on 13th May 2016

Turn words into action: it’s time to deliver on the Paris climate promises

13 May 2016, Bonn. The Paris climate deal is likely to come into effect earlier than originally planned, but the world is still on pathway to climate chaos unless countries urgently ramp up their climate actions. Governments need to roll up their sleeves at the forthcoming UN climate talks in Bonn, 16-26 May, to form a roadmap for delivering on the Paris climate pledges. Deeper emissions reductions and more support for adaptation are needed to help poor people cope with escalating climate disruption.

 Sven Harmeling, CARE International’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator says:

“The Paris Agreement is an important first step forward, but now is the time for all countries to step up and turn the political rhetoric into real action to curb emissions and build the resilience of the world’s poorest people, especially women and girls who are at the front lines of climate impacts.”

 “During the past year we have witnessed the shocking human toll of climate change, as record-breaking temperatures and the strongest El Niño on record have fuelled heat waves, storms, floods and droughts causing unprecedented suffering and food insecurity for poor people across the world.”

 “With countries’ climate plans still putting the world on a dangerous pathway to a 3°C or more temperature increase, urgent emissions cuts are needed to keep warming below 1.5°C. This is critical for the survival of the world’s poorest people and countries.”

 “It is a gross injustice that poor people are paying the price for the consequences of a problem they didn’t cause in the first place. Developed countries must be held accountable for the climate finance pledged in Paris. The meeting in Bonn must, therefore, send a strong signal for greater ambition on all fronts.”

ENDS.

 

Notes for Editors

  1. To arrange an interview in Bonn with CARE International’s climate change experts, contact Viivi Erkkilä, CARE International’s Climate Change Press and Communications Coordinator: verkkila@careclimatechange.org or +44 (0)7 7924 54130;
  2. CARE International is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty and delivering lifesaving assistance in emergencies. In 90 countries around the world, CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women to equip them with the proper resources to lift their families and communities out of poverty. To learn more about CARE International’s work on climate change, please visit: www.careclimatechange.org
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