on 12th December 2015

Historic climate deal has not saved the world, but it gives a ray of hope for the world’s poorest people

(12 December, Paris) 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.

Philippe Lévêque, Executive Director of CARE France said:

“The Paris Agreement gives a ray of hope to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people on the frontlines of escalating climate impacts, but its significance depends on governments’ ability to deliver on the promises made in Paris today. The fight to build a climate safe world is not yet over.”

Ruth Mitei, Advocacy Advisor of CARE International’s Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa said:

“The climate vulnerable countries, supported by the civil society, led the way to increasing the ambition of the climate deal. The inclusion of the 1.5°C temperature limit in the agreement is a big win for the world’s poorest people. Now governments must accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energies, and avoid false solutions which threaten people’s food security.”

Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator of CARE International said:

Politics block progress on loss and damage

“Climate change is already causing devastating impacts for poor people around the world. Developed countries politicised the issue of loss and damage in the Paris talks, trying to limit options for poor countries to deal with climate threats. With the Paris Agreement, all countries promise not to leave the poor behind. Developed countries now leave Paris with an even higher moral obligation to rapidly cut their emissions and scale up financial support for the most vulnerable people.”

Battle over human rights and gender equality

“Civil society and a broad coalition of countries fought hard to ensure that human rights and gender equality are enshrined in the Paris deal. The Paris Agreement can be a springboard for strengthened action on human rights and climate change, if all countries deliver on their promises.”

The fight for climate justice isn’t finished

“The next five years are critical for scaling up climate action across the world before the Paris Agreement comes into force in 2020 and to deliver the promises made in Paris. The climate problem has not yet been solved; as the poorest and most vulnerable people will continue to bear the brunt of climate impacts, CARE will continue the fight for climate justice.”



Notes for Editors

  1. To arrange an interview in Paris 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; OR Laury-Anne Bellessa, CARE France’s Media Relations Manager at bellessa@carefrance.org or +33 6246 18537
  1. 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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