CARE’s Key Demands for COP24
The UN climate change summit, COP24, comes at a critical time, only weeks after the most recent Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made it clear that much greater and quicker action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is needed to keep climate disruption within the 1.5°C limit, a threshold which could avoid many large-scale disastrous impacts on this planet. The report has also shown that such action can come with multiple benefits for tackling poverty and making progress on key Sustainable Development Goals. In CARE’s view, addressing the concerns and challenges faced by poor and vulnerable women and girls in developing countries, as well as their potential as agents of change, must be at the heart of tackling the climate crisis and promoting climate justice.
IN A NUTSHELL
At COP24, governments must give a strong response to the climate disruption that people all over this planet experience and from which the poorest and most marginalised suffer most:
- by promising to accelerate climate protection efforts in line with the 1.5°C limit;
- by increasing protection for those most affected by climate damage; and
- by setting in place the necessary rules for the Paris Agreement to deliver concrete results in a manner that builds resilience, protects human rights, reduces gender inequality, promotes food security and enhances sustainable development.