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, which must be further addressed at COP22. Last year, at COP21, the Paris Agreement along with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marked a historic milestone for the international fight against climate change.
The rapid ratification in 2016 will make the Paris Agreement enter into force in time for COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, an important signal of maintained political momentum. But ratification is not enough: governments need to scale-up climate action immediately and demonstrate plans to deliver on the promises made in Paris at COP22.
CARE has produced several publications on our positions on climate change and COP22. Click the titles to read our work.
Turning the Paris signal of hope into meaningful actions for the most vulnerable: Recommendations for COP22
CARE has five key demands for outcomes of COP22. The following demands are addressed in the policy paper:
- Governments must take concrete steps to put the 1.5°C limit into practice, taking into account historical and evolving responsibilities, build it into future regular stocktakes, and promote pro-poor renewable energies.
- COP22 must scale-up finance for gender-equitable adaptation in developing countries, and operationalise the global goal on adaptation, to assist poor people in managing harmful climate impacts.
- In light of the growing climate change loss and damage, COP22 must take steps to strengthen the Warsaw International Mechanism and scale-up finance for L&D, focusing on the most vulnerable.
- COP22 must promote sustainable, productive, equitable and resilient agriculture through establishing a joint SBSTA/SBI Work Programme on Agriculture and Food Security.
- Governments must outline how they promote gender equality and human rights in climate action in the preparation and reporting of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and renew and enhance the UNFCCC work programme on gender to advance these objectives across the UNFCCC.
Hope Dries Up? Women and Girls Coping with Drought and Climate Change
In the report, both the positive and negative coping mechanisms being adopted by women and girls during the 2015/2016 drought are presented. Stories are used to tangibly illustrate the issues of concern for various women and girls along with the resource mechanisms they have opted to tap. The report finds that communities who participated in programs introducing new cultivation practices, better seeds and alternative income activities were far better prepared to manage lean months than those without knowledge. CARE urges the international community and decision-makers at COP22 to ensure sufficient funding for adaption and resilience programs. Otherwise, hard-won developmental gains will continue to unravel and recovery will be costly and take decades.
Fleeing Climate Change: Impacts on Migration and Displacement
A new report from CARE Danmark shows that climate change could push the total number of permanently displaced people as high as 250 million people, between now and 2050. In 2015, alone, nearly 15 million people had to leave their homes due to climate-related disasters. Only half as many people fled from war and conflict.The report outlines three scenarios for how different levels of temperature increase due to climate change will affect human migration and displacement. It is pertinent that solutions be found at COP22. The world’s leaders must discuss how people affected by climate change can adapt by introducing new knowledge and adjusted agricultural techniques.
Global Goal on Adaptation: From Concept to Practice
CARE, ActionAid, and WWF have released a new report that contains recommendations in order to significantly advance action under the Global Goal on Adaptation by 2018, a key international climate policy moment; this is essential to build resilience for the poorest and most vulnerable people, communities, ecosystems, and countries. Amongst others, the report introduces the concept of the Global Goal on Adaptation and recommends a set of actions in the areas of National Adaptation Planning, climate finance, and capacity building.
Beyond Productivity: Delivering on Food and Nutrition Security in a Changing Climate
CARE aims to make 50 million people more food secure and resilient to climate impacts by 2020. To meet this goal, CARE focuses Beyond Productivity in our work with local and global food systems. We use the SuPER principles to guide our work. These hold that food and agriculture systems (from inputs to production to processing and marketing, as well as consumption) should be Sustainable, Productive and Profitable, Equitable, and Resilient. They should be designed to achieve multiple benefits at the same time: increasing production, productivity, and incomes, building the resilience of small-scale food producers to climate change, while contributing to women’s empowerment, improved nutrition, and a reduced environmental footprint, and without undermining the food and nutrition security of future generations.
Cultivating Equality at COP22: Food & Nutrition Security in the UNFCCC
We face a greater challenge than ever before: ending hunger and nutrition in the face of climate change and natural resource scarcity. Success demands that we tackle inequality, including gender inequality, as a matter of social justice and human rights
Strengthening Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change: Practitioner Brief 4
This brief from ALP explains why and how strengthening adaptive capacity is a key condition for achieving climate resilient development. Drawing on ALP’s community based adaptation work with vulnerable communities in southern Niger and northern Ghana, the brief explores the dynamic interplay between social processes and tangible adaptation options. It unpacks the concepts and demonstrates how strengthening people’s absorptive, adaptive and anticipatory capacities leads to more flexible, responsive and locally determined adaptation choices which contribute to greater resilience in the face of changing conditions.
Adaptation Good Practice Checklist
The UNFCCC Paris Agreement creates the framework for increased financial flows for adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The Adaptation Good Practice Checklist provides guidance on actions and criteria which help to ensure that adaptation results in quality, impactful and long-term climate resilience for the most vulnerable people.
Submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA)
CARE, along with a consortium of other organizations, has provided a submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). The submission includes our joint views on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the Adaptation Communications, the Transparency Framework and the Global Stocktake.
Read CARE’s news releases on our actions and report launches at COP22.
CARE’s press conferences and actions at COP22 help reporters and journalists understand what can be a confusing and overwhelming process.
Latest news on COP22 from CARE:
- December 6 – COP22 in Marrakech: Moving together, but NOT fast and aggressive enough to deliver for the poorest
- November 3 – Leaders at the first global climate gathering since the Paris Agreement must act on it now, starting with more funding, says CARE International
- October 5 – After Paris Agreement ratification governments must follow-up with stronger climate action
- May 26 – Countries leave Bonn under mounting pressure to deliver on their Paris climate promises
- March 21 – First 100 days: the climate drumbeat continues post-Paris
Read CARE’s delegation in Marrakech explain the key issues at COP22 and how the negotiations are progressing.
Niger: Where climate change is a daily reality
Climate change is not abstract for anyone here, it’s become a harsh reality with concrete ramifications for the communities we work with. When the rains don’t fall and changing seasons significantly impact crop and livestock production, life becomes dire. But all of this is just one part of the story.
- You don’t know what El Niño is? You are not the only one!
- It’s not just about bad weather – it’s about people’s lives
- It’s a man’s world?
- Climate change is making things worse…
- There are solutions!
- Why “Not enough money” makes things really expensive …
- There is no time to waste. El Nino has a sister.
Gender in the Marrakech Climate Talks
The UNFCCC recognises the importance of involving women and men equally in international climate change negotiations as well as in national level policy processes. Within the Paris Agreement, ‘Parties acknowledge that adaptation should follow a country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach.’ Women must play a critical role in addressing climate change. Amongst the key demands submitted by the women and gender constituency to the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) held in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016, is a call to increased political commitment, mainstreaming gender, and institutionalisation of gender matters within the UNFCCC.
The Morality of Advancing Agriculture in UNFCCC Negotiations
Vitu Chinoko, Partnerships and Advocacy Coordination for CARE Southern Africa, reflects on the impact of climate change on agriculture in vulnerable developing countries. He comes from Malawi where every year climate change impacts are felt deeply by poor and vulnerable communities. Agriculture is the main economic development driver for many of the most vulnerable developing countries, and lack of progress on agriculture negatively affects the socio-economic development of these countries. He urges the implementation of the Paris Agreement to include sustainable solutions to the challenge of food and nutrition security due to climate change.
Launch of the Adaptation Good Practice (AGP) Checklist is setting the scene for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement at COP22
With an enhanced focus on action, this year’s COP22 provides an opportune moment to launch the Adaptation Good Practice (AGP) checklist. The AGP Checklist is a set of 9 practices with accompanying criteria and scoring system to provide guidance on adaptation actions and decisions with the aim of ensuring quality, impactful, and long-term climate resilience for the most vulnerable people.
More To Learn, More To Do, and More to Deliver for Small-scale Food Producers
As UNFCCC negotiators discuss next steps in agriculture and as we celebrate Farmers’ Day at COP22, CARE calls for negotiators to push ahead with learning and action needed to end hunger and malnutrition in the face of climate change.
To set up an interview with one of our delegation members or to find out more about CARE at COP22, please contact:
Camilla Schramek, Climate Change Communications Officer, Care Climate Centre
Phone: +45 50 22 92 88
Laury-Anne, Media Manager, Care France
Phone: +33 786 00 42 75
CARE International hosted and co-facilitated several events at COP22. Click the image below to see our events and key policy positions at COP22.
The UNFCCC starts its annual May 2017 negotiations meeting in Bonn, Germany, at the seat of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. This year it will serve as the main comprehensive preparation meeting for COP23.
CARE plans to continue advocacy, knowledge sharing and communications work in relation to key issues of concern to CARE’s mission, including:
- Efforts to limit global warming to 1.5C
- Adaptation and loss and damage, including finance
- Food and nutrition security and climate change
- Human rights and gender equality context.
Publications, Policy Positions & Press Releases:
- Cultivating Equality: Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Security in the UNFCCC
- Governments at UN climate talks must jointly ramp up action to confront climate disruption and human suffering, says CARE International
- After UN Climate Talks in Bonn, the spotlight is on the powerful G7 and G20 nations to take climate action and protect those most vulnerable to climate change