on 11th June 2015

Governments’ snail’s pace to Paris is too slow for the world’s poorest people

Political leaders must ramp up climate action, says CARE International

(Bonn, 11 June) After ten days of discussions at the UN climate talks in Bonn Germany, governments are leaving with very little progress on crafting a new international climate deal. Governments need to agree a new climate deal in Paris in December to set the world on a course for committed climate action. But this requires a step change in ambition to achieve the necessary progress for the new deal. The current lack of progress and inaction increases the injustices of climate change and will only amplify further climate disaster for the world’s poorest people, who whilst having done the least to cause climate change are on the frontline of climate impacts.

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator with CARE International, comments:

  • “Governments are still negotiating at a snail’s pace on the way to a new agreement in Paris, and moving too slow to achieve a fair and ambitious landmark deal. In the next six months, governments must really pick up the pace. A future UN agreement must send clear signals to the world that the injustices of climate change cannot go unabated and the real era of climate action is inevitably upon us. We need to cut emissions right now to limit climate damage. The world’s poor can no longer be left behind but must be at the forefront of support and finance to tackle increasing climate impacts.”
  • “The good news out of these weeks is that pressure from the public and business indeed can make a positive difference, as demonstrated through the climate announcements of the G7 leaders. Without political pressure, these agreements would have been much weaker. However, they are still too small steps and we need more urgent action from all governments. “
  • “The international community must act now to avoid irreversible climate disruption and further loss and damages from climate impacts. The strong, science-based call by more than 100 developing countries to limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees must echo in the capitals of the world as a rallying call to action, and to accelerate cuts in emissions and provide new finance. However some countries are trying to bury this progressive goal. Warming above 1.5 degrees will exacerbate the massive social injustice of climate change impacts, exacerbate human rights violations and gender inequalities.

Governments must get to work and not slow down the negotiations by sticking to old positions. Over the summer, several high-level meetings provide opportunities to refocus on the key crunch issues in order to make progress ahead of Paris.

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For more information please contact:

Sven Harmeling, CARE’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, at +49 177 613 6431, or Dwayne Mamo, CARE’s Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network Communications Coordinator, at +45 2752 8454 or dmamo@careclimatechange.org

CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty and providing lifesaving assistance in emergencies. In more than 80 countries around the world, CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to help lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. To find out more see: www.careclimatechange.org

Dwayne Mamo

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