The world’s poorest and most vulnerable, who are least responsible for causing climate change, continue to bear the brunt of its impacts. This is an extreme global injustice. The Paris Agreement adopted on 12 December 2015 was a landmark moment in the fight against climate change, but it is not enough for the world’s poorest people. The significance of the new climate deal depends on governments’ ability to deliver on the promises made in Paris
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March 21 – First 100 days – the climate drumbeat continues post-Paris
The first 100 days have passed since the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change. What has happened so far and what needs to happen to next?
March 7 – Climate change adaptation post-Paris: Next steps for the Green Climate Fund
The Green Climate Fund is expected to become a key channel for funding adaptation efforts in vulnerable developing countries. It must now accelerate progress to build community-resilience to climate impacts at broader scale
March 2 – Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition
In an open letter to EU Heads of State and Government, Climate and Environment Ministers, the European Commission and the European Parliament, over 70 major businesses, NGOs and trade unions urge for alignment of the EU 2030 climate and energy targets with the Paris Agreement
December 21 – Adaptation: A Principled Matter
Key principles of climate change adaptation are increasingly being incorporated into climate policy and finance. What does this mean for the Paris Agreement? The authors argue that a strong adaptation package and scaling up of financial support could give vulnerable communities new hope that they will not be left alone to deal with the worst impacts of climate change.
December 18 – Thousands march for climate justice
As negotiators arrived in Paris in early December, thousands took to the streets to call for tough action on climate change. The COP21 climate talks did not produce a deal everyone loves, but the growing power of the climate justice movement is perhaps its most encouraging outcome.
December 18 – Historic climate deal signals hope for the poor, but its significance hangs on the actions that follow
The Paris Agreement on climate change is no doubt a historic deal that could become a trigger for transformational change, but it is far from perfect and its significance hangs on the actions that follow. The fight to build a climate safe world is not over.
December 16 – How the Paris Climate Agreement Will Increase the Momentum of Adaptation
The UNFCCC Paris Agreement on climate change represents a historic commitment to tackling a global challenge and to ensure greener, climate resilient growth into the future, aiming to limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.
December 12 – Historic climate deal has not saved the world, but it gives a ray of hope for the world’s poorest people
Today the world reached a landmark moment in the fight against climate change, but it is still not enough for the world’s poorest people, says humanitarian aid organisation CARE International.
December 11 – A little less conversation, a little more action at COP21
As the COP21 negotiations continue into the night to try and achieve an equitable and inclusive agreement which will put the world on a path to a low carbon, climate resilient future, the people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are not even aware that such a deal exists.
December 9- Countdown starts for Paris climate deal
The endgame for the UN climate deal has begun with only a few days left until countries are expected to adopt a new agreement to tackle climate change.
December 8 – Adaptation: what’s on the table in the Paris Agreement draft?
As climate talks in Paris enter their final stage, this article identifies four potentially transformative elements based on ideas contained in the Paris Agreement that could improve and scale-up national and local-level adaptation and build climate resilience. Thereby, it could make a real difference for addressing the growing need to safeguard the livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable, and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which are climate-sensitive.
December 5 – Despite progress on key issues, roadblocks remain for a just climate deal
The first week of the COP21 UN climate talks wrap up in Paris today with a new climate deal closer than ever before, but ambition is not up to par, says humanitarian aid organisation CARE International. Unless ministers step up pace during the second week of the talks, the world’s poorest people are locked into a cycle of worsening climate change impacts.
December 4 – Adaptation should not be an ugly duckling at COP21
As negotiations have shown no sign of reaching a collective goal on public funding towards adaptation, CARE International calls out to negotiators through hand-painted ducks. 300 ducks made of papier maché, painted by children, were handed out to delegations in order to urge for technical and financial support to climate adaptation actions.
December 2 – World leaders need to match words with action on loss and damage as talks get serious
Three major civil society groups demand that the UN climate talks follow through on leaders’ calls for action to help the world’s most vulnerable people. This call follows the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s Declaration to upscale national climate action and a series of statements from richer countries at COP21 promising to help populations already suffering the effects of climate change. As the negotiations bed down to the detail the groups warn countries must now commit to a deal which properly addresses the unavoidable devastation and loss of lives and livelihoods.
December 2 – Netherlands signs new partnership with civil society to help disaster-prone regions
Minister Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation signed an agreement for a new five-year ‘strategic partnership’ with five Dutch agencies working to build community resilience in disaster-prone developing countries.
November 30 – CARE International’s reaction to world leaders’ remarks at COP21 UN climate talks
“President Obama made it clear that the US is aware that the world’s poorest people are the first to feel the worst impacts of climate change – and that the US has a responsibility to do something about it. We’re pleased the US recognizes this – but now the US must deliver on a Paris agreement that really catalyzes action for the poorest and most vulnerable populations,” Tonya Rawe, Senior Advisor for Policy and Research, Food & Nutrition Security Unit, CARE USA said after President Obama’s speech at the COP21 UN climate talks in Paris.
November 26 – Global leadership must seize the critical opportunity for a climate safer world
Next Monday, Heads of States and representatives from almost 200 countries will gather in Paris to negotiate a new universal climate deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. The COP21 UN climate talks are a critical turning point. This is the moment when governments can decide whether to commit themselves to a fossil fuel free, safer and more prosperous future, or to continue ‘business as usual’ with increasingly dangerous climate change impacts.
CARE has several publications and reports outlining our findings and positions on climate change and COP21. Click on the orange titles to see our analysis and work:
Loss and Damage: Climate Reality in the 21st Century
With the current global average temperature now at around 1°C above pre-industrial levels, poor people in developing countries are already suffering devastation from climate change impacts. It is therefore critical and urgent for vulnerable countries and communities to adapt to climate change impacts. Being prepared for changes in climate and severe weather events can reduce the impacts on people’s lives, their livelihoods and food security. For too long, however, action in cutting emissions and scaling-up adaptation has been utterly inadequate. As a result, more and more of these impacts are exceeding people’s ability to adapt. Loss and damage is therefore now part of the reality of climate change, and must be tackled.
COP21: Sealing a fair and just climate deal for the world’s poorest people
This paper outlines key issues on the agenda at the 2015 UN climate talks in Paris, France (COP21) and summarises CARE’s key expectations.
Gender dynamics in a changing climate
Gender, climate change and adaptive capacity are intricately linked. Poor and marginalised women and men face multiple and complex challenges. Climate change further exacerbates these challenges and threatens to erode development gains made to date. Unequal distribution of resources and power imbalances are both the root cause of poverty and also impact on a person’s capacity to adapt.
This report from Food Tank, CARE International and the CGIAR Research program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) –Cultivating Equality: Delivering Just and Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate – demonstrates how inequality determines who eats first and who eats worst, and how this shapes people’s ability to adapt to climate change. The report argues that solutions around food production are not enough, and demand more dialogue and action to address inequality in food systems.
CARE affirms the universal call for an ambitious, equitable deal at COP21 in Paris
The causes and consequences of climate change reflect one of the world’s greatest inequalities. Billions of people living in poverty – people who are the least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions – bear the brunt of climate impacts. This is an extreme global injustice.
TWIN TRACKS: Developing sustainably and equitably in a carbon-constrained world
We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns. 2015 is an important year. It provides opportunities for the global community to address the twin challenges of climate change and sustainable development, respectively through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Post-2015 development processes.
Read stories from communities, women and men at the forefront of climate change. Click the orange titles to be taken to the stories:
Impacts of climate change on human rights
Stories from Niger, India, Peru and Madagascar on how climate change is impacting vulnerable communities and their human rights in the areas of food security, gender equality, access to water, and livelihoods.
Traditional sees keep hunger away in drought-prone Zimbabawe
It was all smiles as Bertha Chibhememe of Sangwe communal area in Chiredzi, south eastern Zimbabwe, showed off her traditional seed varieties at a seed fair. A 45-year-old smallholder in Zimbabwe’s Lowveld region, Chibhememe told how her “nzara yapera” maize variety is thriving in a changing climate.
Everything has changed: El Niño and the drought in Ethiopia
People of north-eastern Ethiopia say they have never experienced conditions as extreme as the current drought caused by El Niño. “Sixteen of my cows have died. It won’t be long before the others go too. Unless God does something to stop it, I will soon follow myself” says Halima Galeli, a single mother of five.
Momotaj Fighting with Climatic Vulnerabilities
When I walked up to Momotaj’s home in the village of Dakkin Kadamtola, she was surrounded by 25 smallholder women and men farmers in her courtyard. This image alone was enough for me to understand how much the community values her leadership in bringing about positive changes in their lives by fighting together in addressing climatic vulnerabilities. This is not a common scenario in Bangladesh’s socio-cultural context, but there she is: Momotaj Begum, a 30-year-old Change Agent of climate-smart development, amongst farmers and her family – her husband, Enamul Haque (46), and daughters, Anny Akter (12) and Eshita Akter (6).
Anita Ernest – When Patience Makes Profit
As the farmers in Kasapo started planting their crops last year, 45-year-old Champion Farmer, Anita Ernest, had the courage to wait. With no signs of rain she did as advised by CARE and ended up harvesting before everyone else. Now she is ready to take on more new practices.
Watch CARE’s delegation in Paris explain what’s at stake at COP21 and how the negotiations are progressing. Click on the orange titles to see our short video blogs in our COP21 video blog series:
Week 2 Expectations at COP21
What can we expect from ministers on week 2 of COP21? Aurélie Ceinos, CARE France’s Climate Change Advisor, walks us through the various challenges still ahead.
Halfway through COP21
We’re halfway through COP21, but there’s still a lot to do. Sven Harmeling, CARE’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, lets us know what happened during week 1 and what we need in week 2 to end up with a fair and just climate deal.
The COP-O-Meter: Week 1 Day 2 / Day 4 / Week 2 Day 1
How are the negotiations going at COP21 in Paris? Alexander Ege, CARE Denmark’s Advocacy Coordinator, explains how the days are progressing with his handy COP-O-Meter! Is Alexander drowning, standing on dry land, or somewhere in between?
CARE’s Appeal on Africa Day
December 1st is Africa Day at COP21 and CARE’s Ruth Mitei sends a message to negotiators for what needs to be in a successful climate deal for Africa, a continent particularly affected by the impacts of climate change, and many other vulnerable communities around the world. CARE is at COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, fighting for a fair and just climate deal for the world’s poorest people. Ruth Mitei is the Africa Adaptation Learning Programme Networking and Advocacy Advisor for CARE International.
France’s role at COP21
Aurélie Ceinos, CARE France’s Climate Change Advisor, explains France’s role at this year’s COP21, the United Nations Climate talks beginning November 30, 2015. France can play a critical and exemplary role to other countries, especially those in the European Union, to encourage them to follow their lead in these important negotiations.
Climate Change is a Global Injustice
Fanny Petitbon, CARE France’s Advocacy Manager, explains why climate change is a global injustice and why CARE is fighting for human rights at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris and beyond.
What is COP21?
Curious about this United Nations meeting called COP21 happening in Paris in just over a week? CARE International’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, Sven Harmeling, briefly explains what COP21 is all about and why CARE is going.
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