NGOs, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS WALK OUT OF WARSAW TALKS

The Warsaw Climate Conference, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing. In fact, the actions of many rich countries here in Warsaw are directly undermining the UNFCCC itself, which is an important multilateral process that must succeed if we are to fix the global climate crisis.

The Warsaw Conference has put the interests of dirty energy industries over that of global citizens.

Organizations and movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. Instead, we are now focusing on mobilizing people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action.

Organizations and movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. This will be the first time ever that there has been a mass withdrawal from a COP.

When: 1.30pm, Wednesday 21st of November 2013

Where: Outside Food Court in C2 level 0

What:  Short statement by participating NGOs

Who: 

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Harjeet Singh, International Coordinator – Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation ActionAid International
Samantha Smith, Leader, Global Climate & Energy Initiative, WWF International
Asad Rehman, Head of International Climate, Friends of the Earth (Europe)
BACKGROUND
The leaders of participating organisations will hold a short press conference outside the food court on level 0 starting at 1:30; at about 2pm, they will start walking through the conference centre to the exit on Level -1 (to go down the stairs outside).
Simultaneously, all participating observers will also leave their posts inside the conference centre and make their way to the exit on Level -1.
This will be a peaceful walk out.
Leaders will be available for interviews outside the conference centre as required.

For further information, please contact:

GREENPEACE
Martin Kaiser, email: martin.kaiser@greenpeace.de, mobile: +49 171 878 0817
OXFAM
ITUC
Anabella Rosemberg: Annabella.Rosemberg@ituc-csi.org; mobile:
ACTIONAID
Brandon Wu, Email: Brandon.Wu@actionaid.org, mobile: +1 202-730-5974
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
Asad Rehman, email: asad.rehman@foe.co.uk, Mobile: +48 733 412 897 (Warsaw)
Samuel Fleet, Samuel.fleet@foeeurope.org, Mobile: +48 537 884 902 (Warsaw)
WWF
Samantha Smith, ssmiht@wwf.no , mobile; +47 450 22 149
Mandy Woods, email: mwoods@wwf.org.za, mobile: +48 515 289 239 (Warsaw)
George Smeeton, email: GSmeeton@wwf.org.uk, mobile: +44 (0)7917 052 948
Ian Morrison, email: ian.morrison@wwfus.org, mobile: +1 202 372 6373
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