Bonn, Germany. At the closing of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, preparing for the next big climate summit COP23 (Bonn, November), CARE made  the following statement.

Climate change impacts are hitting vulnerable populations all over the world. Almost all countries here in Bonn have made clear: Backtracking from the Paris Agreement is not an option, climate action must be ramped up! The negotiations have made moderate progress, but the spotlight will now be on the most powerful nations. When the leaders of G7 and G20 meet in the coming weeks, the world expects them to protect the climate vulnerable from climate risks and to take actions to cut emissions more quickly.”

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International

COP23 will take place from 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany, under the Presidency of Fiji. CARE expects governments to take actions on climate change loss and damage and adaptation, advancing the UNFCCC gender action plan, preparing the ground for increased emission reduction ambition in 2018 in line with the 1.5 degrees limit, and overcoming the stalemate in the agriculture negotiations.

“Southern Africa is still recovering from the worst drought in 35 years, while vulnerable countries, like Mozambique and Madagascar, have been hit by cyclones. It is clear that poor populations, in particular women and girls, are already facing impacts that leave them hungry and stuck in poverty. While countries are implementing actions to adapt to these impacts, the negotiations continue to move at a slow pace, despite a fruitful exchange of ideas. We expect countries to come to COP23 prepared and committed to agree on next steps that promote learning, action, and support.”

Vitu Chinoko, Southern Africa Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator, CARE International