia), 5 June 2024

This UNFCCC Side Event was a panel discussion to underline the role that urban areas / city settlements can play in achieving a just and inclusive urban transformation. During the conversation, we got to know about the challenges and roles that cities from the Global South and especially countries from South Asia could play while ensuring that their urbanization/ city settlement plans can display the need for an integrated policy and urban development framework that prioritizes “low carbon development while ensuring that a rights-based, just and inclusive society is promoted, allowing long term resilience and resistance being built for poorest of the poor. Read more here.


CANSA Side Event at Bonn

Sustainable Consumption and Production to Enhance Climate Ambition in South Asia, 8 June 2024

The side event by SWITCH-Asia in the official UNFCCC space, in collaboration with Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), served as a platform for sharing regional insights and experiences at the intersection of climate change and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/CE). It aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange and lessons learned in this critical area. The side event presented findings from ongoing technical assistance in five South Asian countries, sharing key insights on the challenges and opportunities for integrating SCP into their NDCs. Read more  here


CANSA Statement on the IEA’s new Report


YOUTH 4 COP
Preparing Future Leaders for Tomorrow, Today!

Grab this opportunity to hone youth climate leaders from South Asia

We’re excited to announce an initiative with The Climate Reality Project – India & South Asia, and Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) to empower youth for a sustainable future. “Youth 4 COP” aims to equip young minds with skills for policy-making and negotiations, positioning them as stewards of our planet. The program offers a deeper understanding of COP processes, training participants to articulate ideas, concerns, and solutions. It fosters leadership skills among youth participants encouraging them to ignite change through capacity-building workshops, knowledge-sharing sessions, and networking opportunities.
Find more  details here.


REGIONAL EVENTS

Youth and Child Environment Rights – Fundamentals of GC26 | 26 June 2024

CANSA along with Save The Children with its focus on developing youth champions on Climate Change organized a webinar exclusively for youth to understand GC26 and the processes involved in it. Youth with their mentors were invited to join this Zoom webinar.

GC 26 or General Comment No. 26 is the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s authoritative guidance on how children’s rights are impacted by the environmental crisis and what governments must do to uphold these rights to ensure that children live in a clean, healthy, and sustainable world. Read more  here.


Transforming Climate Finance Architecture | 21 April 2024

CANSA members and representatives participated in the Asian Strategy Meeting: Transforming the International Financial Architecture on April 21-23, 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was Co-organized by the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) and the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR). The strategy meeting sought to forge broader unities and solidarity among attendees. It aimed to let attendees learn from each other on campaign strategies, challenges, and opportunities, and collaborate on activities towards achieving objectives. Regarding specific activities post-ASM: TIFA, participants agreed to draft a sign-on statement to raise the international financial demands of the peoples and communities of the Global South during the G7 Summit. They also committed to closely coordinating their activities during the G7 Summit and the UNFCCC Intersessional, and to participating in or holding actions on finance related to these events in their respective communities. 



Workshop under the UAE–Belém work program on indicators | 15-17 May 2024
Thimphu, The Kingdom of Bhutan

A mandated technical workshop under the UAE–Belém work program on indicators was held in a hybrid format from May 15 to 17, 2024, in Paro, Bhutan. CANSA represented the civil society observer group and contributed to the discussions. The workshop aimed to understand existing frameworks with adaptation indicators and improve these for the UAE–Belém work program. Presentations were given by representatives from the Sendai Framework, UNECE, GCF, Sanitation and Water for All, FAO, WHO, and the Asian Development Bank.

Each framework highlighted the complexity of measuring adaptation progress, the need for capacity building in data collection, and the importance of engaging national statistical offices from the start. Discussions focused on developing these indicators, with proposals for hybrid workshops and technical inputs to support this development. There was a high demand for setting milestones and integrating processes for efficient indicator development and implementation. Recognizing the technical challenges, the group agreed to form an expert group to finalize indicators, mainly derived from existing systems, to minimize the data collection burden on countries.


QoC-CANSA Fellowship
New Stories on Cities and Climate Change

Karachi, choking on plastic, searches for solutions as climate impact looms
Zofeen T Ebrahim
Read story here.
Guwahati’s green cover is declining but is key to its climate resilient future
Barasha Das and Harish Borah
Read story  here
Deconstructing Hyderabad’s investment ‘climate’ and technological ecosystem
Arshiya Syed
Read story here

NEW MEMBER

Welcoming two new members from India this quarter!

Centre for Youth Development
and Activities

https://cydaindia.org

TERRE Policy Centre

http://www.terrepolicycentre.com

Wishing our new member from India a very warm welcome to the CANSA family!


BLOGS THIS QUARTER


NEW REPORT

Impact Assessment of Eco-Village Development Projects

Eco-Village Development (EVD) projects in South Asia promote low-carbon development, enhancing village life and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This report assesses climate effects in four rural eco-villages in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, varying in climate and socio-economic conditions. Benefits include reduced energy use, lower greenhouse gas emissions, fuel savings, less time for firewood collection, shorter cooking times, and decreased indoor air pollution. Read more here


PRESS RELEASES

SWITCH-Asia joins 60th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies advocating for SCP to enhance climate ambitions in South Asia


CANSA IN THE NEWS

Living in the Age of Global Warming
CounterCurrents.org | June 30, 2024

Climate change effects a major concern for Indians, 14% migrated due to weather-related disasters
Scroll.in | Jun 22, 2024

Dear govt, halt migration due to climate change
NewsTrail | June 20, 2024
 
Climate crisis: Dare we hope?
Deccan Herald| June 2, 2024

For the new government, sustainable development must lead to economic growth
Deccan Herald | May 27, 2024

Centring climate justice in rapidly urbanising cities of South Asia
Questionofcities.org | May 3, 2024

Heatwaves are becoming increasingly common. Let’s accept and adapt to it
Deccan Herald | May 03, 2024


MEMBER ACTIVITY IN SPOTLIGHT

Update on SB60 Side Event on the 
Nexus between Locally-Led Adaptation and Loss & Damage 

On the eve of the Glasgow Dialogue, an official side event on financing locally-led adaptation and addressing loss and damage to build climate-resilient communities in mountain regions and beyond took place on June 4th, emphasizing the relevance of the overall agenda related to Loss and Damage. Panelists included Bimal Raj Regmi, member of the Climate Change Council of the Government of Nepal; Harjeet Singh, Director of FFNPT; Popular Gentle, Climate Change Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal; Wanun Permpibul, Director of Climate Watch Thailand; and Sumaiya Binte Selim, Programme Coordinator at ICCCAD, with Abhishek Shrestha, Program Director at DBI, moderating the discussion. The panel highlighted the significant threat climate change poses to mountain ecosystems in South and Southeast Asia and stressed the importance of locally-led adaptation approaches for sustainable management and addressing loss and damage. ICCCAD demonstrated how integrating research can provide valuable evidence from economic and non-economic loss and damage perspectives, which can then be channeled towards locally-led adaptation efforts. Additionally, the discussion addressed the extreme challenges in accessing international climate finance, underscoring the urgent need to simplify the access process, provide direct, predictable, and adequate funding, and ensure timely delivery to support mountain communities. The session’s reflections were influential and contributed to the participatory reflections at the Glasgow Dialogue by parties and observers.


Ulama – Religious Leaders: Addressing Climate Change in Afghanistan

On 26 May 2024, the Resilience, Environment and Humanitarian Aid (REHA) Organization convened a discussion with over 50 Islamic scholars and religious leaders on addressing climate change through the lens of the Holy Quran. The discussion revealed extensive guidance, messages, obligations, and decrees in Islam that call for environmental protection, living in harmony with nature, and preventing pollution. The key outcomes of the discussion were documented in a report and shared with relevant stakeholders, including government ministries, to inform climate change mitigation and environmental protection measures. Read details here.


World Environmental Day: Role of Academia in Environmental Protection

The Resilience, Environment and Humanitarian Aid (REHA) Organization organized a discussion with academia on World Environment Day 2024. The event aimed to explore the role of academic institutions in addressing climate change and environmental protection. The discussion was attended by 30 professors, lecturers, and students from various universities, including representatives from the National Environmental Protection Agency. A comprehensive report was produced, highlighting the need for closer coordination among universities, policymakers, international organizations, and grassroots communities to develop effective solutions.
Read details here.


We hope you enjoyed this edition. Thanks to all those who submitted their stories. We look forward to hearing from more of you for our forthcoming issues.

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